Director, State Government Affairs

01 May, 2023


Director, State Government Affairs

Commonwealth Care Alliance
Farmington Hills, MI

Why This Role is Important to Us:

The Director, State Government Affairs – sits within the State Government Affairs Team and covers the Michigan, California and greenfield states reporting to the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs. The Director is the policy and advocacy lead in the designated markets.

In collaboration with the SVP, Public Affairs, public affairs department leadership and relevant market and corporate development leadership, the Director is responsible for the establishment and execution of the corporate-wide public affairs strategy in each relevant state. The Director is responsible for coordinating policy positioning and advocacy strategy, collaborating with marketing and public relations on CCA’s market positioning and executing on the market Public Affairs plan to advance CCA’s goals at the state level to defeat or mitigate actions by state officials that could negatively affect CCA’s business or the consumers we serve. The Director is responsible for communicating and promoting the company’s positions directly to the Administrations, relevant Agencies, legislators, and their staff.

The Director is responsible for tracking legislative, regulatory and administrative activity, modifying and updating the public affairs plan accordingly and proactively communicating to public affairs leadership, market leadership and affected business units any changes in law or policy that impact CCA’s business. The Director works in coordination with CCA’s compliance team to assure implementation or oversight and monitoring of new or revised legislative or regulatory requirements.

The Director will also lead CCA’s advocacy and state policy work in building, developing, and maintaining engagement opportunities with trade associations, advocacy groups and organizations doing similar work in existing and target markets within the region. The Director serves as the primary point of contact with trade associations engaged in state advocacy and supports alliance development with key stakeholders in both existing and target markets. The Director collaborates with market leadership, business development public policy, legal, clinical affairs, and other relevant departments to provide input to and distribute relevant content from the applicable trade associations.


CCA is a high performing organization. We hold ourselves and those who work with us to clear and measurable standards of performance. The Director is responsible for working collaboratively with the Senior Vice President, market, and corporate development leadership to establish annual goals and clear metrics to support progress toward those goals. The Director is then responsible for monitoring, tracking, and reporting on their performance and the performance of CCA’s retained lobbyists and consultants against those metrics.

Supervision Exercised: Yes

What You’ll Be Doing:

  • Collaborate with the Senior Vice President, Public Affairs in the development and execution of Public Affairs plans.
  • In partnership with multiple departments across the organization, develop and execute a legislative advocacy agenda to enhance the CCA brand and reputation in relevant states.
  • Monitor and analyze legislation and regulatory activity in relevant states and communicate changes and implications to the relevant corporate partners to mitigate risk for departments across the organization.
  • Proactively identify and communicate policy and political issues and trends that impact the company to relevant internal key stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with the public policy department to develop state policy positions that advance CCA’s business interests:
    • Develop subject matter expertise on a wide range of relevant state policy issues and provide insightful analysis on those issues with internal business partners.
    • Lead development, with public policy support, of policy resources and materials to achieve state market policy goals.
    • Collaborate with other members of the legal and public affairs departments to prepare internal and external facing materials (white papers, testimony, articles, press releases, speeches, presentations, messages to the Board, letters-to-editors, op-eds, etc.) to promote CCA’s policy positions.
    • Ensure alignment between state specific policy positions and CCA federal policy positions on Medicaid, Medicare-Medicaid integration, and other cross-cutting issue areas.
  • Maintain and deepen strategic relationships with state elected officials, staff, and agencies.
  • Support the corporate compliance department to interpret and implement applicable provisions of legislation and regulations in the relevant states.
  • In partnership with Business Development, develop and execute a legislative advocacy agenda to enhance the CCA brand and reputation in target markets.
  • Establish and maintain an intelligence-gathering strategy to proactively identify emerging trends to help the company navigate business decisions. Advise company leadership on state political activity.
  • Manage a network of business and trade association partners in the region:
    • Attend industry events to manage and nourish relationships with trade associations.
    • Maintain communication channels with trade associations to gather intelligence on industry priorities and legislative and political developments relevant to those priorities and to provide feedback on proposed legislation, regulations, and similar guidance.
    • Work closely with like-minded advocacy organizations and serve as a representative on coalitions to further common policy priorities.
  • Collaborate with the Senior Vice President, Public Affairs in the identification, selection, contracting and oversight of state lobbyists and other consultants.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with business leaders across CCA to develop knowledge of their business, priorities, and strategies, and use that knowledge to provide timely updates on state policy developments that have an impact on their business.
  • Supervisory responsibilities to include overseeing student interns.
Working Conditions:
  • Standard office conditions.
  • Regional travel required.

What We’re Looking For:

Education Required :
  • Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field required
Education Desired:
  • Master’s Degree preferred.
Experience Required:
  • 4-6 years related work experience in Health care or government setting.
  • Experience attending to variable legislative issues while meeting time-sensitive deadlines.
Experience Desired:
  • 1-2 years direct advocacy experience
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Required:
  • Strong passion for and interest in Medicare/Medicaid policy and advocacy on behalf of CCA’s membership.
  • Strong knowledge of inner workings of the state government, policymaking, and budgetary processes.
  • Excellent collaboration, problem-solving and organizing skills.
  • Knowledge of Medicaid, Medicare, health care and pharmacy issues.
  • Proven experience in effectively communicating complex ideas to company executive leadership, top-level government leaders and external thought leaders to win support for the company.
Language(s) Required:
  • English
Other Required:
  • Standard office equipment
Commonwealth Care Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

Job posted: 2023-05-01