Managing Director State Relations – Regulatory

28 Jul, 2020


Managing Director State Relations – Regulatory

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
Washington, DC


Regulatory and legislative issues position designed to achieve the State Relations team’s state advocacy and Plan support objectives. These outcomes are accomplished through developing and maintaining primary relationships with national organizations of state officials directly concerned with oversight of the financing and delivery of health care. This person ensures the interests of BCBSA and Plans are incorporated in their regulatory and legislative programs and policy development with these groups. Accountable for ensuring Blue positions are successfully advanced via state based organizations with an emphasis on NAIC; monitoring proposed state regulation and legislation, anticipating outcomes and developing actions plans to advance BCBSA priorities; and other tasks as assigned that support the advancement of OPR, State Relations objectives.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


  • Develops, maintains and leverages strong professional relationships with national organizations of state officials, with emphasis on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), specific interest groups and other health-related organizations to effectively monitor and influence the regulatory, legislative and policy development of those groups to advance BCBSA and Plan positions and priorities. Develops and executes effective advocacy strategy to promote BCBSA and Plan objectives. Represents BCBSA at state based officials meetings, events and conferences. Identifies educational and other opportunities to feature Plan expertise and innovations. Provides summaries, synthesizing data and information from these events to inform the work of OPR’s State Relations team.
  • Works closely with Executive Director, State Relations to develop and execute strategic objectives to advance Plan influence and positions with state policymakers. Primary responsibility for ensuring advocacy of BCBSA/Plan positions with relevant NAIC task forces and work groups. Monitors and engages as appropriate on all relevant NAIC work group calls and in person meetings. Uses current contacts and resources, and develops new ones, to keep staff and Plans informed of current state regulatory developments. Uses experience, knowledge and resources to assist in formulating and executing BCBSA positions and strategies. Leads various state health policy projects/initiatives as assigned.
  • Actively participates in and contributes to cross-departmental and certain cross-divisional meetings and workgroups as appropriate to ensure collaboration in accomplishing team priorities. Identifies and communicates opportunities to leverage state officials to influence federal regulatory and legislative actions. Identifies and assists in communicating key state regulatory and legislative activities/issues/positions to internal audiences, to Plans and to other external audiences, Executes strategies to achieve desired meeting outcomes.
  • Supervises direct report; aligns job responsibilities to performance goals, and professional development opportunities; delegates tasks/projects effectively. Acts as an advocate for the employee with management and identifies opportunities to showcase employees work and expertise within the larger organization. Clearly communicates responsibilities and expectations; ensures accountability. Directs, monitors and motivates employee.


Required Basic Qualifications:


  • Bachelors Degree in Political Science, Public or Health Policy, Business or Public Administration or related field or equivalent work experience
  • 7-10 years experience in legislative or regulatory research, political strategy development, political project management or related private entity position
  • Advanced knowledge of health care/insurance environment and understanding of state and federal legislative and regulatory processes
  • Ability to synthesize complex problems/public policy issues while identifying their related business implications and the actions necessary to advocate a recommended outcome


Preferred Basic Qualifications:


  • Keen understanding of state insurance regulatory system; demonstrated experience/engagement with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners preferred
  • Law degree preferred
  • Demonstrated ability in setting and meeting objectives, while reacting within a growing and changing internal and external environment
  • Demonstrated experience working within a fast paced, energetic, and proactive organization
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience
  • Ability to solicit input/information from others and translate into written documents/materials
  • Initiative and flexibility, with the ability to produce quality results under demanding time constraints
  • Demonstrated proficiency with database, legislative tracking and research programs, and other information tracking software
  • Strong analytical, planning and organizational skills
  • Experience in state level grass roots organizing and/or coalition development helpful

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: 2020-07-28