Director, Federal Government Relations

02 Nov, 2020


Director, Federal Government Relations

Neurocrine Biosciences
Washington, DC

Who We Are:

At Neurocrine Biosciences, we pride ourselves on having a strong, inclusive, and positive culture based on our shared purpose and values. We know what it takes to be great, and we are as passionate about our people as we are about our purpose – to relieve patient suffering and enhance lives.

What We Do:

Neurocrine Biosciences is a neuroscience-focused, biopharmaceutical company with 28 years of experience discovering and developing life-changing treatments for people with serious, challenging and under-addressed neurological, endocrine and psychiatric disorders. The company’s diverse portfolio includes FDA-approved treatments for tardive dyskinesia, Parkinson’s disease, endometriosis* and uterine fibroids*, with three pivotal and five mid-stage clinical programs in multiple therapeutic areas. Headquartered in San Diego, Neurocrine Biosciences specializes in targeting and interrupting disease-causing mechanisms involving the interconnected pathways of the nervous and endocrine systems. (*in collaboration with AbbVie)

About the Role:

Reporting to the Executive Director of Government Affairs, the Director of Government Affairs will play an integral role in developing and implementing coordinated advocacy strategies with federal policy makers and officials on issues that impact Neurocine. Serves as a liaison to US House of Representatives and US Senate on specific Neurocrine related issues. Develops federal government relations strategies aligned to the achievement of corporate and brand objectives on a wide range of issues areas, including health care reform, FDA, tax, and brand specific opportunities. Responsibilities include developing, leveraging and maintaining high level relationships with Members of Congress and Congressional staff, regulators and agency officials, the Administration, patient and provider groups, trade organizations and other stakeholders including other pharmaceutical companies and insurers to achieve Neurocrine corporate objectives.


Your Contributions (include, but are not limited to):

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with elected officials, regulators and agency officials.

  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies on Neurocrine specific positions relative to key federal policies.  

  • Collaborate with BIO, CLSA, BIOCOM and internal Neurocrine colleagues to identify and address issues.

  • Develop federal lobbying strategies and develop broad Neurocrine positions relative to key federal level policies.

  • Identify, analyze and report on legislation and regulatory initiatives as well as emerging issues that could have a significant impact to Neurocrine.

  • Work with brand teams to integrate government affairs strategies into Neurocrine brand (marketed and pipeline) plans.

  • Work directly with commercial and sales leadership to implement business strategies in response to legislative/regulatory challenges and opportunities.

  • Analyze and track legislative, regulatory and health policy issues relating to corporate interests.

  • Staff Neurocrine leadership at Industry Association Board of Directors meetings as assigned.

  • Responsible for building and growing Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. PAC to increase the company’s profile in Washington, DC and to promote our patients’ and business interest.

  • Build and direct cross functional strategies and process with internal teams including federal policy, state government affairs, executive and sales management, managed markets, marketing and other commercial functions.

  • Interact with legislative consultants as appropriate to ensure alignment and pull through of federal government affairs strategies.


  • BS/BA degree in Business, Political Science, or related Field and 15+ years combined experience in government affairs in private industry or consulting firm, on Capitol Hill, or trade association Experience with a Democratic member office especially relevant, OR

  • Masters degree (preferred) and 13+ years of similar experience as noted above, OR

  • Juris Doctorate (JD) (preferred) and 10+ years of similar experience as noted above

  • Strong knowledge and experience with federal legislative and regulatory process

  • Experience with Congressional Committees and/or federal agencies with jurisdiction over healthcare.

  • Excellent verbal, analytical, written and interpersonal communication skills, particularly in interpreting and distilling complex information

  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong networks with individuals and associations who influence public policy and participate in industry coalitions

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of issues affecting the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, Medicare and Medicaid policy and general health care policy.

  • Strong understanding of public and private payer initiatives affecting reimbursement of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products.

  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as a self-motivator as well as in a matrix organization

  • Requires strong interpersonal, communication and networking skills

  • Amenable to travel requirements, including off hour and weekend responsibilities, about 25% travel expected, or as necessary

  • Leverage network with elected officials, legislators, regulators and federal agency officials to achieve Neurocrine corporate objectives

  • Development of federal government affairs strategies to address corporate and brand objectives

  • Identify federal issues/regulatory issues/challenges and work with commercial and sales leadership to address corporate objectives

  • Development and implement cross functional strategies with key functions including, managed markets, field reimbursement, sales leadership and other commercial/medical teams as appropriate to ensure alignment of corporate objectives

Neurocrine Biosciences is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets employer.

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Job posted: 2020-11-02