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Regional Director, State Advocacy - East (Boston, Conn, RI OR New York)
at Vertex
Chicago, IL

Regional Director, State Advocacy - East (Boston, Conn, RI OR New York)
at Vertex
Chicago, IL

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Job Description:

The Regional Director, State Advocacy at Vertex Pharmaceuticals reports to the Director, State Advocacy and is responsible for co-managing and executing the company's state advocacy strategy across several functional areas, including marketing, communications, policy, and medical affairs within their designated region. This position will work closely with the Director, State Advocacy to help lead the company's ongoing efforts to build and sustain meaningful relationships and collaborations to support the needs of patients and advance our company's goals. The RD will be responsible for grassroots campaign execution across disease areas.

Job Responsibilities:
  • Working hand in hand with the Director of Advocacy to help execute the company's patient advocacy strategy including tactical implementation;
  • Serve as back up for key meetings such as ACCESS;
  • Support new product planning; develop & manage advocacy plans for pipeline productsas they mature;
  • Executing patient advocacy plans to support early stage clinical development;
  • Developing and leveraging high-level relationships with patient advocacy groups at a state and local levels to achieve Vertex goals, bring value to patients and enhance the Company's standing and reputation;
  • Collaborating with Managed Markets and GAPP to ensure that policies reflect the needs of the patient community;
  • Serve as an early warning to identify threats and opportunities that may impact the business and patient community;
  • Leading a regional team of field-based patient advocacy consultants to deliver on business objectives while maintaining compliance with VRTX policies;
  • In partnership with communications team, integrating Vertex's public relations objectives with the patient advocacy strategy and identifying additional PR opportunities;
  • Serve as liaison between the patient community and VRTX;
  • Provide strategic input into the development and resource prioritization for the Company's annual patient advocacy plan;
  • Identifying and pursuing additional opportunities to advance our company's business objectives;
  • Fulfilling other duties/projects as assigned;
  • Exemplifying Vertex's core values in fulfilling these job duties, in particular the Company's core value regarding its commitment to patients.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated outstanding strategic planning, communication and presentation skills;
  • Ability to travel up to 50%;
  • Pharmaceutical sector or non-profit sector and therapeutic area experience required;
  • Experience in patient advocacy, government affairs, market access or public policy
  • A high level of energy and passion toward patients, science and public health;
  • Working knowledge and appreciation of the complexities of the drug development process and regulatory requirements;
  • Understanding of the patient and caregiver experience in rare diseases, (especially CF) to include diagnosis, treatment, and treatment options preferred;
  • Knowledge of the patient advocacy community/individuals in CF strongly preferred;
  • 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;
  • A desire to work in the corporate culture of a highly innovative company aimed at redefining health and transforming lives with new medicines.



  • Minimum of 10 years current and relevant experience in the pharmaceutical industry and 5 years prior experience in patient advocacy, market access, public health policy, government relations or related field(s);
  • Bachelor's degree required. An advanced degree is highly desired;

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