Director, External Relations, BIO

Location: Washington, DC
Department: Alliance Development and External Relations
Reports to: Vice President, External Relations

The primary purpose of this position is to develop and maintain strong external relationships with BIO state-level affiliated trade associations, regional patient advocacy organizations and additional state and national stakeholders in support of BIO’s Federal and State government affairs goals. Because patients are at the heart of BIO’s mission, this position will also be responsible for gaining key insights from the patient and consumer community that will help to inform BIO’s decision making. The Director, External Relations will provide input and execute on BIO’s federal and state alliance advocacy activity, as directed by the Vice President of External Relations. The Director will also support federal champion development by engaging appropriate third-party partners in target states and supporting state-level third-party outreach and education.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities

Develop and maintain strong relationships with federal and state policy-focused patient and consumer advocates and other important stakeholders and influencers to:

• Build and lead coalitions to drive engagement on issues primarily related to value, access and reimbursement

• Support Champion development, grass roots and home-state efforts in support of federal and state government relations goals

• Serve as a liaison and resource between BIO and the advocacy community at the state and federal levels.

Develop and maintain outstanding relationships with CSBA partner organizations to ensure BIO visibility and support with these key partners

• Routinely leverage current BIO communications tools, campaigns and resources and deliver them to strategically targeted stakeholders.

Effectively, clearly and regularly communicate goals, milestones, events and logistical information to internal and cross functional teams, as appropriate.

• Contribute to External Relations, FGR and SGR strategies and provide insights to BIO regarding CSBA partner and grass-tops perspectives and needs.

• Coordinate with teammates to ensure customer outreach is coordinated and strategic.

• Provide input and insights to inform funding decisions


Education and Experience Required

• Bachelor’s degree required.

• 7+ years of experience, preferably working for or with biopharmaceutical companies in public affairs, government affairs, advocacy or alliance development

• Credibility among healthcare policy stakeholders, coalitions and other advocacy organizations.

Knowledge and Skills Required

• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.

• Outstanding relationship management abilities and strong interpersonal skills

• Superb communications skills, both written and interpersonal.

• Deep understanding of the federal and state legislative and reimbursement environment including Medicare Part B, Part D and Medicaid

• Strong desire to contribute to team success, with an enthusiasm for supporting team members efforts

• External / internal focus: 75%/25%

• Required travel: Up to 50%, (domestic only)

• This position is based at BIO headquarters in Washington DC

More Information

Please direct inquiries to [email protected] and include that you found the job posting on the NHC Job Bank.