Director, State Government Affairs

31 Jul, 2020


Director, State Government Affairs

Takeda Pharmaceuticals
Boston, MA

Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as a Director, State Government Affairs (SGA). This position is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Here, everyone matters, and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As a Director, SGA working on the Public Affairs team, you will be empowered to identify, advocate, and execute Takeda’s corporate interests for all Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A. departments and other Takeda operations in the assigned states.


  • The Director, SGA, is Takeda’s primary representative with state elected officials, regulatory agencies and other key decision makers in the assigned states.
  • The Director, SGA, will be the engagement lead for an assigned Takeda facility within an assigned state, and will be responsible for leading local projects, and liaising with internal and external partners on community affairs.
  • The position is responsible for creating and sustaining patient, business and strategic alliances to enable patient access to innovative biopharmaceuticals.
  • The position will lead and participate in cross-functional and project teams, both internal and external, while providing strategic direction for Takeda’s state government affairs efforts.


  • Lead lobbying effort in assigned states.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key state legislators, governors and state executive branch officials on behalf of Takeda. Execute and coordinate state government affairs positions and strategies on legislative, policy and regulatory issues impacting patients and Takeda.
  • Develop and execute comprehensive advocacy strategies to shape public policy activity. This includes include direct lobbying and engagement with third-party groups and coalitions.
  • Represent Takeda in matters of state and local legislation, regulations, or rules that have an impact on the company, and drive resolutions to those matters. Proactively evaluate legislation, regulations, and rules, within the current political environment. Assess both opportunities and threats to Takeda’s interests and create comprehensive political strategies to address them, including, but not limited to: lobbying, third party advocacy and policy development.
  • Assess state and local political and policy environment, determine where legislative and regulatory action is advisable and where it is not, and make recommendations to Takeda. Manage expectations of the business regarding the legislative and regulatory environment and the potential impact to Takeda.
  • Develop close working relationships with key business stakeholders – including Regional and District commercial mangers – within position’s assigned states to leverage advocacy strategies. Engage with these key business stakeholders and develop keen understanding of commercial strategies in each state to ensure government affairs strategies support Takeda’s commercial objectives.
  • Partner with U.S. Public Affairs team members to understand commercial objectives in order to tailor legislative, regulatory, policy, and political solutions to business objectives.
  • Lead key trade association task forces and coalitions, and drive trade association action on key issues of importance to Takeda. Develop engagement plans for key national groups impacting state policy issues RSLC, DLCC, etc.). Partner with Federal Government Affairs to manage the intersection of state and national politics, policy, lawmakers, and associations.
  • Manage outside consultants including setting objectives, defining missions and ensuring execution in support of state strategies.
  • Ensure rigorous compliance to all legally required registrations for the corporation, staff and outside counsel within the position’s region.
  • The position will be responsible for advocating before state legislators, members of state executive and regulatory bodies, as well as with senior Takeda executives by designing and implementing strategies on key issues impacting patients. This position has a significant impact on Takeda business operations and the failure to anticipate and effectively address issues will have major, far-reaching consequences and may substantially impact Takeda. The incumbent must be able to act independently and demonstrate sound business judgment within the scope of broad guidelines.


  • BS/BA degree, Prefer Advanced degree in Political Science, Economics, Health Economics, Law, Public Policy/Public Administration, and/or Health Administration/Public Health
  • Minimum of 7 years as an employee lobbyist of a pharmaceutical company
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience in a leadership role of a biopharma trade association at the state level
  • Have strong, established relationships in Massachusetts political environment
  • Experience working as a state legislative aid


  • Extensive travel in connection with state, regional, and national legislative and policy meetings.
  • Frequent overnight travel including weekends up to 60%.


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Company match of charitable contributions
  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings
  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days
  • Community Outreach Programs

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Job posted: 2020-07-31