State Government Relations Manager

29 Dec, 2021


State Government Relations Manager

National Psoriasis Foundation
  1. Summary: 
Under the general direction of the Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy, the State Government Relations Manager will represent the NPF in the seventeen states of our “central” region of the country on legislative and regulatory matters at the state and local level. This includes direct contact with state and local legislators and staff, NPF advocates and staff of partner organizations and other members of the chronic disease community working on issues of mutual interest. The SGRM participates in the NPF’s day to day engagement in coalition and state legislative efforts and plays a key role in implementing the policies and position statements developed by the members of the Government Relations and Advocacy team. For a select number of states, the SGRM is a prime point of contact for advocates on state and local government related matters and works in coordination with the Community Development Manager(s) assigned to the region, and other members of the NPF team.
  1. Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.
  • Monitoring and tracking State and local legislative, regulatory and public policy initiatives in the central region states pertaining and related to psoriasis, psoriasis arthritis, and other chronic diseases, access solutions (including out of pocket cost caps, step therapy legislation, and biosimilars) in assigned states.
  • Representing the NPF in state coalitions on chronic health issues of interest including but not limited to specialty drug tiering, treatment access, step therapy, and prior authorizations.
  • Review and analyze state rules, legislation, regulations, and news reports; identify, assess and track issues health trends; determine potential opportunities and challenges; and maintain a database of articles/literature relevant to identified state public policy issues.
  • Researching and, as appropriate, drafting and/or modifying advocacy documents to respond to state issues of interest.
  • Supporting the education of legislative and executive officials and staff, regarding the psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis community – with a particular emphasis on access challenges.
  • Producing reports, presentations, and legislative updates, on state legislative progress.
  • Researching and drafting substantive letters, talking points, comment letters and hearing testimony.
  • In assigned states, monitoring legislative hearings and bill action, in coordination with the Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy, developing an action plan for NPF engagement in such states, and representing the Foundation in state houses on these issues.
  • Coordination with Outreach Manager and local Community Development Manager(s) to engage local advocates on issues in a timely manner; and to empower these advocates to advocate on the Foundation’s behalf.
  • Creating and maintaining, in coordination with the appropriate NPF departments, regional action networks as determined the SGRM’s supervisor.
  • Writing articles for NPF publications and preparing materials for the website; coordinate with NPF Public Relations Manager on press opportunities and needs at the state level and in local markets.
  • Demonstrating a high level of customer service, professionalism, and confidentiality in all communications.
  1.       Organizational Structure and Relationships
The State Government Relations Manager reports to the Vice President, Government Relations and Advocacy. The State Government Relations Manager will collaborate closely with other members of the advocacy team, the regional Community Development Manager(s), and other Foundation departments and staff to effectively implement and support the objectives and initiatives of the advocacy department and broader NPF mission.
  1. Education/Experience/Skills:
  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 3+ years’ experience in state advocacy or in state government
  • Experience in a state legislative office preferred, but not necessary
  • Healthcare policy background
  • Excellent communication skills – writing, editing, and speaking; comfort or experience with public speaking
  • Must be able to work with/manage volunteers
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions
  • Demonstrates initiative and resourcefulness
  • Detail-oriented with a priority on accuracy, organization, and efficiency
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks; strong project management skills
  • Must be able to work collaboratively in a team environment
  • Patience, compassion, desire to help and advocate for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
  • Diplomatic, tactful, team player
  • Ability to keep sensitive information confidential
  • Intermediate or advanced working knowledge of database management, MS Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required. (During legislative season significant travel, up to 25 percent, may be needed).

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Job posted: 2021-12-29