Director – Advocacy and Strategic Alliances

03 Aug, 2022


Director – Advocacy and Strategic Alliances

Washington, D.C.


Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Director for the Advocacy and Strategic Alliances (herein, Alliance) team to create and sustain U.S.-based partnerships that forward PhRMA’s mission and strategic legislative goals on a national level. S/he will serve as the primary liaison for PhRMA’s engagement with primarily patient advocacy and medical research organizations, groups, and coalitions, focused on biopharmaceutical innovation policy issues.



The Director will:

  • Proactively outreach with third party groups (for example, research-based organizations) and coalitions to include communication, education, and engaging these stakeholders regularly via all mediums (i.e., individual meetings, phone calls, events, fundraisers, public meetings, and networking);
  • Provide support to assist key organizations with deliverables, where appropriate;
  • Develop strategies and performing research and analysis for engaging third party organizations. Identify gaps in the current network and areas of common ground that can serve as a relationship catalyst;
  • Proactively coordinate Alliance activities PhRMA-wide to execute successful integrated campaigns;
  • Serve as the issue lead on regulatory and innovation-related policy areas for the Alliance team, including implementation of the 7th iteration of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA), new transformative therapies (i.e., cell and gene therapies), and the industry’s ongoing response to COVID-19. This will include managing large, integrated campaigns, tracking issue performance, and contributing to the weekly Alliance activity report;
  • Coordinate external stakeholder engagement as well as internal coordination on issues across departments and functions.
  • Manage 1-3 consultants and the quality of their deliverables, timeliness of work, contract administration, etc.
  • Manage budget for key program areas. Perform analysis of proposed expenditures and vet expenditure requests PhRMA-wide to ensure alignment with PhRMA’s priorities;
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


     Key Success Factors

PhRMA seeks a compassionate, proactive, and action-oriented individual who is passionate about contributing to the health care challenges we face today.           Key success factors for this role include being a team player and have collaboration skills. The preferred candidate will be comfortable with complex and                 technical topics, have strong problem-solving and leadership skills and be a flexible, detail-oriented, self-starter and exceptional communicator.                                 Demonstrated consensus building, decision-making and interpersonal skills are essential. This is a highly visible, fast-paced position. Accordingly, the                       candidate should be adaptable, able to reprioritize and shift gears quickly, comfortable in a high-pressure environment and be politically savvy, diplomatic,             responsive, and mature.


     Professional Experience / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Public Health or related field (Master’s degree related discipline preferred);
  • 6+ years of experience working in the patient advocacy community, the Federal government, and/or with Congress;
  • Demonstrated experience in coalition-building;
  • Ability to inspire confidence within the organization and with external constituencies;
  • Strong understanding of FDA regulatory, drug development and approval processes;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to be responsive and diplomatic;
  • Understanding of public health programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and the Affordable Care Act;
  • Understanding of the legislative process;
  • Strong policy analysis skills;
  • Must be willing to travel 5% of time and be both responsive and available after hours and on weekends;
  • PhRMA requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before entering a PhRMA office, unless an exemption applies. Proof of vaccination or eligibility for a religious or medical exemption on the first day of work is mandatory.

About Us

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 $1 trillion in the search for new treatments and cures, including $91.1 billion in 2020 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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Job posted: 2022-08-03