Sr. Manager, Government Affairs - Eastern US

Location:  remote, United States Category: Legal / Government Affairs


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 a S. Manager, Government Affairs to support state advocacy efforts. This position will be responsible for implementing the company’s state government affairs agenda within East Coast states. 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 state government initiatives on BioMarin’s business prospects. Prepare monthly state legislative reports for internal distribution.
  • Identify threats and opportunities with respect to state political or policy changes and provide strategic guidance to address
  • Based on threats and opportunities, engage with state legislators, administration staff and regulators to educate on the importance of biopharmaceutical innovation and pursue advocacy efforts to optimize patient access and BioMarin’s business objectives
  • Advocate for equitable access to rare disease therapies (and gene therapies) in Medicaid
  • Work with aligned groups to advance state legislative and regulatory initiatives – groups will include industry stakeholders, patient advocacy organizations, medical provider societies and associations, consumer organizations, etc.
  • Work closely with Senior Director, Global Advocacy Strategy and Operations to develop coalitions to act as a “force multiplier” for advocacy initiatives
  • Collaborate with several other functional areas, including Regulatory, Commercial, and Clinical Operations to lead the company’s regional efforts and advance company goals and objectives.
  • Assist with other duties as assigned, including but not limited to management of state association participation, advocacy organizations, and representation at key events
  • Direct contract political affairs firms in key states to ensure effective implementation of BioMarin’s strategic goals
  • Manage and adhere to corporate policies and practices
  • Manage compliance of state laws for lobbyist registration and reporting
  • Assist with management of internal Government Affairs Committee activities, meetings, presentations
  • Ability to communicate and frame issues in a bipartisan fashion, understanding the importance of working with both Democrats and Republicans

  • 5-8 years of experience in political, government, and/or related healthcare business environments in positions of increasing responsibility
  • Legislative or state legislative work experience is a plus. Strong understanding of how politics, policy trends and the legislative/regulatory process could impact BioMarin’s strategic goals and the rare disease community
  • Significant knowledge of the state legislative and regulatory systems. Preference given to those with direct experience in key East Coast states – NY, MA, PA, NJ, VA, FL, etc.
  • Thorough understanding of state budgeting processes and experiences
  • Demonstrated understanding of Medicaid system and differences in state operation. Preference given to those with knowledge of Medicaid pharmaceutical policy
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to successfully develop and maintain strong working relationships with cross-functional colleagues and 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 to throughout the East Coast states (up to 30% of time), including evenings

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or professional degrees in law, public policy, political science, public health, project management or related field.

  • The employee may frequently be required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk;
  • use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste
  • or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities by this job include
  • close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
This is a remote position

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