Director of Government Affairs

Director of Government Affairs


Under the direct supervision of the Vice President of Health Policy, the Director of Government Affairs builds and implements a strategy for the Foundation’s engagement with policymakers, state legislative leadership, the Governor’s office, state agency officials, local officials, and Missouri’s congressional delegation. The Director of Government Affairs serves as a key advisor on the Foundation’s advocacy efforts, as well as opportunities to use relationships with policymakers to forward the Foundation’s mission and strategies.


  • Build and maintain trusted relationships with key policymakers at the state, federal, and local (in consultation with Community Liaisons) levels, such that MFH is a trusted source of information and advisement on issues of importance to the Foundation’s mission and goals.
  • Identify opportunities for MFH to be a resource to policymakers and create a loop of information regarding happenings at the state capital and how they relate to MFH strategies and target communities.
  • Participate as a thought partner and expert consultant on Foundation’s cross-functional teams, identifying, developing, and implementing strategies for government relations work to forward Foundation goals.
  • Oversee and manage the Foundation’s work with state and federal government affairs contractors.


  • Ensure the Foundation has a deep, nuanced understanding of Missouri’s policy landscape and is able to use that knowledge to inform ongoing and future work.
  • Policymakers view the Foundation as a partner and a trusted source of non-partisan, fact-based information on issues impacting the health of Missourians.
  • The Foundation provides policymakers with relevant research, information, and advice regarding issues of relevance to the Foundation’s mission and goals.
  • Government relations tactics are a key component of Foundation strategy at all levels, with the Foundation’s changemaking strategy(s) bolstered by the ability to engage policymakers as needed in support of ongoing and future work.
  • The Foundation convenes key stakeholders, including state agency staff, elected officials, health advocates, providers, and others to engage in productive dialogue and partnership around issues of mutual importance that further our mission.
  • Contractors supporting the Foundation’s policy and government affairs activities have the information and support they need to effectively execute the responsibilities of their contract(s).


  • Participates in team activities and completes diverse assignments in support of team goals.
  • Performs general Foundation support activities and carries out special projects as required.
  • Adheres to the Foundation’s core and staff values.

Minimum levels of education and experience.

  • Education: Master’s degree in Public Health, Health Administration, or related field and/or or a Law Degree required.
  • Experience: Six (6) or more years of relevant work experience required. Deep understanding of key issues in health policy (health care financing, Medicaid/Medicare, etc.) and experience developing and managing complex, non-partisan policy and government relations strategies.


MFH is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and strives for authentic inclusion. We seek to build a team that reflects diversity of race, socioeconomic status, national origin, color, disability, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply.  MFH is committed to salary equity, and compensation will be determined based upon an independent assessment of qualifications relative to the position’s responsibilities. The Foundation’s compensation philosophy can be viewed here.


How to Apply

Click here to apply online.

The Foundation offers competitive compensation and benefits. For questions about the application process, please contact Tomye Harris.

Who We Are

Missouri Foundation for Health is building a more equitable future through collaboration, convening, knowledge sharing, and strategic investment. Working in partnership with communities and nonprofits, MFH is transforming systems to eliminate inequities within all aspects of health and addressing the social and economic factors that shape health outcomes.

Physical and Work Environment Demands

The physical and work environment demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the responsibilities of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with a disability to perform the position responsibilities. Physical demands, such as the ability to walk, sit, etc., are those of a typical office environment.