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Director – Advocacy and Strategic Alliances

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Director for the Advocacy and Strategic Alliances (herein, Alliance) team who will focus their efforts on the international alliances portfolio.  The Director will have daily management of tactics and internal coordination for third party group engagement in the international space and will report into the Deputy Vice President, International Alliance. This individual will work directly with select advocacy groups to focus on international policies related to innovation, intellectual property rights, and access to innovative medicines.

The Director is responsible for:

  • Managing third party group engagement tactics and initiatives to support PhRMA’s policy and regulatory objectives in key international markets;
  • Researching and identifying leading patient- and disease-based organizations to support biopharmaceutical policies that incentivize innovation;
  • Updating and maintaining informational assets and tools on PhRMA’s policy issues (briefs, talking points, event and meeting summaries) and additional record keeping, database management, organization and dissemination internally and externally;
  • Managing communication within Alliance team and across departments on the topic of relationship development, events, meetings, briefings, letters, calls, and other third-party activities;
  • Leveraging internal and external systems and stakeholder engagement platforms to build awareness and advocacy of policy issues concerning access to health care and innovative medicines;
  • Tracking team projects, deliverables and deadlines. Assessing staff needs across the department to ensure team members have the resources/assistance they need to be successful;
  • Building and maintaining working relationships across a broad range of third-party organizations and community/civic leaders;
  • Supporting other organizations such as local sister associations or foreign think tanks and patient advocates to grow their advocacy capabilities, and;
  • Representing Alliance team at both large and small external meetings and providing meeting recaps.

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 demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships on an international level, tactics-based project management and organizational skills paired with careful research/analysis. Must have an appreciation and understanding of cultural history and norms, a high level of self-assurance, independence and a collegial/respectful approach. 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 (focus on international affairs, public policy, political science, public affairs or related field preferred);
  • 5+ years of experience in the policy/advocacy community working on third-party stakeholder outreach and engagement;
  • Experience managing complex issues, projects, tasks, requests on compressed timelines;
  • Ability to balance the needs of various internal and external stakeholders while remaining flexible and even-tempered;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communicative and diplomatic skills;
  • Ability to synthesize, simplify and translate complex and controversial healthcare issues to broad audiences;
  • Ability to travel 15% of the time (both domestically and internationally) and be responsive/available after hours and on weekends.


Preferred Experience / Requirements

  • Experience working with countries outside of the US.
  • Bi-lingual proficiency

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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