Department: Public Policy and Communications Supervisor’s Title: President/CEO Supervises: Regional Vice Presidents, Executive Assistant
Position Summary: This position is responsible for representing and advocating the interests, policies and issues of HASC and its members to federal and state elected officials, city councils, county Boards of Supervisors, state and local regulatory departments, EMS agencies, key stakeholders and community groups, and is responsible for supervising and directing Regional Vice Presidents and others, in an effort to assure achievement of HASC’s advocacy objectives.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Leadership and Management: Provide vision, planning and direction to accomplish HASC’s goals in public policy, advocacy and representation.
Lead the annual public policy/advocacy goal setting process.
Identify critical issues and develop Association-wide and Region-specific strategies to win support for our positions.
Responsible for related budgets and work plans.
Prior to political/regulatory/legislative meetings brief President on attendees, key issues, and recommended topics. Be prepared to present, or to prepare presentations for President.
Provide guidance and direction to President, RVP’s and key HASC staff.
Provide vision, planning and direction to accomplish HASC’s public policy efforts, advocacy and representation.
Inspire and maintain a motivated, productive team; listen and understand different individual’s particular issues and needs.
Increase Board/membership participation in grassroots efforts, CHPAC and CHA’s advocacy agenda.
Provide an advocacy report at each Board meeting and at each Area Meeting (in conjunction with the Regional Vice Presidents).
Be a credible and convincing spokesperson for hospitals at public forums and stakeholder meetings.
Be available to present at member institutions and community based meetings on public policy issues.
2. Personal Ethics and Integrity: Conduct oneself and ensure direct reports conduct themselves in a manner reflecting high moral convictions and uncompromising standards relative to business ethics and personal integrity.
Maintain and enhance HASC’s stature and reputation in the healthcare community.
Garner unqualified respect from members as someone they trust and go to for public policy results.
Ensure member inclusiveness in public policy development and HASC advocacy positions.
3. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Influence creative public policy (sponsored by HASC or others) and bring a high level of analysis and intellect to the issues having the biggest impact on members.
Write position papers, “thought pieces”, and visionary briefs that provide insight on complex healthcare issues.
Identify the critical issues facing hospitals in each county and develop a strategy to win support for our positions.
Come up with new solutions which enhance healthcare delivery and improve hospitals’ political and financial environment.
4. Relationship and Rapport with Members: Develop a close working relationship with CEOs, government relations executives and other key hospital staff.
Show diplomacy and tact in political and sometimes emotionally charged situations.
Reach out to members on a regular basis; be available to speak at hospital board and management retreats.
Ensure HASC policy and advocacy activities enhance member relations by always being cognizant of member diversity.
5. Supervision and Financial Management: Inspire and maintain a motivated, productive team, listen and understand different individual’s particular issues and needs, and manage the departments assigned.
Hire, evaluate, recommend compensation (including annual bonus) and establish tangible goals and objectives for each direct report.
Prepare and present the annual budget, analyze budget variances, implement corrective action when necessary.
Promote organizational teamwork, loyalty and staff effectiveness.
6. CHA Relationship: Maintain excellent relations with CHA, the other Regional Associations, and other hospital associations.
Support CHA in the coordination of Health Policy Legislative Day and AHA’s annual meeting.
Participate on calls and meetings with CHA staff that discuss public policy, legislation or regulation important to HASC members.
Continuously convey hospital suggestions/concerns/implications to CHA regarding CHA political activities and policy positions.
Support the federated model.
7. Initiative and Drive: Absorb a wide range of information, sort out what is important, and make decisions/take action.
Follow through on projects and difficult public policy initiatives.
Identify and address the issues having the biggest impact on members.
Testify on behalf of HASC at regional hearings, and represent HASC (personally and through Regional Vice Presidents) before members and staff of federal and state elected officials, county boards of supervisors, departments of health, chambers of commerce, local Medi-Cal managed care plans, and other agencies important to hospitals.
8. Clear Thinker and Communicator: Express complex ideas and policy, both orally, and in writing, in clear, concise, complete and easily understood language.
Always produce complete staff work on presentations to the Board and Area Meetings with well thought-out recommendations.
Prepare extensively for reports, provide clear recommendations for action.
9. Team Player: Work hard at ensuring collaboration, coordination and communication within HASC and between HASC and CHA.
Serve as a productive member of the HASC corporate officers group (COG).
Participate in senior management meetings affecting HASC budget, goals and objectives and general operations.
10. Key Relationships: Develop and maintain relationships with key elected officials at local, state, and federal levels in conjunction with RVP’s.
Develop and maintain relationships with key agency leads and staff
Develop and maintain relationships with key community stakeholders.
Develop and maintain relationships with HASC member government relations leads.
11. Self-Development: Create and execute a self-development plan and support direct reports to do the same.
Continuously monitor and increase knowledge of public policy related to hospitals and health systems. Identify and pursue opportunities for personal and professional growth.
Required Education, Experience and Skills:
Bachelor degree from accredited college or university required, Master’s degree preferred.
A minimum of 10 years experience in positions requiring technical and political research/analysis of health policy.
Legislative drafting, negotiation and testimony before legislative committees are preferred.
Knowledge of public policy issues affecting hospitals and working knowledge of the legislative process in California, and of local county political structures.
Ability to translate association policy into advocacy goals. Skill in managing, organizing and directing the work of direct reports.
Must have outstanding oral and written communication skills and be able to work effectively with a variety of groups and interests.
Ideally, incumbent will be acquainted with a number of local government officials.
Must register as a lobbyist and comply with all requirements.
Willingness and ability to work long and irregular hours.
Attributes: The critical role of this position requires the following attributes and characteristics: connected politically and personally, energetic, articulate, visionary, innovative, strategic, friendly, respected, win-oriented, committed to all components of lobbying/representation and advocacy, team leader and team builder.
Other Requirements: This position requires frequent local travel and occasional long-distance travel. If incumbent uses his or her own vehicle for transportation, they must have a valid driver license and carry auto insurance in the amounts and type required by law.
The successful candidate will be required to reside in the area.
Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.
Working in partnership with the California Hospital Association (CHA), we provide leadership at the local, state and federal levels on legislation, budget concerns and regulatory issues. We work with county boards of supervisors, chambers of commerce, local departments of health and other agencies to assure the hospital’s voice is heard.
THREE UNIQUE ORGANIZATIONS
We serve our members through three unique organizations:
HASC - a historically strong hospital trade association that serves the political, economic and educational needs of hospitals.
AllHealth – a HASC subsidiary providing specialized fee-for-service products to help hospitals improve operations.
National Health Foundation (NHF) – a not-for-profit applied research organization affiliated with HASC and dedicated to improving health care delivery and access.
Our mission is to lead, represent and serve hospitals and their related organizations, working collaboratively with our members and other stakeholders to improve health and health care in the communities we serve.
Our vision is for all member hospitals to consistently and uniformly provide safe, high-quality, cost-effective and culturally appropriate person-centered health care services.