Director, Federal Policy and Government Affairs

  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Apr 04, 2018
Full time Director / VP / Pres. Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

Description: This position reports to the Head of Federal Policy and Government Affairs and is based in Washington, D.C.  The Director, Federal Policy and Government Affairs will work on strategic federal issues, including policy development, lobbying, and strategic external engagement.  Responsibilities include:

  • Develop policy strategies and initiatives that address key issues in the pharmaceutical and health care environment, including coverage and access to innovative medicines.
  • Engage with external trade associations, academic institutions, think tanks, and other policy-oriented groups.
  • Lobby Congress and Executive agencies on strategic imperatives.
  • Support PAC and political operations.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conduct Strategic Analyses—Initiate and conduct strategic analyses of health policy proposals and prioritize issues that influence our ability to operate effectively as an innovator company.
  • Policy Assessment—Work closely with commercial units and key functions to assess effects of new policies or proposed changes in policy.
  • Develop and Establish Policy Positions—Work with internal team to develop and steer our policy agenda and advance policy positions in the U.S., collaborate with internal stakeholders to establish strategic policy positions related to access to pipeline and marketed products, and ensure that recommendations align with business and scientific objectives.
  • Build Organizational Alignment on Key Issues— Inform and educate management and employees about external developments and develop external communications for use in policy conversations.
  • Engage externally—Represent and establish our company as an industry leader in policy conversations with appropriate external venues; including trade associations, academic institutions, think tanks, and other policy-oriented organizations.


  • 12-15 years of relevant public or private sector experience; preferably health care industry.
  • Master’s Degree or J.D. preferred;
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, written and interpersonal communication skills, particularly in interpreting and distilling complex information;
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills—demonstrated ability to independently manage multiple work streams and timelines simultaneously, build cross-functional teams consisting of a strong portfolio of skills and expertise.
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships, internally and externally.
  • Ability to travel to NJ headquarters and other important events, about 25% travel expected, or as necessary.
  • Key attributes: personal integrity, confidence, ability to adapt to a fast-paced environment, accountability, optimism, creativity, committed to a strong team culture.

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