PhRMA Career

Chief of Staff - State Advocacy

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Chief of Staff (CoS) who will primarily support PhRMA’s State Advocacy leadership team in the performance of their duties, initiatives, and responsibilities.  This position reports to the Senior Vice President, State Advocacy working closely with State Advocacy’s national and regional vice presidents.  This is a highly visible position that will be both internally and externally facing.  The CoS will serve as the state divisions point of contact for a larger set of cross-functional advocacy priorities within PhRMA and ensure alignment of resources with strategic goals and objectives.       

The CoS will be responsible for fostering an environment of collaboration, teamwork and excellence.  On behalf of the State leadership team and the Advocacy office more broadly, the individual will coordinate with the state leadership team to lead planning and manage the implementation of select, high-priority strategic and operational initiatives.   

The Chief of Staff will:
  • Serve as part of the State Advocacy leadership team and in this role, develop, maintain, and drive strategic and operating plans; serve as an advisor to the State leadership team on matters such as planning and prioritization, stakeholder engagement and departmental effectiveness.   
  • Create and drive agendas and lead development of presentation content for key internal and external meetings in support of the leadership team.  
  • Have a deep understanding of the highest priorities for the State team and coordinate execution and follow up, facilitate quality information flow and through collaboration with State leadership, speak on behalf of the State team internally at PhRMA, and generally enhance the effectiveness of the leadership team.  
  • Manage key projects that cut across state lines or policy jurisdictions, working closely with the State leadership team and across PhRMA stakeholders in different departments; maintain centralized knowledge of team information and broader PhRMA activities.    
  • Consult with regional directors and State Policy staff to maintain national tracking of key state legislation affecting PhRMA’s members  
  • Provide stewardship and oversight of State Advocacy departmental learning to include evaluating and reporting team successes, problem-solving to enhance team and process effectiveness.  
  • Ensure effective/meaningful communications to the Board committee/sub-committee members and other stakeholders to include: promoting dialogue, assisting in the building and maintaining of relationships, delivering and addressing concerns and/or recommendations, coordinating and engaging as appropriate. Serve as trusted information conduit for member company stakeholders.  
  • Effectively develop and execute plans around important internal and external advocacy venues including weekly State Section meetings and teleconferences, Interdepartmental Leadership meetings, the Annual Planning Meeting, the State Advocacy Annual Leadership Meeting, and other key platforms. Build, maintain, and leverage relationships with key high priority external organizations to further the overall advocacy strategy. Facilitate quality coordination with other PhRMA departments, notably Law, Alliance, Public Affairs, Policy & Research, etc., to elevate the profile and integrate State Advocacy across the organization.  
  • Collaborate with the leadership team in developing and executing written pre-reads and verbal presentation content for the PhRMA Board and State Committee.  
  • Engage and support other PhRMA priority advocacy initiatives on the state, federal, and international levels as needed.  

Key Success Factors

PhRMA seeks a creative, collaborative strategist who is passionate about access to medicines and addressing the healthcare challenges we face today.  Key success factors for this role include experience working with and inspiring confidence in senior executives, having a long-term vision, political acumen, sound judgment and impeccable ethics and integrity.  S/He will be highly organized, adaptable, a creative problem solver, be able to reprioritize/shift gears quickly and be comfortable in a high-pressure environment.  Exceptional interpersonal, communication and diplomacy skills are a must as is the ability to synthesize, simplify and translate complex healthcare issues both verbally and in writing to broad audiences.  

Professional Experience / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Health Policy, Public Affairs or related field;  
  • 7+ years of progressively responsible experience in a state government affairs and/or advocacy capacity with a trade association, corporation, campaign apparatus, or in government;  
  • Excellent writing ability and highly organized orientation;   
  • Demonstrated knowledge of state legislative and regulatory processes;   
  • Experience engaging with or working in the health care industry;  
  • Experience supporting senior executives.  

Who we are

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $600 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $79.6 billion in 2018 alone. 

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What we offer

In addition to a highly competitive salary and bonus program, various opportunities for reward and recognition and a platform of extensive benefits, PhRMA is committed to the development and overall wellbeing of our team members.  We offer traditional (medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, life, AD&D, LTD, STD, LTC) and enhanced benefits such as parental leave, a wellbeing program, back-up care, health advocate service, employee assistance program and commuting benefits.  We also offer a robust 401k plan with employer contributions upon the first day of hire and immediate vesting, a generous paid time off plan, seven paid holidays (plus inauguration day), half day Fridays preceding holidays and a paid winter break. 

We are committed to the growth and development of our team members and offer many learning opportunities including an integrated on-boarding program, best-in-class leadership programming, tuition reimbursement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, industry on-site and off-site training, and other management/professional development programs.  Corporate social responsibility is also important to us at PhRMA.  Our team members participate in organization-wide community service activities, fundraising drives and charitable athletic events. 

We are committed to supporting our family of professionals at PhRMA and strive to create programs that help our team members manage the challenges of balancing a fast-paced career with their own personal goals. 

Equal Opportunity Employer

PhRMA provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, political affiliation or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.  

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