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Director/Senior Director – State Policy (Midwest- MI, IL, IA, WI, MO)

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Director/Senior Director for its State Policy team within its Advocacy department to develop and lead the policy-related strategy for the Midwest region of the U.S.  The role is a highly visible position both internally among the 38 member companies and externally with third party groups and legislators. S/He will serve as both a lead for PhRMA workgroups and will represent PhRMA at state legislative and regulatory hearings, and other stakeholder meetings. The candidate must be based in Michigan, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, or Missouri. Candidates in Chicago, IL preferred. 

The Director/Senior Director for State Advocacy will:  

  • Analyze legislation and regulation, draft testimony and testify, represent PhRMA policies at meetings and create documents (e.g., statements and talking points) to support state lobbying efforts.
  • Provide strategic guidance and advice to the regional field team on advancing PhRMA policy and protecting the industry as it relates to state legislation and regulation. Work with regional leadership to develop strategies and plans.
  • Support the development and/or implementation of national policy for assigned issue areas (e.g., Medicaid, health exchange coverage, cost/value, secure disposal, alternative payment models, etc.). 
  • Work with internal and external teams to develop action plans for bills being introduced into assigned states (e.g. mid-west states) related to these issues. 
  • Represent PhRMA at various meetings, including state legislative hearings, regulatory agency meetings, and senior-level stakeholder groups, such as National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL).  Participate in subgroups of the advocacy organization, such as the PBM workgroup within NAIC and the Transparency workgroup for NCOIL. Proactively plan with consultants to present and ensure industry topic coverage at the groups’ national and quarterly meetings.  
  • Meet with legislators, attorney generals, lieutenant governors, governors, Insurance Commissioners, Medicaid Directors and state agency leads and their staff, as needed. Prepare presentation material for all such meetings. Coordinate with the Regional Director in advance and provide follow up guidance based on outcome of the meetings. 
  • Identify and develop relationships with key policy stakeholders. Proactively offer to sit down and educate legislators and their staff on industry related topics. 
  • Collaborate with and present to senior PhRMA management and other internal departments on key issues within the regional assignment, as well as assigned national policy issues.
  • Co-lead or lead assigned workgroups, including coordinating activities with member companies, scheduling and preparing material for meetings and developing related advocacy material. Work with PhRMA’s Public Affairs team to relay upcoming needs to repackage, message and distribute. 
  • Respond to requests from regional field team and member companies to provide information, presentations, explanations and any supporting material as needed. 
  • Coordinate special project work including assistance with scopes of work, project timelines, contracts and budgets.  
  • Coordinate, oversee and review the work of consultants to ensure desired quality and scope of work is met.  Disseminate meeting outcomes and consultant intelligence to appropriate Regional Directors and staff.  

Key Success Factors

PhRMA seeks a collaborative, proactive, self-starter who is passionate about patient access to medicine and addressing the healthcare challenges we face today.  Key success factors for this role include the ability to mobilize quickly, to work well both with a team, yet able to work independently, employ exceptional diplomacy, ability to build consensus, a strong commitment to the organization’s mission, and drive. Excellent relationship-building and communication skills are a must and include the ability to inspire confidence and influence audiences through effective presentation, testimony, and group facilitation. The candidate must have an ability to handle multiple complex issues simultaneously, prioritize effectively, think strategically regarding assigned policy areas, seek input from manager and colleagues as needed, and quickly adjust to the changing political environment. 

Professional Experience / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in in Public Policy, Health Policy, Political Science;
  • 5+ years of progressive experience in state policy or within state government, legislature, regulatory, or executive branch;
  • Previous experience analyzing health policy and developing policy-related action plans;
  • Previous experience providing testimony or issue briefings on complex topics;
  • Previous experience working with state health care issues affecting the biopharmaceutical industry;
  • Must be willing to travel (up to 50% of the time during certain times of the year) and be responsive and available after hours and on weekends as needed; must have a valid driver’s license;
  • Be an adaptable, creative problem solver, who is comfortable working in a high-pressure environment; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills that foster the ability to design and manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet short non-negotiable timelines.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills are a must;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.

Preferred Experience 

  • Master’s degree or Juris Doctor (with related Public Policy/Legislative experience); 
  • Trade association and/or pharmaceutical industry experience.

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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