PhRMA Careers - Director of State Advocacy - Policy

Director of State Advocacy - Policy

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America’s (PhRMA’s) State Advocacy-Policy team is seeking a strong and influential team player with excellent communication and relationship building skills for a Director position.

The Director for State Advocacy and Policy is responsible for:

  • Analyzing proposed state legislation and regulations;
  • Synthesizing and developing concise materials, policy statements and talking points for various audiences;
  • Conveying the impact and effect of legislative and regulatory matters via testimony before state legislative committees;
  • Providing policy guidance and counsel to PhRMA field staff and taskforce members concerning policy issues;
  • Building relationships with and providing education to national groups;
  • Representing PhRMA policy positions at various third party and state agency meetings; and
  • Serving as the point person for the State Advocacy-Policy team on certain states and health care related issues.

We are seeking a strong advocate for the pharmaceutical industry who is passionate about the health policy challenges we face today.  Critical to the role is the ability to think and mobilize quickly, build relationships and consensus, communicate in a concise and convincing manner, demonstrate both flexibility and independence, and possess the energy and drive to succeed.

Bachelor’s degree in public policy, political science, public health/health policy or other relevant field is required; Master’s degree is preferred.  5-8 years of professional experience required as is experience with Medicaid.  Travel is required for this role – during certain periods travel can equal 20-30% of the time.


Who we are
PhRMA is a non-profit trade association representing innovative biopharmaceutical research and discovery companies. PhRMA is devoted to advancing public policies in the U.S. and around the world that support innovative medical research, yield progress for patients today and provide hope for the treatments and cures of tomorrow.

Our members are committed to finding tomorrow’s cures and treatments for some of the most serious diseases such as Cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, Cystic Fibrosis and Parkinson’s. 

New medicines are an integral part of the healthcare system, providing doctors and their patients with safe and effective treatment options, extending and improving quality of life.


What we offer

In addition to a highly competitive salary, generous 401(k) employer contribution, and platform of benefits (health, dental, vision, life and AD&D, short and long term disability, long term care, Metro benefit), PhRMA is committed to the development and overall wellbeing of its staff.  We offer tuition reimbursement, industry on-site and off-site trainings, and management development programs.  We also engage in organization-wide community service activities and charitable athletic events.

Certified as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer by the CEO Roundtable and also considered one of Washington’s Healthiest Employers (as awarded by the Washington Business Journal, 2013), PhRMA provides a fitness subsidy, on-site fitness facility and fitness classes, an annual health fair and extensive employee wellness seminars, events and challenges. 

We are committed to supporting our staff and strive to create programs that help our team manage the challenges of balancing a fast paced career with personal goals.


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