Director of Government Affairs

Director of Government Affairs

Location: Maitland, FL

Department: Government Relations

Reports to: President

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Do you want to change lives? Are you interested in helping international healthcare professionals achieve their American Dream? If so, join us at Avant!

Avant Healthcare Professionals is the premier recruiting and staffing specialist for internationally educated healthcare professionals and we have been named to the Inc. 5000 List of America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies for 7+ years. Our comprehensive program guides qualified registered nurses, physical and occupational therapists through each stage of the licensure and immigration process and makes it simple! Avant Healthcare Professionals has grown 40 percent annually since its inception in 2003, and with healthcare and social assistance employment projected to grow by 3.4 million, healthcare staffing is a thriving industry. While experiencing a period of tremendous growth, Avant offers tremendous opportunities for eager professionals looking for an opportunity to build their career.

Summary of Position Role/Responsibilities

The Director of Government Affairs is responsible for interacting with local, state, and federal legislative bodies and government agencies to represent and protect the organization’s business plans and interests. This role facilitates the development of local, state, and federal healthcare policy on behalf of Avant Healthcare Professionals. The Director of Government Affairs researches and analyzes pertinent data to assist leadership in formulating policy positions on issues affecting the company. This role will work closely with senior leadership to navigate geographic areas to identify key issues to develop and execute strategies and policies.

Essential Functions of the Job

  • Research and monitor government legislation and policies that could affect the organization’s business and clients
  • Work with senior leadership to identify priority legislation and government relation issues on potential impact on the organization, and introduces public policy changes that will support company operations
  • Consult with senior management and leadership regarding strategic planning for known and potential regulatory activities related to the business and industry
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with federal, state, and local government entities and agencies
  • Attend trade associations and industry committee meetings on a regular basis to support and assist in the formulation of strategies for the coalition and respond to issues impacting the institution, while supporting the initiatives and needs of the organization
  • Research and prepare briefings and comments on policy documents to share with contacts at local, state, and federal levels regarding the impact of proposed legislative changes on business practices, immigration, and initiatives
  • Develop a wide range of materials in support of the company’s government relations agenda, including, but not limited to legislative summaries, factsheets, testimony, reports, and letters
  • Collaborate with the internal marketing team to develop relevant public relations material and social media content
  • Plan the budget for government relations activities within the leadership team
  • Cultivate and collaborate with government officials, policy makers, and industry advocates to effect policy changes and build areas of common interest
  • Anticipate and solve short- and long-term problems, keeping senior leaders apprised of any issues and/or trends
  • Coordinate government relations strategy with other relevant stakeholders, including the American Association of International Healthcare Recruitment (AAIHR), Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) etc
  • Collaborate with partners to lobby around specific legislation, including political organizing
  • Prepare and assist with policy positions and strategic recommendation to enhance and support the organization’s priorities
  • Direct strategic initiatives related to government, employment law, immigration, and healthcare
  • Serve as the liaison across the organization’s leadership team on government affairs and coordinate legislative strategies at the local, state, and federal levels
  • Provide technical assistance on government issues as needed
  • Ensure compliance maintained with federal, state, and local lobbying disclosures and ethics rules

Marginal Functions of the Job

  • Other duties as assigned

Normal Work Schedule

This is a full-time position. Standard business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Additional time outside of these hours may be needed to complete the essential functions of the job.

Education, Training, and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required in political science, public affairs, public relations, communications or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience will be considered
  • Minimum of 5 years of related experience in government relations and/or public communication in a professional environment required
  • Strong government contacts and connections at the local, state, and federal levels preferred
  • Ability to handle sensitive and confidential information and execute tangible results, using strong problem solving and presentation skills in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to multitask multiple priorities simultaneously, while adhering to strict deadlines
  • Extensive experience managing and fostering long term relationships with a broad spectrum of stakeholders
  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Office) HRIS systems, and other databases

Required Licenses, Certifications, and Other Specific Requirements of Law

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) certification and ability to obtain and maintain
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record with ability to be covered under Avant’s auto insurance policy

Other Characteristics of the Position

Physical Demands:

  • Sitting for long periods at a time
  • Regularly required to talk or hear
  • Occasional lifting of office supplies up to 20 lbs.
  • Vision abilities including close vision and ability to adjust focus

Mental Demands:

  • Must understand and follow a set of clear oral and/or written procedures without deviation
  • Performs repetitive routine tasks
  • Withstand moderate amounts of stress
  • Must adhere to a provided work schedule to meet a set of qualitative production standards
  • Perform tasks that vary little from day to day
  • Implements others’ decisions/procedures with little judgment required
  • Must relay information orally

Work Environment:

  • This job operates in a professional office environment.
  • This role routinely operates standard office equipment.
  • Travel required.

Statement of Responsibility for Confidential Data

  • Has access to, and requires daily use of, confidential records.
  • Required by federal law to maintain strict confidentiality of “Avant” employee information and maintain security of such information.
  • Proprietary Information and Non-Conflict Agreement required.

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Avant Healthcare Professionals is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran's status or any other basis protected by applicable discrimination laws.

Avant Healthcare Professionals is a member of the Jackson Healthcare family of companies.