Sr. Director State Government Affairs - Newark, CA | Biospace
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Sr. Director State Government Affairs

Depomed, Inc.

Newark, CA
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Position Type:
Full time
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Required Education:
Bachelors Degree
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Job Description

City Newark
State California [CA]
Title Sr. Director State Government Affairs
Job ID 996XX
Date Added 8/21/2017
Department Legal


The Sr. Director of State Government Affairs will lead and execute the work of Depomed’s state government affairs activities across the nation as an individual contributor for now. This role will serve as the company’s registered lobbyist in key states, when necessary, hire contract lobbyists, when necessary, and be responsible for all the company’s government relations, public policy strategy, and advocacy related activities at the state level throughout the U.S. This position can be field-based or headquarter-based in Newark, CA.

•Lobbying – spending time in priority states meeting with key legislators and developing relationships that can be accessed to benefit the company’s objectives
•Building and leveraging relationships with governors and staff, and agency heads and other executive branch key leaders.
•Educating state policymakers on Depomed as a responsible company, our products, and policy stances to build advocates
•Communicating personally with state policymakers in a professional, informed manner with respect to issues affecting Depomed
•Providing concise, comprehensive written and verbal updates to Depomed’s senior executive management.
•Articulating Depomed’s positions to influence legislators and others with authority to make decisions that affect the company using data, science, and facts as foundation for persuasion.
•Creating annual legislative and policy objectives in coordination with VP of Government Affairs to ensure alignment with corporate goals and tracking progress against goals.
•Managing contract lobbyists and sharing information, educating them on Depomed’s issues.

•Lead the implementation of corporate policy objectives throughout the states and build rapport and support for the Company and products.


•Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field such as health care administration, political science, public administration, public policy, or related field. Juris Doctor or other Advance degree preferred.
•10+ years of working in Government Affairs within the biopharmaceutical industry

•Comprehensive knowledge of state legislative issues affecting the biotech and pharmaceutical industries
•Comprehensive knowledge of state legislative and regulatory procedures
•Has sufficient stature, capacity, and relationships with state officials to bring strong credibility to Depomed or the ability to rapidly build such relationships.
•Proven record of accomplishments in complex legislative environment.
•Superior verbal and written communications skills, including ability to facilitate trust and develop strong relationships with diverse individuals/groups.
•Possesses an affinity for processing complex information and summarizing it concisely in writing and/or verbally in a highly professional manner in a time-sensitive environment.
•Ability to make critical business decisions independently, under severe time pressure in a highly dynamic environment. As this position is field-based, it requires a high level of autonomy with minimal day-to-day supervisory support of tactics. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated self-starter.
•Ability to organize strategy independently and to handle multiple tasks simultaneously under limited daily oversight.
•Innate ability to comprehend and predict critical, complex issues; rapidly formulate strategy; execute plan; and communicate regularly and concisely to appropriate Depomed management.
•Significant travel well over 50% of time; this position can be based at Depomed HQ or field-based.

•Decisions & Judgment
•Ownership & Initiative
•Adaptability & Change Readiness
•Teamwork & Collaboration

•Standing/ walking
•Repetitive motion
•Visual Requirements

About Us

Depomed, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products to treat pain and other central nervous system conditions. Founded in 1995, Depomed has successfully executed on strategy of acquiring, integrating and growing differentiated therapeutic products and building each into a strong market presence. The result is a broad portfolio of pain and neurology specialty pharmaceuticals currently comprised of five FDA-approved products. These include Gralise® for the management of Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN), Cambia® for the acute treatment of migraine attacks, Zipsor® for the relief of mild to moderate acute pain, Lazanda® for the management of breakthrough pain in cancer patients and our most recent addition, the company’s flagship asset, the NUCYNTA® franchise.

Acquired in April 2015 and re-launched in June 2015, the NUCYNTA franchise includes NUCYNTA® ER for the extended management of pain, including neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) and NUCYNTA® for immediate management of moderate to severe acute pain in adults.

Depomed also has successfully developed and licensed its unique drug-delivery technology, Acuform®. This patented oral-delivery technology allows for the targeted, extended release of pharmaceutical compounds into the upper gastrointestinal tract. The company’s Acuform technology is currently being used in four marketed drugs, including Gralise.

Depomed’s successful execution on strategy and has resulted in solid product revenue growth over the past three years. Located in Newark, California in the East Bay of San Francisco, Depomed is listed on the NASDAQ market under the ticker DEPO and employs approximately 500 people, of which approximately 350 are part of the Commercial organization.

Depomed is an AA/EEO/Veterans/Disabled employer.