Job Title: Director, Public Policy & Advocacy

Job Number: 21950

Location: Washington, DC

Job Description

Job Summary
This is an exciting opportunity to become part of MorphoSys US Inc. as we prepare for growth, build a commercial team, and launch our first oncology product. If you are someone with a passion for public policy and patient advocacy who also wants to on the ground floor of a growing biopharmaceutical company, this is the job for you!

Engagement with policymakers at the federal and state level, patient communities, and patient advocacy organizations is a critical success factor for MorphoSys. The Director, Public Policy & Advocacy will (1) build relationships with key federal and state policymakers, patient advocacy organizations, and patient communities that are strategic and in support of our prioritized therapeutic areas, (2) foster transparent and collaborative relationships and manage expectations with policymakers, patient advocacy organizations, and patient communities, and (3) instill policymaker, patient, and advocacy perspectives into the MorphoSys organization.

This position reports to, and works closely with, the Senior Vice President, Market Access & Policy to advance our company’s culture of patient-centricity and to build internal capabilities that support the vision of category leadership for MorphoSys.


General Accountabilities

  • Create and execute strategies for engagement with policymakers and patient advocacy organizations to support achievement of MorphoSys’s public policy, patient access, and other priorities.
  • Analyze federal and state policy developments, including pricing, reimbursement, intellectual property, and transparency initiatives, to assess impact on MorphoSys across multiple aspects (e.g., patients, channel, payers, etc.)
  • Work with relevant patient, provider, and disease advocacy groups one to one and as part of coalitions to advocate for policies of shared interest.
  • Represent MorphoSys at relevant US trade to advance MorphoSys policy positions and to support those organizations’ advocacy and policy engagement.
  • Execute cross-functional assessments of policy changes and advocacy group initiatives to evaluate the potential opportunities for or impacts to MorphoSys.
  • Assess the federal and state legislative and regulatory landscape to ensure that MorphoSys is aware and in front of emerging policy issues to enable the company to take advantage of opportunities and mitigate possible threats.
  • Develop slides and communication materials (slide decks, summaries, white papers, etc.) to educate colleagues and MorphoSys leadership on federal and state policy environments, policy overviews and impacts from public policy changes, and advocacy community positions.
  • Create advocacy strategies that accomplish MorphoSys’s advocacy priorities and bring in advocacy group perspectives into the MorphoSys organization.
  • Influence and actively participate in the development of federal and state legislation and regulations to ensure a favorable environment for MorphoSys’s public policy, patient access, and other priorities.
  • Will contribute to setting and delivering on functional objectives as a member of the Access & Policy Leadership Team
  • Assess the potential to develop a MorphoSys Political Action Committee (PAC) if the company decides to pursue such an entity.
  • Maintain a system to keep MorphoSys in compliance with Lobbying Disclosure Act and other legal requirements at the federal and state levels that relate to the performance of this role’s responsibilities.

Required Skills

Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor degree required.
  • Fluent English language skills required.
  • Minimum of 7 years of government affairs, legislative, regulatory agency, and/or advocacy group experience. Experience working directly on Capitol Hill for a minimum of 2 years preferred.
  • Strong patient advocacy experience, either in industry or in patient advocacy organization, and/or demonstrated government affairs or public policy experience required.
  • Experience in oncology or hematology required.
  • Strong understanding of legislative and regulatory processes that impact the biotechnology sector at the federal and state levels and the ability to interact with federal and state policymakers across the political spectrum to bring about change that improves patient access and the ability of MorphoSys to bring the promise of biotechnology to patients.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop meaningful relationships and use the soft skills needed to connect well with patient advocacy groups; ability to express passion and empathy for families in need.
  • Demonstrated understanding of scientific/mechanistic aspects of drug discovery, research and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to partner well across multi-disciplinary teams to develop critical insights and strategies and facilitate decision making. Must be able to anticipate needs from leadership and other stakeholders. Must be able to balance multiple and often diverse priorities in order to align on a strategic and appropriate plan.
  • Must be able to work independently with minimal oversight and direction, to anticipate needs from leadership and other stakeholders, and to balance multiple and often diverse priorities in order to align on a strategic and appropriate plan.
  • Must have written and verbal communication skills and be able to present complex and technical ideas and concepts both verbally and written to multiple stakeholder audiences.
  • Must have proficiency with Outlook calendar, Word, PowerPoint, and SharePoint, and a general facility for information technology and for learning new software.
  • Normal and routine office duties required.
  • Will need to travel domestically and internationally in support of objectives. Position requires both domestic and international travel up to 35-40% of time.


  • Field based, Washington, DC Metropolitan Area


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