Legislative Affairs Specialist
- Working as a member of the Congressional Relations team to support and coordinate the execution, management, and tracking of legislative/lobbying related projects;
- Participating in the development of legislative tracking, issue talking points, and other materials to enable the Association to influence the legislative outcome favorably; and
- Achieving BCBSA’s legislative objectives via direct lobbying of assigned Members and committees.
Responsiblities include but are not limited to:
- Conducts legislative research to provide timely and accurate information to lobbying team and other OPR departments in support of key initiatives by relying on existing relationships, resources and contacts and continuously developing new resources and contacts. Takes a lead role in supporting the management and tracks the execution of lobbying and interdepartmental projects. Develops a tracking system for monitoring key legislation that might impact BCBSA and its Plans. Monitor Congressional activities, including hearings, markups and floor activities in conjunction with the lobbying staff. Oversees the creation of issue talking points and keeps updated one-pagers and other documents in coordination with policy staff. Conducts background research on key issues as needed by lobbying team.
- Supports the Legislative Advocacy and Operations Managing Director with day-to-day operations of the Federal Relations team. Leads a variety of special projects that support the lobbying team and OPR department, including the development of a sharable legislative tracker with position, maintaining issue talking points and materials into a centralized spot, updating the Association’s lobbying portal to ensure relevant lobbying materials are available to the Plan gov’t affairs specialists. Provide support to the Managing Director with special events, including fly-ins, in-town Plan meetings, Hill briefings, and other events as determined by leadership. Oversees the development of the OPR Blue Summit Track. Coordinates all elements of assuring CEO and SVP presence on the Hill and Administration, including the scheduling, development of materials, and feedback loop with the Plans.
- Lobbies assigned Members and Committees effectively and identifies opportunities to deploy the lobbying resources which would prove most effective in working with members of Congress and their offices by responding quickly to members’ initiatives and approaching members and their offices with Association initiatives. Remains in continuous contact with assigned offices and committees making sure they are fully aware of the Association’s position on issues while seeking opportunities to press forward with the Association’s agenda. Seeks and provides feedback to and from BCBSA Plans on key issues and visits with Plan’s member’s offices.
- Participates in and contributes to internal strategy meetings demonstrating a focused effort to keep up-to-date on BCBSA legislative strategy, congressional activities, and health care issues and to develop and maintain an understanding of these. Identifies opportunities and key messages for various internal and external communications. Works with more senior lobbyists to maintain strategies on key issues and leads on maintaining strategy on assigned (secondary) issues.
Required Basic Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, or related field or equivalent work experience
- Minimum 4 years or related experience in healthcare policy, lobbying, or as a member of the legislative or political team in a Hill office or a trade association
- Excellent writing skills (writing sample or test may be sought)
Preferred Basic Qualifications:
- Graduate degree in Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, or related field or equivalent work experience
- Ability to draw upon extensive knowledge and relationships to identify issues and develop appropriate policy responses
- Sophisticated/strategic thinking to determine how best to influence decision/policy makers
- Demonstrated ability in setting and meeting objectives, while reacting within a growing and changing internal and external environment
- Experience in Congress or the Administration (HCFA, OMB, HHS)
- High level of confidence, integrity, enthusiasm, a hands on approach to problem solving, executive presence and a personality that fits a fast paced, energetic, and proactive organization
- Excellent organizational, oral, and written skills
- Superior analytical, planning and project management skills
Equal Opportunity Employer
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other legally protected characteristics
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Job posted: 2018-12-26