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Amgen Director of State Policy, Government Affairs (US Remote) in Washington, District Of Columbia


If you feel like you’re part of something bigger, it’s because you are. At Amgen, our shared mission—to serve patients—drives all that we do. It is key to our becoming one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies. We are global collaborators who achieve together—researching, manufacturing, and delivering ever-better products that reach over 10 million patients worldwide. It’s time for a career you can be proud of.

Director of State Policy, Government Affairs (US Remote)


What you will do

Let’s do this. Let’s change the world! In this vital role you will responsible for developing Amgen policy positions to assist the field-based lobbyists. Specific accountabilities include:

  • Serving as in-house resource on all State Government Affairs policy issues

  • Providing guidance to lobbyists with respect to specific legislation, including Amgen and industry positions

  • Analyzing and tracking state legislation affecting Amgen on a national basis, and providing regular summaries of important trends

  • Providing the State Government Affairs team with information in concise condensed form for internal and external use (talking points, charts, suggested legislative language, etc)

  • Serving as a liaison to internal Amgen partners, including Federal and International Government Affairs & Policy, Business units, Legal, Corporate Affairs, and Environmental

  • Actively representing Amgen within relevant national trade associations

  • Location: Washington, DC or Sacramento, CA or West US

  • Travel: Up to 10% travel

  • Reports to: Executive Director of State Government Affairs


What we expect of you

We are all different, yet we all use our unique contributions to serve patients. The strategic professional we seek is a collaborative partner with these qualifications.

Basic Qualifications:

Doctorate degree and 4 years of government affairs and/or state policy experience


Master’s degree and 7 years of government affairs and/or state policy experience


Bachelor’s degree and 9 years of government affairs and/or state policy experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor or Master's Degree

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the pharma/biopharmaceutical/healthcare industry, including major companies, payers, markets, competitive environment, and industry and health care trends.

  • 5+ years of experience in pharma/biopharmaceutical state government affairs; demonstrated knowledge of SGA issues including: prescription drug pricing; Medicaid; reimbursement; environment; biosimilars; health care reform and state regulated markets. Experience in state taxation issues

  • Strong verbal and written communications skills, including ability to facilitate trust and develop successful relationships with diverse individuals/groups. The candidate must demonstrate an affinity for processing complex information and summarizing it concisely in writing and/or verbally in a highly professional manner and in a time-sensitive environment.

  • Strong ability to read and master lengthy legislative and legal documents and provide summaries of pertinent elements in short order; ability to understand subtle language distinctions and their possible impact to Amgen; strong attention to detail and excellent writing skills.

  • Ability to collect, organize, and summarize state legislation on an ongoing basis, utilizing reports from the field team, legislative tracking, and other sources.

  • Ability to organize strategy independently and to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously under limited daily oversight

  • Comprehensive understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes, including state budget developments and political environments.

  • Ability to build trust in advising field lobbyists on matters of state policy in a rapid and concise manner.

  • Maturity, knowledge, and confidence so as to effectively explain and represent Amgen’s state policy positions within major industry trade groups (e.g. PhRMA, BIO)

  • Proficiency in Power Point and other key applications to develop effective summary documents for presentations by State Government Affairs leadership.


What you can expect of us

As we work to develop treatments that take care of others, we also work to care for our teammates’ professional and personal growth and well-being.

  • Vast opportunities to learn and move up and across our global organization

  • Diverse and inclusive community of belonging, where teammates are empowered to bring ideas to the table and act

  • Generous Total Rewards Plan comprising health, finance and wealth, work/life balance, and career benefits

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Join Us

If you're seeking a career where you can truly make a difference in the lives of others, a career where you can work at the absolute forefront of biotechnology with the top minds in the field, you'll find it at Amgen.

Amgen, a biotechnology pioneer, discovers, develops and delivers innovative human therapeutics. Our medicines have helped millions of patients in the fight against cancer, kidney disease, rheumatoid arthritis and other serious illnesses.

As an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world, Amgen fosters an inclusive environment of diverse, ethical, committed and highly accomplished people who respect each other but compete intensely to win. Together, we live the Amgen values as we continue advancing science to serve patients.

Amgen is an Equal Opportunity employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Amgen requires all staff in the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada to be vaccinated from COVID 19 as a condition of employment. In accordance with applicable law, Amgen will provide reasonable accommodations to staff members who qualify on the basis of a medical reason or a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance. Such accommodation may not pose an undue hardship to Amgen, its operations, or its staff.