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Associate Director, Pain Policy and Alliance Development (Washington, DC or Boston Hybrid)

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2023

Job Description

General Summary:

The Policy & Alliance Development Associate Director is responsible for managing all aspects of Vertex's patient panels, which are designed to provide insights into the patient experience, disease burden, and other issues. This role will work with internal staff to set the agenda for each panel, work with individual patients in the context of the panel, manage consultants administering the panels, develop panel insights and socialize with key internal groups, and manage panel budgets. To accomplish this work, this role will partner closely with Public Affairs disease area leaders and disease teams, as necessary. This role will support our Pain program.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manages all aspects of Vertex's Patient Insights Panel, which is designed to provide insights into the patient experience, disease and caregiver burden, and other non-product-specific issues
  • Coordinates with the Public Affairs Portfolio and Disease Area leads to identify need, establishes and ensures aligned agendas for patient panels, and communicates insights to key internal Vertex audiences
  • Develops approved materials for use in panel discussions, including disease overviews, videos, talking points, agendas, and other materials, as required
  • Ensures consistent feedback loop with internal Vertex customers
  • Manages all administrative aspects of the patient panel, including panel budgets, vendor activities, individual patient communications
  • Works with legal and compliance groups to ensure 100 percent compliance with Vertex policies, guidelines and procedures

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Demonstrated strategic planning, communication and presentation skills to communicate difficult concepts and persuade others
  • Proven teamwork and collaboration skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact and influence all levels of business
  • Detail-oriented, self-initiating, well-organized and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously and independently
  • Strong understanding of the legal and regulatory environment along with demonstrated integrity on the job

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required in business, policy, or a related field
  • Typically requires 8 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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