Director Government Relations and Public Affairs

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Valley Health System
May 12, 2021
Winchester, Virginia
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Director Government Relations and Public Affairs

VH GOVERNMENT RELATIONS - 108430 Winchester, Virginia Full-Time


  • Entity: Valley Health Corporate
  • Shift: Day

Who We Are

Valley Health System is a not-for-profit network of hospitals, urgent cares, physician practices, and services. Expanding across Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, we are devoted to the health of all who call our 18-county area home.

A vital resource for healthcare, we are the region’s largest employer, a dependable community partner, and are at the leading edge of clinical innovations.

We are looking for passionate, innovative, and caring people who will each bring their unique skills and perspectives to our workplace.

What You Will Do:

Under the leadership of the Chief Strategy Officer and in collaboration with the VHS Director of Marketing and Communications, the Director, Government Relations and Public Affairs oversees the development and implementation of government relations and advocacy agenda to influence local, state, and national governmental and elected officials on matters related to the Valley Health System mission and vision. The director collaborates with system leaders to identify legislative and regulatory opportunities and threats to the organization, analyzes their impact, ensures the timely development of policy positions on legislative issues, develops and leads strategic initiatives to advocate for and achieve desired results. Additionally, the director identifies, cultivates, and manages state and community relationships and alliances that support and enhance the organization’s ability to achieve its strategic goals and objectives.
Oversees the development and implementation of government relations agenda to influence national, local and state public issues related to Valley Health System’s mission and vision. Ensures government relations initiatives and strategies are aligned with the goals and objectives of the organization. Develops, leads, and manages strategic initiatives to protect, promote and enhance Valley Health’s government relations interests by influencing the legislative and regulatory process. Supports and advances Valley Health’s government relations and advocacy agenda at the federal, local, and state levels. Proactively monitors and evaluates industry trends including political, legislative, and regulatory developments that may impact the mission, priorities, and goals of Valley Health System. Anticipates/identifies legislative opportunities and threats of importance to the organization, analyzes their impact, and develops corrective action plans as necessary. Develops strategies to effectively influence outcomes on relevant matters, recommends course of action which adapt to the changing federal and state legislative activities, drafts proposed legislation, regulations and amendments, and ensures the timely development of policy positions on legislative issues. Establishes relationships and actively collaborates with leadership, legal, compliance, other subject matter experts and internal health care stakeholders to identify risks, benefits, and impacts of potential legislation and to develop policy positions on identified key health care policy issues. Coordinates efforts and initiates discussion and development on new or emerging issues of interest to Valley Health System. Keeps informed on all federal and state legislative issues impacting the organization. Provides counsel to leadership regarding state statutes, regulations, court opinions, administrative procedures, and legal proposals. Collaborate in the planning and execution of internal communication processes and strategies ensuring key leaders, physicians, managers and employees are informed in a timely manner about important proposed or adopted legislation, regulations, and trends. Formulates and directs the preparation of legislative advocacy materials including legislative testimony in support of the organization’s positions and prepares witnesses for participation in legislative hearings. Creates and maintains strategic relationships with state healthcare associations that support and enhance the organization’s ability to achieve its strategic goals and objectives. Ensures that advocacy positions and activities are aligned with the organization’s position to fully leverage the current and potential value of these relationships. Serves as a spokesperson for and represents Valley Health on government relations matters before elected and public officials as well as state and local government commissions, taskforces, business leaders, and other influential members of the community. Participates in public policy meetings, industry associations, and coalitions. Develops and maintains relationships between Valley Health leadership and key governmental and community stakeholders. ?Identifies and assists with securing funding from federal, state, and county agencies that support strategic priorities and efforts of Valley Health. Understands and models Valley Health’s mission, vision, and values.

What You Will Bring:

Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Health Administration, Political Science or related field required
Master’s Degree preferred

4-10 years experience with state and federal legislation and knowledge of local, state, and federal government regulatory processes/initiatives. Health care policy experience preferred.

What You Will Get:

- Competitive salary
- Flexible scheduling
- Onsite Childcare (available at some locations)
- Health Insurance
- Paid Time Off
- Wellness Program
- Tuition Assistance
- Retirement Plan
- Life Insurance

*some benefits are subject to change due to job status

We celebrate, support, and thrive on our differences for the benefit of our employees, our patients, and the communities we serve.
We are neighbors caring for neighbors, and our goal is always to help those we serve get well, feel well, and stay well.


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About aspindle

aspindle Valley Health is a nonprofit organization serving the healthcare needs of people in and around an area known as the Top of Virginia, as well as parts of West Virginia and Maryland. Valley Health was incorporated November 4, 1994, after Winchester Medical Center (WMC) and Warren Memorial Hospital (WMH), in Front Royal, had partnered to serve the region. Headquartered in Winchester, Virginia, Valley Health now operates six hospitals: WMC, WMH, Shenandoah Memorial Hospital (SMH) in Woodstock, VA, Page Memorial Hospital (PMH) in Luray, VA, Hampshire Memorial Hospital (HMH) in Romney, WV, and War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, WV. Valley Health has a combined 594 licensed inpatient beds and 166 long-term care beds. The system is supported by more than 5,300 employees, and a medical staff of over 500. Valley Health had 30,000 inpatient admissions in 2012 and more than 140,000 emergency room visits. Total outpatient encounters numbered approximately 800,000. Over 2,600 babies were delivered at Valley Health hospitals in 2012. The Valley Health family of services includes: •Winchester Medical Center •Warren Memorial Hospital (Front Royal, VA) •Shenandoah Memorial Hospital (Woodstock, VA) •Hampshire Memorial Hospital (Romney, WV) •Page Memorial Hospital (Luray, VA) •War Memorial Hospital (Berkeley Springs, WV) •Valley Regional Enterprises, Inc.(Valley Home Care, Valley Medical Transport, Valley Pharmacy) •Surgi-Center of Winchester •Urgent Care (Winchester, VA; Front Royal, VA; Martinsburg, WV)

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