June 5th, 2023 Corporate Affairs

Patient Advocacy & Industry Relations Liaison - West


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Seeking Talent Near: San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA

Lead corporate advocacy collaborate with select regional and local patient advocacy groups and select regional medical societies to advance Acadia’s business objectives in current and future therapeutic areas, patient communities and geographies. Responsible for building a strategic plan for identifying and strengthening relationships, developing partnerships, collaborations and continuing to position Acadia as a leader with vision and valued partner with patient and medical communities through active engagement.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Represents the company and acts as its liaison with regional industry associations and regional patient advocacy groups; attends trade and professional meetings important to the company’s success
  • Supports the execution of sponsorships and programs to optimize patient outcomes in all phases of the product life cycle
  • Activate initiatives that impact state level public policies to remove barriers to accessing care
  • Work with counter parts within various industry partners for coordination to ensure open communications and alignment on goals, strategies and execution
  • Identifies and cultivates relationships with key regional and local influencers and organizations that are essential to achieving business objectives
  • Demonstrates clinically accurate product and disease state knowledge during interactions with internal and external customers.
  • Contributes to the execution of strategic plans for assigned patient advocacy and medical societies and overseas the successful implementation that is aligned with company business strategy, plans, annual budgets and business reviews.
  • Manages regional budgets and forecasting for patient advocacy and sponsorship activities
  • Champion the patient and medical professional voice and experience with key internal partners
  • Overseas company sponsored patient advocacy events and forums to appropriately engage Acadia employees to understand the special needs of patient groups
  • Responsibility for advocacy and industry relationships for current and future therapeutic areas, predominately focused on Rare Disease, Rett Syndrome, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s Mental Health organizations.  
  • Monitors competitive activity and identifies industry trends
  • Works with medical affairs to ensure coordination and alignment with KOL, Ad board and medical education activities
  • Ensure cross functional collaboration with field-based medical, brand, market access, market development team and other key collaborators to optimally manage relationships to ensure alignment and effective execution of patient advocacy and medical society strategy
  • Serves as a representative of the organization to both internal and external regional groups and ensures information communicated is accurate and up to date regarding organizational activities and industry trends
  • Stays current of new developments and ideas in the field of advocacy relations and incorporates such developments, ideas and strategies into the development and execution of programs
  • Ensures department’s adherence to company policies and quality system requirements, as well as other legal and regulatory directives
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree in marketing, healthcare, science, business administration or related degrees. A combination of relevant education and applicable job experience may be considered
  • A minimum of 7+ years of progressively responsible biopharmaceutical sales, account management and/or marketing experience, medical affairs or related experiences with a minimum of 3+ years of experience with key opinion leader management
  • CNS and Rare Disease experience strongly preferred. Previous market development manager or regional area disease manager experience strongly preferred
  • Must reside in the West
  • Understanding of Patient Advocacy landscape, CNS and Rare Diseases, and Specialty Biopharmaceutical Distribution including academic medical centers, hospital systems and long-term care
  • Proven skill at negotiating with regional business partners and influencing regional leaders regarding matters of significance in a matrix organization
  • Ability to effectively communicate in English in verbal, written and presentation form
  • Proven PowerPoint, Excel, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Office System Skills
  • Ability to travel by car, train or airplane independently overnight up to 70% of the time and work after hours if required by travel schedule or business issues

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 from remote locations. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.  Ability to travel by car or airplane independently overnight up to 70% of the time and work after hours if required by travel schedules or business issues.

The salary range for this role is $141,000.00 to $176,600.00. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance, and location. In addition to a competitive base salary, this position is also eligible for 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.

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