Director, Infectious Disease Policy

02 Jan, 2022


Director, Infectious Disease Policy

Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Washington, DC

Primary Purpose of the Position:

This position will help lead and manage policy and advocacy efforts related to immunization, working with member companies to develop and shape federal and state legislative and policy initiatives impacting vaccines, and to demonstrate and promote the value of biotechnology.



  • Lead BIO’s Vaccines Policy State Working Group, including working with BIO’s State Government Relations team. Develop and direct strategy with regard to state-level legislation, regulation, and electoral/ballot measure activity.
  • Lead on U.S and international policy issues related to vaccine safety and BIO activities related to vaccine confidence including project management of several vaccine confidence-focused initiatives, including management of multiple consultants, BIO member steering committees, and overseeing budget and contracts.
  • Lead BIO’s Prevention Modalities Task Force, focused on coverage and access issues for innovative non-vaccine preventative tools.
  • Lead BIO’s Vaccine Regulatory Affairs Committee (VacRAC) and efforts to support important regulatory policies related to vaccines with the FDA; interact routinely with BIO’s Science and Regulatory Affairs policy team as appropriate.
  • Co-lead BIO’s Vaccine Working Group and contribute to the development of BIO policy positions and advocacy strategies related to vaccines and immunizations; lead on particular issues, as assigned, by the Vice President, Infectious Disease and Emerging Science Policy.
  • Support activities and meetings of the Vaccines Policy Advisory Committee (VPAC).
  • Represent BIO at meetings and presentations with government officials and stakeholders as a subject matter expert and industry spokesperson on issues related to vaccines and immunizations, including accompanying lobbying staff to meetings with Congressional offices and making presentations at public meetings and conferences.
  • Monitor, analyze, summarize, and respond to federal legislation and regulation that affects the discovery, development, commercialization and availability of novel vaccines and preventive products.  For example:
    • Drafting technical comments to rules, regulations and other notices promulgated by the Department of Health and Human Services, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other relevant federal agencies.
    • Drafting advocacy documents and legislative summaries for use with various internal and external audiences and stakeholders.
  • Work cross-functionally within BIO to ensure coordination and communication across teams on policy development and advocacy strategy, particularly with the Health Section, the Federal and State Government Relations teams, the Legal Department, the International team, and the Communications Department.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key U.S. regulatory agencies (e.g. FDA, CDC, NIH, CMS, GAO, HRSA, FDA, and others) and as well as with the policy/regulatory staff in member companies, other trade associations, and stakeholder groups.
  • Respond to BIO member company questions regarding vaccine policy issues.
  • Respond to inquiries from the press as required, working through BIO’s Communications Department.
  • Research emerging issues and conduct analysis to support BIO policy development.
  • Assist in coordination and development of panels, presentations, and BIO annual meetings and provide logistical and planning support for BIO policy events.
  • Collaborate with BIO’s Agriculture team on matters related to One Health, including preparing meeting and presentation material, developing key policy priorities, and collaborating across BIO member company Working Groups.
  • Support Specialty Team international activities as assigned by the Vice President.
  • Other duties/projects as assigned by the Chief Scientific Officer and the Vice President, Infectious Diseases and Emerging Science Policy.




Demonstrated understanding of public health policy and vaccine policy issues and various stakeholder perspectives.

Demonstrated excellence in communications (oral and written) and organization.  Proficiency in Microsoft Office software suite – Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.

Demonstrated ability to effectively time-manage and function well in a fast-paced team environment.

College degree or equivalent years of experience; experience in public health and/or health policy. Advanced degree a plus; 8+ years of work experience.

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Job posted: 2022-01-02