Director, Local Government Affairs, Stanford Health Care

06 Jun, 2021


Director, Local Government Affairs, Stanford Health Care

Stanford University
Stanford, CA

The Office of Government Affairs coordinates and facilitates the interactions of Stanford University and Stanford Health Care (SHC) with local, state and federal governments, as well as its relationship with neighboring communities.  The Office promotes the interests of the University’s and SHC’s key constituents through contact with public officials, involvement with educational organizations, tracking of pertinent legislation and direct advocacy on a wide variety of issues from land use policies to funding for the basic sciences to health care. The Office of Government Affairs also serves as a liaison between the university and SHC and their neighboring communities by maintaining relations with numerous community-based organizations and individuals. Government Affairs supports campus-community efforts that contribute to the vitality of the greater community.


The Director, Local Government Affairs, Stanford Health Care will be responsible for directing SHC’s local government affairs program for sites in the Bay Area, including the main hospital in Palo Alto and outpatient sites in Redwood City, Emeryville, and San Jose. Identifies government and community issues of concern and develops SHC positions on those issues for communication to government, the media, and the community-at-large.  Reports directly to the Associate Vice President Stanford Health Care Government Affairs.


The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities.  Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility.  Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

  • Directs Stanford Health Care’s (SHC) local government affairs program where SHC has sites with a particular emphasis on Palo Alto, Redwood City, San Jose and Emeryville, and San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Alameda Counties.
  • Provides leadership in the development and direction of strategies to achieve SHC local government & community relations objectives.
  • Serves as SHC representative, spokesperson, liaison, and primary contact with local government, business, community leaders and organizations.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with local elected officials, local and county health organizations senior leadership, community leaders and business community organizations to further SHC advocacy and strategic objectives and to enhance SHC presence and goodwill in the community.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with SHC senior leadership and departments to identify local issues and develop advocacy strategies for site-specific issues.  Provides leadership and direction on issues and solutions.
  • Represents SHC at community events and on community boards, coalitions, and task forces as appropriate.
  • Develops and maintains effective working relationships with appropriate colleagues at SHC UHA, Stanford University, including the School of Medicine, Stanford Children’s Health and other Bay Area not-for-profit hospitals and local hospital organizations.
  • Serves as a spokesperson and primary contact for SHC with local public officials and community leaders on SHC local government affairs issues.
  • Responds as directed on behalf of SHC to emergency or crises situations requiring dissemination of information to public officials.
  • A commitment to promoting and supporting an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Other duties to advance the Stanford University’s core mission may also be assigned.

Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience or combination of education and relevant experience. Master’s degree preferred.
  • Knowledge of health care, land use and related public policy issues preferred. Knowledge of the Bay Area and Palo Alto a plus.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
These are the observable and measurable attributes and skills required to successfully perform the essential functions of the job and are generally demonstrated through qualifying experience, education, or licensure/certification.

  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization and as a representative for the organization with government and community officials.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze complex legislative, regulatory, and public policy issues for organizational impact.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly digest complex information and prepare and deliver briefing documents, correspondence, presentations, and other communications in support of organizational government and community relations objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute plans to achieve policy objectives.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and influence others while fostering effective working relationships and building consensus.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and in partnership with individuals and teams across the organization.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality on sensitive matters of personal and professional nature i.e., patient privacy.
  • Flexible with the ability to manage multiple priorities and ability to adapt to new assignments and responsibilities reflective of a changing organization and health care public policy environment.
  • A self-starter with proven ability to achieve results and work independently.
  • Integrity, personal character, good judgment, and commitment to ethical conduct.
  • Knowledge and understanding of public policy processes at the government level.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the healthcare industry, community, and government affairs.
  • Superb written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with policymakers.
  • Collaborative team player with the ability to diplomatically solve problems and build key relationships.
  • Knowledge of computer systems and software used in functional area (Microsoft Office applications such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint).



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork.



  • May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Regular travel may be required.
  • Valid passport for international travel.


  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,


Stanford University is one of the world’s premier academic and research institutions, devoting tremendous intellectual and physical resources toward the betterment of humanity. As a major Silicon Valley employer, Stanford seeks people committed to excellence and to improving our world. In turn, the university is committed to supporting its employees as they develop their careers and enrich their lives.  We believe Stanford’s future success will be shaped by the diverse perspectives, unique experiences, and inclusive culture of its community.

Imagine a world without search engines or social platforms. Consider lives saved through first-ever organ transplants and research to cure illnesses. Stanford University has revolutionized the way we live and enrich the world. Supporting this mission is our diverse and dedicated 17,000 staff. We seek talent driven to impact the future of our legacy. Our culture and unique perks empower you with:

  • Freedom to grow. We offer career development programs, tuition reimbursement, or audit a course. Join a TedTalk, film screening, or listen to a renowned author or global leader speak.
  • A caring culture. We provide superb retirement plans, generous time-off, and family care resources.
  • A healthier you. Climb our rock wall, or choose from hundreds of health or fitness classes at our world-class exercise facilities. We also provide excellent health care benefits.
  • Discovery and fun. Stroll through historic sculptures, trails, and museums.
  • Enviable resources. Enjoy free commuter programs, ridesharing incentives, discounts and more


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job posted: 2021-06-06