Director, Federal Government Affairs

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Feb 27, 2018
Full time Director / VP / Pres. Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

Allergan plc (NYSE: AGN) is a bold, global pharmaceutical company and a leader in a new industry model – Growth Pharma.  Allergan is focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing branded pharmaceuticals and biologic products for patients around the world. Allergan markets a portfolio of best-in-class products that provide novel treatments for the central nervous system, eye care, medical aesthetics and dermatology, gastroenterology, women's health, urology, anti-infective and cardiovascular therapeutic categories. With commercial operations in approximately 100 countries, Allergan is committed to working with physicians, healthcare providers and patients to deliver innovative and meaningful treatments that help people around the world live longer, healthier lives. Our success is powered by our world-class team’s commitment to being Bold for Life. Together, we build bridges, power ideas, act fast and drive results for our customers and patients around the world by always doing what it is right. Join one of the world’s fastest growing pharmaceutical companies!At Allergan you will have the opportunity to thrive in a fast-paced, strategic environment where bold, innovative thinking isn’t just welcomed, it’s encouraged. Across all functions, we relish the opportunity to help our people fulfill their potential. Our rapid growth strategy means plenty of opportunities to step into the spotlight. Position DescriptionThis position reports to the Vice President of Global Government Affairs.  The Director will help lead public-facing advocacy efforts of the company on federal legislative and regulatory issues.  He/She will be responsible for maintaining close collaboration with all key internal business unit leadership to ensure all government affairs activities fully support the Company’s annual objectives. The Director, Government Affairs will provide a key leadership and managerial role in developing the strategic direction of the Government Affairs department.  This position is charged with executing on specific public policy goals in support of the Company and with management of reporting and compliance requirements with government regulatory authorities.  The Director, Government Affairs is expected to be a self-starting, highly skilled communicator both internally and with external audiences to strengthen working relationships amongst all key stakeholders. 

Specific Responsibilities 

  • Develop and implement the Company’s public policy and lobbying efforts.
  • Principle lead for ensuring the Company’s lobbying and political action committee (PAC) are compliant with all appropriate federal and state regulatory agencies.
  • Lobby federal and state elected officials and their staff on public policy priorities of the Company.
  • Design and implement key site engagement strategies to increase public facing interactions with state and federal elected officials.
  • Serve as subject matter expert on legislative and regulatory efforts in support the Company’s seven key therapeutic areas.
  • Direct, supervise and manage outside lobbying, regulatory, and compliance legal counsel in support of Company priorities.
  • Represent the Company in multiple external facing roles, including amongst elected Government officials, third party organizations, trade associations, regulatory authorities, and other situations as needed.
  • Proactively collaborate with brand executive leadership teams on the strategic support that Government Affairs provides for these franchises.
  • Build and maintain relationships with members of Congress, Congressional Staff, trade associations, third party groups, internal business teams, and other key stakeholders.
  • Develop, market and manage PAC operations, including its website; serve as Assistant Treasurer of the PAC.
  • Assist in the development, design and management of the Company’s grassroots/ advocacy plan and website.
  • Work with VP, Global Government Affairs to develop Government Affairs’ budget, communication plan, and operating model.
  • Create strategic, coordinated initiatives to expand corporate identity of integrity and responsibility amongst key external stakeholders.
  • Prepare legislative analysis, summaries, and presentations for internal stakeholders 

 Qualifications & Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree in life-sciences, communications, political science or similar fields providing foundation for public-facing advocacy; advanced degree preferred.
  • 4 or more years of directly related work experience with a state or federal elected government official with preference for familiarity in health care issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and execute public policy and lobbying/campaign strategy.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, verbal, and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to represent Company priorities in an external capacity.
  • Ability to travel 35%.
  • Knowledge of FDA, SOP and cGMP standards, guidelines and government affairs health policy issues.
  • Understanding of pertinent federal and state laws related to pharmaceuticals.
  • Excellent organizational skills with capacity to handle multiple tasks. Flexible and willing to take on progressively increasing responsibility over time.

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