Deputy Director of Government Relations

17 Jun, 2020


Deputy Director of Government Relations

University of Washington
Seattle, WA
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UW Medicine has an outstanding opportunity for a Deputy Director of GOVERNMENT Relations.

The Deputy Director of GOVERNMENT Relations for UW Medicine (Deputy Director) will work to support the UW Medicine’s mission to improve the health of the public by advocating on behalf of UW Medicine in the public policy and GOVERNMENT arenas. Duties will include promoting the mission to state legislative, executive, and regulatory officials, including elected policymakers, professional policy staff, and regulatory staff; and supporting the Director at the federal, regional, and local levels of GOVERNMENT.

UW Medicine’s mission includes the delivery of advanced clinical diagnostics and treatment services, education of medical students, physician assistants and graduate and postgraduate trainees, and maintenance of one of the largest and most advanced university-based basic science and clinical medical research programs in the United States. UW Medicine also provides medical and behavioral health care to underserved and disadvantaged populations. Further, the Deputy Director position is critical for UW Medicine to maintain the financial vitality of our owned and managed health system, enabling us to ensure every patient receives the high-quality care they need and deserve.

The Deputy Director will perform duties in support of the clinical, educational, and research mission of UW Medicine by coordinating activities with colleagues across the organization, including those overseeing legal and business affairs, Dean’s Office leadership, partners in UW Medicine Finance, and staff from the University’s Office of External Relations, including those responsible for federal, state, regional, and local GOVERNMENT relations.


The Deputy Director’s primary responsibility will be working with state elected officials, legislative and executive branch professional staff, regulatory staff, and other interest groups on statutory and regulatory issues affecting UW Medicine’s clinical, research, and education/training programs. The Deputy Director will work in close coordination with the University’s Office of External Relations to achieve common goals.

The Deputy Director will work collaboratively with the Director to advance UW Medicine and the University’s institutional goals. In addition to their responsibility related to state issues, the Deputy Director will also support the Director in discrete tasks related to federal, regional, and local initiatives.

This position demands the ability to work and communicate from remote locations, especially during the State legislative session (January – April). Daily communication with the Director and UW Medicine leaders on diverse issues of interest is necessary to relay information, collect feedback, and/or revise strategies with the campus community on critical aspects of the GOVERNMENT relations strategy. The position requires excellent organization, patience, flexibility, and the ability to balance several tasks across multiple timelines.

Responsibilities include:
• Develop and implement strategies to educate and build support from GOVERNMENT officials, interest groups and the public on policy issues relevant to UW Medicine and assist with the coordination of the implementing these plans;
• Conduct research and analysis, prepare summaries, presentations, issue letters, and talking points on an array of policy topics with the goal of influencing legislative, executive, and regulatory decisions that impact UW Medicine in the clinical, academic, and research settings;
• Represent UW Medicine in forums such as public hearings, association meetings, etc.;
• Track and analyze relevant legislation at the local, state and federal levels;
• Develop and implement projects or initiatives designed to build support for UW Medicine’s mission with internal and external audiences including state and federal professional associations such as the Washington State Medical Association, Washington State Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, American Hospital Association and America’s Essential Hospitals and others;
• Travel to Olympia on a regular basis to affect the above duties including meeting with elected officials, executive, and legislative staff, and attend association meetings to strategize on policy and budget matters. Infrequent travel outside of Olympia may also be required;
• Work on special projects as assigned.

A Master’s degree in political science, public administration, sociology, communications, or related fields is required. An advanced degree in public policy or a related field is desirable.

Three years’ experience in legislative and/or executive branch public policy work, community relations, and/or GOVERNMENTal relations.

Additional Requirements:
Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated experience in working effectively with state, local, and community groups, preferably as a representative of a large public institution. Knowledge of and a strong commitment to health care and biomedical research activities is essential. Higher education experience is beneficial, but not required.

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Job posted: 2020-06-17