Executive Director, Therapeutic Area Policy, Government Affairs & Policy

18 May, 2020


Executive Director, Therapeutic Area Policy, Government Affairs & Policy

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Washington, DC/Foster City, CA

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Job Description

The Executive Director of Therapeutic Area (TA) Policy will manage the TA policy team and provide strategic counsel to the Executive Director of Global Policy to ensure effective alignment between therapeutic area and global policy objectives. This person will lead the development of policy strategies that drive Gilead’s policy goals in the HIV, liver disease, oncology and cell therapy, and inflammation market. Efforts include but are not limited to overseeing a team of TA-focused team members, developing new policy approaches, undertaking policy analyses, serving as a resource to internal stakeholders and support and participate in the execution of external engagement/advocacy strategies.

The ideal candidate possesses a demonstrated history of leadership, strategic planning, deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, stakeholder engagement expertise and ability to adapt in a fast-paced environment.

  • Lead the Therapeutic Area Policy team in assessing external risks and trends in relevant legislation and identifying policy objectives of greatest impact to Gilead.
  • Anticipate external trends, proactively identify priority threats and opportunities and develop proactive policy approaches consistent with Gilead commercial and corporate objectives.
  • Define and evolve Gilead’s policy positions in collaboration with global therapeutic area teams in HIV, liver, O&CT and inflammatory and other cross-functional colleagues (e.g., Legal, Medical Affairs). Refine Gilead’s policy positions in collaboration with local therapeutic area teams.
  • Serve as a resource to Executive Director of Global Policy, GA&P TA leads and Commercial TA leads, ensuring timely coordination on policy priorities and strategic development.
  • Manage external resources to develop policy approaches and analyses that are patient-centric and support TA policy objectives.
  • Amplify Gilead’s policy priorities and ensure Gilead has a strong voice in global, regional and local trade associations and other advocacy forums in priority-setting, strategy and policy discussions.
  • Implement and monitor systems to measure the effectiveness and impact of policy activities.


  • 13-15 years of relevant public or private sector experience in the healthcare industry, or combination of experience and any related advanced degree in public policy, public administration, public health, biotechnology, or a related field.
  • Deep understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and therapeutic areas (HIV, liver, O&CT, inflammatory), as well as relevant global and local policy trends.
  • Experience in leading above-market teams in strategic planning, government affairs or advocacy.
  • Experience delivering national or global policy initiatives with demonstrated success.
  • Exceptional organizational and project management skills – demonstrated ability to independently manage multiple workstreams, build/develop cross-functional teams consisting of a strong portfolio of skills and expertise, and timelines simultaneously.
  • Excellent verbal, analytical, written and interpersonal communications skills, particularly in interpreting complex technical rhetoric for general audiences. English fluency is required, foreign language fluency a plus.
  • Domestic/International travel: 25-30% required.

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Job posted: 2020-05-18