Senior Director, State Grassroots
The Sr. Director, State Grassroots reports into the Executive Director, US State Public Affairs to manage a 7 region field team, and serve as the single point of contact and SME to external stakeholders, as well as internal teams requiring grassroots advocacy to achieve business objectives. The purpose of the role is to represent Vertex externally on interactions with advocacy organizations, community groups, industry grassroots representatives, provider organizations, professional societies, and other key external stakeholders. Further, the intent is for the person to lead internal development and execution of enterprise wide, advocacy strategies related to R&D, disease education, screening and reimbursement, as well as patient challenges in access to medicines.
Key Duties & Responsibilities
- Manage regional operations including 7 regional and 1 HQ based direct reports, budget, strategic planning, USPA and cross-functional integration, contracts, consultants, and all matters related to management as they arise
- Lead cross-functionally with the US State Public Affairs leadership team on day-to-day management related to state grassroots advocacy and state government affairs on both external and internal efforts – with an aim towards strategic positions and tactical plans that address external opportunities and challenges
- Build company-wide support for USPA state-related objectives and educating internal clients on the value of effective state grassroots activities;
- Drive efficiency in existing and develop new systems and processes to identify and provide insight on patient community and stakeholder issues that could impact Vertex’s business, operations, and/or reputation
- Serve on various internal work groups and teams as a USPA liaison and State Grassroots lead
- Map and assess trends, stakeholders, policies and emerging issues to inform internal cross-functional research, development and disease specific strategies
- Design novel programs to educate patient advocates, leaders in the community, state administration and legislative officials, as well as senior staff – including close collaboration with USPA colleagues on efforts related to public policy
- Develop and maintain external relationships with community leaders and partners to help position Vertex as the leader in treatment of Cystic Fibrosis; educate policymakers and position Vertex as a leader in all pipeline areas including AAT, FSGS, DMD, SCD, and others; and, drive teams in achieving objectives related to our reputation, medicines, screening initiatives, and novel reimbursement frameworks
- Ensure compliance with all external laws, regulations and rules, as well as Vertex’s internal policies
- Exemplify Vertex’s core values in fulfilling these job duties.
Required Education Level
Bachelor’s Degree required, Graduate degree preferred
- A history of demonstrated success in public affairs, advocacy, grassroots, government affairs, public policy, and/or external relations, with a minimum of ten (10) year’s experience in public health or healthcare advocacy; knowledge of pharmaceutical or life sciences industry strongly preferred;
- Strong knowledge and experience in working with various types of stakeholders, and especially the patient community;
- Ability to recommend strategies for accomplishing strategic state advocacy objectives;
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills and demonstrated analytical and research abilities;
- Detail-oriented, self-initiating, well-organized and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously;
- Demonstrated ability to manage broader team with various objectives;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with senior managers, including effective presentation skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with community leaders, build new networks, and enhance stakeholder partnerships; and,
- Ability and willingness to travel and attend various types of community and advocacy events including speaking engagements.
Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.
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Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation to create transformative medicines for people with serious diseases. The company has three approved medicines that treat the underlying cause of cystic fibrosis (CF) – a rare, life-threatening genetic disease — and has several ongoing clinical and research programs in CF. Beyond CF, Vertex has a robust pipeline of investigational medicines in other serious diseases where it has deep insight into causal human biology, such as sickle cell disease, beta thalassemia, pain, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and APOL1-mediated kidney disease.
Founded in 1989 in Cambridge, Mass., Vertex’s global headquarters is now located in Boston’s Innovation District and its international headquarters is in London, UK. Additionally, the company has research and development sites and commercial offices in North America, Europe, Australia and Latin America.
Vertex is consistently recognized as one of the industry’s top places to work, including nine consecutive years on Science magazine’s Top Employers list and top five on the 2019 Best Employers for Diversity list by Forbes. For company updates and to learn more about Vertex’s history of innovation visit www.vrtx.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and Instagram.
The diversity and authenticity of our people is part of what makes Vertex unique, and we recognize that each employee brings diverse perspectives and strengths. By embracing those strengths and celebrating differences, we are fostering an inclusive culture where each of us can bring our authentic selves to work, inspire innovation together, and change people’s lives.
Our vision is clear: to be the place where an authentic, diverse mix of talent want to come, to stay, and do their best work.
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Job posted: 2020-10-28