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Director, US Sustainability and Government Affairs

Director, US Sustainability and Government Affairs
Organization: AstraZeneca
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 02/16/2024

Director, US Sustainability and Government Affairs

Are you an experienced professional looking to be part of a company that pioneers in science and turns ideas into life-changing medicines? If you’re passionate about what science can do to make a difference to patients’ lives and ready to discover what you can do – join us.

At AstraZeneca, we put patients first and strive to meet their unmet needs worldwide. Working here means being entrepreneurial, thinking big, and working together to make the impossible a reality. If you are swift to action, confident to lead, collaborative, and curious about the science, then you’re our kind of person.

Major Responsibilities:


  1. Develop and execute governmental and organization partnerships based on company priorities.
  2. Develop and maintain strong working relationships with key influencers, including elected officials, executive agencies, trade associations, think tanks, and third-party allies on the local and state level.


  1. Provide leadership within the organization on sustainability policy issues.
  2. Ensure alignment and integration of key business objectives and strategies among all AstraZeneca stakeholders, including commercial business partners, market access, sales, and marketing.
  3. Identify, analyze, and act on legislation and regulatory initiatives, as well as emerging issues that impact the company.
  4. Act as an internal thought leader and resident expert on sustainability matters and strategic decision-making on public policy.
  5. Manage interaction and integration with commercial business, including developing and implementing legislative/regulatory strategies to assist and achieve brand objectives.
  6. Strategically allocate and manage resources.
  7. Liaison with Corporate Affairs internal/external customers to ensure a strategic link with corporate brand initiatives.
  8. Identify and act on legislative/regulatory opportunities pertaining to sustainability, health equity, and corporate reputation.
  9. Liaison with AstraZeneca’s federal government affairs lobbyists and state government affairs lobbyists on issues pertaining to specific issues.
  10. Assist Head of Government Partnerships and Political Programs in managing contracts and consultants.
  11. Understand AstraZeneca’s business goals and priorities; build strategies to support.
  12. Identify and act on emerging issues in the political environment.

Essential Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum 5-8 years of experience in government affairs, in a related role within the pharmaceutical industry and/or working in a related NGO or government role
  • Experience working on climate/sustainability issues
  • Strong public speaking and writing skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Strong desire to be part of a close-knit, highly focused team committed to unparalleled stakeholder satisfaction and helping make AstraZeneca a great place to work and grow
  • Demonstrated strong negotiation and advocacy skills
  • Knowledge of legislative, regulatory, and political processes
  • Based in Washington, DC AZ Office
  • Occasional travel to other AZ sites and general business travel

Preferred Requirements:

  • Masters or Advanced degree preferred
  • 10+ years of experience in government, politics, or government affairs
  • Experience working on health equity issues
  • Deep knowledge of the healthcare industry especially with state/federal political influence on the pharmaceutical business
  • Strong internal stakeholder and alliance building capabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively across sales, market access, medical affairs, corporate affairs functions, among others
  • Demonstrated leadership ability to identify and focus on strategic priorities
  • Strong oral and written communication skills to influence and effectively lead internal and external audiences to desired outcomes.
  • Ability to manage numerous, competing priorities under pressure while effectively collaborating with internal partners
  • Sound business judgment and integrity and an ability to build credible, effective working relationships both internally and externally
  • Ability to bring together different internal partners, and move an agenda forward to resolution and action.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly matrixed corporate environment
  • Proficiency in standard business software applications
  • Experience with pharmaceutical cross-functional teams (allied development, public relations, policy)

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial – finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us while we continue to build a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we are developing new ways to work, ground-breaking methods, and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our team!

Next Steps – Apply Today!

Curious to know more? Then please complete the full application on our website at your earliest convenience – it is the only way that our Recruiter and Hiring Manager can know that you feel well-qualified for this opportunity. Know someone who would be an excellent fit? Please share this posting with them.

AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.

AstraZeneca requires all US employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 but will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required by applicable law.

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