Director, External Affairs

21 Aug, 2023


Director, External Affairs

Orlando, FL

Nemours is seeking a Director, External Affairs to join our Nemours Children’s Health team in either Orlando, Florida or Tallahassee, Florida.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of State External Affairs, the Director of Florida External Affairs, will serve as the organization’s chief public affairs and community engagement lead for Florida. This highly visible executive will provide leadership to Nemours executive team to oversee the Florida-focused government relations, public policy, community engagement, corporate partnerships, community health departments and other matters. The leader will work closely with executive and operational teams to develop and implement strategies and manage key initiatives, projects, and policies within the organization.

The Director, FL External Affairs, develops strategic direction and provides recommendations on public policy matters and advocacy strategies in consultation with clinical, administrative, and operational leadership. The leader will be a trusted consultant, implementer, and integrator in assisting the Florida Executive Cabinet in facilitating effective decision making across Nemours operations. The role will work at the direction of the EVP & Chief Population Health Officer and AVP, State External Affairs. This leader will also support Nemours Central and North Florida Division Presidents.

The position also oversees the organization’s FL community engagement team. The executive will lead teams to evaluate organizational relationships and investments in accordance with Nemours strategic priorities. Develop strategic alliances with key community and corporate constituency groups in alignment with Nemours priorities.

The candidate will be required to work in Orlando or Tallahassee, Florida.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversee government Affairs and public policy for Nemours Children’s Hospital, Florida and across the organization’s FL operations. Set legislative and regulatory agenda with necessary action plan to advance our mission. Manage external consultants to provide direction in accord with Nemours priorities.
  • Monitors, analyzes, and prepares for emerging regulatory and legislative issues affecting Florida operations and consults with senior management to determine the impact on the business. Proactively evaluates proposed legislation and regulations, and works with legislative staffs on appropriate revisions.
  • Elevate the political and economic profile of the enterprise with key local and state public officials and ensures the planning of tours, site visits, and the overall visibility of Nemours positive impact of children in the state.
  • Represent the institution on various industry trade associations, and attend meetings frequently. Assist in the formulation of strategies for the coalition to respond to issues impacting the organization.
  • Partners closely with Director, External Affairs, Delaware, and the National Office of Policy & Prevention executives and other business partners throughout the enterprise to inform policy positions and ensure that advocacy is aligned with the organization’s business priorities and values.
  • Represent Nemours in high-profile public engagements, including media appearances, public hearings, and policy conferences.
  • Works in concert with the VP of Business Development, and other leaders, to ensure appropriate representation, optimize and direct business development, and effectively engage in community partnership and collaboration to promote growth and target strategic affiliations.
  • Identify key corporate partnership opportunities and leverage relationships to promulgate collaborations with healthcare and other key industries within our footprint.
  • Lead early-state initiatives on behalf of the Central & North Florida Division Presidents. Collaborate with cross-functional teams including technology, strategy, operations, finance, etc. to implement initiatives.
  • Provides leadership and direction to the community engagement team and oversees Nemours corporate social responsibility program, including financial and in-kind sponsorships and employee volunteer programs.
  • Execute on Nemours SDOH and DE&I priorities within our communities. Magnify the work of the Ginsburg Institute for Health Equity across Florida.
  • Direct Florida’s internal advocacy materials and position statements that articulate rationale in support of policy positions and prepares oral and written materials for internal audiences that summarize legislative and regulatory activities and explains their potential impact on Nemours.
  • Support Florida senior leaders in governance activities. This includes board meetings, overseeing board and board committee coordination and communication. Assists in establishing the priorities and agendas, researching high-priority issues, and producing briefing materials on significant matters that require attention of CEO or Boards. Oversees the development of materials and presentations in partnership with the CEO for the board of director and other key meetings.

Position Requirements:

  • An Advanced law or Master’s Degree in public health, public administration, political science, or public policy is required.
  • A minimum of 10+ years of public affairs experience, including experience in the U.S. legislative or executive branch and/or in corporate government affairs required.
  • A minimum of 8+ years experience in leadership role for a business unit or support organization required.
  • Experience in public relations, community affairs or a related discipline, preferred.

Job Specification:

  • Cares deeply about children’s health and healthcare.
  • Possesses thorough knowledge of public policy, political campaigns, public affairs and community outreach, as well as extensive knowledge and experience in government relations, and the legislative and regulatory process at the state level.
  • Possesses a firm grasp of policies and politics associated with pediatric health and healthcare at federal, state, and local levels.
  • Direct experience in Medicare, Medicaid, OSHA, CMS, and state guidelines.
  • Demonstrated ability to both develop creative policy solutions and influence legislation/regulation to advance Nemours priorities.
  • Able to provide external strategies in the development and execution of Nemours agenda or programs in a complex political environment.
  • Possesses outstanding political instincts and ability to build relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Experience managing others and experience interacting with corporate senior executives, lobbyists and legislators.
  • Significant level of interpersonal and communication skills, and ability to lead, communicate and persuade others, and interact effectively with others in difficult situations.


As one of the nation’s premier pediatric health care systems, we’ve made a promise to do whatever it takes to prevent and treat even the most disabling childhood conditions. It’s a promise that extends beyond our nationally recognized clinical treatment to an entire integrated spectrum of research, advocacy, education, and prevention.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion guide our growth and strategy.  We are looking for individuals who are passionate about, and committed to, leading efforts to provide culturally relevant care, reducing health disparities, and helping build a diverse and inclusive environment.  All Nemours Associates are expected to ensure that these philosophies are embedded in their day-to-day work with colleagues, patients and families.

Nemours aspires to have its workforce and providers reflect the rich diversity of the communities we serve.  Candidates of diverse backgrounds, race and ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, and those committed to working with diverse populations and conversant in multicultural values are strongly encouraged to apply. Please click here to review Nemours Anti-Racism Statement (


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Job posted: 2023-08-21