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Manager Government Relations
We are searching for a Manager of Government Relations — someone who works well in a fast-paced setting. In this position, you will be a key member of the Texas Children’s Government Relations team and will lead the day-to-day activities of our state government relations efforts. This role will deploy our on-the-ground state lobbying strategy in Austin, with input and oversight from the Assistant Vice President (AVP) of Government Relations.
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- Cultivates and maintains strong relationships with state elected officials and their staff. Represents Texas Children’s during the state legislative session in Austin and facilitates all engagement with members of the state legislature and their staff during this time
- Organizes all Texas Children’s VIP visits to Austin including scheduling of meetings with executives and legislative offices. Coordinates logistics and travel arrangements for the Government Relations department with the assistance of the Administrative Assistant. Writes all thank you notes and follows-up on any legislative requests
- Works to identify relationships with state elected officials and agency staff and gather intelligence about members
- Uses the legislative and regulatory processes to obtain information on prospective legislation or policy recommendations. Writes memos, letters, and analyses on specific policy recommendations and their impact to Texas Children’s and distributes this information to appropriate stakeholders
- Maintains strong legislative advocacy skills and thoroughly understands the state legislative process and rules
- Assists with written communications with state officials or their staff and state agency representatives on specific health care legislation or regulations
- Develops our strategy to bring elected officials to TCH and coordinates all legislative visits to the hospital
- Assists in government relations and public affairs activities as assigned, including public policy research and analysis, preparation of briefing materials for public official meetings, drafting of testimony, handling of information and referral requests, drafting of letters and other public affairs materials, and coordination of special events, such as candidate forums or conferences. Regularly coordinates with the public relations and marketing teams
- Assists the AVP with the development of the annual budget for legislative advocacy initiatives in Austin
- Perform other duties as assigned by the AVP of Government Relations
- Leads the hospital and health plan’s government relations communication, interaction, and engagement with our state industry associations including the Children’s Hospital Association of Texas, the Texas Hospital Association, and the Texas Association of Health Plans.
- Develops and deploys a strategy to educate employees, medical staff and other direct audiences about key state legislative issues using various communication means such as internal website and newsletters, global e-mails, and other related printed material and educational venues
- Assists with special projects as needed. These assignments may include arranging speakers or participants for a press conference; writing correspondence to an elected official on behalf of an executive, physician, or patient family; providing editorials or quotes for local news articles; assisting with board presentations and public testimony on short notice
- Being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including any booster dose(s) of the COVID-19 vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control when eligible, is required for all employees at Texas Children’s unless approved for a medical or religious exemption
- Bachelor’s Degree in Political science, health care administration, or related field required
- Master’s Degree in Political science, public administration, or related field preferred
- 5 years’ experience in State legislative office or lobbying at the state level
Since 1954, Texas Children’s has been leading the charge in patient care, education and research to accelerate health care for children and women around the world. When you love what you do, it truly shows in the smiles of our patient families, employees and our numerous accolades such as being consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation by U.S.News & World Report as well as recognition from Houston Business Journal as one of this city’s Best Places to Work for ten consecutive years.
Texas Children’s comprehensive health care network includes our primary hospital in the Texas Medical Center with expertise in over 40 pediatric subspecialties; the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI); the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children’s care for communities north of Houston. We have also created the nation’s first HMO for children, established the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that is channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is also academically affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine, one of the largest, most diverse and successful pediatric programs in the nation.
To join our community of 14,000 dedicated team members, visit texaschildrenspeople.org for career opportunities. You can also learn more about our amazing culture at infinitepassion.org. At Texas Children’s Hospital, diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of our values and mission for the women and children that we serve. We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment for all faculty, staff and learners throughout our organization. We believe that each member of our one amazing team provides enrichment that allows us to create a lasting legacy for future employees of this great organization.
Texas Children’s is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions at Texas Children’s without regard to mental or physical disability, race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or any other protected Federal, State/Province or Local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.
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Job posted: 2022-05-03