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Director of State Policy / Government Relations
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Title: Director of State Policy / Government Relations
Job Family: Manager of Process
Employment Status: Exempt
Supervisor Title: Vice President of Public Policy
Date Revised: August 2022
Summary of Position:
The Director of State Policy leads the state-based legislative efforts across the country and supports the grassroots efforts at the federal, state, and local levels. Support for additional IDF initiatives may be required. This position will represent the organization to the public and interact closely with other staff members, particularly those involved in patient services, research, and communications.
- Develop and implement state advocacy strategies, including the drafting of statements, letters, and testimonies, activation of grassroots efforts, coordination with industry allies, and direct contact with legislators and regulators.
- Lead, attend, and participate in strategic coalitions with other patient advocacy organizations.
- Develop and edit articles on public policy issues for the website and other communication outlets.
- Conduct research and track policy issues that affect the PI community.
- Advocate before elected officials, legislative staff, and state agencies.
- Design, plan, organize, or direct advocacy training programs.
- Assist the Grassroots Advocacy Specialist with the planning and development of IDF’s annual Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill.
- Assist and support PI community members in presenting testimony and in communications with elected representatives.
- Support federal public policy and advocacy projects as needed.
- Represent IDF at policy related functions as assigned.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
- Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
- Minimum of five years’ experience as a Director of State Policy or equivalent role.
- Experience in healthcare policy is preferred; experience in the rare disease space is a plus
- A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed to perform the essential functions of this role.
Proficiency in the following software programs is necessary for this role:
- Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
- Internet Browsers (Firefox, Chrome, Internet Explorer)
- CRM software
- Enterprise resource planning ERP software
- Project management software
Universal Competencies for All Staff:
Details key behaviors necessary for each employee to perform effectively across whole organization. Target behaviors guide the goal setting and performance evaluation process. As each employee ascends in their career journey, they cultivate and utilize the new skills they acquire at each level.
- Adaptability: Adapts well to changes in assignments and priorities; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; approaches change positively and adjusts behaviors accordingly.
- Communication: Uses effective and accurate writing and speaking skills; clearly conveys and receives information to others in a timely manner that engages the audience, helps them understand the message, and invites responses; includes all relevant team members when sharing information.
- Customer/Client Focus: Makes customers (both internal and external) and their needs a primary focus of one’s actions; developing and sustaining customer relationships.
- Planning and Organizing: Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines necessary sequence of activities needed to achieve goals in a complete and timely manner.
- Teamwork: Participates as an active and contributing member of a team to achieve team goals. Builds strong work relationships and adjusts to how individuals and organizations function and react. Responds positively to feedback and incorporates it into work. Works cooperatively with other team members, involves others, shares information as appropriate, and shares credit for team accomplishments.
Competencies for Manager of People:
Details key behaviors necessary for each employee to perform effectively in their specific role.
Target behaviors guide the goal setting and performance evaluation process. As each employee ascends in their career journey, they cultivate and utilize the new skills they acquire at each level.
- Managing Work: Shows ability to plan, schedule and direct work of self and others.
Balances task requirements and individual abilities. Sets challenging yet achievable goals for self and others. Comfortably delegates responsibilities, tasks, and decisions; appropriately trusts others to perform; provides support without removing responsibility.
- Decision Making/Problem Solving: Identifies and understands issues, problems, and opportunities. Compares data from different sources to draw conclusions. Analyzes problems into components and recognizes interrelationships with an awareness of strategic priorities and objectives; makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions.
Compares data, information, and input from a variety of sources to draw conclusions; takes action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
- Team Leadership: Communicates a vision and inspires motivation; engages with others
(direct-reports and peers) in team process to solve problems; works to find a win/win resolution of differences; is aware of how management style impacts staff productivity and development; modifies leadership style to meet situational requirements; helps team stay focused on major goals while managing within a context of multiple directives.
- Coaching/Mentorship: Helps others, regardless of reporting relationship, to acquire the awareness, confidence, and resources necessary to fulfill their potential. Plans and supports the development of individuals’ skills and abilities so that they can fulfill current or future job/role responsibilities more effectively. Sets clear goals and expectations, tracks progress against the goals, Provides feedback, and addresses performance problems/issues promptly.
- Delegating Responsibilities: Shows ability to plan, schedule and direct work of self and others. Balances task requirements and individual abilities. Sets challenging yet achievable goals for self and others. Comfortably delegates responsibilities, tasks, and decisions; appropriately trusts others to perform; provides support without removing responsibility.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $65,000.00 – $80,000.00 per year
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Job posted: 2022-09-13