Governmental Relations Director – Iowa Medicaid



SHIFT: Day Job

SCHEDULE: Full-time


Your Talent. Our Vision. At Anthem, Inc., it’s a powerful combination, and the foundation upon which we’re creating greater access to care for our members, greater value for our customers, and greater health for our communities. Join us and together we will drive the future of health care.  This an exceptional opportunity to do innovative work that means more to you and those we serve at one of America’s leading health care companies and a Fortune Top 50 Company.

Our Governmental Relations Directors are responsible for developing and implementing strategies to advocate enterprise and large state specific legislative and regulatory positions in the most complex legislative and/or regulatory environments, directing and overseeing the resolution of most highly complex, varied and sensitive political issues within the region, and may have federal or multi-state responsibility. Also responsible for enterprise business development and retention which includes supporting new business growth within existing markets, as well as new market (or customer) opportunity development.   This high-performing individual contributor will be aligned to the State of Iowa’s Anthem Medicaid Business.

Primary duties may include, but are not limited to: Develops and implements strategies to advocate enterprise and state specific legislative and regulatory positions to support business goals and objectives, which may include: serving as the lead business owner for the rate setting process with state regulators; establishing and implementing proactive strategies to bring new products or extensions of current products to market; monitoring market databases and product review to analyze opportunities. Represents the enterprise and its specific businesses in advocacy efforts. Establishes and maintains strong relationships with legislators, regulators, other policymakers and their staff that will support membership growth. Develops strategies for utilizing PAC and/or corporate political contributions. Partners with SBUs and CEEs to inform and support business planning processes and proactively raise and address issues of concern. Makes internal and external written and oral presentations on behalf of the company. Develops coalitions and target grassroots capabilities. Manages budgets and issues of importance to the enterprise and contracted lobbying staff, and may act as a team lead. Serves as a leader in trade associations and other advocacy organizations to influence their positions, tactics, and strategies to support enterprise goals. Generally works with legislative sessions of 6 months or longer and/or in the most complex legislative and/or regulatory environments.

[Candidate must reside within or relocate to Des Moines, Iowa]


BA/BS in a related field; 10 years of legislative, regulatory, political, public affairs or industry experience; or any combination of education and experience, which would provide an equivalent background.


Highly preferred experience:

-In-depth knowledge of the Medicaid business, including products and regulatory issues, and knowledge of future trends in the delivery and financing of health care services in the public sector managed care environment.

-Experience within a Health Plan operating in Iowa

-Former legislative experience in the state of Iowa

-Former experience inside an Iowa state regulatory agency or administrative office

-Independent lobbyist experience, consulting with variety of clients

We offer a range of market-competitive total rewards that include merit increases, paid holidays, Paid Time Off, and incentive bonus programs (unless covered by a collective bargaining agreement), medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability benefits, 401(k) +match, stock purchase plan, life insurance, wellness programs and financial education resources, to name a few.

Anthem, Inc. has been named as a Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, is ranked as one of the 2020 World’s Most Admired Companies among health insurers by Fortune magazine, and a 2020 America’s Best Employers for Diversity by Forbes. To learn more about our company and apply, please visit us at An Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran. Anthem promotes the delivery of services in a culturally competent manner and considers cultural competency when evaluating applicants for all Anthem positions.


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