Director, Public Policy – Reimbursement

17 Dec, 2020


Director, Public Policy – Reimbursement

Neurocrine Biosciences
San Diego, CA

Who We Are:

At Neurocrine Biosciences, we pride ourselves on having a strong, inclusive, and positive culture based on our shared purpose and values. We know what it takes to be great, and we are as passionate about our people as we are about our purpose – to relieve patient suffering and enhance lives.

What We Do:

Neurocrine Biosciences is a neuroscience-focused, biopharmaceutical company with 28 years of experience discovering and developing life-changing treatments for people with serious, challenging and under-addressed neurological, endocrine and psychiatric disorders. The company’s diverse portfolio includes FDA-approved treatments for tardive dyskinesia, Parkinson’s disease, endometriosis* and uterine fibroids*, with three pivotal and five mid-stage clinical programs in multiple therapeutic areas. Headquartered in San Diego, Neurocrine Biosciences specializes in targeting and interrupting disease-causing mechanisms involving the interconnected pathways of the nervous and endocrine systems. (*in collaboration with AbbVie)

About the Role:

Proactively monitors and analyzes federal legislative and regulatory developments impacting Neurocrine Bioscience’s products, pipeline, and the patients we serve. Conducts substantive and strategic analysis and helps develop policy positions and advocacy materials to support the company’s programs and corporate objectives within the assigned area(s) of the Public Policy department. This position may be based in the Company’s San Diego home office, Washington, DC, or in a mutually agreed upon remote location.


Your Contributions (include, but are not limited to):

  • Within assigned area, focuses on the following:

    • Federal legislative and regulatory issues impacting coverage, coding, and reimbursement for prescription drugs and medical procedures including, but not limited to inpatient and outpatient coding requirements, such as:

      • MS-DRG, CPT, NTAP, ICD-10, outlier, pass-through, and HCPCS.

    • Federal and state legislative and regulatory issues impacting the development and delivery of cell and gene therapies.

    • Trends and activities related to value-based payment arrangements impacting prescription drugs and medical products.

  • Work collaboratively within the Public Policy team, and representatives of Corporate Affairs, Legal, Regulatory, Medical Affairs, Commercial and other appropriate colleagues to help identify and translate the company’s policy and program priorities into timely and effective advocacy strategies and materials to help shape policy outcomes within federal agencies and trade associations.

  • Completes policy analysis for assigned public policy matters impacting the company, including the assessment of legislative and regulatory proposals. Develops policy positions/responses to such proposals.

  • Develops quantitative and qualitative analysis, in partnership with internal and external teams to evaluate the potential opportunities / implications for, and/or impacts to the company, with an emphasis on patient access.

  • Supporting external and advocacy efforts, develops compelling communication materials for assigned policy issues that potentially impact the company and patients we serve.

  • Monitors the Federal and state-level policy and regulatory landscape for potential issues with direct relevance to the company.

  • Develop timely Federal and state-level public policy summaries for assigned area and partners with Public Policy team to communicate and educate internal audiences.

  • May represent the organization and its interests to local, state, or federal governmental agencies, and maintain relationships with key policymakers and/or represent the organization within trade associations and other formal and/or informal coalitions to strengthen organization situational awareness and advance public policy priorities.

  • Contribute to strategic planning, direction, and goal setting for the department or function in collaboration with senior management.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • BS/BA degree Business, Political Science, or related Field and 15+ years related work experience in Public Policy focused role, OR

  • Master’s Degree and 13+ years of similar experience noted above, OR

  • Juris Doctorate (JD) preferred and 10+ years of similar experience noted above

  • Substantive understanding of one or more of the following:

    • federal legislative and regulatory policies impacting prescription drugs, including Part D, and strong understanding of federal policymaking processes.

    • federal legislative and regulatory policies for coverage, coding and reimbursement of prescription drugs and medical procedures and strong understanding of federal policymaking processes.

  • Significant expertise in federal agencies, and the public health infrastructure, and will ideally have a strong understanding of issues impacting Medicare, particularly Part D

  • Will have a track record of successfully leveraging participation in coalitions and trade association activities.

  • Self-starting, highly skilled communicator with internal and external audiences to strengthen working relationships among key stakeholders.

  • Track record of working on a bi-partisan, bicameral basis to deal effectively with senior government officials, staff members, and other key stakeholders.

  • Expertise working with the federal agencies to influence the rule making process.

  • Proven ability to build effective relationships with internal and external constituencies, including senior business leaders, regulatory officials, counterparts at other companies, and industry representation.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and the ability to convey in a clear and compelling manner important messages to different parties with different backgrounds and interests.

Neurocrine Biosciences is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets employer.

OUR VALUES:                                                      

  • PASSION: We are driven and love what we do. We are committed to our goals and to making a difference.
  • INTEGRITY:  We do the right thing for patients and our community. We take accountability. We speak up.
  • COLLABORATION: We trust one another. We are inclusive. We are respectful. We are transparent. Together we succeed.    
  • INNOVATION: We seek and create optimal solutions.
  • TENACITY:  We do not quit. We adapt. We accomplish what others cannot.

Come join our team during this exciting time of growth and opportunities!

During the COVID-19 Outbreak we are committed to our hiring process. The health and safety of our employees and prospective employees take priority which means at this time our process will include virtual video discussions, interviews & onboarding.

Another reason why Neurocrine Biosciences, was certified as a Great Place to Work

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Job posted: 2020-12-17