Associate Vice President, Health Policy

24 Jul, 2022


Associate Vice President, Health Policy

Los Angeles, CA

Associate Vice President, Health Policy

University of Southern California

About USC

The University of Southern California (USC) is one of the world’s leading private research universities located in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology, and international business. With two primary campuses, USC is home to the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and 22 exceptional academic schools. The University enrolls approximately 21,000 undergraduate and 28,500 post-graduate students from all fifty U.S. states, and more than 115 countries. USC is also the largest private sector employer in Los Angeles with over 26,000 people, including 4,700 faculty, 16,000 staff, 4,800 student workers, and responsible for more than $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region. In 2022, the university will surpass $1 billion annually in sponsored research.

The Health Sciences campus houses renowned specialized care and research in cancer, stem cell and regenerative medicine, orthopedics, and sports medicine. The campus includes three patient care facilities: USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Keck Hospital of USC, and the USC Roski Eye Institute. With the County of Los Angeles, the university operates LAC+USC Medical Center, one of the nation’s largest public teaching hospitals. USC faculty staff these and many other hospitals in the region, including the internationally acclaimed Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Verdugo Hills Hospital, and Arcadia Methodist Hospital.

Founded by civic leaders in 1880, the beginning of California’s rise to prominence, USC has always been a pioneering institution with diversity, discovery, and exploration at its heart. Its aspirations—and embrace—were as expansive as the region it grew to represent. Since opening its doors, USC’s drive to break boundaries and transcend its own geography put it on an impressive trajectory.

USC developed in stride with the energetic city of Los Angeles, a vividly international city with one of the most diverse populations on the planet. Now the world’s creative capital, Los Angeles has never lost its frontier edge and constantly re-invents its physical fabric, its economy, and its society. USC is both in and of its city. It was shaped by a succession of visionary people who invested their time, insight, and financial resources to build one of the world’s great universities in the heart of a consequential global mega-region.

At the heart of the University are its students. USC prides itself on its student diversity, enrolling more underrepresented minority students than any other private institution in the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the most underrepresented minority graduate students nationwide. The University provides $740 million annually in total financial aid and one out four students are Pell Grant eligible. There are more than 450,000 living alumni in the Trojan Family. USC alumni can be found in positions of leadership all over the world, with more than half living in California.

About USC University Relations

USC University Relations (UR) supports the university’s leadership, faculty, staff, and students in building meaningful and long-lasting partnerships to enhance the quality of life for USC and its surrounding communities. With more than 200 professionals, UR partners with stakeholders in the community and leaders at the local, state, and federal levels of government. The department’s scope includes government relations, community partnerships, civic engagement and economic partnerships, pre-K-career education programs, and the USC Radio Group.

UR operates major community and civic programs across Los Angeles, with a special emphasis on the neighborhoods adjacent to the University Park and Health Sciences campuses. This includes providing Head Start early childhood education to more than 500 children at seven locations, educating and mentoring thousands of LAUSD students from kindergarten to career, and providing capacity building to hundreds of businesses and community organizations. USC Radio Group is nation’s largest classical music provider including flagship stations KUSC-Los Angeles and KDFC-Bay Area.

Position Summary

University Relations seeks an Associate Vice President, Health Policy (AVP) to serve as USC’s day-to-day health government relations lead at the federal, state, and local levels.

Position Responsibilities

The AVP will possess the experience and skills enabling them to advocate successfully with public officials and agencies on all health-related matters. They will also possess the leadership, creative, and strategic skills necessary to help the University craft and execute a successful health policy and advocacy agenda.

  • Advance USC’s health policy strategies at all levels of government including strong internal and external relationships to advance those strategies.
  • Develop and advance USC’s health advocacy agenda, and track and report on related legislation of interest to the Health System and related schools and departments.
  • Provide policy and relationship support to key leaders including the SVP, Health Affairs; CEO, Keck Medicine of USC; and health-related academic deans.
  • Serve as the lead health government relations representative with the County of Los Angeles and State of California.
  • Support USC with healthcare membership organizations and advocacy coalitions including the Hospital Association of Southern California, California Hospital Association, American Hospital Association, Alliance for Dedicated Cancer Centers, and California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, among others.
  • Serve as a member of the University Relations government affairs collaborative including federal relations, state relations, local government relations and civic engagement leads.
  • Connect faculty, staff, and students with senior university administrators with policymakers and health-related thought leadership opportunities.
  • Engage and build collaborative policy partnerships with peer institutions, community organizations, and other stakeholders.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; masters or professional degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 7-10 years in health policy government relations, with management and supervisory experience, preferably with a hospital or provider-side experience.
  • Experience with Los Angeles County and State of California health care public policy and regulatory issues.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience, ability lead by influence, expertise, and advocacy among key internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish strong relations with government officials and other partners; possess excellent strategic advocacy skills and communications ability
  • Outstanding project management and issues management skills and experience.
  • Enthusiasm for working within a university continuum especially with students and faculty.

Minimum Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; masters or professional degree preferred. Minimum Experience and Field of Expertise: 7-10 years in health policy government relations, with management and supervisory experience, preferably with a hospital or provider-side experience. Experience with Los Angeles County and State of California health care public policy and regulatory issues.


Job posted: 2022-07-24