Director, Government & Community Relations, Maine

07 Feb, 2021


Director, Government & Community Relations, Maine

The Jackson Laboratory
Bar Harbor, ME


The Jackson Laboratory has a unique job opportunity for a Director, Government & Community Relations, at our Maine campus.  The successful candidate will develop and build relationships and provide direction, coordination and management of interactions with federal, state and local officials in Maine. These interactions will serve to promote The Jackson Laboratory and facilitate positive, productive relationships with policymakers.  Reporting to the Vice President for External Affairs, the Director will develop and implement strategies to shape and monitor legislation, policies and regulations that affect the Laboratory.


The Director also serves as the Laboratory’s liaison to Maine organizations, chambers of commerce and trade groups, and represents the Laboratory to communities throughout the state. As a relationship builder for the Laboratory, this individual will work to identify new opportunities in the federal, state and private sectors.  The establishment of partnerships that are mutually beneficial and closely aligned with JAX mission and strategic imperatives is a critical component of this position.  The Director will work closely with External & Government Affairs colleagues and others across departments and campuses to develop and execute plans and tactics to benefit JAX-wide strategic objectives. The Director is also an ambassador for JAX, presenting and speaking at events, hosting meetings and tours geared toward educating the public about JAX and its mission, and presenting testimony to legislative committees.


  • Under the direction of the Vice President, establish and maintain excellent relationships with state, federal and local officials
  • Consistent with the limitations applicable to JAX’s nonprofit status, shape and advance legislative and policy agendas at local, state and national levels, including legislative recommendations focused on employee relations, nonprofit policies, and regulatory affairs and legislation related to research, biotechnology and health care
  • Monitor, track and initiate state and local policy initiatives, to advance JAX strategic priorities
  • Serve as the Laboratory’s liaison to Maine civic organizations, chambers of commerce and trade groups. Represent the Laboratory to communities across the state of Maine
  • Identify and coordinate opportunities for JAX colleagues to benefit from community connections, including but not limited to research and funding collaborations and speaking engagements.
  • Shape and communicate government affairs strategies with senior leadership of the Laboratory, with internal stakeholders and with leaders of like-minded external organizations
  • Support the Vice President in other initiatives and special projects as needed and directed


  • Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s preferred)
  • Minimum 5 years professional experience
  • Exceptional goal orientation and excellent strategic thinking
  • Experience setting an inspiring vision and motivating others to reach ambitious goals in support of that vision
  • Ability to connect and build deep relationships with all types of people
  • Strong verbal and written communicator with the ability to speak compellingly about JAX’s organization, mission and goals



About Us

The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with more than 2,300 employees. Headquartered in Bar Harbor, Maine, it has a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in Augusta, Maine, a genomic medicine institute in Farmington, Connecticut, and facilities in Ellsworth, Maine, Sacramento, California, and Shanghai, China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.

The Jackson Laboratory’s 43-acre scenic Bar Harbor campus is nestled between the Gulf of Maine and the mountains of Acadia National Park. Some of the best hiking and biking in the world (over 50 square miles of mountains, lakes, views, and dramatic coastline) is accessible from our campus. We are one mile from downtown Bar Harbor, which offers a vibrant downtown district with a plethora of restaurants, shops, museums, and galleries.

JAX employees work in a collaborative, value-driven, and team-based environment where the focus is on advancing science and improving patients’ lives. Researchers apply genetics to increase the understanding of human disease and advance treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging, and heart disease. JAX was voted among the top 15 “Best Places to Work in Academia” in the United States in a poll conducted by The Scientist magazine!


Our Values:

INTEGRITY – Courage and commitment to do what is right

PEOPLE – Inspiring our people to enhance the health of all

ONE TEAM – Unified by our promise to transform medicine and science

EXCELLENCE – Achieving world-class results

INNOVATION – Leading with discovery and creative solutions

STEWARDSHIP – Caring for and enhancing the resources entrusted to us


What do we have to offer?

JAX offers a dynamic and supportive work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, including a medical plan, outstanding retirement plan, generous paid time off, and tuition reimbursement including an MBA program. Our campus offers a fitness center with an award-winning wellness program, an onsite full service cafeteria, and a fully operational primary care facility available to employees and their families.

Most importantly, every position contributes to JAX’s mission of discovering precise genomic solutions for human disease and empowering the global biomedical community in our shared quest to improve human health.


Employment will require successful completion of references, background check, credit check, and an appropriate non-compete agreement.

The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.

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Job posted: 2021-02-06