January 12th, 2023 Legal & Compliance

Director Compliance Counsel

San Diego, California, United States

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Please be aware that Acadia has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees.

Provides legal and compliance expertise and counsel for all Acadia promotional and medical affairs materials and activities. Legal representative on the Legal, Medical and Regulatory committee (“MLR”). Provides advice, reviews and approves all internal and external promotional and medical materials. Ensures all materials are developed in accordance with Company standards and all applicable laws and regulations. Provides support to the VP, Chief Compliance Officer with respect to company’s promotional and medical affairs activities, other compliance and legal activities and support of internal and external investigations as needed. Works closely with Compliance and Legal colleagues. May interact with government agencies, law firms, trade organizations and other external agencies.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Legal representative of MLR committee. Provides timely legal review of all materials submitted for Medical/Regulatory/Legal (MLR) Review. Works closely with Commercial, Medical and Regulatory Affairs colleagues
  • Provides legal advice and counseling on various issues, including but not limited to Food & Drug Administration (FDA) labeling, marketing strategies, promotional tactics and materials, direct-to-consumer advertising campaigns and programs, patient support programs, customer interactions, healthcare professional (HCP) engagements, and commercial sponsorships
  • Proactively identifies risks, opportunities and mitigating actions, and collaborates across business functions to implement
  • Works closely with leadership from line of business in developing strategy and achieving objectives
  • Partners with the Chief Compliance Officer to implement an effective ethics and compliance program
  • Assists with employment law matters
  • Stays informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the company, and assists with development of policies and training as needed
  • Performs other duties as needed or assigned


  • Juris Doctorate Degree ABA accredited law school and must be active member of the California or New Jersey State Bars or qualified as Registered In-house Counsel in either State
  • Minimum of 4+ years of relevant legal experience required
  • Experience within the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry is required
  • Litigation or Government Investigation experience is preferred
  • Deep understanding of the pharmaceutical industry and eventually Acadia product(s) and business model
  • Strong problem-solving skills - demonstrates and exercises creativity and initiative
  • Ability to gain trust at, and work with, all levels of organization
  • High level of integrity with the ability to maintain the protection of proprietary and confidential information
  • Strong written and verbal communications skills - able to effectively collaborate and communicate with client groups, senior management and executives within the company
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously independently
  • Employee must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in accordance with our policy

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, see, talk or hear in a standard office environment and independently of remote locations. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Employee must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in accordance with our policy and in order to meet any independent vaccination requirements that our clients and client facilities may have.


The salary range for this role is $189,000.00 to $235,800.00. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance, and location. In addition to a competitive base salary, this position is also eligible for a discretionary bonus and equity awards based on factors such as individual and organizational performance.

What we offer you:

  • Competitive base, bonus, new hire and ongoing equity packages
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with a fully vested company match 1:1 up to 5%
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 2-year purchase price lock-in
  • 15+ vacation days
  • 14 paid holidays plus one floating holiday of your choice, including office closure between December 24th and January 1st
  • 10 days of paid sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition assistance

EEO Statement:

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in the exact way they are described in job postings. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and innovative company and we are looking for the BEST candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background or may meet the qualifications in a different way. We would strongly encourage you to apply – especially if the reason you are the best candidate isn’t exactly as we describe it here.

It is the policy of Acadia to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants without regard to considerations of race, including related to hairstyle, color, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, gender transition, country of origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, legally-protected medical condition or information, marital status, domestic partner status, family care status, military caregiver status, veteran or military status (including reserve status, National Guard status, and military service or obligation), status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, enrollment in a public assistance program, or any basis protected under federal, state or local law.

As an equal opportunity employer, Acadia is committed to a diverse workforce. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation. Furthermore, you may request additional support if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access Acadia’s career website due to your disability, along with any accommodations throughout the interview process. To request or inquire about your reasonable accommodation, please complete our Reasonable Accommodation Request Form or contact us at [email protected] or 858-261-2923.

Please note that reasonable accommodations granted throughout the recruiting process are not guaranteed to be the same accommodation given if hired. A new request will need to be submitted for any ADA accommodations after starting employment.

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