Director, Government Affairs

23 Dec, 2020


Director, Government Affairs

Thrive Earlier Detection
Washington, DC
At Thrive, we are motivated to change the way people think about cancer. We challenge the status quo and are willing to think differently. Our curiosity drives us. There are countless questions related to cancer, and we flourish by finding solutions. We know what we do is important, and we take our work seriously. We also have fun. We do our work with vibrant energy, and we laugh out loud at the little things. This is How We Thrive.
The Role
The Director of Government Affairs reports to the Senior Vice President, Public Policy & External Affairs and will be responsible for day-to-day monitoring and advocacy related to legislation and regulations.  This person will actively advocate on the company’s behalf before Congress and the Executive Branch, both individually and as part of various stakeholder groups. This individual will help translate Thrive’s objectives into an advocacy and engagement strategy that will help the organization meet its goal of developing and commercializing breakthrough early cancer detection technologies.
This position will include policy and regulatory development/review; grassroots advocacy; and occasional participation in state advocacy projects, as well. The position involves strategic planning, budgetary, and organizational responsibility. It also entails serving as a representative of Thrive on advocacy matters with coalitions and national partners.

Major Responsibilities

    • Work closely with the SVP of Policy to create and implement a comprehensive federal affairs strategy;
    • Identify and advance business opportunities (also minimizing potential business threats), keep business segment leadership informed of key public policy activities and developments within Congress, the Administration and key agencies
    • Pursue opportunities to engage third-party stakeholders and policy decision-makers to extend thought leadership and policy objectives;
    • Identify opportunities to lead public dialogues to advance the Company’s interests;
    • Monitor the political and regulatory landscape for threats and opportunities to the organization and effectively communicate this intelligence to business leadership. This will include ongoing analysis of such developments that includes describing the potential impact of the action(s) on the business, working out various scenarios, and recommending appropriate positions and responses;
    • Identify opportunities and develop mechanisms for mobilizing grassroots lobbying campaigns;
    • This position requires that the individual write polished summaries of legislation and regulatory developments, attend and report on hearings and provide other support as needed;
    • Tracking legislation and other developments in issue areas that include health care generally, Medicare and Medicaid coverage and reimbursement policy, appropriations, tax, and other relevant issues, writing daily memos for the company;
    • Attending and reporting on Congressional hearings;
    • Contacting Congressional and agency staff to advocate on Thrive priorities;
    • Conducting legislative and regulatory research; and
    • Scheduling and otherwise facilitating company meetings on Capitol Hill, including participation in association and coalition “lobby days.”

Requirements and Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree (i.e., JD, MBA, etc.) strongly preferred
    • 8+ years of government experience with healthcare policy or equivalent private sector experience preferred;
    • Strategic and political thinker a must;
    • Successful experience with policy issues related to FDA, Medicare/Medicaid coverage, U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, biomedical research strongly preferred;
    • Ability to develop and maintain strong internal and external relationships while enhancing the company’s policy and legislative positions;
    • Strong communication and diplomatic skills with the ability to give presentations to a wide spectrum of audiences, both internally and externally;
    • Outstanding interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish rapport and credibility with key individuals and to build and maintain a broad network of relationships in the preventive health services field;
    • Strong commitment to integrity and teamwork with proven ability to work collaboratively across teams, departmental and industry boundaries;
    • Superior oral and written communication skills, with the ability to write internal and external documents with minimal editing required and the ability to persuasively and succinctly communicate complex concepts and programs at the highest levels of business and government;
    • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment; understanding the political sensitivity behind issues; and
    • Ability to work well under time sensitive deadlines.
Thrive Earlier Detection is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.
TO ALL AGENCIES: Please, no phone calls or emails to any employee of Thrive about our openings. All resumes submitted by search firms/employment agencies to any employee at Thrive via email, the internet or in any form and/or method will be deemed the sole property of Thrive, unless such search firms/employment agencies were engaged by Thrive for this position and a valid agreement with Thrive is in place. In the event a candidate who was submitted outside of the Thrive agency engagement process is hired, no fee or payment of any kind will be paid.
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Job posted: 2020-12-23