Associate Chief, External Affairs
Job ID: R0030557 | Communications Leadership | Full Time | Virginia, VA
The Associate Chief of External Affairs for UVA Health is responsible for developing and implementing the purposeful and organized engagement of the Northern Virginia communities UVA Health/UVA Community Health serves. The Associate Chief cultivates strong relationships with regional state and local government officials, as well as influential community leaders in the Northern Virginia region, to advance UVA Health priorities and advocacy initiatives. The Associate Chief advises the Chief External Affairs Officer (CEAO) and other internal stakeholders on emerging issues and opportunities in the Northern Virginia region and recommends action plans as necessary. This position reports to the Chief External Affairs Officer and is based in Northern Virginia, but requires occasional meetings and events in Charlottesville and Richmond, Virginia.

  • In consultation with the UVA Health Chief External Affairs Officer and the UVA Health government relations team, develop and implement purposeful and organized engagement of the communities UVA Health serves, specifically in Northern Virginia.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with and lead the engagement of state and local government officials and other influential community leaders in the UVA Community Health Northern Virginia region to promote and advance UVA Health advocacy priorities.
  • Create and maintain positive public awareness, understanding and support of UVA Health and the health system initiatives throughout the Northern Virginia region.
  • Develop and execute a yearly strategic advocacy plan for UVA Community Health that complements the overall UVA Health advocacy priorities and make data-driven recommendations for action as needed.
  • Closely monitor and identify emerging issues and opportunities within the Northern Virginia region and make recommendations for actions as needed.
  • Work closely with the University's state relations teams as necessary.
  • Provide strategic support as needed during the General Assembly each year.

Position Compensation Range: $182,603.20 - $292,156.80 Annually


  • Bachelor's degree required. Master's or other advanced degree preferred.

  • Substantive, first-hand knowledge of the Northern Virginia political landscape and legislative processes at both the state and local levels.
  • Established bipartisan relationships at all levels of government.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the major issues affecting the healthcare industry and those specific to Virginia.
  • Ability to collaborate, influence and effectively engage with a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Exceptional judgment and discretion in handling sensitive and confidential issues

  • None.

This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings and programs.

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