Director, State Government Affairs

18 May, 2023


Director, State Government Affairs

McKesson Corporation
Remote (Northeast)

Director, State Government Affairs, Northeast



McKesson Corporation is a diversified healthcare services leader dedicated to advancing health outcomes for patients everywhere. We partner with biopharmaceutical companies, care providers, pharmacies, manufacturers, governments, and others to deliver insights, products, and services to help achieve our mission – advancing health outcomes for all. Every McKesson employee contributes to our mission, and by joining us you can act as a catalyst in a chain of events that helps millions of people along their health care journey. Talented, compassionate people are the backbone of our company and the important work of Corporate Public Affairs.

McKesson has been named a “Most Admired Company” in the healthcare wholesaler category by FORTUNE, a “Best Place to Work” by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, and a top military-friendly company by Military Friendly.

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The geographic region for the Northeast Director, State Government Affairs includes the following States: New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, and North Carolina. For the right candidate, there is the potential to make reasonable adjustments to the region based on prior experience and relationships in the context of current state assignments of four other members of the state team.

Our successful candidate must reside in the region with efficient access to transportation options making the entirety of the region accessible on short notice.  Our preferred candidate will leverage an existing legislative and lobbying network within the region. We will provide preference to candidates with experience in the states of VA, NY, and MA. We are not offering relocation assistance for this role. We are seeking candidates with at least 8 years of state government affairs experience.

We are seeking a proven government affairs professional who can develop and execute a public policy and political strategy aligned to advance McKesson’s enterprise growth strategies and business unit goals. S/he will manage state government affairs across all business units, provide sound legislative and regulatory policy and political advice, and successfully engage senior McKesson leadership. This individual has built a deep understanding of the health care policy landscape and can analyze and develop solutions in concert with the McKesson Public Affairs Policy team. The role reports to the Vice President, State Government Affairs.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of driving bipartisan policy outcomes. S/he will have advanced organizational, writing, and communications skills and be comfortable working both individually with sound judgement while serving as a fully collaborative member of the State Government Affairs and Public Affairs teams. S/he will have demonstrated success on building and maintaining external multi-stakeholder coalitions through the development and execution of strategy that includes stakeholder mapping and digital advocacy in concert with the McKesson Public Affairs Policy Communications team. S/he will have experience with the appropriately calibrated management of trade association and business competitive set relationships. And s/he will be comfortable supporting federal initiatives as appropriate given the ongoing evolution in health care public policy wherein state and federal policy issues increasingly intersect.

In addition, the successful candidate will manage and drive performance of lobbying consultants in the region; support employee engagement in the public policy process through our best-in-class grassroots and key contact programs; and assist with the growth of the McKesson Employee Political Action Committee, as well as the design and execution of the team’s political engagement strategies.

Priority will be given to candidates with relevant healthcare policy expertise, and who demonstrate through their academic and professional experience progressive business and financial acumen.

An important distinction for individuals who succeed at McKesson is their ability to reflect and demonstrate our I2Care principles – integrity, inclusion, customer-first, accountability, respect, and excellence and ILead principles – inspire, leverage, execute, advance, and develop.

Candidates who are likely to be best positioned for the role will have a bachelor’s degree in business, political science, government, health sciences or related field, or equivalent experience. An advanced degree in a related field is preferred.

The role requires a high degree of travel, which we estimate at 50%, and will include travel outside the region at times for team meetings and conferences.

Apply through the McKesson site at by using the job title.

Job posted: 2023-05-18