Director – International Health Policy

04 Jun, 2020


Director – International Health Policy

Washington, DC

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Director for its International Advocacy team to develop policy positions, strategies, and analysis to improve patient access to innovative medicines. The individual will work collaboratively across the organization and with member companies, trade associations, and other stakeholders on international market access policy priorities. Specific policy issues include government pricing and reimbursement, health technology assessment, health care financing, and trade-related market access barriers. Critical to this role is the ability to operate autonomously, confidently manage work across multiple stakeholder groups to ensure goals and deliverables are achieved in a timely manner.

The Director will:

  • Assist in the development of policy positions, strategies, and analysis to advance international market access policy priorities;
  • In conjunction with senior leadership; synthesis and convert complex and technical information into clear, convincing and audience-appropriate written materials to support PhRMA’s international advocacy efforts. Materials may include articles, talking points, presentation materials and summary reports.
  • Collaborate with member companies and other stakeholders to advance policy proposals that help solve patient access barriers in key overseas markets;
  • Manage research projects and consultants to ensure high quality, timely, and impactful work products;
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of PhRMA’s international activities through effective project management that may include the following: coordinating among subject matter experts and regional leads to develop, maintain and track project plans and budgets; develop and maintain reporting procedures and tools and serve as a point of contact for internal and external stakeholders to address requests for information.

Key Success Factors

PhRMA seeks a proactive, collaborative, and action-oriented individual who is passionate about fostering public policies that encourage continued medical innovation. Key success factors for this role include strong interpersonal skills and team focus paired with the ability to work independently. The preferred candidate will bring substantive policy development and analytical expertise, excellent writing skills, and the ability to convey technical content in an audience-appropriate and compelling manner.

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, comfortable in a high-pressure environment and be politically savvy, diplomatic, responsive, and mature.

Professional Experience / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in health policy, public policy, economics, or a related field preferred; Master’s degree preferred
  • 5+ years of work experience; preferably in health or public policy, research, or advocacy with a market access or economics lens;
  • Strong analytical skills and knowledge of health economics preferred;
  • Ability to synthesize, distill, and communicate complex issues to a nontechnical audience;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills;
  • Self-starter and strategic thinker with experience solving unique and complex problems with broad impact;
  • Availability to travel internationally periodically.

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 $900 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $79.6 billion in 2018 alone.

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What we offer

In addition to a highly competitive salary and bonus program, various opportunities for reward and recognition 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, a wellbeing program, back-up care, health advocate service, employee assistance program and commuting benefits. We also offer a robust 401k plan with employer contributions upon the first day of hire and immediate vesting, a generous paid time off plan, seven paid holidays (plus inauguration day), half day Fridays preceding holidays and a paid winter break.

We are committed to the growth and development of our team members and offer many learning opportunities including an integrated on-boarding program, best-in-class leadership programming, tuition reimbursement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, industry on-site and off-site training, and other management/professional development programs. Corporate social responsibility is also important to us at PhRMA. Our team members participate in organization-wide community service activities, fundraising drives 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: 2020-06-04