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Senior Director – Federal Advocacy

Senior Director – Federal Advocacy
Organization: Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Location: Washington, DC
Date Posted: 03/07/2024

Senior Director – Issue Advocacy & Political Affairs – Federal Advocacy

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Senior Director, Issue Advocacy & Political Affairs, to support PhRMA’s issue advocacy program. Reporting to the DVP, Federal Advocacy, the successful candidate will develop and lead strategies that utilize the issue advocacy program in a way that supports PhRMA’s federal legislative priorities.

The Sr. Director will:

  • Support PhRMA’s Issue Advocacy Program working with the Federal Advocacy team, Alliance Development team, and Public Affairs.
  • Develop and manage significantly resourced issue advocacy campaigns in support of PhRMA’s federal legislative objectives.
  • Collaborate with the DVP to ensure seamless integration of strategy and resources for the successful achievement of PhRMA’s federal political strategy, including the efforts of internal staff and resources and external partners. Assure close coordination with communications and alliance development initiatives.
  • Manage external consultants responsible for advising PhRMA on the Issue Advocacy Program.
  • Oversee creative consultants and the process of crafting messaging into creative campaigns to meet PhRMA’s legislative and political goals.
  • Maintain and build relationships with politically affiliated organizations.
  • Establish and cultivate high-level relationships with a wide variety of industry and non-industry individuals and groups with the ability to influence public, community, and government actions favorable to PhRMA.
  • Coordinate with the Public Affairs and Federal Advocacy departments and disseminate public polling data to key political audiences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Key Success Factors

PhRMA seeks a collaborative, driven and creative strategist who is passionate about access to medicines and addressing the healthcare challenges we face today. The successful candidate will have proven leadership skills, acute political acumen and well-developed advocacy skills as well as long-term vision, sound judgment, a proactive and inclusive mentality and impeccable ethics and integrity. The individual will be adaptable, a problem solver, be able to prioritize/shift gears quickly and comfortable in a high-pressure and demanding environment. Excellent interpersonal, communication and diplomacy skills are a must as is the ability to inspire confidence, effectively engage stakeholders and build, lead and motivate teams.

Professional Experience / Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration or in a related field.
  • 8 years of experience in the political arena with experience managing independent expenditures (IEs), campaigns, party committees, and/or SuperPACs.
  • Additional experience as a government official, staffer to a member of Congress or Congressional committee, or a related position in the Administration, business, or a combination thereof are welcome.
  • Experience in or knowledge of the biopharmaceutical industry preferred.
  • The successful candidate should have a strong track record of delivering results through close collaboration with colleagues.
  • Ability to anticipate emerging government, public or community/social issues of importance to the pharmaceutical industry and adapt strategies accordingly.
  • The ability to persuasively write and communicate complex concepts, issues and probable outcomes at the highest levels of government and business.
  • Outstanding communications skills with a mature understanding of government practices and public policy development.
  • The ability to identify, build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders.

Potential Salary

Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors.

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. Over the last decade, PhRMA member companies have more than doubled their annual investment in the search for new treatments and cures, including nearly $101 billion in 2022 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, half day Fridays in the summer months and a paid winter break. As an organization, we work remotely on Mondays and Fridays and together in the office on Tuesday through Thursday. We also all work remotely in the month of August.

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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