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Director, Federal Policy & HHS Engagement at GlaxoSmithKline in Washington, Washington DC

Posted in Management 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time





Job Description:

Are you energized by a highly visible and game-changing role that shapes public health policy?  If so, this Director Federal Policy and Health & Human Services (HHS) Engagement role could be an ideal opportunity to consider.   

As a Director Federal Policy and Health & Human Services (HHS) Engagement, you will be responsible for policy analysis, policy development, and internal and external thought leadership on federal legislation and regulatory developments.  In addition, this role will have primary responsibility for GSK and ViiV Healthcare external engagement and coordination of policy outreach to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  You will work closely with Federal Government Relations and other internal stakeholders to define and execute against GSK policy and business goals.  This role is based in Washington D.C. 

This role will provide YOU the opportunity to lead key activities to progress YOUR career, these responsibilities include some of the following…


  • Collaborate with Public Policy Medicare and Therapeutic Subject-Matter Experts (SMEs), US Government Relations, Payer Marketing, R&D Policy, Legal, and Regulatory to create and execute the US federal policy strategy in support of GSK and ViiV therapeutic areas

  • Conduct periodic environmental scans and assess potential public policy healthcare proposals in Congress or at the Department of Health and Human Services for their potential impact to GSK, ViiV Healthcare, and to patients

  • Serve as a SME on federal legislative or regulatory issues related to the pricing of pharmaceuticals, especially pricing and access proposals related to oncology or other specialty therapies 

  • Identify research and data needed to advance GSK policy goals and positions; Work with Medical Affairs to advocate for the inclusion of the research agenda with government agencies, and in trade and other third-party organizations

  • Create an annual strategy and action plan for HHS engagement and work across Government Relations, Medical Affairs, and Communications in execution of the HHS strategy

  • Conduct an annual environmental assessment of key executive branch departments (HHS, CMS and other government agencies as needed) including priorities of each agency, alignment with GSK policy priorities, and key leadership

  • Write policy briefs, position papers, and executive briefing materials to advance US federal policy goals

  • Create and maintain key metrics to track progress on key federal Public Policy issues

  • Manage external Public Policy consultants and third-party organizations

Why you?

Basic Qualifications:

We are looking for professionals with these required skills to achieve our goals:


  • Bachelors Degree

  • Minimum 5 to 10 years experience in public policy or government affairs

  • Knowledge of the broad U.S. political landscape in connection with the pharmaceutical industry or other equally complex and regulated industry

Preferred Qualifications:

If you have the following characteristics, it would be a plus:


  • Advanced Degree

  • In depth knowledge of Government programs (Medicare, Medicaid), healthcare reform

  • Knowledge of Oncology and Specialty pharmaceutical areas is preferred.

  • Ability to influence others and negotiate

  • Demonstrated ability to apply insights to drive high impact business decisions

  • Demonstrated ability to lead complex, matrix assignments to achieve business objectives

  • Strong business acumen

  • Strong verbal and written communication/ presentation skills

Why GSK?

Our values and expectations are at the heart of everything we do and form an important part of our culture.

These include Patient focus, Transparency, Respect, Integrity along with Courage, Accountability, Development, and Teamwork. As GSK focuses on our values and expectations and a culture of innovation, performance, and trust, the successful candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:


  • Agile and distributed decision-making – using evidence and applying judgement to balance pace, rigour and risk

  • Managing individual and team performance.

  • Committed to delivering high quality results, overcoming challenges, focusing on what matters, execution.

  • Implementing change initiatives and leading change.

  • Sustaining energy and well-being, building resilience in teams.

  • Continuously looking for opportunities to learn, build skills and share learning both internally and externally.

  • Developing people and building a talent pipeline.

  • Translating strategy into action - a compelling narrative, motivating others, setting objectives and delegation.

  • Building strong relationships and collaboration, managing trusted stakeholder relationships internally and externally.

  • Budgeting and forecasting, commercial and financial acumen.

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