Senior Director, Government Affairs and Policy

08 May, 2020


Senior Director, Government Affairs and Policy

Coherus Biosciences
Washington, DC


Reporting to the Vice President, Access, the Senior Director of Government Affairs & Policy is an integral role in developing and implementing coordinated advocacy strategies, initiatives and engagements with federal policymakers around issues that impact the biosimilars industry.

S/he will help ensure patient access to therapies by advocating for and advancing policies relating to federal public programs, including Medicare and Medicaid. Additional issue areas of focus may include intellectual property, public health programs, and trade. S/he will also be responsible for contacts with the key federal committees of jurisdiction and member offices engaged on these issues.

S/he will also work to educate Members of Congress and staff about the value of biosimilar as well as advance federal health policies that promote adoption of biosimilars. The position will play an integral role in helping Coherus build relationships with federal legislators.

Essential Duties And Job Functions:

Serve as lead liaison with relevant HHS Agencies and WH (DHHS: CMS, HRSA, ASPE, ASL, etc.)  leadership and staff responsible for payment, coverage and reimbursement policy issues.

  • Leads development of comprehensive, proactive government affairs strategies that employ all relevant government affairs tools, including third-party and think tank engagement, public policy development, and public affairs.
  • Engage with key lawmakers and staff to monitor pending legislative activities and advocate for policies that advance Coherus’ strategic positions and initiatives.
  • Draft advocacy materials that articulate rationales in support of policy positions and prepare oral and written materials for internal audiences that summarize legislative and regulatory activities in Washington and explain their potential impact upon Coherus.
  • Develop effective relationships on behalf of Coherus with key HHS/CMS/CMMI officials, key policy decision makers, advocacy organizations and opinion leaders resulting in meaningful partnerships focused on patient benefit.
  • Coordinating and leading Coherus meetings with HHS, as well as Federal and State officials.
  • Liaison with coalitions and advocacy groups that support protecting patient’s access to biosimilars.
  • Continuous monitoring and assessing of CMS regulations, as well as Federal and State policies, to determine any impact on Coherus.
  • Directs implementation and ensures strategies are driven throughout all parts of the organization.
  • Anticipate trends in external environment that will impact the therapeutic area and develops plans to address areas of concern. Major areas of brand-related support will include 1) Government Affairs activities; 2) Policy and Political insights; 3) Policy development; and 4) Third-Party Advocacy related to public policy.
  • Mobilize appropriate company resources to ensure implementation of brand and therapeutic area government affairs strategies. Collaborate cross-functionally with internal stakeholders to ensure global alignment of strategies. Optimize portfolio access and mitigate risk in response to the rapidly evolving U.S. payer landscape and policy changes.
  • Remain informed and educate internal stakeholders on evolving and timely Managed Healthcare policy, reimbursement and channel requirements and updates, including Medicare Part A, B, C and D, Medicaid, 340B, individual market/health exchange plan policies.
  • Collaborate in the development and implementation of strategies designed to secure coverage and reimbursement for products supporting business objectives.
  • Monitor the regulatory landscape and identify and respond to regulatory policies proposed by federal/state government and/or commercial payers – including rules and guidance from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
  • Work cross-functionally with legal, commercial, and public medical affairs colleagues to develop and execute advocacy strategies designed to advance Coherus’ legislative and regulatory priorities.
  • Serve as the internal expert on the healthcare policy environment to help executive team identify threats and opportunities for Coherus.
  • Partnering with Forecasting to incorporate policy changes into Forecasting assumptions.
  • Lead reimbursement and coverage related initiatives with external stakeholders including pursuing new HCPCSs codes, CPTs, USP classification, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field such as public affairs, health care policy, political science, public administration, public policy, economics, or related field required.
  • Advanced degree or experience in biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry or public health is preferred but not required.
  • Successful candidates generally have 8-10+ years of experience in government, government affairs, public affairs or policy.
  • Registered lobbyist is preferred, but not required.
  • Requires knowledge of domestic government policies that impact the pharmaceutical industry, as well as knowledge of how governments make decisions and what types of input can help shape those decisions. The position requires the integration of political, policy and government affairs expertise to develop and execute effective strategies.
  • Must be able to be an effective participant on a commercial team and be effective in interactions with cross-functional partners. Strong business acumen, executive presence, relevant experience in healthcare and knowledge of the US and international reimbursement systems preferred.
  • Candidate must possess strong analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills, the ability to speak and write persuasively and with clarity, strong organizational skills, flexibility and adaptability to changing requirements, resourcefulness and creativity, strong decision-making capability, judgment and an ability to work collaboratively in a fluid organizational environment.
  • Must work well in a team environment and enjoy working in a collegial, yet highly demanding culture. Must be able to work collaboratively with business leaders and other internal stakeholders.
  • Domestic travel (25%) required.

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Job posted: 2020-05-08