Manager, State Government Affairs

08 Apr, 2021


Manager, State Government Affairs

Crispr Therapeutics

Company Overview

CRISPR Therapeutics is a leading gene editing company focused on developing transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases using its proprietary CRISPR/Cas9 platform. CRISPR/Cas9 is a revolutionary gene editing technology that allows for precise, directed changes to genomic DNA. CRISPR Therapeutics has established a portfolio of therapeutic programs across a broad range of disease areas including hemoglobinopathies, oncology, regenerative medicine and rare diseases. To accelerate and expand its efforts, CRISPR Therapeutics has established strategic collaborations with leading companies including Bayer, Vertex Pharmaceuticals and ViaCyte, Inc. CRISPR Therapeutics AG is headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, with its wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary, CRISPR Therapeutics, Inc., and R&D operations based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and business offices in San Francisco, California and London, United Kingdom.

Job Summary

The Manager, State Government Affairs will work with the Associate Director of Government Affairs to develop and implement strategies to advance CRISPR Therapeutics’ business objectives and address identified opportunities at the state government level. This role will report to the Associate Director of Government Affairs and will work closely with the Patient Advocacy, Commercial, and other cross-functional teams throughout the organization, as well as with contract consultants in priority states. The Manager’s focus should include supporting the steps necessary to ensure that therapies developed by CRISPR are accessible through the various states’ Medicaid programs as they come to market at a reasonable value to the company. This work will also include supporting the development of relationships with influential state-level leaders both in and out of state government. In addition to supporting the strategy for ID’d target states, the Manager will be responsible for substantive and strategic tracking and analysis as well as developing reports and content that supports government affairs the company’s overall programs and objectives.


  • Support state government affairs activities with particular focus on Medicaid access and reimbursement
  • As appropriate, and in coordination with Government Affairs colleagues, represent the organization and its interests before local, state, or federal governmental agencies and policymakers
  • As appropriate, and in coordination with Government Affairs and Patient Advocacy, represent the organization before trade associations and other formal and/or informal coalitions to strengthen organization awareness and advance policy priorities
  • Perform legislative and regulatory analysis for a wide range of policy and political matters impacting the company specifically, and the biotech industry more generally, including the assessment of legislative and regulatory proposals
  • Collaborate across the organization to help translate the company’s policy and program priorities into timely and effective advocacy materials to help shape policy
  • Support pre and post engagement with state agencies and other state governmental entities (Administrative, Legislative) to ensure patient access to the company’s FDA-approved medicines and support pipeline development programs
  • Lead development of substantive, accurate, and compelling materials that clearly communicate complex legislative and regulatory issues with impact on the company and the patients we serve, to support external engagement and advocacy efforts
  • Develop timely reports and summaries of state-level actions and policy with direct impact to company and industry priorities and coordinate necessary meetings to update internal and external stakeholders
  • Manage and maintain Government Affairs consulting and contracted services agreements and invoices in coordination with Legal and Accounts Payable
  • Manage and maintain lobbyist and PAC reporting
  • Support strategic planning, direction, and goal setting for the company political action committee with specific emphasis on administrative and grassroots coordination


  • BS/BA degree with 5+ years of relevant experience; advanced degree in life sciences, law, or public policy preferred
  • Understanding of state political and policy-making processes
  • Expertise in state government political, legislative, and regulatory operations
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal)
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully lead and manage multiple projects
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with senior leadership in multiple forms of communication
  • Strong understanding of the dynamics of the pharmaceutical industry
  • Ability to travel up to 50%

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Job posted: 2021-04-08