Director, External Affairs-Government Relations

10 May, 2022


Director, External Affairs-Government Relations

Nemours Children’s Health System
Wilmington, DE


Nemours is seeking a Director, External Affairs-Government Relations for Delaware Valley.

*Resume and cover letter required.

Position Summary: 

Reporting to the Chief Population Health Officer and working closely with the Chief Executive of Delaware Valley Operations (CEO-DV), the Director, External Affairs, provides leadership to Nemours Children’s Health’s external affairs activities and programs for Delaware Valley operations. The position plays a pivotal role in positioning the organization in the community and with public officials in a manner that builds awareness of Nemours Children’s mission and garners support for its strategic objectives.

In partnership with the Delaware Valley executive leaders, the Director, External Affairs, develops strategic direction and provides recommendations on public policy matters involving state and local governments. The individual monitors legislative and regulatory matters and prepares organizational action plans and develops and maintains professional relationships with key external stakeholders, including, but not limited to, elected officials, public administrators, community leaders, and business leaders. The Director also coordinates with the Director of the Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy and the Director of External Affairs for Florida to update, refine and implement the Enterprise-wide policy agenda, as well as to ensure compliance with all state and federal lobbying reporting requirements.

In addition, the Director, External Affairs, assists operating units with local government relations to ensure Delaware Valley-wide policy and public affairs consistency, serves on internal committees to assist in developing and recommending organizational strategy in alignment with the current or emerging public policy environment, engages on matters involving the interplay of clinical, business, and public policy issues and projects, and represents the organization on community boards, trade associations, and committees in alignment with the mission and strategic priorities of Nemours.

The position also oversees the organization’s licensed Delaware Valley lobbyists, including third party consultants, and serves as a collaborative partner and consultant as needed on matters involving public relations, including communications (external and internal) and media relations for Nemours Children’s locations within and outside the state of Delaware. Additionally, the position collaborates with the communications, federal policy and Florida External Affairs teams on joint implementation of strategies impacting Nemours Children’s national reputation, as well as approved strategies to educate and engage Nemours Children’s Associates in policy and advocacy.

Essential Functions: 

  1. Additional project management and responsibilities, as may be assigned from time to time by employee’s supervisor.
  2. Oversees the development and execution of political, legislative, and regulatory strategies and programs in the Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and other states as necessary, to ensure favorable public policy outcomes.
  3. Develops a public affairs strategy that will allow Nemours Children’s to cultivate and enhance meaningful relationships with targeted, high-level external audiences, including the media, key influencers, and policymakers.
  4. Coordinates the protection and enhancement of Nemours Children’s interests with state and local government.
  5. Serves as a strategic advisor to the CEO-DV on public affairs, stakeholder engagement, and strategic partnerships across the business community.
  6. Partners closely with Director, External Affairs Florida, Director, Office of Child Health Policy and Advocacy, Nemours executives and other business partners throughout the enterprise to inform policy positions and ensure that advocacy is aligned with the company’s business priorities and values.
  1. Provides leadership and direction to the community engagement team and oversees Nemours Children’s corporate social responsibility program, including financial and in-kind sponsorships and employee volunteer programs.
  2. Oversees internal and external lobbyists supporting Delaware Valley operations.
  3. Monitors, analyzes, and prepares for emerging and existing regulatory and legislative issues affecting Delaware Valley 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 proposed revisions.
  1. Elevates 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 visibility of Nemours Children’s positive impact of children in the state.
  2. Spearheads the management of public or government relations issues that could negatively impact the reputation of Nemours Children’s; ensures the organization is prepared to respond to crisis that may impact reputation.
  3. Cultivates and maintains strategic relationships with key public and government officials.
  4. Represents Nemours Children’s interests with state and local legislative and regulatory bodies.
  5. Provides expert communications and/or political advocacy counsel to members of the Delaware Valley leadership team.
  6. Drafts 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 Children’s.
  1. Develops and influences partnerships with key external stakeholders including public policy trade associations, non-profits, education groups, and think tanks, and represents Nemours Children’s perspectives and interests persuasively in such organizations.
  2. Continually educates members of the Delaware Valley legislative and executive branches of government on Nemours Children’s activities in the Delaware Valley and Washington, DC.
  1. Provides information on public affairs to the Board of Managers or Board of Directors as needed.
  1. Represents Nemours Children’s in high-profile public engagements, including media appearances, public hearings, and policy conferences.

Non- Essential Functions: 

  1. Demonstrates fiscal responsibility through effective budget management.
  2. Keeps abreast of impending public policy or regulatory action that might impact Nemours Children’s interest and partners with leadership to develop a response.
  3. Participates on cross-functional teams and committees as needed to deepen understanding of public policy and community relations needs of the organization.
  4. Collaborates and works effectively with other key stakeholder groups in the organization including the Value Based Services Organization, the National Office of Policy & Prevention, the Department of Marketing & Communication, the Fund for Children’s Health and the Office of Health Equity & Inclusion, to ensure policy goals reflect the needs of Nemours internal and external communities in the Delaware Valley and advance Nemours mission and strategy.
  5. Hires, supervises, and evaluates a qualified staff and ensures team members are trained to effectively meet the public affairs needs of the organization.
  1. Promotes the Nemours brand internally, locally, and nationally.

Job Specification
Bachelor’s degree is required. Other advanced degrees are a plus.

10 years of public policy experience, including experience in the U.S. legislative or executive branch and/or in corporate government affairs.

Experience in public relations, community affairs or a related discipline, preferred.

*Resume and cover letter required.

  • 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 both federal and state levels.
  • Possesses strong expertise in general health care issues, commercial health insurance, and Medicaid.
  • Demonstrated ability to both develop creative policy solutions and influence legislation to advance Nemours Children’s legislative priorities.
  • Able to provide successful political strategies in the development and execution of Nemours Children’s legislative 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 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.
  • Excellent people management skills, ensuring staff are meeting goals and objectives in a sustainable way, and growing professionally.
  • Sound judgment and integrity; ability to handle highly sensitive and confidential matters.


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: 2022-05-10