Director, Public Affairs, Healthcare & Life Sciences

22 Aug, 2021


Director, Public Affairs, Healthcare & Life Sciences

FTI Consulting
Washington, DC/New York, NY

FTI’s Approach

FTI Consulting combines public policy, communications, and sector expertise to offer a unique capability for clients operating at the critical intersection between business and government.  We are one of the world’s most highly regarded communications consultancies with a 30-year track record of serving as trusted advisors to management teams and Boards of Directors seeking to seize opportunities, manage crises, navigate market disruptions, articulate their brand, stake a competitive position, and preserve their permission to operate.



Based in the Healthcare & Life Sciences practice, the Director will take a leadership role in the management and execution of multi-stakeholder communications activities, many of which require knowledge of media, politics, and public policy issues. The Director will provide senior-level counsel and assist clients in developing strategies to mitigate political, regulatory, and reputational risks, while seizing opportunities to promote the client’s position. A successful Director will be confident in an entrepreneurial environment, have the ability to build strong internal and external relationships, effectively manage projects with multiple workstreams, stay abreast of industry developments, and continually help innovate the firm’s offerings.



The Director manages account teams and projects, leveraging in-depth knowledge of clients’ objectives and challenges to oversee the design and execution of innovative communications, research and engagement strategies and tactics. Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • Develop strategic proposals, communications plans, research, analysis and other work product for clients and new business prospects
  • Serve as a primary client contact, providing strategic counsel directly to clients in meetings, conference calls and while working on client sites
  • Oversee project management and document development to ensure deadlines are met and objectives are achieved
  • Anticipate client needs and concerns and work proactively with colleagues to address them
  • Drive new business pursuits, including the development of thought leadership, identification of business prospects and ongoing networking on behalf of the firm
  • Support team training and professional development and serve as a performance manager to junior staff



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 5-8 years of strategic, political and/or communications experience with increasingly complex responsibilities and duties
  • Ability to advise and secure confidence of senior communications and C-level client contacts, as well as other outside consultants, advisors and organizations
  • Excellent organizational skills and written and verbal presentation skills
  • Proven project management track record and comfort managing and working with staff at all levels
  • Prior communications experience, including developing and executing communications strategies intended to raise a client’s profile as well mitigate or balance negative coverage
  • Track record of managing communications effectively with diverse stakeholders in politically charged and/or crisis situations
  • Prior healthcare experience, including familiarity with major issues facing the industry
  • Strong work ethic, attention to detail and a service-oriented attitude
  • Ability to work under pressing deadlines across multiple projects and portray calm in the face of difficult situations to clients and other team members
  • This role requires travel to clients and FTI offices




Our Benefits

Apart from the well-structured career path and excellent team environment, our employees enjoy a variety of perks and benefits. Our benefits include, but are not limited to:
  • Competitive salary and bonus plans
  • Generous paid holidays, time off and parental leave
  • Full package of benefits plans
  • Company matched 401K
  • Annual paid volunteer hours
  • Corporate matching for charitable donations
  • Potential for flexible working arrangements
  • Free snacks and drinks
  • Upscale offices close to public transportation
  • Pet insurance
About FTI Consulting
What makes us unique? With more than 6,250 employees located in offices in every corner of the globe, we are the firm our clients call when their most important issues are at stake. Regardless of what level you are, you will have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from top experts in your field on high-profile engagements that impact history. Our culture is collaborative, and we value diversity, recognition, development and making a difference in our communities.
FTI Consulting is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange and has been recognized as a Best Firm to Work For by Consulting magazine and one of America’s Best Management Consulting Firms by Forbes. For more information, visit and connect with us on Twitter (@FTIConsulting), Facebook and LinkedIn.

FTI Consulting is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, protected veteran status, religion, physical or mental disability, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation.

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Job posted: 2021-08-22