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Deputy Vice President – Advocacy and Strategic Alliances

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Deputy Vice President for the Advocacy and Strategic Alliances (herein, Alliance) team to create and sustain U.S.-based partnerships that advance PhRMA's mission and strategic legislative goals on a national level. S/he will serve as the primary liaison for PhRMA’s engagement with third party organizations and coalitions on PhRMA’s legislative and regulatory priorities. Specifically, the Deputy Vice President will work directly with select advocacy groups such as domestic progressive organizations and coalitions and be the alliance lead on policies related to the ACA/exchanges and other private insurance coverage and access issues.

The Deputy Vice President is responsible for:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with third party organizations from the progressive community, as well as building relationships with coalitions focused on health insurance coverage and access, in coordination with the Alliance staff and other departments, to identify gaps in the current network and opportunities for new and stronger relationships;
  • Representing PhRMA at stakeholder meetings and convenings;
  • Managing relationships with key opinion leaders in support of the constituency engagement described above;
  • Developing a third-party engagement strategy on the ACA/exchanges, private insurance coverage and access issues;
  • Managing coalitions and serve as PhRMA’s representative in external organizations corporate roundtables/councils
  • Proactively coordinating Alliance activities with other departments including the Federal Advocacy Democratic lobbying team to execute successful integrated campaigns;
  • Contributing to the weekly Alliance activity report;
  • Managing 5-7 consultants and at least one direct report, including the quality of their deliverables, timeliness of work, contract administration and budget.

Key Success Factors

PhRMA seeks a proactive, confident and action-oriented individual who is passionate about contributing to the health care challenges we face today. Key success factors for this role include a strong sense of team and collaborative focus. The preferred candidate will bring substantive stakeholder expertise and be an organized, detail-oriented, self-starter with the ability to convey content in an audience- appropriate and compelling manner. Demonstrated consensus building, decision-making and interpersonal skills are essential. This is a highly visible, fast-paced position that is both internally and externally facing.  Accordingly, the successful candidate should be adaptable, able to reprioritize and shift gears quickly, comfortable in a high-pressure environment and be politically savvy, diplomatic, responsive, and mature.

Professional Experience / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in applicable field (i.e. political science, health policy, health systems);
  • 10 years of professional experience;
  • Experience working with advocacy organizations, on the Hill, in state Capitols, on campaigns, or with party committees;
  • Experience building, managing, and/or interfacing with coalitions or third-party groups
  • Understanding of public insurance programs including Medicare and Medicaid
  • Understanding of the Affordable Care Act and regulatory environment
  • Understanding of the legislative process
  • Display an ability to inspire confidence within the organization and to external audiences
  • Must be willing to travel 15% of time and be responsive and occasionally available after hours and on weekends

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 $900 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 non- discrimination in employment.

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