Senior Director, US State Government Affairs

03 Jan, 2019


Senior Director, US State Government Affairs

Johnson & Johnson
New Brunswick, NJ

Job Description

Requisition ID: 8840181204

Johnson & Johnson is recruiting for a Senior Director, US State Government Affairs.  This position will be based in New Brunswick, NJ.

Caring for the world, one person at a time has inspired and united the people of Johnson & Johnson for over 125 years. We embrace research and science — bringing innovative ideas, products and services to advance the health and well-being of people. Employees of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies work with partners in health care to touch the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.

With $76.5 billion in 2017 sales, Johnson & Johnson is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly-based manufacturer of health care products, as well as a provider of related services, for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and medical devices. There are more than 265 Johnson & Johnson operating companies employing approximately 126,500 people and with products touching the lives of over a billion people every day, throughout the world.  If you have the talent and desire to touch the world, Johnson & Johnson has the career opportunities to help make it happen.

The Senior Director, US State Government Affairs will be responsible for the Enterprise and all sectors’ legislative, executive, municipal, and regulatory initiatives in New Jersey, Connecticut and Delaware.  This individual will lead/direct corporate engagements and communications with state and local government officials for the Enterprise and all sectors. Specifically:

  • Shape and influence state legislation and regulation affecting business interests in consumer, medical device, and pharmaceutical sectors, as well as the general interests of the Corporation
  • Develop & deliver political, legislative and regulatory briefings so as to fully prepare executive level leaders in their engagements with key government officials
  • Protect and enhance enterprise reputation and Corporate image in the external environment, particularly with government officials and agencies at the state & local level

The Senior Director, US State Government Affairs will lead, facilitate, and deliver consistent corporate political and government strategies that protect, advance, and/or facilitate the establishment, expansion and retention of J&J facilities in the Region.  This individual will coordinate with J&J US Federal Affairs on New Jersey specific federal issues & activities that impact the Enterprises and/or its operating companies.  Collaborate with business partners and senior leaders to identify & establish strategic objectives to be executed by J&J Government Affairs that will impact financial forecasts, new product strategies, and Corporate revenue growth strategies in regions.

In partnership with J&J corporate functions and other internal stakeholders, the Senior Director, US State Government Affairs will identify & pursue relevant tax incentives, industrial incentives, new incentives and/or regulation in key strategic areas of the business.  Assume leadership positions and/or participate & serve on enterprise-wide and cross-sector regional internal work streams that are dedicated to key issues or interests of the supply chain organization and its function.  Participate, serve, and/or assume leadership positions on industry-related associations, steering committees, and networking organizations to assure J&J interests are appropriately represented.  Develop & implement region’s budget, and oversee expenses to monitor cost controls and ensure adherence to budgetary control policy.  Establish alliances with state & regional health care organizations, business associations, and other groups as appropriate to further J&J’s interests in assigned states, and support internal business leaders who serve within these organizations.

The Senior Director, US State Government Affairs will engage in legislative coalition-building and perform other functions designed to help ensure a legislative and regulatory environment that recognizes and rewards the value and importance of innovation in health care.  Support high-level and confidential J&J Enterprise strategies as needed, involving executive leaders from Corporate Tax, Finance, Legal, Commercial, and the Global Supply organization.  Contribute critical insight & considerations in the development of business cases, and scenario planning for new projects, facility expansions, and/or overall business strategy in in-market jurisdictions.  In collaboration with senior leaders, contribute critical insights to the business continuity planning process & action plan implementation.  Collaborate with J&J Global Community Impact and Corporate Equity to maximize corporate social responsibility and corporate reputation initiatives to drive enterprise benefits.


  • BA/BS required; Advanced degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 10 years of experience in public policy or a related area is required.
  • Experience as a lobbyist at the state or federal level is an asset and is strongly preferred.
  • Experience managing complex, cross-sector, or enterprise-wide projects, campaigns, or similar initiatives is required.
  • A demonstrated ability to effectively communicate with senior stakeholders such as government officials, healthcare audiences including patients/consumers, providers, etc., is required.
  • This individual must possess comprehensive knowledge of the health care industry, such as major legislative & regulatory trends, companies, payers, markets, and nature of competitive environment.
  • A thorough understanding of the state legislative and regulatory processes, including state budget developments as well as political environments within the region assigned, and across the country is preferred.
  • The ability to track and manage multiple issues across multiple states, effectively prioritize and adjust strategies mid-course, when necessary, is required.
  • This individual must be a strong team player with experience working in cross-functional, matrix teams.
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to develop strong relationships with diverse individuals/groups is required.
  • A demonstrated ability to process complex information and summarize it concisely in writing and/or verbally in a professional manner and in a time sensitive environment is required.
  • Demonstrated success working with numerous internal and external stakeholders in a value-based and Credo compliant manner is required.
  • This position is located in New Brunswick, NJ.
  • Up to approximately 50% local, domestic travel to New Jersey, Connecticut, and Delaware may be required.

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Job posted: 2019-01-03