Associate Director of State Government Relations & Public Affairs

  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Jul 10, 2020
Full time Director / VP / Pres. Government Affairs / Relations Lobbyist

Job Description

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul and skills into making a difference for people living with significant unmet needs. Working together, we blend the best of our talents to deliver thoughtful solutions that patients value. Will you join us in this pioneering adventure?


The Associate Director of State Government Relations and Public Affairs is responsible for identifying, prioritizing, and delivering results on companywide state-level activities and initiatives to influence public policy for patients we serve. This position will coordinate cross-functional teams to represent UCB in industry organizations and before government officials, policymakers, and key thought leaders.

You will contribute by: 
•    Managing all aspects of state government relations within assigned states, including hiring and supervising local lobbying counsel and managing relationships with state-level patient advocacy groups and state-level industry groups.
•    Working collaboratively with UCB colleagues to identify, understand, and then develop and execute strategies to advance legislative and regulatory policies that benefit the patients we serve in the U.S.
•    Monitoring and tracking all relevant state legislative, regulatory, and public policy issues that may impact the patients we serve and UCB’s United States operations.
•    Developing, in collaboration with policy team, background and communications materials to share related information with internal and external audiences.  
•    Developing, implementing, and executing lobbying and stakeholder-specific campaigns leveraging cross-functional teams, technology, and expertise.
•    Embracing diversity of thought to understand the needs of, and develop strong relationships with, key internal business leaders and external policymakers and stakeholders.
•    Facilitating UCB facility-specific site engagement, including employee programming, training interaction, and political action committee recruitment, retention, and administration.


Interested? For this position, you’ll need the following education, experience and skills


Minimum Qualifications:

•    Bachelor’s degree required.
•    7+ years of experience in state-level biopharmaceutical policy, working in/with state legislatures, state agencies, policymakers and/or organizations representing the interests of patients, providers, medical, or commercial organizations.
•    Prior government relations experience at the state or federal government level along with experience administering and coordinating the work of Political Action Committees (PACs).
•    5+ years’ extensive experience in government relations, executive department, legislature, regulatory agency or public affairs required.
•    Demonstrated ability to engage networks among relevant external stakeholders, such as legislators, policy makers, health care and patient advocacy organizations.
•    Prior experience and success working in a cross-functional environment.
•    Strong, proven skills in analysis, writing, and development of effective public policy documents (e.g. one-pagers, backgrounders, talking points, letters).
•    Skilled and effective verbal communication ability with professional colleagues, including strong public speaking capability and experience.


Preferred Qualifications:
•    Master’s degree preferred. 


Why you should apply:

Do you want to contribute in bringing real value to patients living with severe diseases while driving innovation forward? 
Join UCB’s dynamic, inspiring and innovative environment. You will be recognized for impactful performance via a competitive compensation and benefits package and you will enjoy ample personal development opportunities.


Tell us what makes you the perfect match to our team and join one of the most dynamic & forward-looking organizations in the world. 
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About Us

At UCB, we come together every day to work, laser-focused, on a simple question: How will this create value for people living with severe diseases? By putting patients at the heart of everything we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees worldwide operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases. We are looking for people with passion and empathy who develop a real understanding of patient’s needs and can deliver thoughtful solutions to decision makers across the heath care ecosystem.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website


UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race/color/religion/sex/national origin/veteran/disability/age/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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