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Legislative Representative

Location: Washington, DC Additional Locations:
Job Number: 715579 Date posted: 07/06/2018

Represents the interests of Kaiser Permanente as an operating entity, our members and the communities we serve-all with a high degree of integrity, broad understanding of the impact of public policy and a realistic understanding of what is possible in the real world. Guides and represents Kaiser Permanente on legislative and regulatory affairs with elected officials and government officials in legislative bodies, regulatory and other agencies and their respective staffs. Ensures company's interest is reflected to best advantage. Monitors progress of legislative and regulatory issues of interest to the company and its members, and provides analysis to company officials. Develops strategy regarding and meets with elected government and regulatory officials to advise them of issues related to the healthcare industry. Directs and works with designated trade and business associations and advocacy groups on political, legislative and regulatory issues of importance to the company.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Represent Kaiser Permanente (KP) on public policy issues through accurate and persuasive communication with relevant legislators & staff, executive branch officials, trade associations and the policy community in general.

  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with legislative and executive branch staff, legislators, trade associations and other groups of importance to KP's advocacy efforts.

  • Gain and ultimately use a thorough, in-depth knowledge of Kaiser Permanente and its operations, including principles, philosophies, policies and organizational structure, necessary to advocate independent of supervision.

  • Review relevant legislation as introduced and amended, making an initial assessment of its impact on KP. Where appropriate, provide summaries for internal discussion and distribution. Accountable for tracking and/or monitoring and reporting for senior management the results of actualization of lobbying efforts.

  • Educate policymakers and their staff about Kaiser Permanente and the impact of proposed legislation or regulations on Kaiser Permanent specifically and health care organizations in general.

  • Advise Program Offices, Regional Management and Permanente Medical Groups on pending legislation, regulations, changes in key government policy or personnel and other government relations matters pertinent to their operations.

  • Advise Program Offices, Regional Management and the Permanente Medical Groups on development of legislative policy positions.

  • No formal staff management. Provides knowledge transfer as appropriate. May provide structure within teams that engage in self-directed work. May provide staff leadership. May manage outside resources.

  • Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum eight (8) years of directly related legislative or executive branch experience required.

  • Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in a related field in Liberal Arts, Business, Political Science, or a similar emphasis required.

  • License, Certification, Registration

  • Registration as a federal lobbyist is required upon hire.

  • Additional Requirements:

  • Knowledge of and experience with health care issues required, including direct experience with health care policy analysis in general and demonstrated ability to advocate on health care issues in the legislative and/or regulatory context.

  • Overall in-depth knowledge and ongoing interest in the political process.

  • Must demonstrate the ability to understand Kaiser Permanente's unique structure and the impact of legislative and regulatory actions specifically on KP.

  • Demonstrated ability to gain an in-depth knowledge and intuitive understanding of Kaiser Permanente's interests, and the ability to convey this knowledge while advocating at various levels on behalf of KP.

  • Demonstrated ability in advocacy and formulating alternatives on complex issues.

  • Demonstrates functional area business process acumen and the ability to thoroughly understand cross-functional business areas.

  • Demonstrated analytical ability.

  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written are essential.

  • Ability to communicate well under pressure with tact and diplomacy, with respect for alternative points of view.

  • Ability to handle ambiguous circumstances and understand when consultation with colleagues/management/key stakeholders is necessary.

  • Have a proven track record.

  • Have a professional and personal reputation that is characterized by integrity and credibility, and is comfortable advocating Kaiser Permanente's values and mission.

  • Have established relationships with legislative and/or executive branch staff.

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

  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Up to ten (10) years directly related legislative or executive branch experience.

  • Master's Degree in a related field in Business, Political Science, or similar emphasis.
  • Primary Location: District of Columbia,Washington,Government Relations Offices Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri Working Hours Start: 8:00 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: Individual Contributor Job Category: External Affairs / Relations Department: Government Relations - DC Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time

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    Communications combines numerous interrelated departments dedicated to advancing the Kaiser Permanente mission, promoting and protecting the Kaiser Permanente brand, and supporting the success of its strategy, including Corporate Communications, Issues and Brand Management, Public Relations, Media and Stakeholder Relations, Public Affairs, and more — both internally and externally.

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