Director, Federal Government Affairs and Advocacy

05 Nov, 2020


Director, Federal Government Affairs and Advocacy

Otsuka Pharmaceuticals


The Director, Federal Government Affairs and Advocacy focuses on communicating, advocating, and executing Otsuka’s positions on federal legislation and policy. This position serves as one of the company’s primary contacts/advocates responsible for communicating and promoting the company’s positions directly to Congress and parts of the Administration.  This role interacts with many external parties, especially members of the legislative branch of the federal government (Congress), trade associations of which Otsuka is a member company, consultants and other entities working with/for Otsuka, law firms, and advocacy/stakeholder groups.

Based in Rockville, MD, the Director, Federal Government Affairs and Advocacy interacts with various individuals and teams internally, including but not limited to business unit leaders across commercial and R&D, Legal, Compliance, Communications, Stakeholder Management, and external advocacy groups. By developing a culture of collaboration, this position will create a vision to guide change through inspiration, demonstrate meaningful and timely decisions, and will continue to build cohesive strategy that will impact the lives of the communities that Otsuka serves.


  • Monitors and analyzes proposed legislation within scope of authority to determine its effects on the industry; helps determine the most appropriate position in coordination with Director of Federal Government Affairs and other senior staff; develops and implements strategies to achieve favorable results

  • Assists in the development and drives Otsuka’s plans of action on federal policy for inline and future product portfolio

  • Responsible for the successful execution of Otsuka’s federal legislative goals, corporate initiatives, and internal corporate goals

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders on development of strategy and tactical planning

  • Develop and maintain a network of contacts at the Federal legislative levels and among other public opinion leaders to ensure accounting of Otsuka’s interests in important legislative environments

  • Helps raise profile of Otsuka within various communities, including advocacy, political, and trade associations

  • Responsible for the development of briefing materials, relative to the federal policy/legislative jurisdiction, for Otsuka’s leadership and other senior executives for Congressional, Administrative, and trade association meetings/events

  • Assist in the growth and management of the federal PAC. Help increase membership in the Otsuka PAC, determine a PAC contribution strategy, keep PAC members informed of activity, and represent Otsuka at various PAC events.

Education, Behavioral Competencies and Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required.  Advanced degree in law, health policy or MBA preferred

  • Minimum of 10+ years of relevant legislative experience, primarily in healthcare, including working with the federal legislative branches required

  • Ability to effectively deliver information, and explain, advocate and negotiate positions and issues to a broad spectrum of individuals required

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines, with little or no supervision required

  • Demonstrated track record of strong advocacy and communication skills

  • In depth understanding of healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry issues required

  • Previous experience working with relevant congressional committees preferred

Travel Requirements:

  • Willing to travel in the US up to 30%

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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Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. is a global healthcare company with the corporate philosophy: “Otsuka–people creating new products for better health worldwide.” In the U.S., Otsuka is comprised of two companies, Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., that share a deep commitment to the development and commercialization of innovative products in the spaces of neuroscience, nephrology, and digital medicine.

Driven by our purpose to defy limitation, so that others can too, we have an unwavering belief in doing more and transcending expectations. In going above and beyond—under any circumstances—for patients, families, providers, and for each other. It’s this deep-rooted dedication that drives us to uncover answers to complex, underserved medical needs, so that patients can push past the limitations of their disease and achieve more than they thought was possible each and every day.

OPDC and OAPI are indirect subsidiaries of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Company, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The Otsuka group of companies employed 47,000 people worldwide and had consolidated sales of approximately USD 13 billion in 2019.

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Job posted: 2020-11-05