Senior Director/Executive Director, Commercial Counsel - New York, New York

Axsome Therapeutics, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing and delivering novel therapies for the management of central nervous system (CNS) disorders. The Axsome team is a lean, dynamic group of individuals committed to addressing unmet needs for patients with CNS disorders. Axsome is based in New York City.


Axsome Therapeutics is seeking a Senior Director/Executive Director, Commercial Counsel to serve as a key business partner to functions involved in the commercialization of Axsome’s on-market products. This role will also be a member of Axsome’s Promotional Review Committee, review and negotiate contracts, and collaborate with other members of the Legal & Compliance Team to ensure alignment and execution of the team’s mission and business goals. This position reports to the General Counsel.

This role is based at Axsome’s HQ in New York City with an on-site requirement of at least three days per week. We are unable to consider candidates who are looking for fully remote roles.

Job Responsibilities and Duties include, but are not limited to, the following

  • Serve as brand attorney and legal business partner, providing legal advice and strategic guidance on a broad set of healthcare and general corporate matters in support the business, including by advising Marketing, Sales, Medical Affairs, and Market Access.
  • Counsel on appropriate communications about our products and relationships with external stakeholders, including healthcare professionals, patients, academic institutions and payors.
  • Participate on the PRC & MLR Committees, providing legal feedback on advertising, promotional and educational materials submitted for review.
  • Collaborate with other members of Legal & Compliance Team to support planning and execution of pre-launch and launch activities.
  • Work with business unit personnel to review and negotiate a wide range of agreements.
  • Keep informed of new laws, regulations, and industry trends affecting the organization and assist with the development of policies and training as needed.
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • JD from an accredited law school and admission to New York Bar or ability to obtain admission.
  • 8-12+ years of legal experience in the pharmaceutical industry at a law firm and/or in an in-house legal department.
  • Ability to work on-site Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. We are unable to consider candidates who are looking for fully remote roles.

Experience and Knowledge

  • Prior experience advising on advertising and promotional matters at a law firm or as a member of an in-house legal department of a commercial-stage pharmaceutical company, including participation in promotional and medical review processes.
  • Strong base of knowledge and experience advising clients on laws and regulations governing the pharmaceutical industry, including FDA regulations, False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, OIG guidance, the PhRMA Code, state and federal data privacy laws, and product liability laws.

Salary and Benefits:

The anticipated salary range for this role is $275,000 - $300,000. We encourage candidates of all levels to apply as there may be flexibility on final job title and responsibilities. The salary offer will be based on a variety of factors, including experience, qualifications, internal equity and location. Axsome offers a competitive employment package that includes an annual bonus, significant equity and a generous benefits package.

Axsome is committed to equal employment opportunity and providing reasonable accommodations to applicants with physical and/or mental disabilities. We value and encourage diversity and solicit applications from all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. 

Axsome Therapeutics does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or third-party recruitment agencies and will not pay placement fees for unsolicited candidates that are sent to hiring managers, the HR team or other Axsome team members. Only approved vendors who have been explicitly asked to support a specific search will receive access to our Applicant Tracking System to submit candidates for consideration.


Job Profile


North America


United States


$275,000 - $300,000 Annual bonus Competitive salary range Diversity encouraged Equal employment opportunity Equity Generous benefits package Reasonable accommodations for disabilities


Compliance Contract Negotiation FDA regulations Healthcare Industry Knowledge Legal advice Market Access Medical Affairs Regulatory Compliance

  • Additional assigned responsibilities
  • Collaborate with Legal & Compliance Team
  • Participate in committees for review of materials
  • Provide legal advice to various functions
  • Review and negotiate contracts
  • Stay updated on laws and regulations

8-12 years




On-site requirement of at least three days per week


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