Sr Director, Public Affairs

21 Jul, 2020


Sr Director, Public Affairs

Emergent Biosolutions
Gaithersburg, MD

The Senior Director of Public Affairs leads our ongoing efforts to develop and execute strategies that advocate Emergent’s broad public agenda and shape a more favorable environment for our business. S/he will manage our Public Affairs team, reporting to the SVP, Global Communications & Public Affairs, and working closely with the Global Government Affairs team.


This position will be responsible for creating and overseeing external efforts to shape public opinion in support of the company’s policy and legislative priorities at the federal, state, and international level. S/he will also ensure the company is proactively managing key issues and will play a leadership role in crisis management.


The Senior Director of Public Affairs will also oversee the company’s corporate social responsibility programs and ensure that it aligns with and advances Emergent’s corporate mission and strategy, builds shared value with core stakeholders, and increases both internal and external engagement in the company’s social programs.


S/he will oversee the effort to create alliances and build credibility on behalf of the company with key organizations in Washington, DC, targeted states, and in critical markets around the world, as well as with third-party organizations, patient groups, business groups, civic organizations, NGOs, think tanks, and others as required by our business and public policy goals.


Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Create comprehensive public affairs strategies and sophisticated advocacy capability on complex subjects in support of the company’s business priorities
  • Build relationships and alliances with influencers and organizations—both non-partisan and across the political spectrum—that can help advance the company’s mission
  • Evolve our corporate social responsibility platforms to align with our company’s mission and increase engagement
  • Ensure a proactive issues management mindset at the enterprise level and across the business units
  • Maintain strong awareness of relevant public policy debates and media trends, and align public affairs programs accordingly
  • Draft compelling narrative to communicate about and advocate for company priorities to key stakeholders
  • Lead crisis management and serve as a company spokesperson as needed
  • Lead, mentor, coach and engage team members.
  • Effectively coordinate activities with internal Government Affairs and Media Relations teams and external public affairs consultants


The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects management’s assignment of essential functions.


  • At least 15 years of experience as a political campaign manager and/or as a public affairs/communications executive at a corporation, trade association or agency
  • Highly refined written and oral communications skills
  • Deep understanding of the connection points between business and public policy
  • Fluent in multi-channel campaigns including social, digital, earned and paid media
  • Understanding of how to leverage quantitative and qualitative research to inform decision making
  • Political campaign, Capitol Hill and/or Executive agency experience a plus
  • Collaborative style at ease in a fast-paced, matrixed environment
  • Experience building relationships in DC with key organizations
  • Experience as an on-the-record spokesperson with media
  • Bachelor’s degree required


The physical/mental demands are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual would encounter while performing the essential functions of the job.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Physical/Mental Demands and Work Environment Characteristics


Mental Demands:

 Ability to organize/coordinate               ☒ Comprehend and follow instructions


 Direct, control and plan                        Independently make quick decisions to solve                                                                                                                          complex issues


☒ Problem Solve                                     Analyze/Interpret data and information


 Perform with frequent interruptions       Make decisions using sound judgment


 Supervise/Manage others


Physical Demands:

 Good eye/hand coordination                 Visual Acuity


 Use keyboard/computer/phone             Detect/Distinguish smell


 Detect/Distinguish hearing                    Maintain stationary position


 Position self to move                           ☐ Move/Traverse


 Ascend/Descend (climb)                       Reaching


 Calibrate precise                                  Ability to safely operate hand tools



 Move/Transport 10 lb.                          Repetitive movement activities


Environmental Characteristics:


 Regular and predictable attendance 


 Work around extreme temperatures – cold or hot


 Work around noise above conversation level


 Work in restricted access to laboratory area


 Exposure to dust/gas/fumes/steam/chemicals


 Work with Select Agents as defined by the CDC


 Work irregular hours that often include nights and weekends


 Work in multiple locations




Approximately 10% to 20%. May include international travel.

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Job posted: 2020-07-21