Manager, State Government Affairs

11 Jul, 2021


Manager, State Government Affairs

Amerisource Bergen
Remote/Washington, DC

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What you will be doing

The State Government Affairs Manager works in close collaboration with the Government Affairs and Policy team and is responsible for protecting and enhancing AmerisourceBergen’s (AB) interests with state and local governments; contributing to the development and execution of political, legislative and regulatory programs and strategies in the states to ensure favorable public policy outcomes. Successful candidate will have a history of proven state advocacy skills; possess the ability to work effectively independently and in teams; demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills; and the acumen to contribute to the future growth of AB’s State Government Affairs function.

  • Will be responsible for specific states across the U.S. and/or priority legislative issues.

  • Monitors, analyzes and prioritizes emerging state regulatory and legislative issues affecting AB and its business units; consults with middle and senior level management across the organization to determine the impact on business practices, operational costs and efficiencies, and profitability.

  • Works with GA&P team to develop recommendations and implement policy positions as directed and in consultation with the Government Affairs and Policy leadership and to other executives; supports and actively participates in AB’s Policy Committee activities to ensure corporate alignment and prioritization on issues; including counterfeit/pedigree and distribution licensing, controlled substance abuse and drug diversion prevention, pharmaceutical and pharmacy pricing and reimbursement, tax legislation, pharmacy and physician customer legislation.

  • Builds relationships and serves as one of AB’s key points of contact with state and local legislative and regulatory officials, including Boards of Pharmacy, Departments of Health and other executive branch agencies that regulate AB and our customers.

  • Works to elevate political and economic profile of AB facilities and corporation with key local and state public officials; plans and conducts tours, meetings with AB executives and other events that build relationships and goodwill.

  • Executes innovative advocacy strategies to favorably influence legislation and regulations; educates public officials and staff, set up and hold meetings with AB experts, and participates in industry lobbying activities; contributes to development of effective grassroots advocacy programs that leverage AB’s facilities, associates, customers and suppliers across the country; engages in activities of senior management at the business unit level, AB communications, and other corporate functions to achieve policy objectives.

  • Supports and actively participates in meetings with key customers, trade associations and other business stakeholders on Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement and other issues of mutual interest.

  • Serves as a representative and spokesperson for AB with HDA, industry colleagues and supply chain customers and suppliers; works with Senior Director, Government Affairs, Director, State Government Affairs and Manager, State Government Affairs to ensure AB’s policy objectives are incorporated into HDA policy positions and provides leadership on lobbying and policy-making initiatives.

  • Supervises the activities of state contract lobbyist consultants hired to represent AB’s interests in state capitols.

  • Supports the development and growth of AB’s Political Action Committee in coordination with AB Associates PAC manager and Government Affairs goals and objectives; executes programs to generate new PAC members, including solicitation materials, presentations, and promotional events and contributes to publication of the PAC newsletter.

  • Contributes regular content to customer-facing advocacy websites in order to showcase AB’s support of our customers and to facilitate grassroots advocacy at the pharmacy and physician levels.

  • Works with Director, State Government Affairs to manage administrative and PAC contribution budgets.

  • Works with state team to update and calendar important meetings.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.

What your background should look like 

  • Requires a minimum of 5 years of experience.

  • Corporate government affairs experience within a multi-state capacity strongly preferred.

  • Direct lobbying experience preferred.

  • Policy analysis experience is a plus.

  • Requires broad training in political science, public administration, business management, communications or marketing generally obtained through completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree program. Juris Doctor or Master’s degree in political science or public administration preferred.

  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail

  • Demonstrated proofreading experience

  • Strong strategic thinking ability; inquisitive and driven to learn

  • Excellent interpersonal and professional skills

  • Ability to clearly and confidently express ideas, recommendations, decisions and rationales to both internal and external teams; superior writing and oral-communication skills

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office applications

  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced corporate environment

  • Demonstrated lobbying skills and experience preferred

  • Ability to collaborate with others

  • Ability to evaluate facts, determine alternative solutions to problems, evaluate courses of action, and make sound management decisions

  • Strong ability to manage workload and conflicting priorities to meet deadlines

  • Travel – AB corporate office associates are currently working remotely, but once travel resumes, this position can require travel up to 50% of the time during busy parts of the year internally and externally.

What AmerisourceBergen offers

We offer competitive total rewards compensation. Our commitment to our associates includes benefit programs that are comprehensive, diverse and designed to meet the various needs across our associate population.

Throughout our global footprint and various business units, we take a balanced approach to the benefits we offer. Many benefits are company-paid, while others are available through associate contributions. Specific benefit offerings may vary by location, position and/or business unit.


Full time

Equal Employment Opportunity

AmerisourceBergen is committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or membership in any other class protected by federal, state or local law.

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Job posted: 2021-07-11