Vice President, Federal Affairs (Hybrid)

    • Job Tracking ID: 616
    • Job Location: Washington , DC
    • Job Level: Executive
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: December 01, 2021
    • Years of Experience: 7 - 10 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, working along four key fronts:

  • Within the CHA organization
  • Within the CHA children’s hospital membership
  • Within children’s hospitals and their communities via care delivery
  • Within the policymaking environment in Washington, DC

With children’s hospitals we strive to ensure organizational cultures where everyone feels valued and actively participates in the mission of our organizations. Racism stands firmly in the way of improving children’s health. We remain vigilant in our quest for a diverse and inclusive com­munity and in standing against racism and discrimination wherever it exists.


Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) is committed to the health and safety of our employees, vendors, and those we work with at and in support of our nation’s children’s hospitals. Effective June 23, 2021, CHA will require all new hires, regardless of position or location, to be fully vaccinated. All new hires must have received two Pfizer or Moderna vaccinations or one Johnson & Johnson vaccination, in addition to completion of a two-week period after the final vaccination, prior to the first day of employment at CHA.


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position


CHA advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost, and delivery of care. Representing 220 members, CHA is the voice of our member hospitals nationally. These hospitals are essential providers, setting the standard for the highest quality pediatric care while training the next generation of pediatricians. With its members, CHA champions policies that enable pediatric hospitals to better serve children; leverages its position as the pediatric leader in data analytics to facilitate national collaborative and research efforts to improve performance; and spreads best practices to benefit the children of our nation. CHA has offices in Lenexa, KS, and Washington, DC.


The Vice President, Federal Affairs is a senior-level registered lobbyist position with responsibility for supporting children’s hospitals’ missions of clinical care, education, research, and advocacy on behalf of all children. Works closely with policy, external affairs, and data analysis teams in order to advocate for policy priorities, share intel and coordinate strategy. Responsible for crafting and executing multi-disciplinary advocacy strategies on behalf of children’s hospitals and the families they serve. Develops and implements advocacy outreach strategies that leverage hospital relationships, external lobbyists, and internal team.


Participation in Strategic Direction

  • Demonstrates comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of organization’s strategic goals, and how the policy and political environment impacts efforts to advance CHA’s public policy agenda
  • Participates actively in the development and modification of strategic plan based on knowledge of program area, member needs, and broader policy environment
  • Participates in organization wide activities designed to advance strategic goals and objectives, e.g. high-impact teams (Web steering committee)
  • Identifies and initiates opportunities for cross-department collaboration and integration of products and services.

Manages Federal Affairs Issue Portfolio

  • Directs the development and coordinates the implementation of CHA’s federal affairs agenda, supporting overall CHA public policy priorities.
  • Directs lobbying before Congress and represents CHA before additional external audiences.
  • Serves as a resource and spokesperson on children’s health care policy, including Medicaid and CHIP, for policymakers, children’s hospitals, external groups, media and internal staff.
  • Ensures team has a solid foundation and expanding knowledge of key policy issues including Medicaid, CHIP, private insurance issues, CHGME, and 340b.
  • Manages activities of outside legislative consultants
  • Directs research, analysis and writing for testimony, legislation, fact sheets, papers, letters, articles and other materials supporting CHA public policy.
  • Works with CHA staff to identify new issues for federal advocacy and, in consultation with the vice president for public policy, assumes direct lobbying responsibility for them as needed.
  • Coordinates identification of federal policy implications for state level advocacy with CHA Policy Analysis staff.
  • Coordinates public policy activities across CHA to ensure activities are complementary, to identify areas for productive collaboration to support overall CHA goals.
  • Ensures CHA compliance with federal lobbying rules and regulations, including coordination with CHA finance staff to ensure accuracy and completeness of CHA quarterly lobbying reports with Congress, review of outside legislative consultants lobbying reports, and semi-annual lobbyist disclosures
  • Monitors changes in federal policy affecting lobbying while supporting member hospitals in their responsibilities for compliance with all federal lobbying rules and regulations.

Engages Children's Hospitals in Public Policy Activities

  • Drives participation of hospital staff in CHA sponsored activities to advance CHA’s public policy agenda including responding to information requests, assisting in meetings and contacts with congressional delegations, and joining in lobbying visits.
  • Supports the Public Policy Committee and Government Relations Subcommittee, and various ad hoc workgroups by presenting on public policy priorities, current policy environment including preparing background materials and presentations
  • Collaborates with Public Affairs and other teams within CHA regarding member communications including the development of talking points, issue briefs, articles for weekly policy newsletter and web content supporting CHA public policy.
  • Directly involved in planning and preparing for CHA advocacy days and other CHA educational meetings/conferences focused on public policy.
  • Achieve, maintain, and develop positive relations with children’s hospitals to enhance overall membership engagement with CHA, including site visits, leadership presentations, and personal calls.
  • Presents regularly at CHA meetings and conferences as well as to leadership groups at member hospitals.

Managerial Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads direct reports with an understanding of how dynamics, personalities and talents work together to build a strong team.
  • Coaches, mentors and actively engages in professional development of staff by providing or supporting opportunities to broaden and enrich roles.
  • Exhibits integrity while building trust and rapport with staff to encourage honest conversations, conflict resolution and the appreciation of diversity. Fosters a spirit of teamwork and collaboration that results in better work.
  • Consciously demonstrates a workplace culture that is consistent with CHA’s and emphasizes the mission, vision and values.
  • Implements office procedures and protocols in accordance with organizational policies and promotes compliance leading by example.
  • Provides leadership by clearly communicating through all available channels. Facilitates methods to help team members report progress and evaluates results.
  • Works with direct reports to establish clear and manageable priorities and guides effective workload management.
  • Empowers and challenges staff through effective delegation and provides opportunities for growth, enabling greater ownership and contributions to results while promoting accountability.



Experience and Skills:


  • Bachelor’s degree with concentration in health policy, health financing, public policy or related field; Master’s degree preferred

Experience and Special Skills:

  • Minimum of seven years equivalent professional experience
  • Working knowledge of health care policy, Medicaid, CHIP and mental health
  • Experience in representing children’s hospitals in the legislative process preferred
  • Public speaking experience required
  • Working knowledge of social media and information technology
  • Strong analytical, communication (verbal and written), and organizational skills
  • Team-based management and leadership skills
  • Service to customers in a timely and professional manner
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, plan, organize and execute complex programs
  • Demonstrated collaborative skills with internal and external constituents
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks simultaneously including prioritizing as necessary