Associate Vice President, Stanford Health Care, Office of Government Affairs

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Education & Experience:

Bachelor's degree and ten (10) years of relevant experience in public policy and government affairs, including two (2) years of management experience. Advanced degree (e.g., JD, MBA, MPA, MPP) and experience in the health care industry, hospital setting, and/or public policy preferred. Combination of education and relevant experience may substitute for degree or education requirements.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience in a government affairs environment, expert knowledge of local, state and federal government, and familiarity with community issues/concerns.
  • Experience working closely with C-level hospital/healthcare executives, physician leaders and medical staff on government and community relations matters. Proven ability to provide leadership, direction and content on positions and response.
  • Experience in effective communication at all levels of an organization and in serving as the spokesperson for a hospital or healthcare environment.
  • Experience as a lobbyist or employed as an aide/advisor to an elected or appointed government official with working knowledge of the political system and political process at the federal, state and local levels.
  • Knowledge of state and federal regulatory requirements related to healthcare compliance.
  • Demonstrate a high level of judgment, analytical and conceptual skills. Comfortable working at both high-level strategy and detailed implementation, with ability to see the implications of decisions.
  • Excellent communications skills and presence at all levels and for all audiences, nationally and internationally.
  • Ability to diplomatically resolve problems and build key relationships.
  • Experience in shaping public attitude through the effective use of print and electronic media.
  • Experience re-building a government affairs team – attracting, identifying, and selecting talent that meets the long-term needs of the organization.
  • Experience leading a highly effective team in a highly complex environment.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging and motivating groups of diverse individuals.



  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently stand/walk, sit, use a telephone, grasp lightly/fine manipulation, speaking.
  • Occasionally grasp forcefully, writing by hand.
  • Rarely sort/file paperwork.


*Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the job.



  • May require working flexible hours, including nights and weekends. Regular travel may be required.
  • Valid passport for international travel.



  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University’s Administrative Guide,


The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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