Senior Director, Government Affairs & Policy

Avanir Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Washington, DC
Mar 14, 2018
Mar 15, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
POSITION SUMMARY The Senior Director, Government Affairs and Policy (GA&P) is a high-profile, high impact, senior leadership position, and a member of the US Commercial Leadership Team. The Senior Director is responsible for all federal legislative, reimbursement and advocacy strategy and execution for facets of Avanir's business. These areas of responsibility affect all aspects of the business in the short and long term, and include Avanir's external influence and reputation. The Senior Director, Government Affairs and Policy is a recognized and active leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, serving as the Avanir representative with federal government officials, industry trade associations, and influential policy organizations. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS The Senior Director, Government Affairs and Policy is a strategic contributor and leader for Avanir responsible for: Anticipating and predicting changes in the external legislative, regulatory, policy, and political environments in the short, mid and long term; Identifying company opportunity and potential areas of risk in the government legislative, regulatory, policy and political realms; Creating specific opportunities for Avanir's business and operations in the legislative, regulatory, policy, and political environments; Analyzing the potential impacts of government action, both proactively and reactively, to the business (operational and strategic); Recommending company positioning, priorities, internal and external strategy, and tactics to the CEO of Avanir and the US Commercial Leadership Team, as it relates to legislation, regulation, policy and politics; Executing US company strategy and influencing legislation, regulation, policy and politics in support of Avanir's purpose and mission to mitigate risk and maximize opportunity; Ensuring that the company is compliant with all federal and state registration and lobbying disclosure laws associated with interactions with US government officials; Developing and implementing US senior executive engagement strategies; Contributing to the development of Global Government Affairs and Policy priorities and projects in support of global business objectives; and, Insuring execution and implementation of global policy initiatives in the US. MAIN INTERFACE INTERNALLY: CEO SVP Commercial US Commercial Leadership Team members Legal Affairs Intellectual Property Counsel SVP, Research & Development Senior Director, Regulatory Affairs & Quality MAIN INTERFACE EXTERNALLY: US Federal Government (eg, US Congress, Department of Health and Human Services (including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ), and Senior appointed officials at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Quasi-governmental policy setting organizations (eg MedPAC, US Pharmacopeia, Institute of Medicine). Industry Trade Associations (eg BIO, ). Patient Advocacy Organizations with Federal and State policy and political influence (eg Leading Edge, Alzheimer's Association). Key Federal policy organizations. Influential Federal political organizations (eg Democratic Leadership Council, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Republican Main Street Partnership) Policy and Lobbying consultants. QUALIFICATIONS An undergraduate degree is required Advanced degree (eg, JD, MBA, MPA, MPP) highly desirable 10 or more years of experience in public policy and government affairs, preferably in the biopharmaceutical industry A thorough understanding of legislative processes, proven track record of successful advocacy and winning legislative efforts. Experience managing relationships with lobbyists and consultants and experience to help shape positive public opinion. Preference given to individuals with current, established relationships with elected officials, agency heads and policymakers in Washington, DC health care policy and legislative arena and in key state markets (eg MA, CA, NY) Strong business and financial skills. Proven ability to manage significant budget Strong knowledge of the reimbursement environment for biopharmaceutical products, specifically Medicare and Medicaid related challenges Widespread understanding and working knowledge of the process as well as substantive knowledge of establishing health care policy, particularly related to the coverage and reimbursement decision-making of FDA drugs and biologics Keen business acumen Ability to manage multiple, complex issues High-energy, self-motivated, positive attitude Clear reputation for ethical conduct Exemplary performance record EDUCATION BA/BS degree required, preferably in English, Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or related field with advanced degree (preferably MBA) highly desirable

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