Legislative Director, Health Services and Sciences (0665)
University of California Office of the President
Requisition Number: 20190055
Appointment Type: Staff - Career
Personnel Program: MSP
Work Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm
Percentage of Time: 100
Organizational Area: External Affairs - State Government Relations
Location: Sacramento, CA
Posting Salary: Salary commensurate with experience.
Position Summary: Uses advanced concepts and University objectives to resolve highly complex issues and pursues the University's legislative agenda. Plans, develops and implements government relations, legislative and advocacy strategies for internal constituents, third party advocates, and the University's partners to advance UC's legislative objectives. Assignments are typically complex or large and include controversial, high profile and/or politically sensitive issues or content that are critical to the institution, requiring significant discretion and leadership.
Under the general direction of the Associate Vice President and Director of State Governmental Relations and the Associate Director of Legislative Affairs, this position has primary responsibility within the UC Office of State Governmental Relations (Office of the President) for subject matter knowledge, coordinating with UC Health. This role includes development of political strategy and lobbying in the areas of Health Services and Sciences, including: Hospital Administration and Finance; Patient Care and Hospital Staff Issues; Health Professions Education and Programming; and Health-related Research; and other issues, as assigned. Incumbent has direct accountability for outcomes and for protecting the University's interests in his/her areas of specialty. The position requires knowledge of the functions, organizations, structure and procedures of UC, UC Health, and the executive and legislative branches of California government. The position also requires direct and constant interaction with key personnel within the University, including the Office of the President, the ten UC campuses and their academic medical centers and research units, representatives of the Governor's office, and the California Legislature and staff.
Special Conditions of Employment: Travel outside of normal business hours
Other Special Conditions of Employment: Successful completion of a background check is required for appointment to this critical position.
Job Close Date: 2/28/2019
Duty 1: Working in consultation with the Associate Vice President/Director, Associate Director of Legislative Affairs and the UC Health State Policy Director, with a very high level of independence and responsibility, the incumbent:
1) Serves as one of the University's key senior advocates and spokespersons in Sacramento. Develops and maintains working relationships with members of the California Legislature, legislative staff and committees, executive branch representatives, and professional organizations and associations on matters related to health care and hospital financing, health professions education, and health-related research. Presents and defend University positions to legislative and executive branches of state government and relevant associations.
2) The incumbent monitors and provides political analysis of legislation that contributes to contribute to the assessment of its policy, legal, and fiscal implications for the University. Works very closely and in service to UC Health priorities and agendas. Works closely with UC Health leadership, especially the State Policy Director, as well as personnel of the External Relations & Communications division and other divisions within the Office of the President, as well as campus governmental relations personnel. Identifies issues and analyzes the intent and possible effects of legislation, assesses the public policy ramifications of UC positions on legislation, and proposes UC positions and supporting arguments. Serves as the primary individual for negotiating amendments and other agreements related to legislation. In consultation with UC Health, the incumbent exercises a high level of judgment leading to final legislative positions for the University and crafts them into position letters, amendments and other communications with the legislature. The incumbent arranges for testimony and prepares witnesses at hearings, and represents the University at meetings and conferences. Works with advocates for other universities including research universities, health and medical professional organizations and associations, and advocates for other private and public hospitals and entities in order to build legislative coalitions. Function:Legislative Director Percent: 100
Duty 2: 3) Incumbent provides information that enhances the Legislature's and Executive Branches' understanding of the University's purposes and achievements, and awareness of emerging issues affecting UC Health. Supports and works closely with UC Health and University officers to provide legislative and executive agencies information that they have requested or that will improve their understanding of UC Health and the University, its purposes and achievements. Works closely with the Executive branch and agencies on the development of initiatives that affects UC Heath. Works in close coordination with the State Policy Director and UC Health leadership.
4) Assists in the coordination of expertise within UC Health and arranges for experts and others to participate in a range of Sacramento-based meetings affecting UC Health. Facilitates exposure and provides assistance to UC Health visitors in Sacramento who seek meetings with the Legislature, state agencies, or association representatives. This is a highly visible position within the University and critical to the overall success of the University's external relations in the health care arena. Serves as one of the University's primary representatives to a number of statewide and professional organizations in areas of Hospital Administration and Finance, Patient Care, Health Professions Education, and Health-related Research, among other health sciences and services issues. Function:Legislative Director Percent: 0
Duty 3: 5) Advises and reports to UC Health and University officers, CEOs of medical centers, medical center leadership and physicians on issues that may be considered by the executive or legislative branches of government. Visits with faculty, students, staff and supporters of UC Health and UC campuses to monitor and evaluate current and prospective state policy concerns, and to improve communication of these concerns to state officials. Works with the UC Federal Governmental Relations Office, maintains general awareness of key federal issues, especially those issues that bear upon state and UC policy which impact health sciences.
6) Responsible for preparation of a wide variety of materials used in presentations by Executive Vice President UC Health, President, medical center CEOs and other health leadership and chancellors as appropriate. At the direction of the Associate Director Legislative Affairs, works in coordination with the State Policy Director (UC Health), the Legislative Directors for Business Operations and Academic Affairs, and the Associate Directors for State Budget Relations, Institutional Relations & Advocacy, and Strategy, Planning & Operations, to develop materials in support of the Office of State Governmental Relations' broader legislative and budgetary programs, planning and operations functions, and advocacy program as part of the overall External Relations & Communications strategic priorities and agendas. Function:Legislative Director Percent: 0
Job Requirements Bachelor's degree.
Demonstrated thorough knowledge of public policy as well as detailed knowledge of the organization, functions, process and procedures of the California Legislature, Executive branch, and state higher education.
Demonstrated exceptional acumen and interpersonal skills to sustain or establish and maintain strong working relationships with key personnel within the University of California, and in the State Government, both in the Legislative and Executive Branch, who are in positions of influence on issues of importance to the University.
Demonstrated detailed knowledge of the University of California, the Office of the President, the campuses and subject area programs.
Working knowledge of the procedures for decision-making with the University and key personnel within the UC system who can assist with timely analysis or information about state issues.
Demonstrated ability to analyze state and national trends in the area of health and clinical affairs, as well as identify issues and policy developments that could impact the university. Incumbent should have proven success in developing and implementing strategic communications plans.
Proven ability to be a clear, creative, and critical thinker in an environment characterized by ambiguity and crisis.
Excellent analytical skills as demonstrated by an ability to identify those issues critical to the success of a desired outcome; the ability to quickly research and collect pertinent information from related reports and knowledgeable persons, to integrate essential information, and use that information to define and validate options and alternatives; and the ability to develop recommendations and justification for the most productive course of action. This requires insightful and creative skill in reasoning and logic as well as the exercise of solid judgment with only general management direction.
Excellent verbal and presentation skills to articulate ideas and issues clearly, concisely, and persuasively.
Demonstrated ability to coordinate with and work effectively in a team-oriented environment, seeking information from multiple sources and collaborating with multiple constituents to achieve an accurate and comprehensive perspective.
Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office Suite and e-mail. Required
Bachelor's degree in political science, public relations or a related field and 5-7 years experience in advocacy relations, governmental relations or communications focused upon health care delivery, health care financing, health care research, health care education, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preferred
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