Assoc Director/Director, State Government Affairs, Public Policy & Government (Mid Atlantic)

Job Description

About This Role

This position will work under the oversight of the Senior Director of State Public Policy & Government Affairs and will be based in a remote location, preferably inNJ, PA, or MD.

The Public Policy & Government Affairs (PPGA) team is seeking an Assoc Director/ Director to lead government affairs work in the Mid-Atlantic states. This is a critical role at Biogen, shaping Medicaid and state policy to benefit patient access, affordability, and innovation. The ideal candidate will be detailed-oriented and possess strong relationship management and interpersonal skills. Strong preference for previous lobbying experience.

What You’ll Do
  • Educate state policymakers about Biogen’s business and patients and advocate for legislative solutions focused on patient affordability and access
  • Help further PPGA’s goals relative to Aduhelm and explore opportunities for Biogen to collaborate and advance implementation of Alzheimer’s policy, including in the areas of early detection and diagnosis and health equity
  • Maximize opportunities to establish connectivity to the business, including with the brand teams & field teams
  • Assess impact of proposed state legislation to businesses within Biogen’s U.S. portfolios and propose and guide lobbying strategies, and potential financial impact.
  • Assist on local issues as they arise as related to Biogen’s patient sites
  • Work in collaboration with Corporate Affairs on reputation management activities directed at local and state policymakers, leveraging Biogen’s corporate social responsibility work and corporate campaigns
  • Work to leverage Biogen’s memberships in business and industry groups including PhRMA, BIO, NAM, BRT and local Chambers of Commerce
  • Ensure Biogen is maximizing opportunities available through the - the economic development agency for the sector - including initiatives related to STEM and D&I
  • Partner closely with multiple cross-functional teams to analyze access and payment policies proposed by government and commercial payers - including rules and guidance from the state Medicaid agencies, state legislatures, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Using sound judgment to develop targeted engagements with key stakeholders.


  • 6+ years of service working on state healthcare legislation and Medicaid issues in state government or with relevant pharmaceutical/ private sector experience
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, written and interpersonal communication skills, particularly in interpreting and distilling complex information
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills—demonstrated ability to independently manage multiple work streams
  • Demonstrated commitment to ensuring patient access to innovative medicines and the importance of a thriving biopharmaceutical industry
  • Ability to maintain good working relationships, internally and externally
  • Ability to travel as needed

Preferred Skills
  • Strong analytical and business skills; ability to communicate effectively with high level executives.
  • Ability to explain complex issues in a simple and succinct way.
  • Demonstrated ability to work across functions, regions and cultures while exhibiting enterprise level leadership with the ability to inspire, motivate and drive results.
  • Knowledge and understanding of healthcare product development and commercialization.
  • Ability to work in a deadline-driven and fast-paced environment including managing multiple projects with on time.


Bachelors degree required; advanced degree preferred

Job level commensurate with experience

Additional Information

Biogen’s US Alzheimer’s Franchise is looking to recruit proven and ambitious sales achievers with at least five years of experience in pharma, specialty, hospital, med device/capital equipment, and/or biotech sales.
In this field-based, specialty sales representative position you will be called upon to sell our products with key stakeholders in the Alzheimer’s Disease community: including Neurologists and allied health professionals.