Assoc. Director, State Government Affairs -Remote (Mid-Atlantic)

Dec 14, 2021

Job Description

12. The number of dedicated and inspired professionals in the state government affairs function who are empowered to ask new questions and make bold decisions to bring lifesaving medicines and treatments to patients. Come join our curious and unbossed team and make an impact on patient’s lives every day.


Territory: OH, PA, KY, WV, MD, and DE

Job Purpose:

Lead Novartis policies and objectives involving state and local government affairs, including maintaining and nurturing relationships with government, associated authorities, and all committees legislatively represent and protect Novartis interests.

Defend the company against governmental actions that adversely affect patient access to medications, and, to enhance delivery of medications to patients through laws, rules, and regulations.

In addition, you will allocate time toward prescribed priority states and will fashion a localized plan to achieve outcomes that both protect and enhance the company’s goals and objectives.

Further, you will be the face for Novartis before key state decision-makers and lead analysis of proposed legislative actions, determines the potential impact on the organization, develops responses, monitors legislative and regulatory activities, and promotes company market position.

Major Accountabilities:

- Lead, develop, and implement multi-state plan that supports Novartis business and policy objectives. Lead varied cross-functional and multi-disciplinary teams.

- Identify and analyze legislation that may affect Novartis’ business, as well as propose language and strategies to amend and improve legislation.

- Shape, represent, and advance Novartis legislative, policy and alliance strategic objectives through organization membership and participation with key partners. Identify and build strategic alliances with key state/local policy stakeholders, professional societies, patient advocacy groups and third party organizations.

- Drive access of Novartis medicines (in government and non-government programs) through work with State legislators, Insurance Commissioners, Medicaid Directors and State Exchanges to ensure policies that allow for the opportunity for access to our products.

- Persuasively communicate Novartis positions on relevant public health, economic, and clinical issues to key internal and external partners, alliances, and to key Government individuals.

- Identify legislative risks and opportunities for the Novartis portfolio and corporate business and develop and implement strategies to mitigate risks. Identify and coordinate economic development activities with state government on behalf of facilities and divisions, as well as opportunities to improve the tax and tort climates in a state.

- Lead regional PAC activities and support the promotion of the PAC among cross-divisional colleagues.

- Execute a plan for providing political contributions to candidates who understand the substantial risks associated with creating and delivering innovative medications.

- Manage contract counsel in certain states to ensure Novartis’ goals and objectives are accomplished.

Diversity & Inclusion / EEO

The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusive workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.

Minimum Requirements

* This role will be hired as REMOTE. Must live locally (within 90 mins) to Columbus, Ohio OR Harrisburg, PA

Note territory covers various states.
You must live in the region, preferably within in 1.5 hours of key capital (*there may be some restrictions based on legal entity). Please note that this role would not provide relocation as a result. The expectation of working hours and travel (domestic and/or international) will be defined by the hiring manager. This position will require ~40% travel.

- Bachelor’s Degree is required
- Advanced Degree is preferred

- 7+ years of direct experience in government affairs or similar
- Strong business background and knowledge of state government and local key stakeholder/patient organizations
- Experience effectively leading, and working closely with, cross-functional teams
- Expertise influencing others from various external/internal groups without direct reporting relationships
- Demonstrated ability to build relationships with patient advocacy groups, government officials, and other partners
- Experience working closely with field counterparts to maximize business opportunities
- Adept at dealing effectively with executive management, Regional leadership, corporate medical officers and staff
- Experienced in developing and articulating a vision and translating into practical actions steps and results

- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to network and communicate effectively with top management of all functions
- Results-based leadership style, adept at making a strong impact, and exceptional influencing skills
- Tenacity and energy in leading change
- Skilled at communicating effectively, motivating teams and others, plus, maintaining a persuasive and credible style at all levels of organization
- Analytical, process-oriented, with a drive to drive sustainable improvements
- Capacity for ambiguity, listening skills, and ability to embrace other’s ideas and viewpoints
- Creative thinker and problem solver


Why Novartis?

769 million lives were touched by Novartis medicines in 2020, and while we’re proud of this, we know there is so much more we could do to help improve and extend people’s lives.
We believe new insights, perspectives and ground-breaking solutions can be found at the intersection of medical science and digital innovation. That a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment inspires new ways of working.

We believe our potential can thrive and grow in an unbossed culture underpinned by integrity, curiosity, and flexibility. And we can reinvent what's possible, when we collaborate with courage to tackle the world’s toughest medical challenges aggressively and ambitiously. Because the greatest risk in life, is the risk of never trying!

Imagine what you could do here at Novartis!

Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion:

Novartis embraces diversity, equal opportunity and inclusion. We are committed to building diverse teams, representative of the patients and communities we serve, and we strive to create an inclusion workplace that cultivates bold innovation through collaboration, and empowers our people to unleash their full potential.
Novartis is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons.

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