PhRMA Career

Senior Director – Policy and Research

PhRMA May-09-2017

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Senior Director for its Policy and Research team to support state-related policy, legislative and regulatory analysis connected to trends in prescription drug coverage and spending. The individual will work across the organization to ensure alignment of state and federal policy priorities and support the advancement of those priorities in multiple settings. This role is highly visible both internally and externally and requires extensive proactive collaboration across PhRMA and with member companies. The individual will serve as an advocate on behalf of PhRMA and may be asked to represent PhRMA’s interests in state or federal meetings, to deliver federal policy expertise at state stakeholder meetings, and vice versa.

The Senior Director will:

  • Serve as a versatile subject matter expert on prescription drug coverage and benefits within PhRMA’s Policy and Research department, with a particular emphasis on state-based reforms impacting health insurance, prescription drug coverage, and transparency within the health care sector;
  • Represent the Policy and Research department and contribute to working discussions at state-focused strategy meetings held regularly within PhRMA;
  • Lead policy development on challenging issues with state and federal aspects, working with member companies through an established process to drive consensus and resolve concerns;
  • Monitor, analyze and summarize state policy developments relating to insurance coverage and regulation, Medicaid reform, and transparency, with particular attention to issues relating to prescription drugs;
  • Serve as a liaison between the Policy and Research department and State Advocacy teams to ensure alignment of state and federal policy positions and work streams;
  • Lead rapid response and analysis of high-profile state legislative or regulatory proposals identified by the State Advocacy teams, including preparation of amendments, talking points, press releases, position statements, testimony, presentations and other materials;
  • Work closely with PhRMA’s State Advocacy, Advocacy & Strategic Alliance and Public Affairs teams to understand goals, objectives, and needs, and manage issues proactively to ensure timely response;
  • Oversee development and updating of state-facing advocacy materials in coordination with other departments and translate national policy research and analyses for effective use in the states, and vice versa;
  • Identify gaps in existing research and analysis from the state perspective and recommend action to fill the gaps, working in concert with the Policy and Research team to fulfill them.

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 health care policy analysis experience, ideally in a legislative setting, as well as exceptional written and verbal communication skills, the ability to analyze, draft / amend legislative text, expertise in reviewing and interpreting in-depth policy analyses including trend reports and fiscal impact statements, and be focused, organized, detail-oriented, responsive and diplomatic. 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.

Professional Experience / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree;
  • 7+ years of experience in legislative or regulatory policy and advocacy;
  • 3+ years in a setting that required frequent analysis and drafting or revision of legislative text;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and work in a highly matrixed environment;
  • Ability to synthesize, distill and clearly communicate complex ideas to a non-technical audience;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills;
  • Occasional domestic travel required.

Preferred Experience / Requirements

  • A J.D.; or
  • A master’s degree in Public Policy or related field and with Capitol Hill (federal), HHS (federal), and/or state legislative or regulatory 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 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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