Vice President, External Affairs – Atlanta, GA

UnitedHealth Group
November 1, 2021
Atlanta, GA
Job Type


UnitedHealth Group is a company that's on the rise. We're expanding in multiple directions, across borders and, most of all, in the way we think. Here, innovation isn't about another gadget, it's about transforming the health care industry. Ready to make a difference? Make yourself at home with us and start doing your life's best work.(sm)

The Vice President, External Affairs will be responsible for working with colleagues across External Affairs and the Company to develop and implement strategies on the company’s declared State government advocacy, growth, relationship and reputational priorities and overall business advancement initiatives with key State policy makers. The individual will be the primary liaison in Georgia between the Enterprise and the State, including Administration, legislators and their staffs, as well as agency officials and external stakeholders and other States as needed. The candidate will report to the Regional Vice President, External Affairs.

If you are located in the state of Georgia, you will have the flexibility to telecommute* as you take on some tough challenges. 

Primary Responsibiliries:

  • Driving and contributing to effective advocacy efforts to advance the company’s State advocacy and growth opportunities
  • Facilitating business segment leaders’ relationships with key State and local elected officials
  • Actively engaging in lobbying activities and advocacy efforts with Georgia’s State Legislature and the Executive branch
  • Developing, fostering, and strengthening relationships with key legislative members, legislative staff and key personnel in the Administration and relevant Executive Branch agencies. Influencing decision-makers in positions to impact priority legislative and regulatory outcomes
  • Establishing and maintaining engagement with influential third parties including the Georgia Association of Health Plans, industry partners, external coalitions, advocacy groups, thought leaders, and other stakeholders in a position to influence State outcomes
  • Anticipating, influencing, and monitoring legislative and regulatory initiatives that may impact the Company as well as emerging State issues that impact the Company's reputation and business and developing and executing strategies to manage them
  • Directing the company’s State advocacy consultants on key advocacy, growth, and relationship development priorities
  • Proactively contributing to comprehensive strategic plans that leverage direct advocacy,policy and research, coalitions, third party engagement and public opinion to advance the company’s objectives through compelling advocacy at the State level.
  • Developing and contributing to a wide range of timely written deliverables with the highest standards of professionalism
  • Work closely with Corporate Affairs colleagues and in-market business segments to drive visibility on key Company initiatives in the State
  • Building and managing relationships with internal business leaders and partnering with them on State advocacy and growth initiatives
  • Working closely with the Company’s PAC manager to develop and execute strategies to raise internal funds for the PAC, and develop and execute a Georgia PAC distribution strategy
  • Responding to inquiries on State issues from senior leaders and keeping senior leaders informed protectively about priority ongoing developments and priority issues
  • Leverage new and existing relationships to identify and expand Company opportunities across Georgia and surrounding States

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in.

Required Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • 5+ years of progressive experience working in Georgia with the State Legislature, the Executive Branch, municipal government officials, government relations, public policy, advocacy and/or campaigns
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the State’s legislative and regulatory processes

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the healthcare industry, with understanding of the health care legislative and regulatory environments
  • Meaningful existing relationships, credibility and influence with State policymakers in Georgia; firm understanding of State legislative and executive processes and key players and ability to navigate and achieve results in assigned States
  • Political campaign experience
  • Full COVID-19 vaccination is an essential requirement of this role. UnitedHealth Group will adhere to all federal, state and local regulations as well as all client requirements and will obtain necessary proof of vaccination prior to employment to ensure compliance

UnitedHealth Group requires all new hires and employees to report their COVID-19 vaccination status.

Careers at UnitedHealth Group. We have modest goals: Improve the lives of others. Change the landscape of health care forever. Leave the world a better place than we found it. Such aspirations tend to attract a certain type of person. Crazy talented. Compassionate. Driven. To these select few, we offer the global reach, resources and can-do culture of a Fortune 7 company. We provide an environment where you're empowered to be your best. We encourage you to take risks. And we offer a world of rewards and benefits for performance. We believe the most important is the opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

Job  Keywords: Government Affairs, External Affairs, Corporate Affairs, Legislative, Healthcare, Atlanta, GA, Telecommute, Telecommuting, Telecommuter, Work From Home, Remote

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