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Director, Government Affairs in Washington, DC at Stryker Corporation

Date Posted: 2/12/2019

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Job Description

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Government Affairs team with the development and implementation of government affairs strategies that support the Company’s mission, values, and business priorities.
  • Maintain and expand Stryker’s relationships with key Congressional offices and federal agencies.
  • Advocate and advance Stryker’s priorities by representing the Company to senior policymakers and their staff, trade association working groups, and other organizations involved in health policy.
  • Build relationships with external stakeholders to advance common policy priorities.
  • Assess policy proposals for risks and opportunities, and in collaboration with internal subject matter experts, develop a strategy for response.  Particular focus on Medicare and FDA issues.
  • Represent Stryker within membership associations and assist with supporting Stryker’s board members to the associations.
  • Represent the Government Affairs team internally at business reviews, presentations, and other internal meetings to collaborate and receive input from senior leadership.
  • Actively contribute to government affairs updates to internal audiences
  • Work closely with the Corporate Communications team to develop and refine internal and external messaging related to government affairs activities.  
  • Work with Stryker colleagues globally, as appropriate, to ensure coordination and consistency in advocacy positions.
  • Nationwide travel to Stryker facilities, conventions, and industry associations meetings will be expected.  (approximately 15% of time).


  • Demonstrated ability to operate independently and handle multiple tasks with a high degree of motivation and initiative.
  • A strong network of relevant contacts in Congress, Executive Agencies, and with health policy stakeholders related to the medical device sector. 
  • A deep understanding of the policymaking process and how to advance policies aligned with the Company’s mission and values.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, and advocacy skills.
  • An ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization.
  • Collaborative working style and ability to connect people across the Company.
  • Networking and communication skills to effectively build relationships with key stakeholders, senior members of the health policy community, and government to advance Stryker’s priorities with these audiences.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Masters or Law degree a plus with particular focus on health policy, healthcare related discipline, political science, or public policy.
  • Minimum of 6-8 years policy experience, with increasing responsibility and preference for experience on Capitol Hill or within a federal agency in a healthcare role.
  • Knowledge of Medicare and FDA regulations and policies a plus.
  • Life sciences, particularly medical device, experience preferred.

Work From Home: No

Travel Percentage: Up to 25%

Stryker Corporation is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Stryker is an EO employer – M/F/Veteran/Disability.

Stryker Corporation will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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