Director, Government Affairs and Policy

26 Oct, 2020


Director, Government Affairs and Policy

Coherus Biosciences
Washington, DC

The Company

Publicly traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange as CHRS, Coherus is the nation’s only biologics biotechnology company focused exclusively on developing, licensing and commercializing high-quality biosimilar products. The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA) allowed for a pathway for biosimilars to be developed and approved in the U.S., with the intent to provide equally safe and effective versions of the innovator drugs to compete in the biologic marketplace. Developed its first marketed product, UDENYCA® (pegfilgrastim-cbqv), a biosimilar to Neulasta®, in our labs in Camarillo, California. Coherus now employs over 325 team members, comprising all aspects of R&D, Product Development, Marketing and Sales, and other areas.

The Position
The Director, Government Affairs and Policy augments the Executive Director in all aspects of Coherus’ government affairs and policy agenda.  The responsibilities will include direct advocacy and lobbying Congress and the relevant agencies, coalition building, day to day management of those relationships.  This position will interact on policy matters and with the Executive Director on the creation of a Political Action Committee as well as assist in management of certain trade associations, consultants, and publication tools. This position will focus on planning, communicating, advocating, and executing a proactive government affairs strategy that advances the mission and goals of Coherus’ enterprise strategy as it relates to federal legislation and policies as well as periodic state regulations.

This position will also work strategically to advance legislation or actions by the U.S. Congress and Administration that could positively impact our business, provider partners or patients. Accountable for relationships for a substantial portion of the US Congress and political appointees within an Administration, including communicating, advocating, and executing the Coherus policy positions. Proactively collaborates with internal partners on all aspects of federal legislative, grassroots, and Political Action Committee goals. This position further serves as one of the company’s primary contacts/advocates responsible for developing strategic lobbying plans, as well as communicating and promoting the company’s positions directly to Congress.

The position will interact with multiple external stakeholders, but primarily members of the federal legislative branch and political appointees of an Administration, contractors and consultants and trade associations. Interacts with various people internally, particularly staff members involved in forming Coherus positions on public policy issues.

Also interacts with various Congressional stakeholders, including but not limited to:
Congressional office Health Staff in both the House and Senate, the Chiefs of Staff, and the Legislative Directors as well as other key congressional staff members

  • Members of Committee staff of key House and Senate Committees, Leadership
  • Congressional Member organizations and coalitions
  • External organizations which are involved with Government Affairs activities related to Coherus
  • This position in based in the Washington, D.C. office.

Essential Functions
Develops and manages proactive strategies to mitigate risks and identify opportunities for policy goals of importance to the Company to achieve the success of NNI business and patient legislative goals

  • Tracks federal legislation and regulation
  • Participates in alliance development team on cross-functional projects involving outside organizations
  • Ensuring that government officials, legislative committees, and other relevant parties are aware of Coherus’ position on public affairs issues of importance to the Company
  • Assist in development and preparation of materials and resources to support analysis of proposals and arguments for our policy positions
  • Develops and implements federal strategies to advance policy positions by working closely with the policy team and internal stakeholders to establish policy positions related to access to pipeline and marketed products and ensure that recommendations align with business and scientific objectives
  • Develops strategies and spearhead opportunities to help create and grow Coherus Political Action Committee (PAC) and assist in the growth of grassroots activities.
  • Builds organizational alignment on key issues by informing and education management and employees about external developments

Physical Requirements
10% overnight travel may be required.

A Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 8 years of combined experience in federal government affairs, Capitol Hill, Administration, or lobbying consulting firm experience required

  • A minimum of 5 years of Capitol Hill, Administration or Pharmaceutical/ healrthcare federal government affairs or policy direct experience required
  • Demonstrated analytical skills to understand key components of legislation and the potential effect on the industry
  • Advanced knowledge of federal government affairs and public policy, including policy analysis and government relations
  • Strong planning, relationship building, cross-functional team and leadership skills required
  • Demonstrated ability to proactively strategize and execute on how best to advance policy priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and cultivate relationships with key associations/agencies and key Congressional leaders and political appointees of an Administration
  • 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 career progression with increasing roles of responsibility
  • Demonstrated track record of strong advocacy and communications skills
  • Previous experience working with relevant congressional committees preferred
  • Proven track record of effective strategic planning, execution and follow up
  • Results-focused – prior track record required

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Job posted: 2020-10-26