Director, State Government Affairs

22 May, 2020


Director, State Government Affairs

Neurocrine Biosciences

Who We Are:

At Neurocrine Biosciences, we pride ourselves on having a strong, distinctive 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 (Nasdaq: NBIX) is a neuroscience-focused, biopharmaceutical company with more than 25 years of experience discovering and developing life-changing treatments for people with serious, challenging and under-addressed neurological, endocrine and psychiatric disorders. Headquartered in San Diego, Neurocrine Biosciences specializes in targeting and interrupting disease-causing mechanisms involving the interconnected pathways of the nervous and endocrine systems.

The company’s diverse portfolio includes two FDA-approved treatments INGREZZA® (valbenazine) for tardive dyskinesia and ORILISSA® (elagolix) for endometriosis*, as well as clinical development programs in multiple therapeutic areas, including Parkinson’s disease, chorea in Huntington disease, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, uterine fibroids* and polycystic ovary syndrome.* As part of a strategic collaboration with Voyager Therapeutics, Neurocrine Biosciences is also focused on the development of investigational gene therapy programs for the treatment of severe neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s disease and Friedreich’s ataxia. (*in collaboration with AbbVie)

About the Role:

Reporting to the Executive Director of Government Affairs, the Director of State Government Affairs will play an integral role in developing and implementing coordinated advocacy strategies with state policy makers and officials on issues that impact Neurocrine. Pursuant to company objectives, the State Government Affairs Director will maintain strong relationships with state elected officials, their staff and Administrative policy personnel, while leveraging expertise and knowledge to develop and advance state policy plus collaborate with third-party stakeholders.


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

  • Develop and implement advocacy strategies on Neurocrine specific positions relative to key state policies.
  • Identify, analyze, track and report on legislation/regulatory initiatives as well as emerging issues that could have significant impact to Neurocrine.
  • Build and direct cross functional strategies and process with internal teams including federal policy, federal government affairs, executive and sales management, managed markets, marketing and other commercial functions.
  • Manage multiple legislative consultants as appropriate to ensure alignment and pull through of state government affairs strategies.
  • Serve in leading roles in various political organizations and serving as an SGA point person for brand teams.
  • Responsible for building and growing Neurocrine Biosciences Inc. PAC to increase the company’s profile in state capitols and to promote our patients’ and business interest.
  • Work cross-functionally within assigned region to coordinate and execute strategies, initiatives, and activities related to state budgets, legislation, and policy that impacts Neurocrine’s businesses
  • Maintain a comprehensive assessment of state political, policy and budget environments with regards to areas of business importance.
  • Develop and implement legislative/regulatory strategies to assist and achieve brand objectives
  • Serve as lead and key contact for state government affairs on priority brand teams.
  • Lead internal implementation efforts for laws passed in States with internal parties such as sales, market access, legal and impacted brand teams.
  • Demonstrate leadership in national, state, and/or regional political or regional political organizations, associations or committees including political caucuses, think tanks, trade associations and legislative exchanges.
  • Manage contract lobbyists in multiple states.  Develop legislative and Regulatory strategies to be implemented by contract lobbyists. Conduct Annual review of contact lobbyists based on agreed upon SGA metrics.


  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, advanced degree preferred
  • Successful candidates generally will have 10+ years of experience in government, government affairs or policy.  Strong preference for direct experience in state government — Legislature, Governor’s office, agency or similar.
  • Demonstrated leadership roles in State Government Affairs specific to the pharmaceutical industry, including but not limited to, current or previous leadership roles in PhRMA, BIO or local/regional biotech trade associations.
  • Ability to research, track and analyze legislation and regulations and explain business impact in a consistent/concise manner to supervisor, field peers, and internal core functional units
  • Ability to multitask, plan, organize and execute assignments independently while executing state-based initiatives based on regional priorities.
  • Deep knowledge of Medicaid and other state-financed health care benefit programs and payment systems.
  • Superior oral, written and presentation skills with a managerial presence

Required Competencies:

  • Leverage network with elected officials, legislators, regulators and federal agency officials to achieve Neurocrine corporate objectives.
  • Development of state government affairs strategies to address corporate and brand objectives.
  • Identify federal issues/regulatory issues/challenges and work with commercial and sales leadership to address corporate objectives.
  • Develop and implement cross-functional strategies with key functions including, managed markets, field reimbursement, sales leadership and other commercial/medical teams as appropriate to ensure alignment of corporate objectives.

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

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Job posted: 2020-05-22