AD / Director of U.S. Patient Advocacy

Our client, a global biopharmaceutical company, is building a neuropsychiatry franchise. In partnership with another company, they have an investigational drug in development for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) and postpartum depression (PPD).  Many consider it to be a game changer.

Basics on the role

  • Level: Associate Director/Director of Patient Advocacy
  • Location: either metro Boston area (~3 days in office) or Washington, DC (with regular travel to Boston, costs covered by Company)
  • Required expertise: mental health (broadly) and ideally in depression.  Huge bonus if you’ve worked with organizations like NAMI, MHA, DBSA, and Families for Depression Awareness 
  • Profile: Driven by the meaningful work you are leading to help patients, families, and caregivers. You love being part of a pioneering team and the opportunity to make a difference.

A few exciting aspects of the opportunity

  • Drive the development and implementation of the patient advocacy strategy for the U.S.
  • Company is making major investments in neuropsychiatry.
  • Lead proactive external engagement with key patient advocacy groups (PAGs) and umbrella groups.
  • Opportunity to work on a potential product launch bringing innovation to a community with high unmet medical needs.
  • Serve as a key contributor to deepening relationships with priority external stakeholders and driving the Company’s position in the depression and postpartum depression spaces.
  • Serve on the Core Global Patient Advocacy and External Communications team, working cross-functionally with colleagues in global, regional and in the affiliates.


  • 8+ years of advocacy, community or clinical trial engagement experience within the biotech industry, healthcare, for a trade association, government, or NGO.
  • Advocacy experience in a launch and/or in mental health/depression required.
  • Ability to develop strong relationships across a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation in strategy and execution; flexibility to find the right balance in working strategically and operationally.
  • Enjoys a fast-paced, often unpredictable environment.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively within a matrix team and with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders on complex issues.
  • Knowledge of U.S. patient access environment and healthcare systems.
  • Bachelor's degree required.