Associate Director Government Affairs

29 Apr, 2019


Associate Director Government Affairs

San Francisco, CA


Genentech Government Affairs is seeking a qualified Associate Director, Public Policy & Reimbursement, candidate to join the South San Francisco-based Public Policy team. This is a unique position in health policy: with a focus on specific therapeutic areas in the Genentech portfolio, including marketed and pipeline molecules, the Associate Director will work closely with internal Commercial and Medical partners and with Government Affairs colleagues to advocate effectively on Medicare, Medicaid, and other coverage, coding, and payment policies governing access to innovative therapies. Initially, primary therapeutic areas will be neuroscience and rare disease, including potential work in stroke, multiple sclerosis, hemophilia, spinal muscular atrophy, and Huntington’s disease, among others.

Sample Job Duties and Accountabilities:

The Associate Director will identify, assess, and communicate key policy issues that may impact Genentech and the biotechnology industry in both the short- and long-term to internal and external stakeholders. He or she will focus on the impact of federal and state public sector trends and initiatives on Genentech with respect to patient access, provider reimbursement, and Genentech policy and scientific innovation.

He or she will work in close collaboration with internal Commercial and Medical and Government Affairs colleagues to understand and inform strategic objectives in specified therapeutic areas affected by public policy, including identification of obstacles and opportunities arising from the intersection of statue and regulation with clinical development decisions and product profiles. This includes sufficient understanding of commercial market access, target population demographics, the intersection of federal and state statutes and regulations on commercial markets, and the influence of commercial trends in healthcare payment and delivery on public payers.

He or she will translate policy developments into meaningful guidance and strategic advice in support of portfolio-wide and program-specific goals and will represent Government Affairs in exchanges with internal and external senior leadership.

The Associate Director will acquire a basic understanding of and ability to communicate the science of assigned therapeutic areas, including basic disease etiology and therapeutic mechanisms of action, especially as required for interpretation of governing statute and regulation. He or she will also understand and advise on the implications of clinical trial design features on access, including clinical endpoints, patient- and provider-reported outcomes, and trial inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Capabilities / Skills required

  • Think outside traditional boundaries to generate new ideas and new ways of working
  • Challenge the status quo with an intellectual curiosity to capitalize on opportunities through experimentation
  • Distill information and convey complex policy issues through effective communication to all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrate ability to work in a fast-paced, complex and highly collaborative environment with initiative, autonomy, professionalism, and a drive for continuous improvement
  • Influence without authority at all levels
  • Bring the agile ways of working and an enterprise mindset to life
  • Be comfortable navigating through changes, ambiguity, and shifting priorities
  • Stay abreast of internal and external developments, trends and other dynamics relevant to the work of Government Affairs and assigned therapeutic areas to maintain a fully current view and perspective of internal/external influences and/or implications business goals.
  • Continue to expand his/her knowledge base of laws, regulations and guidelines

Core Competencies

  • The Associate Director must be a leader who is willing and able to take responsibility and ownership for following and analyzing public policy issues and trends.
  • Qualified candidates must be highly motivated to take the initiative to further explore areas important to both Government Affairs and Genentech while working collaboratively with other team members in a dynamic and fast-paced environment.
  • Writing: Superior ability to write and edit business documents clearly and succinctly in a timely manner, as well as the ability to ensure content accuracy, appropriate tone, and attention to detail to ensure work is of superior quality.
  • Speaking/Presentations: High level of comfort and ability to present information to senior leaders internal to Genentech, to large audiences of internal colleagues, and to senior public officials.
  • Project Management: Strong planning and organization skills with the ability to set priorities effectively and efficiently, identify areas that need further research, and multi-task on a number of issues while notifying team members and supervisor of work progress in a timely and appropriate fashion.
  • Problem Solving: Superior problem solving skills, including the capability of applying previous experience to complex policy issues, and the ability to conduct or delegate qualitative and quantitative analyses.
  • Research and Analysis: Strong research skills, knowledge of sources of information and contacts on public payer issues, as well as the ability to tie research results and policy initiatives directly to Genentech s business.
  • The Associate Director will work under limited direction and proactively notify his or her supervisor with work priorities and timelines; work will be reviewed for soundness of judgment and overall adequacy.

The position is located at Genentech’s main campus in South San Francisco, CA.

Relocation assistance is being provided.


  • A BA or BS is required; a graduate degree (MPP, MPH, JD) is strongly preferred.
  • Qualified candidates should have a minimum of 10 years of relevant post-college healthcare policy experience (examples include government agencies such as HHS, CMS, State Medicaid Agencies, CBO, OMB, GAO or FDA; Congress; healthcare consulting firms; pharmaceutical, biotechnology, managed care or other healthcare industries; or patient, provider or trade associations).
  • Experience working at or directly with HHS on healthcare policy (CMS specifically) or as Congressional health policy staff is preferred.
  • Candidates should have an advanced understanding of the federal and state regulatory processes, federal and state regulatory bodies that monitor and implement the health programs, healthcare policy development, and the administrative structure of funding sources for government agencies. An advanced understanding of Medicare and Medicaid coverage, coding, and payment policies is also required.
  • Experience applying health policy in complex organizations is preferred.
  • Understanding of basic science is preferred.

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Job posted: 2019-04-29