Head of Government Affairs and Policy

Gamida Cell is an advanced cell therapy company committed to finding cures for blood cancers and serious blood diseases. We harness our cell expansion platform to create therapies with the potential to redefine standards of care in areas of serious medical need. Gamida Cell is a publicly traded company (Nasdaq: GMDA).

Omidubicel, Gamida Cell’s lead investigational product candidate, is an advanced cell therapy under development as a potential life-saving allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (bone marrow) transplant solution for patients with hematologic malignancies. Omidubicel is the first bone marrow transplant product to receive Breakthrough Therapy Designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and has also received Orphan Drug Designation in the U.S. and EU.

General Scope and Summary

The Head of Government Affairs and Policy is a key role focused on ensuring that patients have timely access to therapy by reducing access barriers and creating policies that support patient access.  The Head of Government Affairs and Policy will be the subject matter expert as it pertains to healthcare legislation, policies and CMS coverage/reimbursement. He/she is responsible for the development and execution of comprehensive government affairs and policy strategies as it pertains to the interactions with elected officials and to advance Gamida Cell’s reputation and interests with trade/advocacy organizations, CMS and policy makers on a federal and state basis. This role will require significant cross functional responsibilities with Market Access, Corporate Affairs, Legal, Marketing, Medical Affairs and other key functions.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop proactive strategic and tactical plans to engage with key decision-makers to shape CMS regulations and federal/state legislation that impact access to Gamida Cell therapies
  • Cultivate effective relationships on behalf of Gamida Cell with key HHS/CMS/CMMI staff and officials, key policy makers, trade/advocacy organizations and opinion leaders resulting in meaningful partnerships focused on patient access
  • Coordinate and lead Gamida Cell meetings with HHS/CMS, as well as federal and state officials, and other policy organizations and coalitions
  • Liase with trade/advocacy groups that support protecting patient’s access to innovative therapies
  • Monitor and assess regulations and legislations to determine any impact to Gamida Cell
  • Serve as an internal expert on the healthcare policy environment to help executive team identify threats and opportunities for Gamida Cell
  • Support the external engagement of Gamida Cell executives with elected officials and other key stakeholders within and around the US federal government
  • In conjunction with legal and compliance, ensure compliance with relevant federal laws regarding lobbying activities, as appropriate
  • Oversee and manage Government Affairs partner agencies

Experience, Education and Specialized Knowledge and Skills

  • 12+ years’ experience in Federal Government Affairs and Policy
  • Expertise in state and federal government levels
  • Ability to connect key business needs and patient access to public policy and regulations to advance business interests and reputation of Gamida Cell
  • Holistic view of the impact of federal agency regulations, state and federal policies and health policies
  • Thorough knowledge of domestic government policies that impact pharmaceutical companies
  • Ex-US government policies knowledge is a plus
  • Excellent judgment to make decisions on complex business and healthcare policy issues and act based on what is in the best interests of the company and patients
  • Strong business acumen and the ability to manage multiple priorities, processes, timelines and expectations of multiple stakeholder groups
  • Demonstrated ability to be viewed as trustworthy and credible
  • Ability to relay complex information in a concise format, both verbally and and written to senior executives
  • Combination of analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of Cell Therapy, preferred
  • B.A/B.S required
  • Graduate degree in Healthcare Administration/Policy or Social Work experience a plus

Location: Remote-Preferred location Washington, DC
Travel: Up to 50% travel anticipated
To apply: Send resume and cover letter to careers.us@gamida-cell.com

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