Director, Government Relations and Public Policy in Washington, District of Columbia at Cepheid

Date Posted: 6/10/2018

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Job ID: CEP001307

About Us

At Cepheid, we are passionate about improving healthcare through faster, more accurate diagnostic tests. With our GeneXpert® System, we’ve taken the most sophisticated molecular technology and packaged it into an automated, easy-to-use format that has quickly become the platform of choice worldwide. From the largest laboratories to small physician offices, our game-changing solution delivers critical answers when clinicians and patients need them most. Through strong molecular biology capabilities and ongoing product innovation, we are focused on developing tests for healthcare-associated infections, sexual health, critical infectious disease, virology, and oncology applications. Come join our vision for a better way and help make life better for us all! For more details, visit us at or follow us on Twitter (@CepheidNews).


Director, Global Government Relations and Public Policy

Plans, directs, and leads all public policy and government relations activities associated with Federal and State governments.  Develops, implements and leads a strategic approach to engage  leadership of Cepheid and other Danaher Operating Companies in public processes with the goal of identifying and prioritizing proactive legislative and regulatory initiatives that support key business objectives and drive business development opportunities; Develops appropriate policy positions with business leadership to ensure consistency of corporate messaging both internally and externally in coordination with various business operations. Engages government officials, thought leaders, and industry leaders on key issues, and develops appropriate content and deliverables as necessary including briefing materials, talking points, and leave behinds to translate the Company’s agenda into proactive, national, state, and country-specific policy strategy(ies). Monitors legislation; identifies and keeps senior management aware of key public policy activities and developments within Congress, the Administration and key agencies, as well as in the states, and key international countries. Advises and recommends how various issues should be prioritized and resolved in the context of the current political environment.  Engages other external stakeholders, such as clinician groups, laboratory groups, patient groups or other industry and business trade associations where necessary to advance the Company’s advocacy strategies.

Demonstrated Skills in:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with public officials and their staffs;

  • Communicating effectively with all levels of management, boards of directors, and staff as well as external individuals and groups;

  • Analyzing and interpreting legislation and policy documents;

  • Legislative advocacy, negotiation and persuasion;

  • Communicating complex concepts through oral and written mediums;

  • Preparing a variety of written communications such as reports, testimony, and factsheets;

  • Planning and organization;

  • Managing and coordinating special projects;

  • Developing and implementing strategic plans as well as responding to short-term objectives;

  • Attention to detail and strong follow-through;

  • Critical and strategic thinking;

  • Event planning and management;

  • Working independently, as well as with teams;

  • Working with people from diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds;

  • Utilizing computer technology for communication, data gathering and reporting activities

  • Coalition building

  • Diplomacy

  • Compliance

Job Requirements


Minimum Education Requirements

A bachelor's degree in political science, public affairs, public administration, communications or related field.

Experience & Other Requirements

Minimum of five years experience in government relations/government affairs. 

Knowledge of federal and state legislative and executive processes, and public affairs principles and practices is required.  Knowledge of biological systems, diagnostic testing, regulation and reimbursement of in vitro diagnostics or medical products is preferred.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Danaher is a global science & technology innovator committed to helping our customers solve complex challenges and improve quality of life worldwide. Our world class brands are leaders in some of the most demanding and attractive industries, including life sciences, medical diagnostics, dental, environmental and applied solutions. Our globally diverse team of 62,000 associates is united by a common culture and operating system, the Danaher Business System, which serves as our competitive advantage. We generated $16.9B in revenue last year. We are ranked #133 on the Fortune 500 and our stock has outperformed the S&P 500 by more than 1,300% over 20 years.

At Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.