Vice President External Affairs, Federal Affairs

31 Jul, 2020


Vice President External Affairs, Federal Affairs

UnitedHealth Group
Washington, DC

Position Description

Help write the history of UnitedHealth Group as a part of External Affairs while healing the health care system and improving the lives of others. Bring along your passion and do your life’s best work.(sm)

The Vice President, External Affairs, Federal Affairs will be responsible for working with colleagues across External Affairs to develop and implement strategies on the company’s declared Federal government advocacy, growth, relationship and reputational priorities. The candidate will report to the Senior Vice President, External Affairs.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Driving and contributing to effective advocacy efforts to advance the company’s Federal advocacy and growth opportunities
  • Actively engaging in lobbying activities and advocacy efforts with Congress and the Executive branch
  • Developing, fostering, and strengthening relationships with key members of Congress, Congressional staff and key personnel in relevant executive branch agencies. Influencing decision-makers in positions to impact priority legislative and regulatory outcomes
  • Establishing and maintaining engagement with influential third parties including industry partners, external coalitions, advocacy groups, thought leaders, and other stakeholders in a position to influence Federal outcomes
  • Anticipating, influencing, and monitoring Federal legislative and regulatory initiatives that may impact the company
  • Proactively contributing to comprehensive strategic plans that leverage direct advocacy, policy and research, coalitions, third party engagement and public opinion to advance the company’s objectives through compelling advocacy at the Federal level
  • Developing and contributing to a wide range of timely written deliverables with the highest standards of professionalism
  • Directing the company’s Federal advocacy consultants on key advocacy, growth, and relationship development priorities
  • Building and managing relationships with internal business leaders and partnering with them on Federal advocacy and growth initiatives
  • Proactively monitoring the development of emerging Federal issues that impact the company’s reputation and business and developing and executing strategies to manage them
  • Working closely with the company’s PAC manager to develop and execute strategies to raise internal funds for the PAC, and develop Federal PAC distribution strategy
  • Responding to inquiries on Federal issues from senior leaders and keeping senior leaders informed protectively about any ongoing developments and priority issues

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate Degree  
  • 10+ years of experience working in Congress, the Executive Branch, Federal government relations, public policy, advocacy or campaigns
  • Demonstrated growth in responsibilities during career
  • Political campaign experience 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree 
  • Experience in a corporate setting 
  • Experience or background in the health care industry 

Attributes, Skills and Knowledge:

  • Impeccable personal character and high integrity – able to represent the company with the highest standards of professionalism in internal and external settings
  • A team player who works well with others
  • Highly motivated and reliable, with a strong work ethic and deep pride in one’s work
  • Meaningful existing relationships, credibility and influence with Congressional offices and/or the Executive Branch
  • Solid understanding of the health care legislative and regulatory environments 
  • Solid understanding of the health care industry and stakeholder landscape
  • Outstanding written communication skills, with a demonstrated ability to consistently prepare high-quality, time-sensitive internal and external deliverables
  • Ability to thrive in an intense, accountable environment for a complex, highly diversified industry-leading, mission-oriented company committed to improving access, affordability, experience and outcomes for the people we are privileged to serve
  • Strong detail orientation and ability to consistently manage projects and/or contribute to activities with the highest degree of quality, professionalism and responsiveness
  • Excellent interpersonal, relationship, negotiation and presentation skills
  • Thorough knowledge of the Federal legislative and regulatory processes
  • Keen political acumen and ability to navigate issues comprehensively – inclusive of direct advocacy, policy and research, coalitions, third party engagement and public opinion
  • Eagerness to learn, improve, grow and earn new opportunities – including demonstrating responsiveness to constructive feedback
  • Ability to pivot and quickly adapt in response to changes in the external environment or company priorities



Careers at UnitedHealth Group. We have modest goals: Improve the lives of others. Change the landscape of health care forever. Leave the world a better place than we found it. Such aspirations tend to attract a certain type of person. Crazy talented. Compassionate. Driven. To these select few, we offer the global reach, resources and can-do culture of a Fortune 6 company. We provide an environment where you’re empowered to be your best. We encourage you to take risks. And we offer a world of rewards and benefits for performance. We believe the most important is the opportunity to do your life’s best work.(sm)






Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.     


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UnitedHealth Group is a drug – free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.   


Job posted: 2020-07-31