Celgene Executive Director, Federal Government Relations in D.C., United States


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.

Location: Washington, D.C., USA


This position will lead the Federal Government Relations team in Celgene’s Washington, D.C. office, reporting to the Vice President, U.S. Government Relations & Policy. The candidate will be responsible for creation and execution of a comprehensive Federal Government Relations strategy including key activities that are core of the function: lobbying Congress and applicable federal agencies, developing and maintaining productive, positive policy and advocacy relationships on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, engaging with key trade associations to advance Celgene’s perspective on a diverse set of issues, supporting grassroots/employee education and political engagement, and crafting and leading initiatives to promote awareness of the Celgene with policymakers, staff, and other Washington, D.C.-based stakeholders.

The position requires strong leadership skills, an appetite for risk taking and creative thinking to identify opportunities in a fast-paced environment. We are seeking a team player who can move in multiple circles and tailor key messages appropriately. The candidate should possess strong management skills to execute strategies that enhance Celgene’s reputation as a patient-centered organization and positively impact the regulatory and legislative environment. The Executive Director position will manage a team of government relations professionals and outside consultants. The leader will work collaboratively with State Government Relations, Public Policy, Patient Advocacy, Communications, U.S. commercial leadership and other internal functions.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Federal Government Policy & Advocacy

  • Lead efforts to achieve Celgene U.S. Public Policy goals and priorities through lobbying in the Congress and Executive Branch.

  • Develop and maintain productive policy and advocacy relationships on Capitol Hill and among Washington, DC stakeholders. Participate in Hill meetings with legislators and staff.

  • Work with U.S. Government Relations & Policy leadership team in identifying issues impacting specific franchises and develop appropriate policy issues to positively impact the access environment.

  • Develop optimal engagement strategy for retained policy/legislative counsel and other consultants.

  • Collaborate with Celgene U.S. Public Policy team to identify and analyze Celgene’s public policy priorities and identify research projects to best position the company for success on various issues.

  • Coordinate development of appropriate advocacy materials, including: researching and drafting fact sheets, talking points, memorandums and general policy education tools.

  • Serve as a member of the US Government Relations & Policy leadership team, working to develop a multi-faceted departmental strategy to positively impact the policymaking environment at the state and federal levels.

Trade Association & Coalition Development/Engagement

  • Working with Celgene Patient Advocacy, develop federal engagement strategy with key patient and health care provider partners and coalitions to support Celgene issue advocacy.

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with trade associations and other key partners to ensure collaboration on key initiatives and advocacy.

  • Support effective executive engagement in trade associations by developing written materials for Celgene board members.

  • Network with a variety of third-party stakeholders such as policy think tanks, business organizations and other entities to educate on Celgene’s position in key issues and identify potential areas for collaboration.

Internal Advocacy Programs

  • Provide leadership for Celgene employee political and policy engagement through the Celgene Advocates for Innovation program and Celgene Political Action Committee (PAC). Optimize engagement of Celgene executives and employee ambassadors in advocacy and Political Action Committee activities.

  • Spearhead engagement strategies to identify opportunities to bring lawmakers to Celgene facilities or other venues to educate policymakers on Celgene’s science and unique perspective on various issues.


  • Undergraduate degree required.

  • At least 10 years experience in one or more of the following fields: Capitol Hill and/or Executive Branch legislative staff, government relations, political activities, lobbying firm, or political campaigns.

  • Demonstrated capability in Federal Government Relations issues management and policy advocacy, including Capitol Hill lobbying.

  • Strong knowledge of U.S. health care environment and emerging trends. Detailed understanding Medicare, Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and workings of federal agencies such as FDA, HHS/CMS/HRSA.

  • Appreciation for the holistic nature of U.S. public policymaking---from local and state government relations to federal legislative and regulatory systems.

  • Extensive knowledge of the U.S. federal legislative system, political environment and applicable compliance laws.

Travel: 20%



At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients. Our vision as a company is to build a major global biopharmaceutical corporation while focusing on the discovery, the development, and the commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions.

“At Celgene, we seek to deliver truly innovative and life-changing drugs for our patients.”

There are more than 300 clinical trials at major medical centers using compounds from Celgene. Investigational compounds are being studied for patients with incurable hematological and solid tumor cancers, including multiple myeloma, myelodysplastic syndromes, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL), triple-negative breast cancer and pancreatic cancer. As committed as we are to clinical accomplishment, we are equally committed to patient support, which is a guiding principle at Celgene. We believe all who can benefit from our discoveries should have the opportunity to do so. Celgene puts patients first with industry-leading programs that provide information, support and access to our innovative therapies.

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.COMMITTED TO IMPROVING THE LIVES OF PATIENTS WORLDWIDE