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Senior Director, Federal Affairs, Government Affairs & Policy

Washington, DC, USA | Gilead Sciences

  • Industry:
    Pharmaceutical / Biotech
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
  • Experience:
    12-15 years
Job Description:
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Job Description

Senior Director, Congressional Affairs, Government Affairs & Policy

Reporting to the Head of Congressional Affairs, the Sr. Director, Congressional Affairs will play an integral role in developing and implementing coordinated advocacy strategies, initiatives and engagements with federal policymakers around issues that impact the biopharmaceutical industry.

Based in Washington, D.C., the Senior Director of Congressional Affairs will be a member of the Government Affairs & Policy (GA&P) team and will work closely with State Government Affairs, Policy and Therapeutic Area leads (i.e., HIV, Liver, Oncology & Cell Therapy).

S/he will help ensure patient access to Gilead therapies by advocating for and advancing policies relating to federal public programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. Additional issue areas of focus may include intellectual property, public health programs, and trade. S/he will also be responsible for contacts with the key federal committees of jurisdiction and member offices engaged on these issues.

S/he will also work to educate Members of Congress and staff about the challenges facing patients with HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C and other liver related diseases, and cancer, as well as advance federal health policies that improve the treatment of these diseases. The position will play an integral role in helping Gilead build relationships with federal legislators.

Essential Duties and Job Functions:

Work cross-functionally with legal, commercial, and public affairs colleagues to develop and execute advocacy strategies designed to advance Gilead’s legislative and regulatory priorities.

Engage with key lawmakers and staff to monitor pending legislative activities and advocate for policies that advance Gilead’s strategic positions and initiatives.

Draft advocacy materials that articulate rationales in support of policy positions and prepare oral and written materials for internal audiences that summarize legislative and regulatory activities in Washington and explain their potential impact upon Gilead.

Serve as a liaison with trade associations, coalitions and partnerships that represent the biopharmaceutical industry and advocate for policies that seek to protect patients’ access to innovative medicines.Participate in committees, work groups and related activities to advocate for Gilead priorities and leverage the work of these groups to support Gilead’s advocacy activities.

Demonstrate strong analytic and research skills, including a familiarity with legislative, regulatory and policy materials, as well as significant experience engaging in the health care policymaking process.

Direct, supervise and manage contract lobbyist in support of Gilead’s advocacy efforts.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills: 

This position requires a self-starter and team-player able to exercise significant discretion and independent strategic discernment.

Experience with Congressional Committees and/or federal agencies with jurisdiction over healthcare is especially relevant.

Multiple years of experience working as a retail lobbyist that includes experience with strategy development and execution.

Understanding of the approval, coverage and reimbursement processes for prescription drugs, the 340B program and intellectual property laws applicable to drugs and biologics.

Strong verbal and written communication abilities, including experience with the use of PowerPoint and related tools to make effective presentations.

Proven ability to build effective relationships with internal and external constituencies and work as part of a cross-functional team advocating on complex health policy issues.

Excellent organizational and project management skills, with experience running multiple projects and deadlines effectively.

Corporate experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries.

BS or BA degree and 14 + years of prior experience in government, government affairs, public affairs or policy role. MA or MBA and minimum 8 years of relevant experience preferred

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