Associate Director Federal Policy & Government Relations

11 May, 2019


Associate Director Federal Policy & Government Relations

Merck & Co
Kenilworth, NJ
Merck & Co., Inc. Kenilworth, N.J., U.S.A. known as Merck in the United States and Canada, is a global health care leader with a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines, vaccines and animal health products. The difference between potential and achievement lies in the spark that fuels innovation and inventiveness; this is the space where Merck has codified its legacy for over a century. Merck’s success is backed by ethical integrity, forward momentum, and an inspiring mission to achieve new milestones in global healthcare.

The Associate Director
 is responsible for helping craft and execute effective public policy and advocacy strategies on Merck’s priority federal policy issues. Specifically, the Associate Director, Policy is responsible for supporting the federal public policy, government relations, and alliance development teams. The Associate Director will monitor, analyze, and communicate internally about federal legislative and regulatory activities and initiatives. The Associate Director will also represent Merck at policy-related external events and help to plan and execute internal efforts focused on policy development and support. The Associate Director is responsible for developing and maintaining advocacy tools to support the federal government relations and policy teams with external engagement. The Associate Director is responsible for supporting the alliance development team by maintaining key databases and attending external events on Merck’s behalf.

Primary Activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Monitor, attend, and provide analysis of policy-related events, including Congressional hearings and mark-ups, federal agency public meetings, and other external events
  • Research and provide analysis of federal legislation, regulatory proposals, government data, third party stakeholder activities, and other key initiatives for strategic internal use and education
  • Develop and maintain databases to support the federal government relations and alliance development team
  • Support development of memos, education materials, talking points, and presentations, as necessary, to support policy and government relations efforts
  • Develop public policy and advocacy tools, including creating district/state one-page summaries and environmental scans to inform policymaker interactions
  • Design strategies to facilitate cross-department information and knowledge-sharing to ensure strong collaboration across government affairs functions
  • Provide organizational and content development support for internal policy-related initiatives and events, such as conferences, special events, and employee grassroots programs


Education Minimum Requirement
  • BS/BA
Required Experience and Skills: 
  • Minimum of three years as a Congressional staff person or in a DC-based government relations or public policy role
  • Strong knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes
  • Ability to build collaborative, effective working relationships both internally and externally
  • Excellent presentation, written, and oral communication skills
  • Ability to handle a challenging workload and consistently meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Highly-organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated, with ability to develop and manage a project forward to resolution and action
  • Team-player with a strong desire to learn and a positive attitude
Preferred Experience and Skills:
  • Familiarity with policies impacting the innovative biopharmaceutical industry
Your role at Merck is integral to helping the world meet new breakthroughs that affect generations to come, and we’re counting on your skills and inventiveness to help make meaningful contributions to global medical advancement. At Merck, we’re inventing for life. 

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Job posted: 2019-05-11