Director, US Policy

24 Mar, 2020


Director, US Policy

Washington, DC

The Position

Description: Director of U.S. Policy, Federal Government Affairs

Location:  Washington, D.C.

Overview:  The Federal Government Affairs team is responsible for education, policy development, and advocacy in Washington with the U.S. Congress, the Administration and other federal agencies.  Prioritization of legislative, policy and advocacy goals is based on key business priorities and conducted in conjunction with business leaders throughout company departments and functions.

CMG Operating Principles CMG Operating Principles I put the patient first, always; I am obsessed with meeting customer needs; I act on behalf of the whole company, not just my team; I am inclusive; I build a culture of trust; I have a growth mindset; I act with urgency; I am accountable; I radically simplify and prioritize for impact; I follow the science and I build our reputation. 

Job Scope:  The Director will be responsible for managing the U.S. policy team and will build a proactive engagement plan around Genentech’s short- and long-term policy and advocacy priorities in Washington. The role will require work with internal and external stakeholders to identify and analyze key business and policy objectives and trends that will lead to the formation of an overarching strategy.  The comprehensive policy strategy will present the company as a science-driven and patient focused business who priority is to shape the policy landscape through credible engagement with elected officials, policymakers, and other stakeholders.  The Director will work alongside other colleagues in the FGA team, sit on the FGA leadership team, represent the department at a variety of engagements and meetings, and be responsible for communicating the business impact to key external and internal stakeholders.  Occasional travel to corporate headquarters in San Francisco and to other events as necessary.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build and maintain a comprehensive policy engagement approach that prioritizes key business initiatives for Genentech.  The strategy will address both near-term business needs and threats as well as a longer-term view designed to position Genentech as the leader in shaping a market-based environment that meets the future needs of company, the healthcare system, and patients.
  • Manage and develop other members of the team while serving on the strategic leadership team of the Federal Government Affairs team.
  • Navigate the current business, legislative, and political environment to address regulatory, legislative and policy issues that may impact corporate growth and profitability.  Focus areas will center around key business priorities including but not limited to pricing, coverage & reimbursement, 340B, biosimilars, and issues relating to research, development and product approval.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships within the Administration, federal agencies and Congress, that will distinguish the company as a leader in healthcare while proactively advancing company objectives.
  • Create sound policy platforms and implement comprehensive advocacy strategies through engagement with key internal business partners and other stakeholders.  External work will center on aggressive participation with key trade associations as well as in conjunction with our issue advocacy team and their relationships with credible 3rd party groups.
  • Elevate Genentech through proactive participation at key engagements, programming, and other activities.
  • Engagement with internal colleagues to ensure that business decision-makers have a strong understanding of the policy landscape in Washington.
  • Cultivate unified philosophy through work with others in Market Access and Government Affairs in pursuit of overarching objectives.
  • Integrate Genentech’s outside consultants effectively in the development of policy and advocacy strategies.

Core Competencies:  Technical Expertise, Strategic Ability, Inspiring and Influencing, Teamwork and Collaboration


  • A BA or BS is required.  Qualified candidates should have a 10+ years of experience working on or with the U.S. government and should possess a deep understanding of healthcare policy and issues impacting the biopharmaceutical industry.  Strong relationships with key administrative and congressional staff required and knowledge and experience with key agencies and committees preferred.
  • Candidates should have an advanced understanding of the U.S. government and its processes, federal regulatory and statutory frameworks, and healthcare policy and trends.  Direct experience with all parts of Medicare and Medicaid coverage, coding and payment policies and practices is required.  Individuals with direct experience working with the key health agencies of the U.S. government or the U.S. Congress, are preferred
  • Experience in people and project management with a focus on strong interpersonal skills, strategic leadership, decision-making, and relationship building.
  • Demonstrated experience in core healthcare issues and other related expertise in issues of critical importance to company and its business.
  • Experience working with a variety of stakeholders, including trade associations and coalitions, and ability to proactively drive objectives by effectively bring individuals together.
  • The candidate must be able to utilize strong oral and written skills in order to communicate targeted messages to a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders.
  • The candidate must possess an ability to set clear objectives and effectively implement comprehensive government affairs strategies that include policy development, advocacy, coalition building, messaging, material generation and other means necessary in order to meet defined goals.
  • The candidate must be a motivated individual who can provide strategic direction while working collaboratively as part of a Market Access and Government Affairs team.

Who We Are

A member of the Roche Group, Genentech has been at the forefront of the biotechnology industry for more than 40 years, using human genetic information to develop novel medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases. Genentech has multiple therapies on the market for cancer & other serious illnesses. Please take this opportunity to learn about Genentech where we believe that our employees are our most important asset & are dedicated to remaining a great place to work.

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Job posted: 2020-03-24