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Senior Director of State Government Affairs

Position Summary:
This position acts as the state legislative advocacy arm of Biocom California, and as such is incredibly important in advocacy for our members and visibility for the organization. The Senior Director of State Government Affairs must be able to work independently and be the face of Biocom California in Sacramento politics. The Senior Director is also expected to be the primary liaison with many if not most of Biocom’s larger member companies.

Key Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work with member companies to strategize, develop and implement state government affairs strategy
  • Proactively identify trends or threats necessitating adjustments to that strategy
  • Review, interpret, and summarize state legislation for membership
  • Negotiate complex legislation
  • Manage member committees, including gathering input/direction from members and publishing of minutes
  • Write articles and op-Ed’s on relevant topics
  • Solicit funds for and manage Biocom PAC (a CA state PAC)
  • Develop and execute comprehensive, proactive advocacy strategies using all the tools in the toolbox—direct lobbying, public affairs, trade association and consultants, political and civic engagement, and third-party outreach.
  • Cultivate strong relationships with key government officials, leaders and key staff colleagues.


  • Bachelors degree mandatory, advanced degree strongly preferred
  • Minimum 15 years experience working in CA State Legislature or working directly with it in a lobbying capacity
  • Minimum 2 years working for a trade organization or membership organization
  • Strong established relationships with the California Legislature
  • Must have demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of small and large coalitions
  • Experience in life sciences issues a strong plus

Biocom California is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to fostering a diverse workforce, and maintaining a workplace that is equitable, inclusive, and safe for all employees. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be based on merit, competence, performance, and business needs. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law

To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume to [email protected].