Celgene 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.

This position will be a part of the Federal Government Relations team in Celgene’s Washington, D.C. office, reporting to the Executive Director, Federal Government Relations. The candidate will be responsible for implementation 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.

Candidate must be a creative, flexible and entrepreneurial thinker capable of developing relationships and facilitating partnerships with industry peers, government officials, and other external stakeholders to reach public policy goals. We are seeking a team player who can manage several priorities at once.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

Federal Government Policy & Advocacy

  • Implement 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.

  • Monitor and apprise internal teams of developments in the federal realm with potential impact for Celgene.

  • 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.

Trade Association & Coalition Development/Engagement

  • Working with Celgene Patient Advocacy, establish and maintain federal engagement 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 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

  • Facilitate Celgene employee political and policy engagement through the Celgene Advocates for Innovation program and Celgene Political Action Committee (PAC).

  • 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 5 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.

  • 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 Required: 15-20%

Location: Washington, D.C., USA



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