The Sr. Director/Director, Patient Advocacy is a versatile, experienced, and highly motivated  leader with a strong track record of partnering with patient advocacy groups. The ideal  candidate will be an excellent communicator and energetic team player who will build and  execute Neurelis’ strategic vision for patient advocacy in neurology. S/he will be responsible  for managing both external and internal stakeholders. Externally, s/he will engage in  developing and aligning patient advocacy partnerships to transform patient care. His/her goal  will include driving an aligned and strategic approach to working with patient and caregiver partners across new and existing therapeutic areas in support of Neurelis’ neurology portfolio. Internally, s/he will advise, influence and lead colleagues toward advancing patient advocacy, patient voice and patient engagement. S/he will also facilitate communication with senior  leaders on new developments in patient advocacy and ensure strong alignment to Neurelis’ key business objectives. Through key leadership and partnership across cross-functional teams, the Sr. Director/ Director will incorporate the 'patient voice' into broader disease area and clinical development strategies. This position will report directly to the Chief Financial Officer. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities: 

  • Implement and oversee a multi-year patient advocacy strategy and budget  planning/sponsorships aligned with Neurelis’ strategic objectives 

  • Build and maintain meaningful and productive relationships with patient advocacy organizations and patient communities 

  • Ensure cross-functional collaboration with marketing, commercial, legal, medical  affairs, market access, communications, finance and other key partners to manage  relationships and ensure alignment and effective execution of patient advocacy  strategy 

  • Partner with leading representatives within patient advocacy organizations who  understand the short and long-term drivers impacting access to care and treatment  paradigms

 Job Description  

  • Facilitate engagement and collaboration between patient advocacy partners and  Neurelis to align and advance matching strategic priorities and initiatives 

  • Lead Neurelis Patient Landscape analysis, patient stakeholder/community mapping  and competitor analyses on patient community strategies, and solutions 

  • Develop communications strategies to provide regular updates to patient advocacy  organizations around Neurelis’ mission, products, data including educational  programs, disease awareness initiatives, advisory boards, patient speaker  engagement, and clinical trial awareness 

  • Provide updates/ organize speakers at company meetings to educate internal  colleagues on the patient perspective 

  • Collaborate with patient community on shaping the role of patients in shared decision  making and input into clinical decision support patient centric solutions • Develop map of patient stakeholder perspectives in Neurelis’ Patient Journeys 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

  • Prior experience and established relationships within the Neurology patient and/or  provider community 

  • Strong partner, collaborator and connector who can understand multiple perspectives  and motivations to find common interests and opportunities so parties can work  together effectively 

  •  Knowledge of healthcare and pharmaceutical policies and legislation that may impact  patient health priorities 

  •  Proven, relevant experience building relationships with patient advocacy and/or  professional organizations to execute programs that can be compliantly supported by  corporations 

  • Ability to influence and provide strategic direction to internal stakeholders and direct  reports 

  • Knowledge/experience in a strategic public affairs role in pharmaceuticals preferred • Demonstrated leadership experience managing direct and indirect reports • Ability to understand and communicate complex science 

  • Strong learning agility, operationally excellent and resilient in the context of a rapidly  changing, highly innovative environment 

  • Organized with a systematic and pragmatic approach to prioritization and process  orientated to achieve the business objectives 

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills 

  • Experience managing multiple projects (timelines, budgets, priorities) simultaneously;  flexibility and results-oriented focus are essential 

  • Self-starting and strong networking skills

  • Management Responsibilities/Skills: No direct reports initially. 

  • Travel Requirements: Some travel – 20-30%, 

Minimum Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, public policy/health, or related area  required. Master’s degree preferred  

  • Minimum of 10-15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology  industry, with a focus in the area Neurology (equivalent combination of education  and years of experience can supersede this requirement) 

Physical Demands and Work Environment: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an  employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Spends approximately  70% of work time sitting and meeting with others or working at a desk and/or computer.  Spends approximately 30% of work time standing or walking within the work area or at  meetings and bends, twists, stoops, and reaches. Ability to communicate in writing and  verbally. Occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 10 pounds. Ability to travel. Working conditions  are normal for an office environment. The noise level is usually moderate. 

All recruiting, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, and other employment-related  programs at Neurelis are provided fairly to all persons on an equal opportunity basis without  regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, or  any other characteristic protected by law; Employment decisions are based on the principles  of equal opportunity and affirmative action; and all personnel actions such as compensation,  benefits, transfers, training, and participation in social and recreational programs are  administered without regard to race, creed, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran  status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 Job Description  

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being  performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities,  duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  

Neurelis is an Equal Opportunity Employer

This is a full time position

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