Director Public Policy – Healthcare

24 Mar, 2020


Director Public Policy – Healthcare

Washington, DC

McKesson Corp is a Fortune 7 company and is one of the largest providers of medicines, pharmaceutical supplies and health information technology (IT) products and services in the United States with revenues of $208.4 billion in 2018. The company was founded in 1833 by John McKesson and Charles Olcott in New York with a focus on importing and wholesaling pharmaceutical products.

We’re in an era of unprecedented complexity in healthcare. Patient care is not where it should be. While many of the organizations delivering the care need to get much healthier, too. This is why our vision is to improve care in every setting — one product, one partner, one patient at a time. And we’re making this happen every day by touching virtually every aspect of healthcare. We partner with biopharma companies, care providers, pharmacies, manufacturers, governments and others to deliver the right medicines, medical products and healthcare services to the patients who need them, when they need them — safely and cost-effectively.

United by our ICARE values, our 78,000 employees work together every day to make better care possible for patients around the globe.

Experienced public policy professional with business acumen will have primary responsibility for supporting the development and execution of the company’s public policy process at the federal, state and local levels.  In close collaboration with the VP of Public Policy, this role will advance our enterprise-wide public policy strategy and initiatives in order to drive competitive advantage, grow markets and further our public policy thought leadership. This is not a lobbying role, but rather demands a substantive policy professional dedicated to research, policy and regulatory comment development and analysis. In this fast-paced and ever evolving role, a calm, resilient and creative approach to issues management is imperative. Finally, the successful candidate will have a performance mindset and be deeply committed to advance the McKesson health policy brand.

Key components of this role will include:

  • Collaborate closely with VP Public Policy to analyze and influence policy through execution of the corporate public policy strategy, relationships with policy influencers and engagement of internal subject matter experts and teams.
  • Monitor and identify potential opportunities and risks in policy proposals and market trends.
  • Communicate public policy implications effectively to senior business leaders and internal network.  Generate internal communications to meet differing audience needs.
  • Translate policy activities into actionable and measurable initiatives that support the company’s business objectives.
  • Support and, on many matters lead the development of regulatory and policy comment letters to government agencies and Congress in close consultation with internal subject matter experts and external stakeholders.
  • Manage public policy advocacy engagement strategy in order to maintain and bolster company relationships and partnerships with external policy influencers (i.e., trade association policy committees, key customer policy experts, patient groups, provider organizations, think tanks).
  • Triage and prioritize policy activities through collaboration, coordination and communication with Federal and State Government Affairs teams.
  • Strengthen network of relationships across the company to ensure a deep knowledge of each business and alignment of public policy and business objectives.
  • Manage internal policy workgroups compromised of senior business leaders through the Public Policy Advisory Council.
  • Support, and in many cases lead McKesson participation in the policy and regulatory activities of trade associations and coalitions (e.g., NACDS, HDA) working with federal, state and communication teams impacting policy positions of external influences.
  • Support [Lead] development of white papers, testimony and other such advocacy materials for sophisticated policy audiences.
  • Create, bolster and maintain public policy resources, such as public policy position database and public policy intranet site, to ensure consistent and effective communication of our public policy strategy, issue positions, and advocacy engagements across the Public Affairs team and company leaders.
  • Contribute to corporate and team culture through reflection of the McKesson Shared Value System expressed through our iCARE principles: integrity, customer first, accountability, respect and excellence, as well as our iLead principles: inspire, leverage, execute, advance and develop.
  • Other duties and responsibilities as directed by VP Public Policy or SVP Public Affairs

The successful candidate will be a strategic thinker with a strong grasp of the intersection between business and public policy and deep knowledge of government, legislative and regulatory and political processes.  S/he will have a sophisticated understanding of:

  • Drug pricing policies impacting public and private payers across settings of care and benefits;
  • Federal and state public payer programs, including Medicare Part B, Medicare Part D, Medicare Advantage and Medicaid; and
  • Health IT and data policies impacting privacy, interoperability, portability usage to empower patient-centered care decisions.
  • Knowledge of payer and pharmacy benefit manager business models and policy issues a plus.

Exceptionally well qualified candidates would possess:

  • History of identifying evolving healthcare market and policy trends, understanding of and developing high impact initiatives which capitalize on opportunities to achieve business goals or elevate thought leadership.
  • Strong analytic skills with proven ability to derive strategic insights and translate into actionable strategies.
  • Exceptional and effective communication skills, both written and oral, for internal and external audiences at all levels.
  • Skills to translate public policy position into a compelling and persuasive narrative to promote ideas and proposals.
  • Existing relationships with key policy influencers (i.e., CMS, FDA, Congress) and stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem (i.e., payers, health systems, trade associations, quality organizations).
  • Experience working in small teams, requiring collaboration, juggling of priorities all in fast-based, detail and outcomes-oriented environment.
  • Ability to build credibility and rapport across the team and business.

Additional qualifications:

  • Self-starter who excels in working independently but collaboratively, across a highly complex, matrixed organization with competing priorities. Doesn’t wait to be directed, takes initiative.
  • Strong innovative spirit with entrepreneurial mindset. Hands-on, high energy, mission-driven with a passion for improving the lives of patients.
  • Creative, results-oriented thinker with strong interpersonal skills and sound judgement.
  • Qualified candidates will have a minimum of ten years relevant, post-college experience in healthcare policy.


A bachelor’s degree is required; a graduate degree in health policy, public health, public policy, law or business administration is preferred.

Career level: P4

McKesson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.Qualified applicants will not be disqualified from consideration for employment based upon criminal history.

McKesson is committed to being an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and offers opportunities to all job seekers including job seekers with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation to assist with your job search or application for employment, please contact us by sending an email to . Resumes or CVs submitted to this email box will not be accepted.

Current employees must apply through the internal career site.

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Job posted: 2020-03-24