Vice President, FGR

Position Title:      Vice President, FGR           

Department: Federal Government Relations

Reports to: Executive Vice President, Government Affairs and External Relations


Primary Purpose of the Position:  

Develop, coordinate and execute BIO’s federal legislative and political goals and strategy internally and externally.  

This position is responsible for the day-to-day management of the FGR team and objectives related to the health care, agriculture, emerging companies, and industrial & environmental sections at BIO.  This position will manage and supervise in-house and external lobbyists and support staff.  This position will also have budgetary authority over the FGR Department and BIO PAC.  



  • Oversee a government relations department that develops, analyzes and executes federal legislative strategies to protect or enhance the biotechnology industry.
  • Manage federal engagements with consultants and lobbyists to ensure implementation of legislative, regulatory and political priorities.
  • Anticipate and predict changes in the external federal legislative, regulatory, policy, and political environments in the short, mid and long term.
  • Identify and communicate on industry opportunity and risk in the federal legislative, regulatory, policy and political realms.
  • Work with BIO staff, BIO member companies, the BIO Governing Boards and their committees to develop strategic advocacy action plans and ensure that legislative strategy is integrated and coordinated with policy development when appropriate. 
  • Coordinate with BIO’s Membership Department to highlight the goals and strategies of FGR in member recruitment and retention activities.
  • Regularly engage and communicate with other BIO departments (policy, Legal, Communications, Alliance Development, etc.) to ensure strategic alignment and coordination on a continuous basis.  
  • Manage BIO PAC and work to maintain BIO’s excellent reputation in the political arena.



  • Expertise in biotech industry issues, including pharmaceutical reimbursement, FDA regulatory processes, and intellectual property issues. Knowledge of agriculture and I&E issues is also extremely beneficial.  
  • A thorough understanding of the legislative process, with a proven track record of successful advocacy and winning legislative battles, is essential.  
  • Strong relationships with federal legislators and their staff, and substantial experience managing lobbyists and consultants. 
  • Excellent writing, presentation and speaking skills; strong communication and interpersonal skills; effective leadership and strategic thinking. 
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team and to build and maintain internal and external partnerships. 
  • Experience and successes with fundraising and running a PAC.
  • Bachelor's degree required. Masters or Law degree a plus with particular focus on health policy, political science, or public policy.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience, with preference for government affairs experience on Capitol Hill, with a trade association, or a pharmaceutical manufacturer.