Director of Government Affairs

Administrative Oakland, California


THE POSITION: The Director of Government Affairs is responsible for developing and implementing the legislative and regulatory priorities of Center for Elders Independence. Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), this incumbent will assist the CEO with the development and implementation of legislative, regulatory and policy activities at the federal, state and local level designed to advance CEI’s mission. The Director will maintain relationships with Federal, State and local government, legislative and regulatory offices, executive leadership, community stakeholders, contracted lobbyists and trade associations to ensure policy priorities are communicated effectively. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for researching various health care policy topics as it relates to Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), Long-Term Supports and Services (LTSS), Medi-Cal managed care, Medicare Advantage, and other related topics. This includes providing strategic analyses, writing letters, whitepapers, and other documents that are used by the Board of Directors, executive leadership, and strategic partners.


  • Collaborates with the CEO to craft the annual public policy agenda; and recommends policy and advocacy strategies to executive leadership and/or the Board of Directors.
  • Follows and analyzes key state and federal legislative bills, the budget, and regulatory policies as it relates to health care and PACE.
  • Communicates updates accordingly, throughout the federal and state legislative sessions; and makes recommendations regarding the policy implications of legislative and regulatory change.
  • In alignment with contracted lobbyists, drafts and submits comment letters and letters of support that represent the organization’s policy positions, goals, and objectives.
  • Collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to draft responses on behalf of the organization for regulatory agencies, including but not limited to, the California Department of Health Care Services, California Department of Aging, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on behalf of the organization.
  • Maintains relationships and serves as the designated point of contact between legislative and regulatory offices.
  • Coordinates communications and strategic alliances with legislative offices, contracted lobbyists and trade associations.
  • Organize and execute public policy forums, key stakeholder and legislative convening’s and other civic engagement activities to inform the community of issues of importance to
  • In conjunction with organization leadership, enhance legislative, regulatory and community partner relationships to engage and elicit support for CEI policy, legislative and business related initiatives.
  • Closely track, monitor and report on the impact of local, state and national policy issues and make recommendations for CEI’s leadership and
  • Develop legislative and regulatory tracking
  • Monitors legislative and regulatory activities, leads analysis of proposed actions and determines the potential impact on the organization to include company positions, as
  • Interface and maintain visibility with key City, County, State and Federal Legislators/Officials and staff members with respect to legislation of impact to CEI, our participants, and underserved populations.
  • Create communications as needed and as assigned including letters to legislators, assistance with written testimony and client vignettes, internal companywide communications including newsletters, and legislative and regulatory
  • Testify before Legislative and regulatory bodies as
  • Manages department staff and/or interns as assigned.
  • Other projects and duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, Public Administration or related field required. Master's degree strongly preferred.
  • A minimum of five years' experience in working with government agencies, advocacy and community
  • Must have at between seven to ten years of experience in health/public policy or related field, specifically dealing with California and federal legislative
  • Working knowledge of legislative, regulatory and political processes at local, state and federal
  • Strong relationships with federal, state and local elected/regulatory offices.
  • Utilize and access computer and appropriate software and job-specific applications/systems to produce correspondence, charts, spreadsheets, and/or other information applicable to the position.
  • Strong analytical, managerial, communications, presentations, and leadership skills.
  • Background of success in process improvement.
  • Commitment to results; "can-do" mindset with emphasis on accountability.
  • Experience at strong motivational and staff leadership abilities.



  • Reliable transportation and proof of auto insurance.
  • Monthly scheduled days in the main office.
  • Quarterly scheduled district visits with elected official offices; participation in elected official-hosted events.
  • Ability to travel throughout California and Washington, D.C. to attend CalPACE and National PACE Association activities as directed by CEO.
  • Other travel as required.

Center for Elders’ Independence is a PACE (Program of All- Inclusive Care for the Elderly) organization that uses an interdisciplinary team approach to care planning and care implementation for the purpose of providing high quality, affordable, integrated health care services to the elderly, including an Adult Day Health Center, and promoting autonomy, quality of life and the ability of individuals to live in their communities. Unlike other healthcare plans, CEI is not a "fee-for-service" plan. It is a a “capitation” healthcare plan. CEI is paid a set amount for each person enrolled in our program, whether or not that individual seeks care. We are a growing company that offers stability and continues to thrive.