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Sr Government Relations Specialist - 59314BR

Primary Location: Washington D.C., District of Columbia
Additional Locations: DC-Washington
**Position can be located near any Aetna or CVS office**

Exciting opportunity with Aetna, a CVS Brand company as Sr Government Relations Specialist. Leads Government Relations support for business operations of the Company and for specific issues of major importance to the Company. Overall responsibility for Government Relations, High Level Regulatory Relations, and/or Large State Procurements in assigned states.

Fundamental Components:
Fundamental Components :
• Serves as a subject matter expert to research and monitor legislation and policies for assigned products or regions to identify opportunities that might positively impact the company.
• Manages the development and implementation of government affairs/legislative strategy for assigned products or procurements to advance legislative and regulatory interests of the Company.
• Develops and maintains policies and programs to ensure organizational awareness of government legislation and/or regulatory issues that affect the organization.
• Anticipates and negotiates legislative, regulatory and public policy positions on behalf of the Company and represent the Company before specific State legislatures and high level regulators/government officials.
• Attains and retains large State procurements for assigned region/states as they pertain to Medicaid and the Public Sector.
• Analyzes potential procurement opportunities and develops government affairs strategies which supplement and amplify organizational differentiators.
• Addresses critical matters related to the legislative and regulatory environment, including rate and product issues related to State budget and appropriations matters.
• Conducts “post mortem” reviews of procurement efforts to identify strengths and weaknesses to inform future procurement approaches.
• Impacts segment, region, or function results, anticipating business and/or regulatory issues and influencing internal practices.
• Solves unique and complex problems that have a broad impact on the business. • Leads projects with notable complexity with business area implications.
• Seeks government authorization to carry on new and existing business activities of the Company.
• Provides government relations/regulatory relations expertise to designated client areas and/or within major area(s) of expertise.
• Works with external groups/constituencies to establish strategic partnerships, alliances to implement business plans.
• Prepares reports and presentations in coordination with corporate affairs team on communications, community relations and corporate investments.
• Oversees internal and external resources required to carry out responsibilities.
• Complies with applicable lobbying requirements.

Background Experience:
  • 8-12 years of experience in government affairs arena with heavy emphasis on health/insurance public policy and procurement lobbying.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with state officials, legislators, regulators, associations and other groups important to advocacy efforts.
  • Experience and leadership in working with and representing State accounts before the legislature.
  • Excellent skills in analyzing, understanding and translating complex legislative, regulatory and policy issues in order to advise on pending legislation, regulations, changes in key government policy and other government relations matters pertinent to the company.
  • Demonstrated ability to partner and leverage outside counsel and external resources/relationships with stakeholder groups that will both promote Aetnas business expertise and presence.
  • Demonstrated compliance with Federal and State laws and regulations.
  • Proven, effective oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills necessary to interact with a variety of Aetna management, retained counsel, legislators and other elected/appointed officials, regulators, staff of trade associations and other key stakeholders.
  • Creativity, flexibility and demonstrated organizational skills.

    The highest level of education desired for candidates in this position is a Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience.

    General Business/Communicating for Impact/ADVANCED
    Leadership/Collaborating for Results/ADVANCED


Potential Telework Position:

Percent of Travel Required:
50 - 75%

EEO Statement:
Aetna is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer

Benefit Eligibility:
Benefit eligibility may vary by position. Click here to review the benefits associated with this position.

Candidate Privacy Information:
Aetna takes our candidates's data privacy seriously. At no time will any Aetna recruiter or employee request any financial or personal information (Social Security Number, Credit card information for direct deposit, etc.) from you via e-mail. Any requests for information will be discussed prior and will be conducted through a secure website provided by the recruiter. Should you be asked for such information, please notify us immediately.

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