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Director, Government Relations - Southern Region

Req #: 1700931
Location: Offsite, NJ US
Job Category: Government Affairs
Work Location: OFFSITE CELOFFSITE 99999
Organization: Celgene Corporation
Schedule: 40
Employee Status: Full time
Job Type: Regular
Job Level:
Other Locations:US- Offsite


Celgene is a global biopharmaceutical company leading the way in medical innovation to help patients live longer, better lives. Our purpose as a company is to discover and develop therapies that will change the course of human health.  We value our passion for patients, ​quest for innovation, spirit of independence and love of challenge. With a presence in more than 70 countries, and growing - we look for talented people to grow our business, advance our science and contribute to our unique culture.

The Director, State Government Relations for the Southern Region will cover 9 states (including, but not limited to; Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee). Coverage of this region will require 50-65% travel.

Responsible for:

  • Direct activities with state legislators, regulators and health agency personnel in a multi-state geographic area of the US to ensure patients needed access to therapies, optimize Celgene's business environment and secure reimbursement for Celgene products.
  • Analyze and monitor proposed state legislation and/or regulations in his/her multi-state territory that would impact Celgene's business interests.
  • Develop cross-functional communication strategies to update appropriate internal stakeholders on state government affairs and legislative issues relating to Celgene's business interests.
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with elected state officials, legislators, legislative staff, regulators and state agency officials.
  • Recommend and develop prudent courses of action based on his/her complete analysis of legislative proposals that are of major consequence to Celgene and, as appropriate, execute direct lobbying activities with legislators and health agency staff.
  • Creation and management of diverse coalitions to advance public policy goals and initiatives. Protect access for Celgene products via State Medicaid and within Health Insurance Exchanges/Marketplaces.
  • Represent Celgene on relevant regional/state legislative and other trade association task forces that are organized under the auspices of PhRMA and BIO and maintain strong working relationships with these trade association partners.
  • Promote Celgene as a leading biopharmaceutical company specializing in hematology, oncology and inflammation/immunology therapies that can be a first-tier resource with elected public officials, patient advocacy groups, medical and business organizations that have major influence in the development of healthcare policy.

Experience & Knowledge

  • At least ten years in a Government Relations role (biopharmaceutical industry preferred) or equivalent lobbying experience

  • Strong relationship-building skills

  • Attention to detail
  • Passion for ensuring patients have access to life-enhancing medications  Excellent organizational skills and experience managing multi-state regions  Negotiation skills
  • Strong written and oral communications (e.g. public policy issue briefs/summaries and presentations on key issues)
  • Ability to assess situations and recommend plans of action which positively impacting Celgene patients and Celgene's business interests
  • Comprehensive understanding of states' political environment and the impact on policy strategies and goals
  • Understanding of government payers, acicularly Medicaid
  • Knowledge of the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on state governments and patients
  • Experience leveraging local and national trade associations to advance policy goals  Minimum — Bachelor' s Degree
  • Preferred — Master's Degree or other post-graduate degree


Celgene is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Celgene complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Celgene in the U.S.
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