Senior Director, Government Affairs

  • Blue Shield of California
  • San Francisco/Oakland, California

Job Description

Senior Director, Government Affairs - 19001V9 Looking for a chance to do meaningful work that touches millions? Come join the hardest working, nonprofit health plan in California and help us shape the future of health care. Blue Shield of California is focused on transforming health care by making it more accessible, affordable and customer-centric. Being a mission-driven organization means we do much more than serve our 3.5 million members: we were the first health plan in the nation to limit our annual net income to 2 percent of revenue and return the difference to our customers and the community, and since 2005 we have contributed more than million to the Blue Shield of California Foundation to improve community health and end domestic violence. We also believe that a healthier California begins with our employees, so we provide them with resources to develop and maintain a healthy lifestyle through our award-winning wellness program, Wellvolution. We're hiring smart thinkers and doers who want to work for a leader and innovator in the challenging, ever-changing healthcare space. Come and help us make health care better for everyone.


As a not-for-profit company, our mission says it all: To ensure all Californians have access to high-quality health care at an affordable price. Driving this mission means being an advocate for care. We have supported universal coverage since 2002 and have taken a market-leading stand on affordability by pledging to limit our net income to 2 percent, meaning we will give back all income over 2 percent to our members and the communities we serve. And since 2005, we have donated more than $200 million dollars to the Blue Shield of California Foundation. We are a thought leader nationally and in the state on the transformation of health care, which requires that we bring health care into the digital age, that we move from a system that pays for volume to one that pays for value, and that we address the unsustainable increases in the cost of health care. We have an ambitious agenda of health reform goals that we pursue in an effort to create a health care system that is worthy of our family and friends and is sustainably affordable. Position Summary Reporting to the Vice President, Government Affairs, the Senior Director is responsible for the development of a state policy agenda to support Blue Shield’s advocacy in California before the Governor’s office, administrative and regulatory agencies and the legislature. The role includes working with our trade associations and other stakeholders in health care to develop and promote policies that further the interests of Blue Shield’s members and its business and provide feedback or amendments to policies that hinder those objectives. It may also include establishing and maintaining relationships with key regulators (Covered California, Department of Managed Health Care) in order to promote those policies. The Sr. Director will be called upon to review proposed regulations and legislation, to consult with internal subject matter experts to determine what position Blue Shield should take and to respond on behalf of the company. They will also be expected to draft legislation that Blue Shield sponsors. Specific Responsibilities include: In close coordination with colleagues in Government Affairs, develop state public policy content and strategy, including legislative, regulatory and administrative, in support of all lines of business at Blue Shield. Support regulatory and legislative innovation to further Blue Shield’s mission, including bringing health care into the digital age, tying pay to value, addressing social determinants of health, and making health care sustainably affordable. Engage with Blue Shield’s trade associations and other stakeholders to represent Blue Shield’s positions on public policy issues. Articulate Blue Shield’s point of view on policies that impact the company and act as a thought partner within Government Affairs, External Affairs and the company to develop strategic positioning on all public policy issues that further business objectives. Identify key issues in complex regulatory guidance and be able to clearly articulate the “so what” to business leaders. Accurately assess the likely outcome of various legislative and regulatory proposals and help the company determine the impacts. Draft, review and edit legislative and regulatory language


Minimum Education and Experience


: Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s Degree or J.D. preferred Five years’ experience in health care policy required. Experience in California state government preferred. Candidate Profile Ability to interpret, analyze and communicate legislative issues and government regulations. Excellent oral and written communication skills and attention to detail, with an emphasis on the ability to be persuasive, clear and concise. Superior research and analytical background and skills. Strong interpersonal and networking skills Ability to prioritize and manage work in a fast-paced environment. Ability to thrive in a results-driven environment and to make direct contributions to Blue Shield’s health reform efforts and mission. Physical


Office Environment - roles involving part to full time schedule in Office Environment. Based in our physical offices and work from home office/deskwork – Activity level: Sedentary, frequency most of work day. Please click here for further physical requirement detail.

Government Affairs

Primary Location:
United States of America-California-San Francisco/Oakland