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Grassroots Patient Advocacy Associate Director, West Region (Field Based)

Semma Therapeutics

Semma Therapeutics

Boston, MA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2024

Job Description

The Grassroots Patient Advocacy Associate Director is responsible for supporting the company’s grassroots patient advocacy strategy within the designated region. This position will work closely with cross-functional teams, including communications, policy, and medical affairs. This role will help lead the company’s ongoing efforts to build and sustain meaningful relationships and collaborations to support the needs of patients and advance our company’s goals. This role will be responsible for grassroots campaign execution across disease areas.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Contributes to developing, coordinating, and leading the company's state/regional patient advocacy strategy, including tactical implementation

  • Collaborates with communications, policy, medical affairs, and marketing departments to ensure that state public policy goals are aligned to meet company objectives and most effectively serve the needs of patients

  • Develops and leverages high-level relationships with patient advocacy groups at state and local levels to achieve Vertex goals, bring value to patients, and enhance the company's standing and reputation

  • Serves as a liaison between the patient community and Vertex

  • Collaborates with and facilitates advocacy coalitions for specific public policy goals, including rare disease awareness and disease-specific policy issues

  • In partnership with cross-functional partners, integrate Vertex's state/regional patient advocacy strategy and identify additional opportunities to increase rare disease awareness and disease burden awareness

  • Provides input into the development and resource prioritization for the company's annual patient advocacy plan

  • Identifies and pursues additional opportunities to advance the company's business objectives

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with members of advocacy groups, government, and community leaders

  • Demonstrated outstanding strategic planning, communication, and presentation skills

  • Experience in patient advocacy, market access, government affairs/relations, public health policy, campaign work, or coalition building.

  • Significant knowledge and appreciation of the complexities of the drug development process and regulatory requirements

  • Strong understanding of the patient and caregiver experience in rare diseases, including diagnosis, treatment, and treatment options preferred

  • Knowledge of the patient advocacy community/individuals

  • Proven teamwork and collaboration skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact and influence all levels of business

  • Strong understanding of the legal and regulatory environment, along with demonstrated integrity on the job

  • Detail-oriented, self-initiating, well-organized, and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously

  • Demonstrated ability to be creative and develop innovative solution

  • Pharmaceutical sector or healthcare sector experience

  • Field Travel required 50%

Requirements:

Bachelor's degree required

Typically requires 8 years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience

Pay Range$172,000 –$258,000 USD annually

The range provided is based on what we believe is a reasonable estimate for the base salary pay range for this job at the time of posting. This role is eligible for an annual bonus and annual equity awards. Some roles may also be eligible for overtime pay, in accordance with federal and state requirements. Actual base salary pay will be based on a number of factors, including skills, competencies, experience, and other job-related factors permitted by law.

At Vertex, our Total Rewards offerings also include inclusive market-leading benefits to meet our employees wherever they are in their career, financial, family and wellbeing journey while providing flexibility and resources to support their growth and aspirations. From medical, dental and vision benefits to generous paid time off (including a week-long company shutdown in the Summer and the Winter), educational assistance programs including student loan repayment, a generous commuting subsidy, matching charitable donations, 401(k) and so much more.

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Pay Range:

$172,000 - $258,000

Disclosure Statement:

The range provided is based on what we believe is a reasonable estimate for the base salary pay range for this job at the time of posting. This role is eligible for an annual bonus and annual equity awards. Some roles may also be eligible for overtime pay, in accordance with federal and state requirements. Actual base salary pay will be based on a number of factors, including skills, competencies, experience, and other job-related factors permitted by law.

At Vertex, our Total Rewards offerings also include inclusive market-leading benefits to meet our employees wherever they are in their career, financial, family and wellbeing journey while providing flexibility and resources to support their growth and aspirations. From medical, dental and vision benefits to generous paid time off (including a week-long company shutdown in the Summer and the Winter), educational assistance programs including student loan repayment, a generous commuting subsidy, matching charitable donations, 401(k) and so much more.

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.

Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the recruiter or hiring manager, or contact Talent Acquisition at ApplicationAssistance@vrtx.com