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Director, Government Relations, Concentric by Ginkgo 24 views

Remote/ Washington DC

Ginkgo Bioworks is a publicly traded (NYSE: $DNA), high-growth biotechnology company based in Boston’s Seaport District, that is redesigning the living world to solve some of the globe’s growing challenges in health, energy, food, material, and more. Our mission to “make biology easier to engineer” is poised to disrupt multiple industries by leveraging our innovative data, automation, and scale capabilities in biological engineering.
In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have launched a new service: Concentric by Ginkgo. We firmly believe that testing is an essential requirement to re-open the economy as quickly and safely as possible. Concentric is the largest domestic provider of K-12 COVID-19 testing. We currently run state-level K-12 testing programs in more than 10 states and some of the nation’s largest school districts. To date, Concentric has sequenced more than 10,000 samples from a variety of sample types, in support of public health. As we continue to scale Concentric by Ginkgo, our work is also evolving and expanding into new and exciting directions.
As we continue to grow we are looking to bring on a Government Relations Director who can help to lead public relations and government engagement at the federal, state, and local level. 
As a leader supporting our Government Relations team, you will be a core part of the Concentric by Ginkgo team as we continue to grow. You will work with internal teams across our Delivery, Communications, and Business Development departments, as well as external partners and consultants, to develop and execute our Government Relations priorities. Your strategic thinking, understanding of government relations, and communications experience will help our state and national programs succeed. Your role will be varied and high impact, and a critical part of our national solution in the relief efforts for COVID-19. Come join our dynamic, passionate and collaborative team! 
Please note: This position is based in DC, with quarterly travel likely to our Boston Seaport offices, and as needed, travel to program locations for key meetings and events.


  • Work with VP, Operations to build strategic priorities for government engagement across the business
  • Track and manage relationships with key government stakeholders (state, local, and federal)
  • Support Concentric State & Regional Leads, Business Development teams, and Delivery teams in managing relationships with key government stakeholders
  • Represent Concentric in meetings with external stakeholders, clearly explaining program operations and business objectives
  • Manage consultant and lobbyist teams; set priorities and milestones, holding teams accountable
  • Manage budget, including developing quarterly projections and tracking spending
  • As needed, travel on-site to project/program locations for key meetings and events
  • Work cross-functionally, collaborating across teams within Concentric to execute projects, events, etc.
  • Support other team priorities adjacent to Government Relations; maintain an adaptable mindset as priorities and circumstances evolve!
  • Contribute to the Concentric culture
  • Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 8+ years of experience in government, politics, and/or communications
  • Experience managing a team as well as external partnerships and/or consulting teams
  • Proven track record of project ownership and results orientation in a team setting; demonstrated leadership ability
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to speak with C-level clients
  • Strong quantitative skills and negotiations ability
  • Preferred Capabilities and Experience

  • MBA or relevant master’s degree in public policy or government affairs, preferred
  • Direct Government, Government Relations, or Political experience highly preferred
  • Business Development, Consulting, Operations, Platform Sales experience helpful
  • Excellent communication skills, emotional intelligence, and an ability to work across organizational boundaries 
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Note on culture: Concentric by Ginkgo is a high energy, positive and fast paced environment where new challenges and opportunities arise every day, so this opportunity is ideal for people who thrive in those kinds of environments, and for people who like lots of variety in their day. There are lots of opportunities to learn and grow. The team is motivated by doing high impact work in service to society. To get a sense of the culture at Ginkgo, read some articles in Grow by Ginkgo, the company magazine we produce, which tells the story of synthetic biology in a Ginkgo-authentic way.
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    We also feel that it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry, and that needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. Our culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with people from all walks of life.  
    We’re developing a powerful biological engineering platform, so we must remain mindful of the many ways our technology can – and will – impact people around the world. We care about how our platform is used, and having a diverse team to build it gives us the best chance that it’s something we’ll be proud of as it continues to grow. Therefore, it’s critical that we incorporate the diverse voices and visions of all those who play a role in the future of biology.
    It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.
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