Senior Director or Director, Global Alliance Development and Public Policy

Cambridge, MA, United States
Oct 01, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Are you looking for a company where you have the opportunity to grow, where you are part of a highly collaborative team, and where wanting to make a true difference in patients' lives is not just a catchphrase?

Join bluebird bio's passionate and collaborative team to push the limits of possibilities and advance our patient-driven mission by delivering transformative cell and gene therapy products to patients in need. The newly created role of Senior Director / Director, Global Alliance Development and Public Policy requires leading the coordination and execution of government affairs advocacy initiatives to form strong and collaborative professional relations with consumers, patients, providers and key national third-party organizations important to the company's mission and therapeutic focus. The key external clients of this role are U.S. and EU based Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) that aim to impact public policy to improve patient access to safe and effective therapies. This role will work with a cross-functional bluebird team and liaise closely with NGO staff on workstreams which advance mutual policy goals and establish partnerships to enable patient access to approved gene therapies. This role will be responsible for the alignment and support of NGO initiatives with bluebird's public policy goals (regulatory and legislative) including those related to the company's targeted therapeutic areas.

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic, results-oriented individual who embraces the learning within the challenges and who will thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment. Come make your mark with us!

Essential Job Functions:
  • Work with the Global Government Affairs Team both in the US and in Europe in the development of strategic priorities to address key European, Federal or State issues consistent with company's business goals and mission
  • Drive cross-functional NGO engagement strategy to advance policies that facilitate patient access to approved gene therapies in bluebird's target markets
  • Manage collaboration across internal functional experts to identify and meet NGO engagement needs that enable progress against policy goals
  • Coordinate the engagement of bluebird subject matter experts (SMEs) in relevant NGO committees, working groups, and events
  • Work on a coherent cross-functional alliance development narrative with, and provide policy insights to, bluebird executives representing the company on NGO boards, committees or corporate councils
  • As appropriate, serve as a key company contact for NGOs and represent bluebird's general positions and interests in NGOs and in other multi-stakeholder settings that include NGOs
  • Conduct research to identify opportunities to engage new NGOs, NGOs with which bluebird has not traditionally collaborated, and to expand or refocus existing participation efforts. Utilize this research as a key input into bluebird's effective engagement with NGOs
  • Design, track, manage, and report performance metrics associated with NGO engagement
  • Mobilize relevant NGOs for "Calls to Action" on key policy/access issues and communicate results of effort to internal staff and management
  • Lead and generate communication to/from key third party organizations on appropriate key regulatory and legislative issues, as deemed necessary
  • Coordinate regular informative mailings to NGO allies on mutual issues of interest

  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in Marketing, Communications, Political Science or related field
  • Fluency in English required, knowledge of French, German and Italian desirable
  • Requires a minimum of 5 years related experience including a combination of healthcare and/or government advocacy work with an excellent understanding of points of influence within NGOs
  • Well versed and in-depth knowledge of NGOs in both the US as well as in the EU panorama. NGOs will include, but may not be limited to, trade and industry organizations, patient advocacy organizations, medical specialty societies, think tanks (including those academia-based), and community-based organizations and of issues affecting patient access to novel biopharmaceutical therapies and treatments
  • Experience working with public policy, and elected officials and staff
  • Knowledge of NGO's role in health care payer systems and value frameworks
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills
  • Ability to influence, negotiate, and persuade others to independently take action
  • Proven ability to work on a team and projects, lead and challenge others in a fast paced matrixed and changing work environment under tight deadlines
  • Solutions-oriented, strong analytical and presentation skills
  • Strong consensus building and facilitation skills to work collaboratively with as internal/external audiences
  • Proven track record of coordinating and activating grassroots programs and networks
  • Project/process management skills to drive business results
  • Demonstrated ability to employ strategic thinking in establishing priorities and to foster strong alliances with internal and external business strategic partners
  • Lead cross functional teams in order to develop both short and long term goals
  • Analytical skills required to troubleshoot the effectiveness of coalitions and other projects
  • Ability to champion change and drive innovative thinking
  • Ability to identify the appropriateness of potential aligned NGOs and their relationships with key constituencies of mutual interest in order to leverage existing and prospective relationships to show tangible results
  • Well versed in Microsoft Office Suite

Physical Demands:
  • Ability to travel up to 40% which includes international locations
  • Ability to lift up to 35 lbs