Executive Director, Healthcare Policy & Advocacy

About City of Hope

City of Hope, an innovative biomedical research, treatment and educational institution with over 5,000 employees, is dedicated to the prevention and cure of cancer and other life-threatening diseases and guided by a compassionate, patient-centered philosophy.

Founded in 1913 and headquartered in Duarte, California, City of Hope is a remarkable non-profit institution, where compassion and advanced care go hand-in-hand with excellence in clinical and scientific research. City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation's 20 leading cancer centers that develops and institutes standards of care for cancer treatment.

Position Summary:

The Executive Director, Healthcare Policy & Advocacy, is responsible for aligning City of Hope's policy, advocacy and government affairs agenda with the enterprise vision, mission and strategic goals. The Executive Director helps create a favorable external environment. The Executive Director is the institutional lead for interpreting the implications of both proposed and final federal and state laws and regulations, developing consensus on policy positions and leading advocacy and government relations strategies to advance those positions.

Reporting to the Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, the Executive Director is responsible for developing and delivering a strategic plan to enhance City of Hope's sphere of influence on health care policy at the federal and state levels. The Executive Director develops consensus on City of Hope's positions on federal and state health policy initiatives, legislation and regulations, and, when necessary, establishes and activates a national advocacy network to engage the public in supporting City of Hope policy positions. The Executive Director serves as a spokesperson for City of Hope on health policy issues.

The Executive Director leads a team of internal staff and external consultants (including outside lobbyists, political advisors and advocacy agencies) charged with building strong relationships with federal officials, members of their staff and other policy stakeholders in order to maintain appropriate channels of dialogue and influence.

This position leads a cross-functional team to set the policy agenda and outreach strategies to engage external stakeholders in City of Hope's mission. The Executive Director serves as the primary institutional policy liaison with federal elected officials, administration officials, third-party organizations and key associations, and develops and influences the policy agenda for key alliances of which City of Hope is a member (including the Alliance for Dedicated Cancer Centers, Association of American Cancer Institutes, Research America, California Life Sciences Association and California Hospital Association).

The position is based in Southern California and travels to Sacramento and Washington, D.C. on a twice-monthly basis.

Essential Functions:

  • Analyzes the external environment to evaluate and determine City of Hope policy priorities, and leads ongoing advocacy strategies that advance a comprehensive health care policy agenda supporting City of Hope's interests.
  • Provides leadership to staff and consultants engaged in building City of Hope's working relationships with federal and state legislators, legislative staff, appointed officials, and leaders of third-party organizations and alliances. Ensures that elected and appointed officials and their staffs understand the impact of health care policies on City of Hope's ability to serve its mission
  • Analyzes federal and state health care policy environment and identifies legislation and regulations to favorably impact the enterprise vision, mission and strategic goals.
  • Works with internal stakeholders to identify issues and work on solutions to legislative or regulatory issues. Directs advocacy activity to achieve City of Hope goals.
  • Prepares briefings for City of Hope leadership and facilitates interaction with policymakers on the evolving healthcare environment and positions City of Hope as a trusted, authoritative resource.
  • Represents City of Hope leadership with appropriate associations, including the ADCC, AACI, NCCN, CLSA and CHA/HASC.
  • Provides clear analysis and strategic recommendations on policy and advocacy issues to City of Hope leadership.
  • Ensures compliance with all required tax filings.
  • Travel required to Sacramento, California, and to City of Hope's main campus required on at least a monthly basis.

Minimum Education: Bachelor's Degree required. Experience may substitute for minimum education requirements.

Minimum Experience: 20 years of progressively responsible experience in healthcare policy, advocacy and government relations, preferably in the health care arena. This experience should either include working for elected or appointed officials, or leadership role with a healthcare provider organization or a patient advocacy organization. Knowledge of nonprofit advocacy and lobbying laws and regulations is required.

Preferred Education: Advanced degree in related field preferred. Law degree (J.D. or L.L.B.) or a Master's degree in Public Administration or Public Policy is a plus.

Preferred Experience: Experience in the field of governmental relations in a major health-care institution. Mid-level to senior experience is essential.

Skills/Abilities:

  • Executive, C-suite presence
  • Effective facilitator in various settings
  • Strong strategic leadership abilities
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • Sound judgment and decision making
  • Exhibit a cooperative and team oriented attitude
  • Diplomacy; ability to effectively cultivate and maintain relationships
  • Excellent oral and written skills
  • Negotiation and persuasion skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Coach, train and instruct staff
  • Excellent organizational skills

City of Hope is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with disability.


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