IMS Job Opening: Government Relations

Friday, October 28, 2022 2:00 PM | Sydney Maras (Administrator)

Director of Government Relations - Full time - Hybrid

  • Government Relations Experience: 3 years (Preferred)


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Job Summary

The Director of Government Relations monitors, analyzes and evaluates state and federal legislation and regulatory issues and assesses potential effects on IMS’s members, working within the framework of IMS’s strategic plan. The Director advises and counsels IMS leadership and members in the development of legislative, policy and regulatory issues. The Director also: positions and coordinates IMS’s responses to issues and state/federal-government decisions; communicates with policy makers in state legislature, government agencies, affiliate associations and groups; and is an effective advocate for IMS’s position and participation in the state/local/federal health care policy arena.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Facilitate the accomplishment of goals, objectives, programs and/or projects that support the advocacy elements of the IMS’s strategic plan.
  • Monitor state/federal legislative activities regularly for issues of interest, coordinate response and draft correspondence in support or opposition. 
  • Promote the IMS’s state, local and federal policy agenda to internal and external stakeholders, leading collaborative relationships with organizations that address state, local and federal policy issues.  Maintain IMS’s policy compendium and coordinate annual policy sunset review process.
  • Serve as the IMS’s liaison to the state legislature, congressional delegation, state medical bodies and stakeholder organizations pursing IMS’s legislative agendas, and coordinating with contract lobbyist when necessary to schedule legislative meetings throughout the year. 
  • Serve as a liaison with the American Medical Association (AMA) health care advocacy and federation relations outreach, action, and engagement.
  • Provide legislative advocacy support to identified IMS-managed specialty societies, serving in both advisory and representative roles as indicated.
  • Support the North Central Medical Conference, providing caucus management and delegate training for optimal participation with the AMA House of Delegates activities and events.
  • Attend and represent IMS at external stakeholder and agency meetings where issues affecting physicians, patients, and the medical community are priority.
  • Provide advice and counsel to IMS leadership and Board of Directors on sensitive and timely political and public policy issues; keep IMS leadership informed of relevant trends and developments in the political and policy arenas.
  • Provide timely updates to members via various communication methods; field and respond to member legal / policy inquiries along; coordinate with General Counsel to respond to legal inquiries; address related media inquiries. 
  • Lead fundraising efforts to bolster contributions to the IMS political action committee and deliver contributions to candidates/office holders.
  • Serve on committees within IMS; act as a liaison regarding IMS’s legislative, regulatory and political advocacy issues and programs to affiliated organizations as needed.
  • Present at conferences and meetings for medical societies, member organizations and other venues related to government affairs and policy issues effecting physicians and the medical industry.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Educational / Experience Requirements

Bachelor's Degree in Political Science, Government Relations or a related field with a minimum of three to five years’ related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Master's or Juris Doctor degree preferred; experience working in health care related industry with knowledge of legislation, regulatory policies and political and legislative issues; experience working in a member association preferred.

Critical Success Factors (Indicate essential skills and behaviors a person must regularly demonstrate critical for job success)

Political/Organizational Savvy: Understands and leverages the internal and external power structure of the organization in the best interest of the organization. Ability to identify the real decision-makers and stakeholders, the individuals who can influence them, and to predict how new events or situations will affect individuals and groups within the organization. Understands others’ agendas and perspectives with the ability to balance the interests and needs of others against those of the organization including stakeholders.

Strategically Oriented: Has vision for organization achievement; ability to craft plans and make decisions that will advance the organization vision and mission anticipating future trends and impact

Influential/Persuasive: Able to speak in a manner that is compelling enough to convince people to believe in an idea, change an opinion, or take a specific action; able to gain others acceptance for ideas, suggestions, plans and changes.

Interpersonal & Relationships Skills:  Relates to others in an accepting and respectful manner that typically gains trust, understanding, and favorable responses; has ability to deliver negative messages using approaches that will help gain acceptance.

Builds and Leverages Networks:  Identifies and cultivates relationships with key stakeholders representing a broad range of functions and levels; uses informal networks to get things done; builds strong external networks with people in the industry or profession.

Business and Industry Knowledge: Shows interest and ability to understand organization, industry trends, related laws, regulations and issues with fortitude to stay on top of changes.

Communication Skills: Ability to convey information to internal/external audiences in a clear, concise and engaging manner. 

Negotiate: Able to bring agreement with others, meeting specific aim or objective. Understands all sides of issue and is adept at persuading others while using compromise if necessary that will precipitate desired goal achievement.

Problem Solving and Decision-Making Skills: Able to formulate solutions systematically or on the fly applying knowledge, experiences, and sound judgment; has the propensity and ability to generates new ideas, often going beyond the status quo; recognizes the need for new and modified approaches makes timely and sound decisions even under conditions of uncertainty.

Computer Skills & Technology: Proficient in Microsoft Office applications; understanding of available technologies and how they may be leveraged for process / organization improvement.

Additional Job Requirements / Pertinent Information (List other requirements / aspects of this position that are important to note. e.g. travel – percent of time, weekend work, etc.) 

  • Travel: up to 25%. 
  • Work may include evenings and weekends.

We offer a competitive compensation plan and package including medical/dental/vision/life insurance as well as a matching retirement contribution, tuition reimbursement, bonus program, paid vacation/medical/personal days, work-life balance, recognition program and casual work environment.

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