2004783- Sr Program Manager, Government Relations

30 Jun, 2020


2004783- Sr Program Manager, Government Relations

Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Nashville, TN


Sr. Program Manager

Government Relations

Role Summary: 

The State Government Relations Manager works alongside the Senior Director of Government and Community Relations in advising senior leadership of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) on matters related to city, county and state government relations. S/he assists in maintaining effective communications with local officials, community groups and state organizations focused on research and health care. S/he is responsible for executing political engagement strategies regarding state officials to benefit the mission and objectives of VUMC. Excellent writing and marketing skills are helpful in this role.

Department Summary:

The Office of Government and Community Affairs maintains effective communications with local, county and state elected officials, community groups and state organizations focused on research and healthcare.

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Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt’s mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

VUMC Recent Accomplishments

Because we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

  • US News & World Report:#1 Adult Hospital in Tennessee and metropolitan Nashville, named to the Best Hospitals Honor Roll of the top 20 adult hospitals, 10 nationally ranked adult specialty programs, with 3 specialties rated in the top 10 nationally, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt named as one of the Best Children’s Hospital in the nation, with 10 out of 10 pediatric specialties nationally ranked.
  • Healthcare’s Most Wired:Among the nation’s 100 “most-wired” hospitals and health systems for its efforts in innovative medical technology.
  • Becker’s Hospital Review:named as one of the “100 Great Hospitals in America”, in the roster of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Programs and to its list of the 100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs.
  • The Leapfrog Group:One of only 10 children’s hospitals in the to be named at Leapfrog Top Hospital.
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science:The School of Medicine has 112 elected fellows
  • Magnet Recognition Program:Received our third consecutive Magnet designations.
  • National Academy of Medicine:22 members, elected by their peers in recognition of outstanding achievement
  • Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index: 6thyear in a row that Vanderbilt University Medical Center was a Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality. 


  • Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of relevant experience required
  • 4+ years’ experience in a government relations or policy focused role strongly preferred
  • Strong network with city, regional, and state government leadership
  • Knowledge of direct lobbying with associations and consultants
  • Ability to influence policy decisions by using social media and presentations of data.

Job Specific Qualifications

  • Must demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills, ethics, a professional demeanor, thought leadership, flexibility, and the ability to handle the uncertainties associated with a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience creating social media campaigns and writing materials for distribution to policymakers.
  • Experience in a position in a client driven environment with diverse responsibilities.
  • Exceptional ability to multi-task numerous priorities, while interacting with stakeholders with a strong positive attitude and disposition.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication. Ability to communicate concisely as required, while maintaining professional communication and relationships with all stakeholders. Highly responsive to communications from stakeholders, and ability to translate that communication into the required action in response.
  • Strong commitment to the mission of VUMC.


  • Establish a positive, credible and influential presence for VUMC before elected officials and government decision makers with a focus on local government relations.
  • Represent and advance VUMC’s government relations agenda before elected officials and government decision makers.
  • Build and maintain relationships with elected officials and government decision makers on behalf of VUMC.
  • Build and maintain relationships with community groups and represent VUMC at community events.
  • As needed, work cross-functionally and coordinate activities with VUMC departments such as Human Resources, Strategic Marketing, Federal Relations, and the Office of Engagement.
  • Develop social media presence for the Office of State Government and Community Affairs.
  • Prepare written materials for presentations to internal and external constituencies.

Basic Qualifications

 Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent experience) and 5 years relevant experience

Licensure, Certification, and/or Registration (LCR):

Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:

      • Sedentary category requiring exertion up to 10 lbs. of force occasionally and uses negligible amounts of force to move objects. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time.


      • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one’s feet without moving.
      • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.
      • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
      • Occasional: Carrying under 35 lbs: Transporting an object holding in hands, arms or shoulders, with help of coworkers or assistive device.
      • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
      • Occasional: Reaching above shoulders: Extending arms in any direction above shoulders.
      • Frequent: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
      • Frequent: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
      • Frequent: Fingering: Picking, pinching, gripping, working primarily with fingers requiring fine manipulation.
      • Frequent: Bimanual Dexterity: Requiring the use of both hands.


      • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.
      • Continuous: Auditory: Perceiving the variances of sounds, tones and pitches and able to focus on single source of auditory information
      • Continuous: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
      • Continuous: Smell: Ability to detect and identify odors.

Environmental Conditions

    • Occasional: Chemicals and Gasses: Medications, cleaning chemicals, oxygen, other medical gases used in work area.

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Job posted: 2020-06-30