PhRMA Career

Senior Director - IP and Innovation Policy

PhRMA Mar-14-2017

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Senior Director for its Policy and Research team to provide a range of policy support on domestic (and select global) intellectual property (IP) issues and issues related to the environment for innovation (e.g., identifying barriers to competitive free market and pro-innovation such as policies to support building a STEM workforce in the US).  Reporting into the Vice President for the Biopharmaceutical Innovation and Intellectual Property unit, the role is responsible for conducting policy and legislative analysis, managing a range of research projects, building consensus internally and among member companies, and developing/leading the development of a range of materials to support federal advocacy priorities.  This role is both internally and externally facing and requires extensive proactive collaboration across PhRMA departments.

The Senior Director will:  

  • Proactively track key data and research, policy, legal/judicial, and regulatory trends related to policies that impact the biopharmaceutical industry’s ability to innovate (e.g., key IP-related indicators, venture capital trends, and STEM statistics). Prepare/develop slide decks, chart-packs, info-graphics, and other presentations on issues such as STEM education related to the importance of IP to innovation by the biopharma industry.  Manage analytics regarding biopharmaceutical sector competitiveness, innovation, and economic impact to support key federal advocacy priorities. Manage projects, interact with vendors, coordinate with staff within and outside of Policy, prepare statements of work and help manage the vendor selection process.
  • Provide a broad range of technical and policy support on emerging issues impacting the environment for innovation with a focus on IP issues.  Monitor and analyze policy proposals including legislation in assigned areas and work collaboratively with other departments to develop consensus on policy positioning, advocacy strategy, material/support needs, and process for engaging with member companies.
  • Provide technical support and legislative analysis in assigned issue areas in support of federal advocacy priorities as well as represent the industry externally, including advocating on behalf of the industry with third parties (e.g., presentations on role and importance of biopharma industry and importance of STEM jobs for industry growth).
  • Working closely with the Law Department, lead rapid response and analysis of high-profile legislative or regulatory proposals identified by the advocacy team, including technical policy review of materials, preparation of assessments, development of position statements, testimony, and other educational and advocacy materials. 
  • Develop and manage budget and teams for projects as well as manage various contractors and consultants.

Key Success Factors 

PhRMA seeks a collaborative, proactive, self-starter who is passionate about access to medicines and contributing to the healthcare challenges we face today.  Key success factors for this role include strong interpersonal skills and team focus paired with the ability to work and prioritize tasks independently. The preferred candidate will bring substantive policy development and analytic experience, ideally in a legislative setting or federal agency policy office. S/He should have exceptional written and verbal communication skills, be focused, organized, detail-oriented, responsive and diplomatic. This is a highly visible, fast-paced position. Accordingly, the successful candidate should be adaptable, able to reprioritize and shift gears quickly.

Professional Experience / Requirements 

  • Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, Public Health, Health Policy or related discipline
  • 5+ years of experience in scientific and regulatory or healthcare policy, research, or advocacy; 
  • Strong research and analytic skills as well as written/oral communication skills, ability to synthesize, distill and communicate complex issues and ideas to a non-technical audience;
  • Self-starter and strategic thinker with experience solving unique and complex problems with broad impact;
  • Occasional travel required. 

Preferred Experience 

The successful candidate will have:

  • A J.D. or a master’s degree in Business, Health Policy, Public Policy, or related field preferred;
  • Strong negotiating skills/ability to influence and build consensus;
  • Knowledge of intellectual property law, biopharma ecosystem, and R&D process, economics of industry, and pro-innovation policies;
  • Pharmaceutical company, congressional/advocacy, and/or policy experience preferred;

  • Knowledge of health economics as it relates to the pharmaceutical industry.

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 half a trillion dollars in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $58.8 billion in 2015 alone. 

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What we offer

In addition to a highly competitive salary, generous 401(k) employer contribution 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, health advocate service, back-up childcare, commuting and financial & estate planning benefits.

Certified as a CEO Cancer Gold Standard employer by the CEO Roundtable and having been named one of Washington’s Healthiest Employers, 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 the growth and development of our team members and offer many learning opportunities such as tuition reimbursement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, industry on-site and off-site training, PhRMAcademy lunch and learn sessions, presentation skills, performance management and other management/professional develop programs.  Corporate social responsibility is also important to us at PhRMA.  Our team members participate in organization-wide community service activities 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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