Manager, Federal Affairs

10 Jan, 2023


Manager, Federal Affairs

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
Washington, D.C.

Job Details


This position supports the NCQA’s Federal Affairs team in their efforts to influence health reform policy and programs and develop and maintain working relationships with federal government entities.

  • Monitors and analyzes federal legislation, regulations, contracts, waivers and related policy materials for NCQA public policy priorities, business needs and threats, opportunities and intelligence.
  • Supports coordination of various activities across NCQA departments to increase use of NCQA products and services at the federal level.
  • Identifies and develops relationships with Hill and Administration staff & related stakeholders (provider associations, consumer advocates, employers/purchasers, consultants);
  • Supports the State Affairs team; identifies and coordinates Federal initiatives and events that may impact states;
  • Initiates outreach to target stakeholders for all opportunities relevant to NCQA product lines and policy objectives;
  • Drafts comment letters and other written advocacy materials needed for federal outreach;
  • Covers briefings, conferences and other meetings to support the Vice President for Public Policy and External Relations and Leadership Team.
  • Organizes and manages activities to support NCQA’s Consumer Advisory Council.
  • Manages the Federal Affairs departments meeting calendar, conference schedule and external outreach
  • Conducts public policy research and implements project management principles to develop organizational policy positions.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Supports Federal Affairs in maximizing NCQA policy priorities and product recognition/mandates by:
    • Networking with national health policy influencers to gather intelligence and inform our federal strategies
    • Assist in ongoing identification of high value (politically and/or revenue generating) federal targets.
    • Conducting outreach to public sector decision makers (e.g. Hill and Administration offices, CMS, OPM, HHS) to promote our programs through in person and virtual meetings and to understand public sector opportunities/needs
    • Maintain relationships with federal and state policy makers with NCQA recognition, including conducting cross walks and research; coordinate with operating and Policy units.
    • Participates with Directors or other senior NCQA staff in federal outreach meetings and briefings
  • Manage logistics for Consumer Advisory Council meetings including coordinating internal leadership availability with Councils’ availability, day of responsibilities in coordination with VP’s assistant.
  • Track, analyze and support organizational response to federal legislative developments and policy proposals.


  • College degree in a related field or equivalent experience.
  • 2 years’ experience with federal and/or state legislative and regulatory matters related to quality, health and insurance regulation.  Understanding of health reform efforts. Working knowledge of managed care or health insurance, and/or understanding of NCQA products.
  • Excellent verbal, written, research skills.  Comfortable with public speaking and developing new contacts.  Highly organized.  Analytical thinker.  Excellent interpersonal skills, including tact.  Knowledge of databases and Microsoft Office.


Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

NCQA is a drug free workplace. NCQA recruits, hires, trains and promotes individuals, and administers any and all personnel actions, without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, citizenship, familial status, disability status, veteran status, genetic information, or other protected statuses under applicable state and federal laws.

NCQA will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c).

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Job posted: 2023-01-10