Director, Alliance Management - #1842

Washington, DC
May 08, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is focused on alleviating the global burden of cancer by developing pioneering technology to detect and identify multiple deadly cancer types early. The company is using the power of next-generation sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop its multi-cancer early detection blood test. GRAIL is headquartered in Menlo Park, CA with locations in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and the United Kingdom. GRAIL, LLC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN). For more information, please visit

The Director, Alliance Management will report to the Senior Director of Government Affairs and Alliance Development, and working in collaboration with colleagues across GRAIL’s functions, the Director will engage third party associations (e.g., patient advocacy organizations, provider associations, trade associations, think tanks, etc.) on behalf of GRAIL to build ethical, mutual, and enduring partnerships that inform GRAIL’s work and advance GRAIL’s goal of achieving broad access and coverage of GRAIL’s current and pipeline products.

You will...
  • Develop and implement strategies to ensure GRAIL is fully leveraging the expertise of our external partners to improve and accelerate GRAIL’s work.
  • Work with internal colleagues to identify functional goals and develop a third party association engagement strategy to support those goals.
  • Build and implement strategies to increase awareness of the burden of unscreened cancers, the benefits of cancer early detection, and the promise of multi-cancer early detection tests.
  • Build and maintain long-term, substantive relationships with third party associations based on values of trust, respect and transparency.
  • Facilitate company educational activities for third party associations
  • Work cross-functionally as a strong partner and collaborator.
  • Support efforts to prepare for engagements with external partners including briefing GRAIL executives and department leaders and developing content for external engagement.

Your background should include...
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • 10+ years of experience, preferably working for or with companies in public affairs, government affairs, advocacy, or alliance development.
  • Existing relationships with patient advocacy organizations is highly desired as is previous experience as a relationship manager for professional medical associations and patient advocacy organizations.
  • Credibility among healthcare policy stakeholders, coalitions and other advocacy organizations.
  • Outstanding relationship management abilities and strong interpersonal skills
  • Superb communications skills, both written and interpersonal.
  • Strong desire to contribute to team success, with a genuine enthusiasm for supporting team members efforts.
  • Empathic, passionate, and solution-oriented individual with the ability to build meaningful connections with partners.

GRAIL is an Equal Employment Office and Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other legally protected status. We will reasonably accommodate all individuals with disabilities so that they can participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications, and advice from internal and external experts, GRAIL has made the decision to require all U.S. employees receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.