Director, Government Affairs

  • Washington, DC / Remote
  • Nov 16, 2023
Full time Director / VP / Pres. Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

At Eisai, satisfying unmet medical needs and increasing the benefits healthcare provides to patients, their families, and caregivers is Eisai’s human health care (hhc) mission. We’re a growing pharmaceutical company that is breaking through in neurology and oncology, with a strong emphasis on research and development. Our history includes the development of many innovative medicines, notably the discovery of the world's most widely-used treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. As we continue to expand, we are seeking highly-motivated individuals who want to work in a fast-paced environment and make a difference.  If this is your profile, we want to hear from you.

The Director, Government Affairs guides and represents the company on legislative issues with elected officials and their staff.  This includes monitoring progress of legislative initiatives of interest to the company and providing analysis to company officials.  The Director, Government Affairs develops strategy for and visits elected government officials and their staff to advise them of company issues. The incumbent will direct and work with the internal team to best represent Eisai with designated trade and business associations, advocacy groups on political and legislative issues of importance to the company.  This position will also design and implement lobbying strategies with external consultants, as well as staff key workgroups at trade associations.  Finally, this position will assist with the management of the Eisai Political Action Committee (PAC).

Essential Functions

  • Develop and implement government affairs strategy to address short- and long-term corporate, disease, and brand objectives.
  • Represent Eisai’s patient-focused legislative positions with key external decision makers (policymakers, patient and professional advocacy groups, trade organizations, etc.).
  • Work with BIO, PhRMA and GBA Federal Committees to identify, address and drive issues.
  • Provide background and staff support to Eisai leadership at trade organizations.
  • In coordination with federal lobbying firms, develop a lobbying strategy relative to key national level policies.
  • Identify, analyze and report on legislative initiatives as well as emerging issues that could have a significant impact on Eisai and the biopharmaceutical industry.
  • Work with Eisai business groups to integrate government affairs strategies into the Eisai disease, pipeline, and product portfolio.
  • Develop patient-focused strategies and operate with a strong sense of purpose and alignment with our hhc mission. At Eisai, everything we do is guided by a simple principle: patients and their families come first and we have a responsibility to listen to and learn from them. We call this human health care or hhc.


  • 4-year college degree, with a minimum of 10 years of government affairs/Capitol Hill experience, preferably in biopharmaceuticals (e.g., public policy affecting pharmaceuticals), or other related management positions.
  • Advanced degree preferred.
  • Strong knowledge and experience with legislative process.
  • Exceptional ability to develop networks with individuals and associations who influence public policy and participate in industry coalitions.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of issues affecting the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, and general health care policy.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as a self-motivator across a matrix organization.
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, communication and networking skills.
  • Amenable to travel requirements, including off hour and weekend responsibilities.
  • Experience running a Corporate PAC.
  • Approximately 25% travel to Corporate and PAC events.




Eisai is an equal opportunity employer and as such, is committed in policy and in practice to recruit, hire, train, and promote in all job qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.  Similarly, considering the need for reasonable accommodations, Eisai prohibits discrimination against persons because of disability, including disabled veterans.

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