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Sr Director, Public Affairs

Emergent BioSolutions Inc.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877

Those who join Emergent BioSolutions feel a sense of ownership about their future. You will excel in an environment characterized by respect, innovation and growth opportunities. Here, you will join passionate professionals who advance their scientific, technical and professional skills to develop products designed-to protect life.




The Senior Director of Public Affairs leads our ongoing efforts to develop and execute strategies that advocate Emergents broad public agenda and shape a more favorable environment for our business. S/he will manage our Public Affairs team, reporting to the SVP, Global Communications & Public Affairs, and working closely with the Global Government Affairs team. 


This position will be responsible for creating and overseeing external efforts to shape public opinion in support of the companys policy and legislative priorities at the federal, state, and international level. S/he will also ensure the company is proactively managing key issues and will play a leadership role in crisis management.


The Senior Director of Public Affairs will also oversee the companys corporate social responsibility programs and ensure that it aligns with and advances Emergents corporate mission and strategy, builds shared value with core stakeholders, and increases both internal and external engagement in the companys social programs.


S/he will oversee the effort to create alliances and build credibility on behalf of the company with key organizations in Washington, DC, targeted states, and in critical markets around the world, as well as with third-party organizations, patient groups, business groups, civic organizations, NGOs, think tanks, and others as required by our business and public policy goals.






  • Create comprehensive public affairs strategies and sophisticated advocacy capability on complex subjects in support of the companys business priorities
  • Build relationships and alliances with influencers and organizationsboth non-partisan and across the political spectrumthat can help advance the companys mission
  • Evolve our corporate social responsibility platforms to align with our companys mission and increase engagement
  • Ensure a proactive issues management mindset at the enterprise level and across the business units
  • Maintain strong awareness of relevant public policy debates and media trends, and align public affairs programs accordingly
  • Draft compelling narrative to communicate about and advocate for company priorities to key stakeholders
  • Lead crisis management and serve as a company spokesperson as needed
  • Lead, mentor, coach and engage team members.
  • Effectively coordinate activities with internal Government Affairs and Media Relations teams and external public affairs consultants



The above statements are intended to describe the nature of work performed by those in this job and are not an exhaustive list of all duties. Nothing in this job description restricts managements right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time which reflects managements assignment of essential functions.






  • At least 15 years of experience as a political campaign manager and/or as a public affairs/communications executive at a corporation, trade association or agency
  • Highly refined written and oral communications skills
  • Deep understanding of the connection points between business and public policy
  • Fluent in multi-channel campaigns including social, digital, earned and paid media
  • Understanding of how to leverage quantitative and qualitative research to inform decision making
  • Political campaign, Capitol Hill and/or Executive agency experience a plus
  • Collaborative style at ease in a fast-paced, matrixed environment
  • Experience building relationships in DC with key organizations
  • Experience as an on-the-record spokesperson with media
  • Bachelors degree required


There are physical/mental demands and work environment characteristics that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. This information is available upon request from the candidate.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform all essential functions.

Emergent BioSolutions is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and values the diversity of our workforce. Emergent does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), gender identity or gender expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, marital status, physical or mental disability, military service or veteran status, genetic information or any other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Information submitted will be used by Emergent BioSolutions for activities related to your prospective employment. Emergent BioSolutions respects your privacy and any use of the information submitted will be subject to the terms of our Privacy Policy<> .

Emergent BioSolutions does not accept non-solicited resumes or candidate submittals from search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions approved agency list. Unsolicited resumes or candidate information submitted to Emergent BioSolutions by search/recruiting agencies not already on Emergent BioSolutions approved agency list shall become the property of Emergent BioSolutions and if the candidate is subsequently hired by Emergent BioSolutions, Emergent BioSolutions shall not owe any fee to the submitting agency.


Protecting and Enhancing 1 billion lives by 2030 focuses our energy to improve the quality of life for individuals around the world, giving them the opportunity to experience the fullness of life.

Our drive towards this vision informs all of our actionswhether it is our approach to product development, manufacturing, encouraging employee health and wellness or giving back to the communitywe strive every day to achieve this shared goal.


  • Stand shoulder to shoulder no matter what
    • We combine our best thinking and communicate openly to support each other.
  • Break through thinking
    • We take smart risks, pursue innovation and challenge ourselves to constantly improve.
  • Own it always
    • Every person at Emergent is engaged and accountable for delivering on our commitments.
  • Compete where it counts
    • We set the right goals and respect each other as we conquer them together.


Posted: 2020-12-31 Expires: 2021-02-07

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