Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Director for its State Policy team within its Advocacy department to develop and lead the policy-related strategy for the Pacific Northwest (herein Pacific NW) region of the U.S. The role is a highly visible position both internally and externally. 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 the states of Washington or Oregon.
The Director for State Policy is responsible for:
- Analyzing legislation and regulation, drafting testimony and testify,
representing PhRMA policies at meetings and creating documents (e.g., statements and talking points) to support state lobbying efforts;
- Providing 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. Working with regional leadership to develop strategies and plans;
- Supporting 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.);
- Working with internal and external teams to develop action plans for bills being introduced into assigned states (e.g. Pacific NW states) related to these issues;
- Representing PhRMA at various meetings, including state legislative hearings, regulatory agency meetings, and senior-level stakeholder groups. Meeting with legislators, governors, and state agency leads and their staff, as needed. Preparing presentation material for all such meetings;
- Identifying and developing relationships with key policy stakeholders;
- Collaborating with and present to senior PhRMA management on key issues within the regional assignment, as well as assigned national policy issues;
- Co-leading or leading assigned workgroups, including coordinating activities with member companies, scheduling and preparing material for meetings and developing related advocacy material;
- Responding to requests from regional field team and member companies to provide information, explanations and any supporting material as needed;
- Coordinating special project work including assistance with scopes of work, project timelines, contracts and budgets;
- Coordinating, overseeing and reviewing the work of consultants to ensure desired quality and scope of work is met.
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 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, and quickly adjust to the changing political environment.
Professional Experience / Requirements
- Master’s degree in Public Policy, Health Policy, Political Science, or Juris Doctor (with related Public Policy/Legislative experience);
- 5+ years of progressive experience in state policy or within state government, legislature, regulatory, or executive branch (trade association and/or pharmaceutical industry experienced preferred);
- 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.
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