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Director, Public Affairs & Advocacy

Location: Oakland, CA Additional Locations:

Government Relations Office 900 7th St. NW, 900 7th St. NW, Washington DC,Dist of Columbia, 20001
Job Number: 794629 Date posted: 05/23/2019

Preferred location is Oakland, CA.  Willing to consider Washington, DC.

Responsible for providing complex public policy communications strategy, management, consultation, planning, implementation and recommended solutions for the Government Relations organization of Kaiser Permanente, as well as functions, programs and projects across a broad variety of internal and external audiences (KP leaders, employees, influencers, media, members, consumers, etc.) to support organizational business strategies and to promote and protect the KP brand. Reports to Executive Director of Public Advocacy as part of Government Relations.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provides oversight and/or leads communications strategies and tactics that support KP's strategic plans and public policy goals. Works within a team of communication professionals and provides strategic thinking and leadership skills.

  • Identifies and optimizes appropriate public policy efforts through strategic communication leadership.

  • Evaluates findings and makes formal recommendations to several stakeholders including up to C-level KP executives.

  • Designs communications strategies that optimize KP business strategies, programs and public policy priorities.

  • Brings forth technical/content expertise (stakeholder awareness and intelligence, legislative/executive/administrative operations, sophisticated communications strategies, tools and techniques).

  • Develops and implements strategies related to external media inquiries.

  • Mentors, reviews, and approves team member communication recommendations and works on a variety of topics. Advises and manages team members who may report to other functions but can be tasked with assisting public policy initiatives, whose work includes strategic communications leadership, planning, and tactical implementation in both day-to-day and high-risk situations. Selects, develops, evaluates, coaches, and advises personnel.

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum eight (8) years of experience in Public Relations, Communications or similar roles.

  • Minimum two (2) years of related management experience.

  • Education

  • Bachelor's degree in political science, journalism, english, public relations, business administration, or related field.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Extensive experience working with principals and confidential, high-risk and / or highly sensitive content.

  • Experience managing communications across large, complex organizations.

  • Experience with stakeholder management and change management in a large organization.

  • Experience working across internal and external communications with a demonstrated understanding for how they influence each one.

  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage complex projects: ability to work effectively with team members and senior executives under tight deadlines.

  • Contributes to the development of innovative communications principles, ideas and practices.

  • Demonstrated expertise in the creation, execution and evaluation of public policy initiatives, legislative advocacy, political crisis/issue management, key stakeholder management and coalition building.

  • In-depth knowledge of legislative and health care policy arenas.

  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management partnership environment.

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Five (5) years of directly related management experience, to include a combination of: three (3) years of experience managing political campaigns, three (3) years of experience working with elected officials, staff and governmental agencies.

  • A combination of state and federal policy experience.

  • Public relations agency experience.

  • Master's degree in political science, journalism, english, public relations, business administration, or related field.

  • Expertise in health care issues.

  • Extensive knowledge of health policy, state and federal legislative and political processes.

  • Knowledge of local, state and federal governmental agencies, and their processes and policies that affect the health care community.
  • Primary Location: California,Oakland,Ordway One Kaiser Plaza Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon - Fri Working Hours Start: 8:30 AM Working Hours End: 5:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: Salaried, Non-Union, Exempt Job Level: Manager with Direct Reports Job Category: External Affairs / Relations Department: Government Relations Public Advocacy Travel: Yes, 15 % of the Time Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status.

    External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with federal and state laws, as well as applicable local ordinances, including but not limited to the San Francisco and Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinances.

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