Associate Director, Public Policy – East Coast

17 May, 2021


Associate Director, Public Policy – East Coast

PTC Therapeutics
Washington, DC/Remote

Job Description Summary:

The Associate Director, Public Policy is responsible for providing direction and coordination of public policy initiatives and advocacy related to PTC Therapeutics’ business. The Associate Director proactively monitors and analyzes federal and state legislative and regulatory developments impacting PTC Therapeutic’s products, pipeline, and the patients we serve. The position is responsible for identifying, analyzing, and responding to public policy issues of relevance to PTC, in coordination with the Government Affairs team. The Associate Director helps develop PTC’s policy positions and advocates in support of the Company’s strategic business priorities in these areas. This position will be based in the PTC’s Washington DC office.

This position will be responsible for supporting and collaborating with relevant internal stakeholders; managing policy consultants; and supporting policies aligned with the Company’s goals with trade associations, and advocacy organizations, and other relevant stakeholders.

The Associate Director, Public Policy ensures adherence to relevant regulatory requirements and company Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as appropriate.

Job Description:


  • Support development of PTC’s public policy positions in coordination with relevant internal teams, including Government Affairs, Commercial, Market Access, Medical Affairs, Regulatory, and Legal. Manage communication internally and externally.
  • Work collaboratively to translate the Company’s policy priorities into effective advocacy strategies. Help shape outcomes within state and federal agencies and trade associations.
  • Initial policy focus includes, but is not limited to:
    • Federal legislative and regulatory issues impacting coverage, access, and reimbursement for rare disease prescription drugs including, but not limited to:
    • Medicaid, Medicare; Telehealth; Drug pricing and transparency.
    • Value Assessment Frameworks
    • Value-based payment arrangements for prescription drugs; and
    • Health care delivery and insurance coverage issues.
  • Monitor the Federal and state-level policy and regulatory landscape for issues and opportunities with direct relevance to the Company, including the assessment of legislative and regulatory proposals Complete relevant policy analysis and develop policy positions and responses to such proposals.
  • Develop communication materials to support the Company’s policy objectives, advocacy programs, and corporate objectives.   Develop quantitative and qualitative analysis, in partnership with internal and external teams, to evaluate potential opportunities and implications for, and/or impacts to the company, with an emphasis on patient access.
  • Engage with internal stakeholders to ensure PTC’s public policy strategy supports and advances PTC’s strategic goals.
  • Develop timely Federal and state-level public policy summaries for assigned area and partners with Public Policy team to communicate and educate internal audiences.
  • Represent PTC and its interests with trade associations and other external stakeholders, potentially including local, state, or federal governmental agencies.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key governmental and non-governmental stakeholders. Contribute to strategic planning, direction, and goal setting for the department or function in collaboration with senior management.
  • Develop and execute strategy for educating a broad array of internal stakeholders on the policy landscape impacting PTC and our patients.
  • Collaborate with Government Affairs colleagues, Communications colleagues and external policy consultants to identify opportunities for public comment and lead the drafting process.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. JD, MBA or other Masters-level degree desirable
  • Minimum 7 years of pharmaceutical experience in healthcare policy, reimbursement or payer experience (CMS, health plan, PBM), or related healthcare policy consulting, law or financial/actuarial firm experience. A combination of the pharmaceutical or biotechnology industries, HHS, Capitol Hill and/or specific reimbursement experience strongly preferred.
  • Substantive understanding of the following:
    • Legislative and regulatory policies impacting prescription drugs, especially Medicaid, and strong understanding of federal policymaking processes.
    • Federal legislative and regulatory policies for coverage, coding and reimbursement of prescription drugs and medical procedures.
  • Track record of successfully leveraging participation in coalitions and trade association activities.
  • Self-starting, highly skilled communicator with internal and external audiences to strengthen working relationships among key stakeholders.
  • Expertise working with the federal agencies to influence the rule making process.
  • Proven ability to build effective relationships with internal and external constituencies, including senior business leaders, regulatory officials, counterparts at other companies, and industry representation.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to convey in a clear and compelling manner important messages to different parties with different backgrounds and interests. Writing sample may be requested.
  • Ability to grow into a recognized internal thought leader with extensive technical and business expertise within a strategic organization.
  • Ability to apply in-depth knowledge of policy landscape to impact on business and patients and contribute to strategic plan development.
  • Thinks ahead and anticipates changes to capitalize on opportunities while remaining agile and fluid.
  • Excellent interpersonal & communication skills with the ability to interact professionally and effectively with peers, management, and leadership both within and outside the Company.
  • Ability to work effectively individually and as part of cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent planning, organization and time management skills including the ability to support and prioritize multiple projects.
  • Self-motivated to drive results and capable of working independently.
  • Travel requirements: 20%
  • Office based position with remote options negotiable.

EEO Statement:

PTC Therapeutics is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from all individuals, regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, age, physical characteristics, social origin, disability, religion, family status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, veteran status or any unlawful criterion under applicable law. We are committed to treating all applicants fairly and avoiding discrimination.

PTC is biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery and development of orally-administered, proprietary small molecule drugs that target post-transcriptional control processes. While PTC’s discovery programs are directed at targets in multiple therapeutic areas, PTC is focusing particularly on the development and commercialization of treatments for orphan and ultra-orphan disorders. Post-transcriptional control processes regulate the rate and timing of protein production and are essential to proper cellular function. PTC’s internally-discovered pipeline addresses multiple therapeutic areas, including neuromuscular disorders, oncology and infectious diseases. For more information on the company, please visit our website ​

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Job posted: 2021-05-17