Associate Director, State Government Affairs

21 Nov, 2020


Associate Director, State Government Affairs

Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Sacramento, CA

Job Description

12. The number of talented and empowered state government affairs associates who work across all 50 states on legislative and regulatory solutions.

Come join our inspired, highly motivated team and make an impact on policies that protect innovation and enhance patient access.


You will lead Novartis policies and objectives involving state and local government affairs, including maintaining and nurturing relationships with government, associated authorities, and all committees to legislatively represent and protect Novartis interests.

You will defend the company against governmental actions that adversely affect patient access to medications, and, when possible, to enhance delivery of medications to patients through laws, rules, and regulations.

In addition, you will allocate time toward prescribed priority states in the region, and will fashion a localized plan to achieve outcomes that both protect and enhance the company’s goals and objectives.

Further, you will be the face for Novartis before key state decision-makers and responsible to lead analysis of proposed legislative actions, determines the potential impact on the organization, develops appropriate responses, monitors legislative and regulatory activities, and promotes company market position.

This includes responsibility to:

• Lead, develop, and execute multi-state plan that supports Novartis business and policy objectives. Lead varied cross-functional and multi-disciplinary teams.

• Identify and analyze legislation that may affect Novartis’ business, as well as propose language and strategies to amend and improve legislation.

• Shape, represent, and advance Novartis legislative, policy and alliance strategic objectives through organization membership and active participation with key partners. Identify and build strategic alliances with key state/local policy stakeholders, professional societies, patient advocacy groups and third party organizations.

• Drive access of Novartis medicines (in government and non-government programs) through work with State legislators, Insurance Commissioners, Medicaid Directors and State Exchanges to ensure policies that allow for the opportunity for access to our products.

• Persuasively communicate Novartis positions on relevant public health, economic, and clinical issues to key internal and external stakeholders, alliances, and to key Government individuals.

• Identify legislative risks and opportunities for the Novartis portfolio and corporate business and develop and execute strategies to mitigate risks. Identify and coordinate economic development activities with state government on behalf of facilities and divisions, as well as opportunities to improve the tax and tort climates in a state.

• Lead regional PAC activities and support the promotion of the PAC among cross-divisional colleagues.

• Execute a plan for providing political contributions to candidates who understand the substantial risks associated with creating and delivering innovative medications.

• Manage contract counsel in certain states to ensure Novartis’ goals and objectives are accomplished.

Minimum requirements

** Must live within 1 hour of advertised territory city **

What you’ll bring to the role:


• Bachelor’s Degree required
• Advanced Degree preferred


• 7+ years of direct experience in government affairs or similar

• Strong business background and knowledge of state government and local key stakeholder/patient organizations

• Experience effectively leading, and working closely with, cross-functional teams

• Expertise influencing others from various external/internal groups without direct reporting relationships

• Demonstrated ability to build relationships with patient advocacy groups, government officials, and other stakeholders

• Experience working closely with field counterparts to maximize business opportunities

• Skilled to deal effectively with executive management, Regional leadership, corporate medical officers and staff

• Experienced in developing and articulating a vision and translate into practical actions steps and results


• Strong interpersonal skills – ability to network and communicate with top management of all functions
• Results-based leadership style skillset with strong impact and influencing skills
• Tenacity and energy in leading change
• Ability to communicate effectively and motivate teams and others, maintaining a persuasive and credible style at all levels of organization
• Analytical, process-oriented, with a strong drive to drive sustainable improvements
• Strong capacity for ambiguity, listening skills, and ability to embrace other’s ideas and viewpoints
• Creative thinker and problem solver


Why consider Novartis?

799 million. That’s how many lives our products touched in 2019. And while we’re proud of that fact, in this world of digital and technological transformation, we must also ask ourselves this: how can we continue to improve and extend even more people’s lives?

We believe the answers are found when curious, courageous and collaborative people like you are brought together in an inspiring environment. Where you’re given opportunities to explore the power of digital and data. Where you’re empowered to risk failure by taking smart risks, and where you’re surrounded by people who share your determination to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges.

Imagine what you could do at Novartis!

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

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Job posted: 2020-11-21