Associate Director/Director, Health Policy - Government Affairs

Working from Home
Jul 28, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s General and Administrative teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.


BioMarin is hiring for an Associate Director/Director, Government Affairs to support Global Legislative Health Policy Development. Initial focus will be on US state health policy. The portfolio of legislative research, policy & message development, and legislative advocacy can also include US federal Policy and global health policy. The candidate will be an integral part of a team that is responsible for ensuring a cohesive, effective government affairs strategy.


  • Provide consistent legislative monitoring and analysis to qualify and quantify the effects of certain state, federal and global government initiatives on BioMarin’s business prospects.
  • Prepare monthly legislative reports for internal executive distribution.
  • Identify threats and opportunities with respect to state or federal policy changes and provide strategic guidance to address.
  • Align internal policy positions from internal cross functional groups.
  • Lead Government Affairs group efforts to develop policy messaging targeting political leadership on issues pertinent to BioMarin.
  • Research and author policy position papers that reflect the policy position of the company.
  • Respond to industry association requests for legislative policy feedback.
  • Develop and collate materials that support equitable access to rare disease therapies (and gene therapies) in Medicaid.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned, including but not limited to management of state association participation, advocacy organizations, and representation at key events.
  • Manage and adhere to corporate policies and practices.
  • Assist with management of internal Government Affairs Committee activities, meetings, presentations.
  • Ability to communicate and frame issues in a bipartisan fashion.



  • 8-10 years of experience in government, and/or related healthcare policy environments in positions of increasing responsibility.
  • Legislative work experience is a plus. Strong understanding of how politics, policy trends and the legislative process could impact BioMarin’s strategic goals and the rare disease community.
  • Economic modeling research and/or policy analysis is important.
  • Significant knowledge of the state legislative process and state executive branches.
  • Thorough understanding of state and federal budgeting processes and experiences.
  • Ability to compare global health systems, reimbursement and coverage frameworks.
  • Demonstrated understanding of Medicaid systems and differences in state operations. Preference given to those with knowledge of Medicaid pharmaceutical policy.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to work cross functionally and with external stakeholders.
  • Strong project-driven organizational skills along with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated outstanding strategic planning and communication skills.
  • A high level of energy and passion toward patients, science and public health.
  • Proven teamwork and collaboration skills, with a demonstrated ability to interact and influence all levels of business.
  • Detail-oriented, self-initiating, well-organized and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously and independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to think outside the box and develop innovative solutions.
  • A desire to work in a fast-paced corporate culture of a highly innovative company.
  • Willingness and ability to travel (up to 30% of time), including evenings.
  • Consulting experience would be a plus.


Bachelor’s degree required. Professional degrees in law, public policy, or related field preferred.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

This is a remote position.