Vice President, Government Relations

26 Oct, 2020


Vice President, Government Relations

Owens & Minor
Washington, DC

At Owens & Minor, we are a critical part of the healthcare process. As a Fortune 500 company with 50+ facilities across the US and 18,000 teammates in over 90 countries, we provide integrated technologies, products and services across the full continuum of care. Customers—and their patients—are at the heart of what we do.

Our mission is to empower our customers to advance healthcare, and our success starts with our teammates.

Owens & Minor teammate benefits include:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance, available on first working day
  • 401(k), eligibility after 30 days of employment
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Development opportunities to grow your career with a global company


Leads Owens & Minor’s government relations functions, influencing government policy and legislative direction to improve the regulatory and economic environment in which the Company operates.  In consultation with executive leadership, plans and executes a comprehensive, proactive government affairs strategy that advances the Company’s mission and goals with elected officials and applicable government agencies.  Serves as the Company’s principal liaison to elected officials at all levels (federal, state, local).

Core Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with executive leadership, develops and manages the Company’s strategy for strengthening relationships with elected officials and government agencies and increasing their understanding of and support for the Company.
  • Works with the Company leadership to identify priority legislative and government relations issues for the Company.
  • Communicates and advocates Company priorities to local, regional, state and national elected officials, staff, and applicable departments and agencies ((HHS, FEMA, DoD, HHS, CMS, FDA, etc.).
  • Monitors, analyzes, and reports on government policy and legislation activities.  Updates and advises Company leadership about relevant policy proposals and actions, identifying emerging policy/regulatory trends, developing issues and position papers for presentation to leaders, advising on legislation and policy activities, and working with colleagues to analyze potential impacts on the Company.
  • Coordinates government relations strategy with other relevant stakeholders, including applicable trade associations.
  • Hires, evaluates, and manages third party federal and state governmental affairs firms and related budget.
  • Develops materials in support of the Company’s government relations agenda (talking points, legislative summaries, factsheets, testimony, reports, letters, etc.).
  • Works with Marketing and Communications teams to develop relevant public relations materials.
  • Plans and implements events and other activities to support the Company’s government relations goals, such as town halls, news conferences, legislative visits, and meetings.
  • In coordination with executive leadership, develops a strategy for, and facilitates a prioritization of, campaign contributions designed to further the Company’s interests.
  • Provides technical assistance to Company leadership on government relations issues.
  • Plans budget for government relations activities.
  • Assists the Commercial team with its government sales efforts, including responding to RFIs and RFPs, and related contracting.
  • Assists in the selection and management of a network of external federal and state consultants to further the company’s government relations strategy.
  • Ability to travel up to 30%

Qualifying Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree required; concentration in Political Science, Government, Public Policy preferred
  • 15 or more years of experience working on federal government relations/legislative affairs (Capitol Hill, or federal agency legislative affairs/policy/government relations role, etc.)
  • 10 or more years of diversified government relations leadership, planning, communication, organization, and people management experience
  • Mix of government and private sector experience preferred
  • Or any combination of education and experience to meet the above requirements
  • Experienced with healthcare political, legislative and regulatory issues, as well as applicable governmental agencies and Congressional Committees
  • Fluency with federal political and legislative processes


If you feel this opportunity could be the next step in your career, we encourage you to apply.

Owens & Minor is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, religion, disability, age, status as a veteran, or any other status prohibited by applicable national, federal, state or local law.

Note: Owens & Minor is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. Please, no phone calls or emails. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at our Company via email, the Internet, or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of our Company. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by our Company as a result of the referral or through other means.

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Job posted: 2020-10-26