Director, Federal Affairs

15 Aug, 2021


Director, Federal Affairs

Tufts Health Plan
Remote (MA)

We enjoy the important work we do every day on behalf of our members.

Job Summary

The Director of Federal Government Affairs & Advocacy is responsible for developing and communicating NewCo’s positions on priority legislation and regulation. Working with internal and external stakeholders, the Director of Federal Government Affairs& Advocacy effectively positions the organization to advance NewCo’s strategic priorities.
The Director of Government Affairs & Advocacy will be responsible for the daily management of staff and legislative, regulatory activities including advocacy, reporting and regulatory affairs.

Job Description

Essential Functions

Government Affairs

  • Work with Presidents within LOB as well as NewCo leadership to develop and implement plan for NewCo priority legislation and regulations. Work to position advocacy for NewCo priorities based on legislative decisions.

  • Develop and implement overall and issue specific legislative strategy.

  • Develop and communicate NewCo’s position on priority legislation and regulations and develop/implement legislative strategy.

  • Provides policy direction and coordinates the efforts of the organization in matters involving federal governments.

  • Maintains effective and cooperative working relationships with federal and state officials.

Regulatory and Legislative Analysis

  • Prioritize pending legislation and regulation at the federal level.
  • Direct regulatory research and the tracking and monitoring of priority issues.
  • Gathers internal comments, prepares testimony, fact sheets, and talking points.
  • Works with federal trade associations in developing industry positions on priority issues.
  • Educates and prepares written materials for NewCo business owners on legislative and regulatory developments affecting the company.
  • Develops high level of expertise and specialization in state and federal regulations to ensure ongoing implementation of regulatory requirements.

Develop and pro-actively manage favorable relationships with public officials, regulators, trade and business associations, community advocates, grassroots organizations, contracted lobbyists, and other stakeholders to advance NewCo’s business objectives and mission.

  • Facilitate CEO and President relationships with those constituents.
  • Manage relationships with a variety of external constituents, including state and federal government leaders, regulatory bodies, industry associations, media, and competitor health plans.
  • Facilitates the education of elected officials and other opinion leaders on the value of managed care, trends in the market, and high priority issues.



  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Advanced degree in public policy, political science, public health preferred
  • Juris Doctorate in Law preferred
  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Advanced degree in public policy, political science, public health preferred
  • Juris Doctorate in Law preferred
  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Advanced degree in public policy, political science, public health preferred
  • Juris Doctorate in Law preferred


  • 10+ years in government and public affairs, including an expert-level knowledge of health care policy & financing issues, preferably in Massachusetts.
  • 10+ years of management and leadership experience, through progressively more responsible, demanding, and influential roles.
  • Experience in healthcare organizations is required.
  • Familiarity with state and federal political processes and leaders is required.

Setting Strategy

  • The ability to create and articulate an inspiring vision for the organization, not only for the areas s/he is directly responsible for, but the enterprise as a whole.
  • The inclination to seek and analyze data from a variety of sources to support decisions and to align others with the organization’s overall strategy.
  • An entrepreneurial and creative approach to developing new, innovative ideas that will stretch the organization and push the boundaries within the industry.
  • The ability to effectively balance the desire/need for broad change with an understanding of how much change the organization is capable of handling, to create realistic goals and implementation plans that are achievable and successful.

Executing for Results 

  • The ability to set clear and challenging goals while committing the organization to improved performance; tenacious and accountable in driving results.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty; the ability to adapt nimbly and lead others through complex situations.
  • A risk-taker who seeks data and input from others to foresee possible threats or unintended circumstances from decisions; someone who takes smart risks.
  • A leader who is viewed by others as having a high degree of integrity and forethought in his/her approach to making decisions; the ability to act in a transparent and consistent manner while always taking into account what is best for the organization.

Leading Teams 

  • The ability to attract and recruit top talent, motivate the team, delegate effectively, celebrate diversity within the team, and manage performance; widely viewed as a strong developer of others.
  • The ability to persevere in the face of challenges, and exhibit a steadfast resolve and relentless commitment to higher standards, which commands respect from followers.
  • A leader who is self-reflective and aware of his/her own limitations; leads by example and drives the organization’s performance with an attitude of continuous improvement by being open to feedback and self-improvement.

Relationships and Influence 

  • Naturally connects and builds strong relationships with others, demonstrating strong emotional intelligence and an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively.
  • An ability to inspire trust and followership in others through compelling influence, powerful charisma, passion in his/her beliefs, and active drive.
  • Encourages others to share the spotlight and visibly celebrates and supports the success of the team.
  • Creates a sense of purpose/meaning for the team that generates followership beyond his/her own personality and engages others to the greater purpose for the organization as a whole.

What we build together changes our customer’s health for the better.  We are looking for talented and innovative people to join our team.  Come join us!

A nonprofit organization founded in 1979, Tufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. We strive to improve the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. Our employees are hard-working, innovative, and collaborative. They look for opportunities to grow and make a difference, and they help make us one of the Top Places to work in the area.

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Job posted: 2021-08-15