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Federal Government Affairs Director (Hybrid)

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Job Description

General Summary:

The Federal Government Affairs Director will be an integral role in developing and implementing coordinated federal advocacy strategies with federal policy makers and officials on issues that impact Vertex.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for maintaining, cultivating, and engaging relationships that include U.S. Government officials, Members of Congress, and relevant Committee staff to create value-add opportunities that raise the company’s visibility in Washington, DC and promote Vertex’s interests in the public policy arena
  • Works closely with colleagues in Public Affairs Department (Policy & Alliance Development, State Government Affairs & Grassroots, and Community Affairs) to advance Public Affairs and Corporate goals. This includes providing political and strategic legislative expertise on activities critical to achieving corporate objectives and serving on various internal work groups
  • Monitors legislation and identifies substantive policy and political opportunities and risks to the company’s business.
  • Ensures internal departments are appropriately informed on issues that could impact Vertex’s business and works with the various departments to ensure the departments are fully leveraging the government affairs capabilities to advance Vertex’s mission
  • Interacts with legislative consultants as appropriate to ensure federal government affairs strategies are successfully executed
  • Engages industry trade associations and other partner organizations to promote alignment on priority company positions
  • Serves as lobbyist on key issues including patient access, government coverage and reimbursement, intellectual property and regulatory incentives, tax, and regulatory approval processes.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Substantive experience with the federal legislative process for healthcare policy and interplay with executive branch policymaking
  • Strong understanding of the political context in which the biopharmaceutical industry operates; working understanding of policies fundamental to ensuring patients have access to the medicines of today and tomorrow. Knowledge of cell and gene therapy, sickle cell, kidney disease, respiratory disease, muscular dystrophies, or Type-1 diabetes is a plus
  • Strong network of relationships in Congress and with key industry trade associations that shape the federal political and policy environment
  • Excellent judgment to make decisions on complex business and healthcare policy issues, and act based on what is in the best interest of the company and patients
  • Proven ability to forecast short and long-term implications of policy changes and political trends
  • Possess a deep understanding of Vertex’s medicines, technology, and the patients we serve and can communicate and translate them enthusiastically and appropriately to a variety of audiences

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Typically requires 10 years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience



Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.

Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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