Arizona Chapter

Director, Government Affairs

How many people can answer the question, "What do you do for a living?" with the answer, "I help find cures for cancer." At LLS, employees take our mission seriously. Whether you work in one of our chapters, are an accountant at the national office or a specialist in our Information Resource Center, you work each day on making our mission a reality: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.
Join us and give new meaning to the word, "job."

Position Title: Director, Government Affairs - Office of Public Policy
Location: Southwest Region - 1 position located preferably in either Colorado (Denver), Texas (Austin) or Arizona (Phoenix)
Target start: Sept 2014

The Government Affairs Director provides leadership and management of LLS's state government affairs agenda, with an emphasis on removing access barriers to coordinated quality care for blood cancer patients and works to connect our local staff and advocates to their members of Congress to advance our federal access agenda.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Serves as a leader within Office of Public Policy (OPP) regarding state government issues including the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, robust insurance coverage, utilization management and specialty tiers.
  • Serves as critical liaison between LLS Field Staff and volunteers and our federal legislative agenda.
  • Works closely with LLS advocacy staff to drive volunteer and staff engagement in priority issue areas at both the Federal and State levels.
  • Responsible for continually monitoring and analyzing policy trends and movements and proposed legislation and regulations that may positively or negatively affect blood cancer patients.
  • Responsible for the development of market intelligence on state health reform implementation, including the role of key state legislative committees and executive branch agencies as well as CMS regional office staff, assessing risks to access to oncology therapies and medications. This position will monitor state legislative and regulatory hearings and recommend courses of action.
  • Develops and drives agendas with state legislatures and regulatory bodies that are coordinated with and complementary to LLS's strategic advocacy and legislative policy objectives. Coordinates lobbying strategies and responsive actions with OPP Advocacy team, LLS Chapter advocates, and Government Affairs.
  • Educates legislators in leadership roles on about specific access to care issues for cancer patients.
  • Creates and advances legislation that heightens awareness about issues in blood cancer to support open patient access policies and empower patient pursuit of appropriate treatment.
  • Develops key alliances and represents LLS with other organizations, coalitions and industry to support LLS's state government affairs objectives
  • Represents LLS's government affairs interactions with the pharmaceutical industry, the insurance industry, and other non-governmental agencies with the region.


  • Minimum of a Bachelors degree and experience in public or private sector state lobbying and advocacy.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong knowledge and experience in state government affairs and public policy and policy-making processes, including policy analysis and lobbying.
  • Strong understanding of State and Federal government processes and the inter-connection between the two.
  • This position will require approximately 50-60% travel, with significant time to be spent in the priority State Capitols at the legislature (when in session) and with internal and external advocates, as well as significant time at the LLS Office of Public Policy in D.C.

Critical for Success:

  • Proven ability to access state government decision-makers
  • Proven ability to conceptualize and articulate science-based policy goals
  • Ability to work independently, thrive under pressure, and perform multiple tasks

Please forward resume, cover letter, and salary history (SALARY HISTORY MUST BE INCLUDED FOR CONSIDERATION):
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Attn: Human Resources
1311 Mamaroneck Avenue, Suite 310
White Plains, NY 10605
Fax: (914) 821-8247
Online: Director, Government Affairs, Phoenix


The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) does not accept resumes from third party recruitment/search firms. Please do not forward resumes to LLS employees or any company locations or email addresses. LLS is not responsible for any fees related to resumes not solicited by LLS Recruiting.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

last updated on Thursday, July 31, 2014