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Manager, Patient Advocacy and Alliances

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The primary purpose of this position is to support the Senior Director in developing and leading ethical, mutual and enduring partnerships with patient, research and consumer advocacy organizations as well as other healthcare stakeholders to advance public policy in support of BIO’s vision and mission, and to transform patients’ lives.

The Manager, Patient Advocacy and Alliances will execute on and support BIO’s federal alliance engagement efforts, as directed by the Senior Director of Patient Advocacy and Alliances.  Because patients are at the heart of BIO’s mission, this position will also support BIO’s efforts to collect insights from the patient, research and consumer advocacy communities to help inform BIO’s decision making. 

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Support BIO’s ability to develop and maintain strong relationships with federal policy-focused patient, research and consumer advocates and other important stakeholders and influencers:
  • Participate in policy coalitions on behalf of the BIO Patient Advocacy team, capture notes and key findings and support the team’s engagement on issues primarily related to value, access and reimbursement.
  • Under the direction of the Senior Director, educate stakeholders on BIO’s objectives, value, access and other policy priorities and other issues as defined.
  • Support activities and outreach to third-party stakeholders including participating in and capturing key information from regular policy briefings, workshops, coalitions and ad hoc working groups. This includes providing updates to and making recommendations for follow up to the Senior Director.
  • Participate in patient advocacy corporate advisory councils, annual meetings, retreats, conferences and conventions as appropriate to represent BIO and BIO member company priorities and interests, under the direction of the Senior Director.
  • Support External Affairs Vice President’s ability to effectively lead the Board level Patient Centricity and Advocacy Committee.
  • Support Senior Director’s leadership of the BIO staff-level Alliance Development Committee
  • Routinely leverage current BIO communications tools, campaigns and resources and deliver them to strategically targeted stakeholders. 
  1. Logistical, planning and execution support for BIO’s signature patient advocacy programming:
  • Patient Health and Advocacy Summit: this annual event draws 300+ attendees for 1 ½ days of policy-focused educational programming and networking.  Sourcing, travel and hotel logistics for this meeting are provided by the BIO Events team, and the Senior Director, Alliance Development is responsible for developing the strategy, program and agenda.
    • The Manager will serve as the primary coordinator from External Affairs to the BIO Event planning team and will support logistics other than those handled by Events. 
  • Patient Pavilion and patient advocacy-related events at BIO's Annual Convention
  • Biweekly Patient Advocacy Coffee Chat programming. This includes:
    • Sending the meeting invitations in a timely manner (at least 1 week prior to each Chat).
    • Working with consultants and Senior Director to determine Chat topics and speakers.
    • Securing speakers for each Chat and sending logistical, log-in and other information to them.
    • Drafting the program write up for Senior Director review.
  • Patient Advocacy in-person networking events.  This includes the following tasks, under the direction of Senior Director:
    • Sourcing the appropriate venue.
    • Handling necessary equipment rentals.
    • Handling catering.
    • Maintaining RSVP / headcount lists.
  • Maintain accurate and up to date stakeholder distribution lists and rosters in BIO’s databases.
  1. Efficiently, clearly and consistently provide administrative support for Senior Director.
  • Capture meeting notes, logistical information and action items as directed.
  • Assist in management of the BIO Alliance Development operational, outreach and events budget, and report all related expenditures to Senior Director as well as External Affairs Operations manager.  
  • Collect and process invoices from patient advocacy groups seeking BIO funding, as directed by Senior Director.
  • Manage Senior Director’s calendar, including scheduling business meetings, committee calls, cross functional meetings and other items as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills Required:

  • Strong relationship management abilities and interpersonal skills
  • Superb communications skills, both written and interpersonal.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated interest and competency in healthcare policy issues
  • Exceptional initiative and a proactive self-starter
  • Ability to work effectively with groups across the political spectrum.
  • Strong desire to contribute to team success, with a genuine enthusiasm for supporting team members efforts
  • Required travel: limited (less than 10%)

Education and Experience Required:

  • Undergraduate degree required from a four-year institution.
  • 4+ years of experience, preferably working for Congress or Administration agencies or with biopharmaceutical companies in public affairs, government affairs, advocacy or alliance development
  • Experience working with policy stakeholders, coalitions and other advocacy organizations
  • This position is based at BIO headquarters in Washington DC

Candidates should be aware that BIO currently maintains a policy requiring all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once eligible. Newly hired employees must be vaccinated and boosted prior to their employment start date BIO is an equal opportunity employer and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those unable to be vaccinated or receive a booster where it is not an undue hardship to the company to do so as provided under federal, state, and local law.

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Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is an equal opportunity employer. BIO does not discriminate in employment with regard to race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, age, sex (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability, military status or unfavorable discharge from military service or any other characteristic protected by law.
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