Public Affairs Manager

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Jul 27, 2017
Aug 30, 2017
Employment Status
Full Time

Health Care that Starts with You!

Join a truly mission-driven organization! Independent, nonprofit UCare is recognized as one of the Minnesota's leading health plans. We provide more than 225,000 members across Minnesota and western Wisconsin with the health coverage plans and services they need to maintain and improve their health. The innovative coverage we create makes a difference for Medicare-eligible individuals, individuals and families enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs, such as MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance, and disabled adults with special health care needs. UCare is growing in size, membership, products, geographic coverage, and employees. We're an organization that's going places. Be part of a team that cares about you, be part of UCare.



At UCare, we deliver high-quality health coverage and services to help members of all ages maintain and improve their health. It's a big job that takes innovative ideas, strategic partnerships, and a commitment to doing the right thing. Above all, it takes a compassionate team that is dedicated to making a real difference in the lives of our members and our communities.


Working at UCare is more than just a career; it's a mission. A mission that defines us as professionals, unites us as an organization, and shapes how we interact with our members and each other. Our values of integrity, community, quality, flexibility, and respect permeate every aspect of our organization - from who we are and how we act, to what we do and how we do it. We owe our continued success to our employees who proudly embody our mission and values in everything they do.


Position Description

This position is responsible to be the primary lobbyist at the Minnesota State Capitol and represent UCare at external public policy meetings and functions. Coordinate, communicate and advocate UCare's public policy positions internally and externally.

·Manage legislative relations activities including tracking bill introductions, monitoring legislative hearings and monitoring other public forums on health policy. 

·Coordinate and analyze UCare's positions on state public policy.  Identify and research issues, conduct policy analysis and coordinate health policy and position strategies for UCare. Prepare detailed position statements and papers that articulate UCare's positions on various topics.

·Communicate UCare's public policy position(s) to state and federal legislators, associations, other external constituencies, and other policy forums. Collaborate and work with state associations, including the Minnesota Council of Health Plans, and other healthcare lobbyists advance or halt legislation in the best interests of UCare.

·Assist Associate VP of Public Affairs with UCare's federal lobbying efforts including the development of policies and positions and lobbying as directed.

·Document UCare's position on health care issues by gathering appropriate data and opinions and preparing written statements, testimony, and/or talking points for distribution. Present information to UCare staff and external groups as appropriate.

·Proactively identify and implement public policy initiatives and forums to enhance the public health and wellness of the members UCare serves.

·Other projects and duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree in health related field or liberal arts; demonstrated experience may be considered in lieu of degree.

Required Experience

Five years of government relations/affairs experience in the healthcare industry. Proven exposure to legislative and governmental process in a healthcare delivery setting such as a physician group practice, health insurance, HMO or community service agency.  Experience interpreting State and Federal regulations and legislation. Considerable knowledge of a wide variety of agency functions, policies, and procedures. Occasional travel.


UCare is proud to be a recognized Star Tribune Top Workplace for the 8th consecutive year. As a part of our collaborative team, you'll experience the rewards that come with helping others and seeing the positive results of your hard work. We value and respect each individual's ideas and contributions, and give you the freedom to grow both personally and professionally. We are centrally located, and offer onsite education, equipment and wellness resources, a myriad of volunteer activities, and a number of other rewards. If you're looking for a welcoming environment that celebrates what you have to offer, helps you build on your strengths, and gives you the opportunity to truly make a difference, we invite you to apply.

As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, we welcome and employ a diverse employee group committed to meeting the needs of UCare, our members, and the communities we serve.






Enter a highly collaborative environment where people are truly engaged, and feedback is valued. You'll enjoy a competitive salary and benefits, as well as a host of other perks, including a nationally recognized wellness program, and a bright, open, award-winning office space in Northeast Minneapolis just minutes from major freeways and retail centers. At UCare, we welcome and employ a diverse employee group committed to meeting the needs of UCare, our members, and the communities we serve.

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