How many people can answer the question, "What do you do for a living?" with the answer, "I help find cures for cancer." At LLS, employees take our mission seriously. Whether you work in one of our chapters, are an accountant at the national office or a specialist in our Information Resource Center, you work each day on making our mission a reality: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Join us and give new meaning to the word, "job."

The individual serving in this position oversees the advancement of LLS's state government affairs agenda across the West Region in an effort to reduce barriers to care for blood cancer patients. This agenda includes, among other things, reductions in the cost burden that patients encounter when accessing cancer care and implementation and enforcement of patient protections established by the Affordable Care Act. To conduct this work, the Regional Director partners closely with other OPP colleagues, primarily members of OPP’s advocacy team.

As a valued member of LLS, you are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package. Our offerings include medical, dental, and vision insurance; life insurance; flexible spending accounts; a 403b retirement plan along with generous paid time off. In addition, we observe federal paid holidays throughout the year, and offer a wellness program and an employee assistance program.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the advancement of LLS’s policy agenda in the region, through engagement with legislators, regulatory bodies, governors’ administrations, and other state policy-makers
  • Develop state-specific government affairs strategies and work closely with colleagues on OPP’s advocacy team to implement and refine as needed
  • Develop key alliances with government affairs contacts at patient organizations, provider associations, and other allies, as appropriate throughout the region
  • Represent LLS government affairs in interactions with relevant industries in the region, including the pharmaceutical and insurance industries
  • Work closely with OPP’s advocacy team to help drive volunteer and staff engagement on policy priorities at both the state and federal levels, serving in particular as a source of policy expertise
  • Cultivate relationships with LLS’s chapter-based staff, with a particular focus on working in partnership with chapter executive directors
  • Monitor policy trends and other movements in the region relevant to LLS’s mission, recommending actions as appropriate
  • Maintain a strong understanding of LLS’s patient access programs and revenue-generating campaigns, to help promote the organization and its initiatives as needed
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a related field, e.g. health care, public policy, or government
  • Minimum of five years’ experience working in state level public or private sector lobbying or government affairs
  • Health care policy or lobbying experience required
  • Proven ability to access and influence policy decision-makers
  • Experience working across multiple functions within an organization to achieve goals with enterprise-level impact

Position Requirements:

  • Solid knowledge of healthcare policy issues and policy-making processes, particularly access to health coverage and the Affordable Care Act
  • An understanding of state and federal government processes and their inter-connections
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work independently in a home office, thrive under pressure, and simultaneously advance multiple high-level tasks
  • Ability to travel extensively and work flexible hours

Physical Demands & Work Environment:

  • Approximately 35% travel, with significant time spent in key state capitols and at least semi-annual visits to the LLS Office of Public Policy in Washington, D.C.
  • Physical demands are minimal and typical of similar jobs in comparable organizations
  • Work environment is representative and typical of similar jobs in comparable organizations

LLS is an equal employment opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion in its workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender, gender identity and expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, pregnancy, age, race, color, creed, national origin/ancestry, citizenship, religion, genetic predisposition or information, physical or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. LLS seeks such skilled and qualified individuals to share our mission and where they will join a cohort of others who have chosen to call LLS home. LLS complies with all applicable laws which prohibit discrimination and harassment in the workplace, and is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment supportive of all of our employees and the communities we serve.

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