Advocacy Relations Director
Location:
Thousand Oaks , California
Posted:
February 07, 2017
Reference:
R-33236
Advocacy Relations Director (Neuroscience)
Develop and lead the implementation of an integrated US AR Neuroscience patient and professional association strategy involving patient advocacy groups and professional associations; work collaboratively with these external third party organizations to align and execute on shared goals across the development life-cycle from pre-clinical to post-launch and across Amgen's product portfolio. A key priority is to develop and solidify strategic long-term partnerships with relevant US organizations and contribute to maintaining a consistent and coherent voice as part of Amgen's overarching engagement strategy with the patient and professional advocacy community.
Key Responsibilities:
External stakeholder responsibilities:
Develop and drive advocacy strategies across teams and therapy area as it relates to new patient and professional trends, including but not limited to e-business channel communication, digital/mobile technology and social media.
Build long term, substantive relationships with patient groups, professional associations and all other stakeholders based on values of trust, respect and transparency so that patients and providers systematically can engage decision makers in all aspects of clinical development, healthcare delivery and access.
Support patient access to medicines by working with patient groups and professional associations to help determine the value of innovation and address access barriers in the therapeutic area.
Facilitate Amgen educational activities for patient groups so that the voice of patients is strengthened.
Build and engage coalitions to effectively advance advocacy initiatives amongst medical professionals and existing coalitions as well as forge strategic alliances in order to deliver a stronger, united message for patient access and affordable care within the therapeutic area.
Bring the voice of patients and providers into Amgen's capabilities, including Clinical Trial Design, Direct-to-Patient Marketing, Corporate Communications, Value and Access
Internal stakeholder responsibilities:
Develop and execute the US Neuroscience advocacy relations strategy and associated goals.
Ensure strategic plans and relationships with key patient groups and professional associations are aligned, coordinated and maximize efficiencies across the USBO.
Serve as an internal resource and identify opportunities to maximize disease awareness, and coordinate across functions around key areas of concern such as access to therapies for patients
Lead and ensure teams deliver, across neuroscience, one-year and multi-year strategies and tactical operating plans that account for professional and advocacy opportunities aligned with company goals.
Work cross-functionally as a strong partner and collaborator
Basic Qualifications
Doctorate degree and 4 years of marketing and/or patient advocacy experience
OR
Master's degree and 7 years of marketing and/or patient advocacy experience
OR
Bachelor's degree and 9 years of marketing and/or patient advocacy experience
Preferred Qualifications
10+ years of experience with patient advocacy groups and/or professional (medical) associations.
3+ years of experience working for global pharmaceutical companies as a liaison with patient advocacy groups and/or professional associations.
Sensitivity to diverse groups of people both internal and external with the ability to manage many different opinions and perspectives, including tolerance for ambiguity.
Demonstrated reputation internally and externally as a well-respected, dynamic team player.
Empathic and passionate individual with the ability to build meaningful connections with stakeholders.
Previous experience leading the development of professional medical society and patient advocacy strategies for pharmaceutical organizations.
Previous experience as relationship manager for professional medical associations and patient advocacy groups.
Proven understanding of key external and internal trends affecting patient and consumer engagement; solid understanding and experience in new forms of patient/consumer interactions such as social media and patient online communities.
Previous experience communicating the value of innovation and addressing access barriers to care
Previous experience in neuroscience.
Outstanding verbal and written communications skills and an ability to adapt one's approach to a challenge, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.
Ability to assimilate complex medical knowledge and communicate to non-medical audiences.
Capable of managing shifting priorities in a rapidly changing environment.
Understands the pharma/biotech business model, regulatory process & compliance guidelines.
Experience with product (drug) launches.
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.


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