Sr. Director, Federal Government Affairs

25 May, 2023


Sr. Director, Federal Government Affairs

Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Washington D.C.

Job Description

General Summary:


The Federal Government Affairs Senior Director is responsible for developing strategies and leading execution of plans to ensure Vertex’s interests are promoted and protected before Congress. She/he will direct the articulation and implementation of Vertex positions and policies before Congress and will collaborate closely with other members of the government affairs team to ensure a consistent message across executive branch, regulatory, and state and local advocacy efforts.


Key Duties and Responsibilities:


•Assist the Executive Director, Federal Government Affairs in successfully achieving primary functional area goals and serve as a key resource to Federal Government Affairs Directors.

•Cultivate and maintains relationships with Members of Congress and their senior staff, the Administration, and White House officials important Vertex’s goals and objectives.

•Lead proactive assessment of trends, policies and emerging issues and develop proposed strategies to effectively address issues that impact Vertex’s business and patients.

•Develop and manage legislative strategy to ensure Vertex’s interests are promoted and protected before Congress.

•In partnership with Federal Government Affairs colleagues, develop and manage strategy to support Vertex’s advocacy goals through political engagement of Congress and maximize impact of Vertex Political Action Committee.

•Work closely with other relevant functional areas within the company, including corporate communications, investor relations, commercial, medical affairs, legal, regulatory and finance to provide political and strategic legislative expertise on activities critical to achieving corporate objectives.



Knowledge and Skills:


•In depth understanding of how to influence policymakers, particularly Congress, to advance business interests with demonstrated record of success lobbying US federal government.

•Experience anticipating policy trends and building lobbying strategies and supporting tactical plans to maximize opportunities to advance business interests.

•Expert understanding of current political environment and policy-making processes at the federal level, particularly the legislative process and leveraging Congressional action to influence Regulatory processes.

•Experience working across multiple functions within an organization to advance team and enterprise-level goals.

•Ability to communicate effectively in both verbal and written formats, navigate complex organization, and drive enterprise-wide thinking.


• Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline

•12 years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience


Company Information

Vertex is a global biotechnology company that invests in scientific innovation.


Vertex is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Vertex is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. Vertex will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.


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Job posted: 2023-05-25