Director, Public Policy

24 Feb, 2021


Director, Public Policy

Columbia Care
Washington, DC
Reports to: VP, Corporate Affairs

Position Overview:

The Director, Public Policy (the “Director”) will be responsible for the creation of policy and related content. In addition, the Director will serve as a key resource for industry associations as well as broader stakeholder groups and coalitions. The Director must have a comprehensive understanding of the priorities and goals of the company and develop the policy framework and related materials needed to support our initiatives. The Director must also have experience in government relations and public affairs communications, the ability to work on technical healthcare subject matter, and the interpersonal communication skills required to interact effectively with a wide range of audiences (including internal leadership, government officials, regulators, and trade associations). Working well as a collaborative team member is imperative to success in the role, as is the ability to deliver results in a fast-paced environment where systems and processes are still being developed and maturing.

Major Areas of Responsibility include:

  • Directing policy on various legislative and regulatory areas at the state and federal levels.
  • Drafting, editing, and compiling materials for programing, policy, advocacy activities and meetings, stakeholder engagement plans, and speech writing, all of which must be aligned with the Company’s policy priorities.
  • Working closely with the Company’s public affairs consultant(s) to support the creation of paid media and public relations campaigns that amplify our industry-leading expertise and reputation.
  • Collaborating with internal operational subject matter experts to gain a deeper understanding of operational matters that correspond to policy concerns.
  • Providing programmatic and project management support to Government Affairs activities.
  • Briefing and advising team members and company executives on policy issues.
  • Drafting and editing correspondence and policy memos.
  • Conducting research and analysis of legislative and policy issues.
  • Attending hearings, briefings, meetings, tours and conferences.
  • Working closely with the Director of State Government Affairs, state-based contract lobbyists and public affairs consultants on both day-to-day tasks and long-term strategic initiatives.

Minimum Qualifications (Skills, Knowledge & Abilities):

  • All applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in a communications or policy-related discipline preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in communications, public policy issues management, State Legislative, Capitol Hill or lobbying.
  • Self-motivation and ability to work proactively and independently, troubleshoot, and work well under pressure.
  • Experience building press and media strategies for policy campaigns.
  • Enthusiasm for the public affairs challenges involved in working for one of the world’s largest and most successful companies.
  • Excellent communication skills; strong writing and editing skills.
  • Strong organizational and project-management skills.
  • Public policy experience preferred.
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office and strong PowerPoint skills are required; knowledge of Adobe products preferred.

Travel %: 20-30

Additional Abilities Required:

  • This job operates in an office setting and is largely sedentary, requiring the routine use of a computer and other standard office equipment.  The ability to lift or move up to 5 pounds, bend, reach, and perform manual tasks may also be required.
  • Note: Nothing in this job description restricts the company’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Reasonable accommodations may be made in appropriate circumstances to enable individuals to perform the essential functions of the position.

About Columbia Care:


Columbia Care is one of the largest and most experienced cultivators, manufacturers and providers of medical and adult use cannabis products and related services with licenses in 18 US jurisdictions and the EU. Columbia Care currently operates 107 facilities1 including 80 dispensaries and 27 cultivation and manufacturing facilities. Columbia Care is one of the original providers of medical cannabis in the United States, and continues to deliver an industry-leading, patient-centered medicinal cannabis operation that has quickly expanded into the adult use market as a premier operator. The company currently offers products spanning flower, edibles, oils, and tablets, and manufactures popular brands including Seed & Strain, Amber and Platinum Label CBD. With more than four million sales transactions since its inception in 2012, Columbia Care is known for setting the standard for compassion, professionalism, quality, care, and innovation in the rapidly expanding cannabis industry. For more information on Columbia Care, please visit

Job posted: 2021-02-24