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Policy Director

Global Liver Institute

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Policy Director

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Position Type: Full-Time

Reports to: President and CEO

Location: Remote/DC

Do you want to work for the most effective nonprofit in patient advocacy and join a truly dynamic team impacting the healthcare landscape? What about a chance to make a difference in the lives of over 100 million patients who live with liver disease globally? We are hiring a Policy Director to help lead the team. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep commitment to advancing thoughtful solutions to improve the lives of those affected by liver disease, we want to hear from you.

The Global Liver Institute (GLI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families impacted by liver disease by promoting innovation, encouraging collaboration, and scaling optimal approaches to help eradicate liver diseases. We believe that by collaborating with patients, the medical community, other advocacy organizations, and our corporate partners, we will achieve our vision for liver health to take its proper place on the global public health agenda consistent with its prevalence and impact. In just seven years, GLI has grown from a social impact start-up to an international nonprofit with an expanding list of programs and initiatives serving patients and the liver health community.

We have a diverse team with over 20 full-time staff located across the US, in the United Kingdom, and the European Union. Our expansion plans include programs in two additional continents by Q4 2022.

We are looking for an experienced coalition builder with keen judgment that will drive a comprehensive policy agenda across the political ecosystem. The Policy Director is responsible for devising and implementing comprehensive government affairs strategies that proactively drive patient-centric liver health policy initiatives. The position will act as the liaison between multiple Global Liver Institute disease specific departments, Capitol Hill, U.S. Federal Agencies, and International Governments. In this capacity, the Policy Director will 1) identify opportunities to advance Global Liver Institute and liver patient legislative and regulatory objectives, 2) ensure GLI colleagues are aware of critical drivers, challenges and developments related to liver disease policy issues, 3) manage GLI patient advocacy and engagement programs, and 3) collaborate with, and act as a resource for internal and external partners to provide relevant liver health policy related insights or advocacy updates. This person will report to the CEO, may supervise 1-2 direct reports and/or consultants, and works closely with the Grassroots Initiatives Director.

Primary Roles and Responsibilities

The successful candidate must be able to perform each of the following satisfactorily:

Become an expert in the drivers of liver health, and leverage that expertise to identify opportunities for GLI to elevate liver health on the global public health agenda.
Serve as the Government Affairs designated partner for the GLI liver disease specific departments. Support the departments by developing strategies to shape public policies in order to positively impact patient access.
Manage and work with external stakeholders (patient advocacy organizations, medical societies, healthcare industry, etc.), and patients to develop comprehensive advocacy strategies including educational Congressional briefings, advocacy days, coalition and task force building, and public affairs campaigns.
Manage budget to ensure the appropriate policy, public affairs and government relations resources are dedicated to shifting the conversation on specific liver health policy issues.
Initiate, develop, and maintain relationships with third party stakeholders focused on establishing trust with our partners and co-developing strategies to achieve common goals.
Educate the GLI organization and the GLI Leadership Team about the primary liver health policy drivers and challenges. Collaborate with the global GLI team members to share insights to inform advocacy strategies stretching across the globe.
Collaborate with other GLI departments to develop strategic communications on policy and advocacy developments in the U.S. and globally affecting patients with liver disease.



  • Bachelor’s degree in related fields such as health care administration, public health, political science, public administration or policy required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 5-8 or more years of relevant experience in either the pharmaceutical industry, another health care sector, or in public policy or public relations roles.
  • Experience in Government or Public Affairs and access campaigns including designing and leading coalitions and campaigns required.
  • Ability to integrate political, policy and government affairs expertise to develop effective strategies and implementation plans.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding in the core areas of government affairs and policy (Stakeholder and Alliance Development, Government Relations, Medical and Science Policy, Policy and Economic Analysis) to maximize colleague contributions.
  • Ability to lead and contribute to cross-functional teams. Broad-based background working with stakeholders who have an impact on product development and life-cycle.
  • Well-honed political acumen and impeccable integrity while having the executive presence necessary to deal effectively with high-profile stakeholders such as company executives and a variety of external constituencies including governments and leadership of multilateral organizations.
  • Possesses strong analytical, critical thinking and interpersonal skills, the ability to speak and write persuasively and with clarity, strong organizational skills, flexibility and adaptability to changing requirements, resourcefulness and creativity, strong attention to detail, a proven track record of being able to work under deadlines and an ability to work collaboratively in a fluid organizational environment.
  • Must be an individual who works well in a team environment and enjoys working in a collegial, yet highly demanding culture. Must be able to work collaboratively with business leaders and other internal stakeholders.


In addition to a competitive salary, GLI offers 100% reimbursement for healthcare insurance premium for its employees. We recognize most federal holidays and generally close the last two weeks of December, as an additional paid vacation for GLI staff. Our team members work off-site/remotely with some travel involved. GLI also has a liberal leave and sick-time policy depending upon advanced planning, employee discretion, and approval of the employee’s supervisor.

How to apply:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to hiring@ globalliver.org with “Policy Director” in the subject line of your email.

Due to the high number of applications we receive for positions posted, we are only able to respond directly to candidates with whom we wish to move forward in the interview process. Thank you for your interest in this role and in GLI.

Global Liver Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off


Day shift
Monday to Friday
Work Location: Remote

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