Associate Director State Government Affairs & Advocacy – Southeast

11 Sep, 2019


Associate Director State Government Affairs & Advocacy – Southeast

Otskua Pharmaceuticals


This position will be responsible for interfacing with state and local mental health and renal disease patient advocacy groups, professional associations, government officials, and coalitions to align healthcare policy, advocacy and legislative priorities at the state level. The manager will develop strategies and coordinate initiatives with alliances that promote access to therapies, preserve patient/provider choice, and eliminate barriers to treatment. The position will be help shape and influence healthcare policies and provide feedback to OAPI regarding emerging regulatory/legislative issues that impact OAPI business.

•Interact with state policy decision makers and influencers, advocacy leaders, governor’s office policy staff, relevant state legislative committee chairs, members and support staff and Medicaid policy officials regarding issues impacting access to the continuum of care within the health care delivery system, in accordance with OAPI strategic objectives.
•Develop working partnerships to support OAPI goals (i.e. consumer advocacy groups, professional associations, provider/medical organizations, government agencies, government officials, community leaders)
•Identify key influencer stakeholders and work within a team environment to develop strategies to effectively support OAPI policy positions.
•Conduct all activities in compliance with all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations and company policies.
•Position OAPI policy platform and corporate commitment; liaising between State Mental Health Authority,  Medicaid Directors and Patient Advocacy organizations.
•Monitor federal, state, and local payer systems and regulatory/legislative trends that potentially impact access to treatment and OAPI initiatives.
•Gain insight regarding risks, issues, and opportunities through alliance development, translating into value added propositions.

Represent OAPI in state PhRMA task force activities within assigned states.
•Manage relationships and activities with local lobbying counsel in support of OAPI’s crisis issues and/or opportunities.
•Communicate potential access risks to internal OAPI team with a sense of urgency, embracing a “no surprises” philosophy.
Collaborate cross-functionally across OAPI departments to ensure favorable access/non-disadvantaged positioning.
•Develop and implement state/regional advocacy plans on an annual basis.
•Participate in Matrix Team meetings.
•Execute appropriate marketing/policy initiatives with stakeholders through discussions, formal presentations, workshops, and programs as directed.
•Implement patient and caregiver education and outreach programs via advocacy and professional organizations as directed.
Represent OAPI at state/local conferences, symposia, and events, with the goal of becoming a recognized partner within the stakeholder community.



Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree preferred
Knowledge and Experience

•Demonstrated knowledge in federal, state, and local MH  delivery systems, payer reimbursement, and policies impacting access to appropriate treatment.
•Established network of key patient advocacy groups, professional associations and coalitions.
•Working knowledge of state policy and legislative environment; preferred executive-level lobby and regulatory experience.
•Neuroscience disease state knowledge is preferred.
•Proven track record in aligning and mobilizing advocacy organizations to shape healthcare environment and advance initiatives.
•Established high level relationships with a network of key thought leaders and influencers.
•3-5 years within pharmaceutical industry preferred; with direct reports and/or manager level positions.
•Experience in working with Matrix Teams.

Skills and Competencies
•Demonstrated networking, consensus building, and influencing skills.
•Strong communication and presentation skills, interacting with both external and internal audiences.
•Critical thinking skills, relationship management, conflict resolution and ability to work collaboratively.
•Demonstrated skills in leading and managing projects and ability to work cross-functionally.
•Ability to effectively position messaging to multiple stakeholders, while working towards a common goal.
•Strong strategic planning ability, considering short and long term implications of initiatives.
•Ability to quickly distill complex information from multiple sources into an easy-to-understand message.
•Self-starter, ability to proactively direct and manage cross-functional and cross-geographic teams.
•Ability to foster stakeholder cooperation; coordinate projects, manage community partnerships.
•Ability to be tenacious and resilient under pressure, while maintaining a strong sense of integrity.
•Scenario planning skills; recommend novel strategies to mitigate risk and capitalize on opportunities.


Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: “Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide.” Otsuka researches, develops, manufactures and markets innovative products, with a focus on pharmaceutical products to meet unmet medical needs and nutraceutical products for the maintenance of everyday health.

In pharmaceuticals, Otsuka is a leader in the challenging area of mental health and also has research programs on several under-addressed diseases including tuberculosis, a significant global public health issue. These commitments illustrate how Otsuka is a “big venture” company at heart, applying a youthful spirit of creativity in everything it does.

Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Otsuka group of companies employed 45,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of approximately USD 11 billion (€ 9.9 billion) in 2016.

All Otsuka stories start by taking the road less travelled. Learn more about Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company on its global website at Learn more about Otsuka in the U.S. at


Disclaimer: This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned to this position. It is not intended to include every job duty and responsibility specific to the position. Otsuka reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet business and organizational needs as necessary. Otsuka is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status, or any protected status.

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Job posted: 2019-09-11