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Astellas Pharma Executive Director, Patient Advocacy & Engagement in San Francisco, California

Why Work for Us

Are you ready to use your experience and expertise to make an impact on patients' lives? Astellas Gene Therapies is a biotechnology company developing new genetic medicines for rare, life-threatening diseases. We are working urgently to progress our medicines and need additional team members to help us do so. Because our mission is so important, our values are to: Be BOLD: Find a Way, Care Deeply, and Get Stuff Done. If you'd like to be a part of this important mission, please apply to join our team.

About Astellas Gene Therapies

Astellas Gene Therapies is developing genetic medicines for patients with rare, life-threatening diseases. Based on our innovative approach to developing genetic medicines, as well as our industry-leading internal manufacturing capability and expertise, we have become the Astellas Center of Excellence for the newly created Genetic Regulation Focus Area. We are currently exploring three gene therapy modalities: gene replacement, exon skipping gene therapy, and vectorized RNA knockdown, with plans to expand our focus and geographic reach under Astellas. We are based in San Francisco, with manufacturing and laboratory facilities in South San Francisco and Sanford, North Carolina. For more information, please visit our website: .

Our Values:

  • Be BOLD (Find a Way)

  • Care Deeply -- for our patients, each other and our work

  • #GSD (Get Stuff Done)

What is the catalyst for you in your professional career? Are you ready to be a part of a bold, innovative company, to make a change and to make a difference? Listed below is a current opening for a smart, driven, experienced, and just plain nice individual who wants to join us and be a part of our journey.

The Role

The Executive Director, Patient Advocacy & Engagement will be responsible for building a successful global patient advocacy department that is tailored to meet the specific needs of the rare disease communities that we partner with at Astellas Gene Therapies (AGT). This person will develop the department's global patient advocacy strategy, grow the patient advocacy team and partner with leadership to identify the resources and processes needed to best support AGT's business objectives. This person will champion the patient perspective by ensuring that insights are gathered from the patient community to inform key business- and program-level decisions.

The ideal candidate serves as expert advisor on patient advocacy, while working collaboratively across the organization. They will be focused on expanding a function that is received and will be highly regarded by external stakeholders and across the internal organization

This position is based in San Francisco. Remotely-based candidates will be considered.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead Patient Advocacy & Engagement strategies across the company

  • Manage a global team that is knowledgeable of local regulations and practices

  • Partner with leadership and key stakeholders internally to develop policies, methodologies and standard operating procedures required to successfully execute upon department strategies while maintaining compliance

  • Standardize the company's approach for engagement with patient communities by developing a process for integrating patient insights across the continuum from early drug discovery through commercialization, including:

  • Protocol development, informed consent forms and processes, reduction of trial burden, communicating interim trial data

  • Engagement with regulatory agencies and incorporation of patient insights into key regulatory submissions

  • Generation of data to support market access and reimbursement

  • Advise leadership and cross-functional partners on best practices and industry trends related to the rare disease patient community

  • Standardize the company's global charitable contribution policies and processes and oversee contributions and partnerships with nonprofit organizations

  • Establish strong cross-functional partnerships with Global Medical Affairs, Commercial, Research & Manufacturing, Regulatory, Government Affairs and other key departments to ensure that the patient perspective is integrated into all key program decisions and to ensure alignment in strategy and execution

  • Collaborate with Corporate Communications and Human Resources to ensure AGT's core values are clearly communicated both externally and internally

  • Participate in key external engagement opportunities to showcase AGT's approach to patient advocacy

About you

Must Have/Required

  • BS/BA or masters in related field with 10+ years' experience in a development, advocacy, communications, or commercial role leading patient engagement, advocacy, and/or relations

  • 5+ years of experience in rare disease Patient Advocacy; global experience preferred

  • Strong people management skills with proven ability and enthusiasm to lead, motivate, inspire, develop, and encourage staff

  • Strategic, innovative leader with excellent interpersonal, verbal, written and presentation communication skills; experience engaging in executive-level interactions

  • Experience partnering with national and international rare disease umbrella organizations; experience with genetics medicines preferred

  • Genuine compassion for the patients and families we have the honor to partner with and learn from

  • Ability to travel up to 30% domestic and international

  • Models our Core Values: Be Bold: Find a Way, Care Deeply, Get Stuff Done -- is experienced as someone who exemplifies the culture we want to create; operates with transparency; is trusted


Category 2319 Medical Affairs

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