Director Government Affairs

This role is responsible for developing and executing the strategy, resources, and capabilities for influencing, engaging, monitoring, and defending health care policies that may shape or impact patient access to Alcon devices, programs and offerings. Direct and oversee Alcon's health policy agenda in relevant areas, including federal and state legislation, healthcare reform provisions, the federal budget, drug and device supply chain, clinical data registries, CMS-related policies, etc.
•Develop programs and positions to support Alcon's priorities through internal collaboration, as well as engagement with external stakeholders, such as legislators and policymakers.
•Closely coordinate, support and align to Alcon management strategy for ophthalmic devices within both surgical and vision care franchises.
.•Through collaboration with the Alcon reimbursement team, develop and carry out Alcon's policy agenda for Medicare and Medicaid, which would support Medicare reimbursement in hospital outpatient departments and ambulatory surgery centers.
•Work with Regulatory Affairs to develop and carry out Alcon's health policy agenda for FDA regulatory policy issues, including user fees, pre-approval requirements, post-market surveil-lance, sales and marketing communications, and clinical trials.
•Work closely with Novartis Federal and State Government Affairs colleagues to ensure Alcon's position on policy matters is understood and incorporated into the Novartis strategy.
•Develop Alcon relationships with external policy stakeholders such as industry trade associations (such as AdvaMed), hospital and ASC associations, patient advocacy groups, and professional societies.
•Support and foster relationships and activities within patient advocacy groups
•Drive and support relationships and activities with congressional stakeholders
•Collaborate with internal Government Affairs support teams
•Represent Alcon in trade association policy work groups and other forums.
Position can be based in Fort Worth, TX or Washington D.C.

Alcon is an Equal Opportunity Employer and participates in E-Verify. As part of the Novartis Group of Companies, Alcon takes pride in maintaining a diverse environment and our policies are not to discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status. Alcon is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, or in order to perform the essential functions of a position, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information
Posting Title
Director Government Affairs

Minimum requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. English required.
Master's degree preferred. Minimum 10 years of professional experience Preferred: at least 5 years of related policy experience, including medical device industry experience, or government experience.
Experience in public policy, the FDA, and working with industry associations, patient groups, and government officials preferred.10 years relevant experience.

Job Type
Full Time


Work Location
Fort Worth, TX

Functional Area
Communications & Public Affairs


Business Unit

Employment Type

Company/Legal Entity
Alcon Laboratories, Inc.

EEO Statement
The Novartis Group of Companies are Equal Opportunity Employers and take pride in maintaining a diverse environment. We do not discriminate in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion or any other employment practices for reasons of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.

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