Manager of Government Relations

11 Sep, 2019


Manager of Government Relations

Root Insurance Company
Columbus, OH
The Company: Root is a venture-backed technology company founded on the belief that insurance is a broken industry, and we set out to change it. By getting to the “root” of the issue—the unfair, archaic, complicated insurance business model—and solving it entirely, we set out to transform the insurance world.
We believe our customers deserve insurance that is:
Fair. We lean on data, not demographic labels.
Affordable. We base rates on good driver performance.
Personal. We give our customers the power to affect their rates.
Easy. We create an intuitive experience.
Accessible. We make information clear.
Beyond. We are never, ever satisfied with the status quo.
The Culture: Root has been rapidly growing for the last few years. Our early signs of success are in large part due to our unwavering standards in hiring. We recognize that our product is only as good as the people building it. We look for passionate problem solvers who can find solutions by moving through the cycle of ideation to implementation with curiosity and rigor. We work together as one team and expect every team member to lead with empathy and courage.
The Position: We’re looking for a highly detail-oriented individual, who will bring their strong communication skills and expertise in managing people, projects and timelines to our growing government affairs team. The ideal candidate will have a track record of working with elected and appointed officials to proactively attain support for policy, political or business priorities. The Manager of Government Relations is responsible for overseeing and executing Root’s state-based advocacy and lobbying process by working directly with the states, creating deadlines, and anticipating outcomes. Root has experienced significant growth in a short period of time, building from 50 to over 700 people in roughly 18 months and raising $523M in Venture Capital funding. Given this rapid growth, the most successful candidate will be able to step into our fast-paced environment and improve our ability to guide and influence the decisions that will make Root’s future.
Reports to: Director of Government Affairs


  • Works closely with the legal, and finance teams and other key business partners to develop Root’s positions on multi-state regulatory, legislative and generally.
  • Manages day to day operations of Root Insurance government relations work.
  • Oversees and executes state-based advocacy & lobbying processes.
  • Manages outside consultants and lobbyists in various states.
  • Coordinates and manages team meetings, deadlines, action, and follow up.
  • Coordinates support materials for state teams, including marketing, talking points, policy papers.
  • Supports development of grassroots advocacy capacity for company employees, third parties and customers to support policy and business priorities.
  • Supports the Government Affairs team in reporting progress and challenges to business and company leaders in engagement activities, helping to keep individuals informed and properly connected to company priorities.
  • Works within states to build partnerships and coalitions that further the company’s public policy goals.
  • Responds to and monitors resolution of escalated complaints from local, state or federal government authorities.
  • Becomes familiar with and involved in the legislative and regulatory activities of the company’s federal and state trade associations.
  • Helps develop the company’s key elected and appointed official relationships, including insurance regulators.
  • Participates in state and national trade association meetings, working groups and discussions.

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum 3+ years of relevant government, political, campaigns or public advocacy experience
  • Knowledge of the insurance regulations or laws or demonstrated ability to learn them quickly
  • Demonstrated track record of working with elected and appointed officials to proactively attain support for policy, political or business priorities
  • Proven experience of managing employees and consultants
  • Detailed-oriented with a success in managing people, projects and timelines
  • Has the ability to coordinate the efforts of diverse stakeholders to support policy, political or business priorities
  • Self-starter skills, including a career path exemplified by taking on more diverse and sophisticated problem-solving tasks over time
  • Able to work effectively in teams of various sizes, remotely or in person
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a variety of sometimes unrelated tasks and projects and to work with business partners to meet their timelines and expectations

Get in touch

Finding the right people to help us build Root is a top priority. Whether you would like to explore the possibility of working together or simply learn more about the position, we’d love to hear from you!

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Job posted: 2019-09-11