San Rafael, CA


BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s General and Administrative teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.


In coordination with the Vice President, Government Affairs & Patient Advocacy, this position will be responsible for implementing the company’s state government affairs, political action committee, and alliance development strategies. The candidate will be an integral part of a team that is responsible for ensuring a cohesive, effective government affairs strategy. The position reports to the Vice President, Government Affairs & Patient Advocacy, within the Legal Department.


  • Manage compliance of federal and state laws for lobbyist registration, reporting and political contributions.
  • Assist with management of internal Government Affairs Committee activities, meetings, presentations.
  • Provide consistent legislative monitoring to qualify and quantify the effects of state government initiatives on BioMarin’s business prospects. Prepare monthly state legislative reports for internal distribution.
  • Inform Vice President of threats and opportunities with respect to political or policy changes and provide strategic guidance to address, including working with coalitions as needed.
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the company’s political action committee, including annual donor solicitation, regular campaign contributions, and quarterly political activities reports to donors.
  • Collaborate with several other functional areas, including Regulatory, Commercial, and Clinical Operations to lead the company’s regional efforts and advance company goals and objectives.
  • Assist Vice President with other duties as assigned, including but not limited to management of association participation, advocacy organizations, and representation at key events.
  • Manage and adhere to corporate policies and practices


  • 3-5 years of experience in political, government, and/or related healthcare business environments in positions of increasing responsibility.
  • Congressional or state legislative work experience is a plus. Technical/business knowledge, negotiation skills, and excellent written and persuasive verbal communication skills are important in this role.
  • Significant knowledge of the state and federal legislative and regulatory systems.
  • Understanding of Medicaid is preferred.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to successfully develop and maintain strong working relationships with cross-functional colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • Strong project-driven organizational skills along with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated outstanding strategic planning and communication skills;
  • A high level of energy and passion toward patients, science and public health;
  • Proven teamwork and collaboration skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact and influence all levels of business;
  • Detail-oriented, self-initiating, well-organized and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously and independently;
  • Demonstrated ability to think outside the box and develop innovative solutions;
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced corporate culture of a highly innovative company.
  • Willingness and ability to travel to Sacramento and other Bay Area locations, including evenings.


Bachelor’s degree and/or professional degrees in public policy, political science, public health, project management or related field.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Job Posted: April 5, 2017