Senior Director, US Vaccines Public Affairs

28 Jan, 2019


Senior Director, US Vaccines Public Affairs

New York, NY/Collegeville, PA/Washington, DC


Role Description

The primary responsibilities of the Senior Director, US Vaccines Public Affairs are to promote a policy environment that will enable the growth and vitality of Pfizer’s business priorities; deliver structured government and stakeholder engagement which support US business objectives; and build Pfizer Vaccines’ long term image and reputation through innovative and aligned external and internal activities. The  Senior Director, US Vaccines Public Affairs will report to the Corporate Affairs Vaccines Lead.


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Key Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as strategic counsel on key priorities and objectives of the US Vaccines Leadership Team and ensure alignment to commercial priorities
  • Monitor and provide consultation on the effects of government, competitors, and non-government organizations on Pfizer’s US Vaccines business.
  • Embed external environmental assessments, policy objectives and stakeholder engagement into business unit strategic and operating plan development and execution.
  • Identify opportunities and provide strategic consultation on policy, government relations, and public affairs opportunities that support the objectives of Pfizer’s US Vaccines portfolio and pipeline.
  • Engage colleagues from US Policy, US Government Relations, Public Affairs, Communications, Media Relations, Global Health and Value, and Medical Affairs to support strategy creation and execution of key legislative and regulatory changes and access for both in-line and late stage clinical candidates.
  • Engage externally with vaccine advocacy groups, coalitions, think thanks, and industry groups in support of key objectives.
  • Supervise creation of tools to advance policy initiatives for education and advocacy purposes with policymakers and other external groups.
  • Coordinate with Medical, Regulatory, Global Health and Value and Research and Development to ensure alignment on key issues that broadly affect Pfizer.
  • Identify opportunities and venues to deliver Pfizer messages on vaccines and views on vaccine policy issues through stakeholder engagement and public affairs activities.
  • Develop metrics to demonstrate success of key initiatives and impact to Pfizer.
  • Ensure all activities are in compliance with Pfizer policy, regulatory and legal obligations.
  • Plan and manage a budget, and operate within established guidelines.


This position requires the integration of public affairs and business expertise to develop and implement effective strategies that support Pfizer’s US Vaccines priorities. The ideal candidate will possess experience in several of these areas with the capability of quickly acquiring knowledge in others. The position requires extensive interaction with colleagues from across Corporate Affairs, Vaccines BU, Pfizer’s Washington DC Office, and with field-based State Government Relations colleagues.

  • Minimum 14 years in the pharmaceutical industry with experience in public affairs, government relations or communications or a related area such as media relations, policy, or commercial roles.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience working in one of the public affairs therapeutic areas.
  • Strong understanding of business & regulatory environment is required.
  • Experience working with industry trade organizations.
  • Ability to counsel and interface successfully with senior executives
  • Strategic thinking and strong leadership skills


  • Existing relationships with advocacy organizations strongly preferred.

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EEO & Employment Eligibility

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Other Job Details:

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: January 31, 2019

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Job posted: 2019-01-28