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Deputy Vice President – Policy, Research & Membership

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Deputy Vice President in the Policy and Research Department to develop, lead and oversee policy development, analysis, research and planning on current and emerging public policy issues, including transparency, commercial insurance, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). The individual will report to the Senior Vice President for Public Programs, Insurance and State Issues and will work closely with PhRMA’s legal, advocacy, and public affairs departments as well as external consultants, researchers, and policy- makers.

The Deputy Vice President will:

  • Serve as a leader and subject matter expert on public policy matters affecting commercial health insurance and coverage of prescription drugs.
  • Support PhRMA’s advocacy and third-party engagement with employer groups, insurance industry groups, and commercial insurers carriers.
  • Keep current on trends, research studies and third-party policy analyses relating to the uninsured, employer-based coverage (including state and local governments), and individual insurance markets.
  • Identify, develop, and drive consensus within PhRMA and its membership on state and federal policy alternatives for improving the coverage and affordability of prescription drugs in commercial insurance and for preserving employer-based coverage.
  • Analyze federal regulations and other guidance from the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Treasury and guide development of PhRMA comment letters through established work group processes and engaging outside consultants as necessary and appropriate.
  • Support state advocacy on insurance and transparency-related matters, including regulation and oversight of PBM practices at the state level. May be expected to testify before state and local legislative or other groups on behalf of PhRMA.
  • Lead the development of up-to-date talking points and materials in support of state and federal advocacy efforts on commercial insurance, transparency, and PBMs. Analyze proposed legislation to identify key areas of interest for PhRMA members and coordinate with PhRMA’s law department and others on potential amendments and legislative alternatives.
  • Prepare and deliver presentations on PhRMA’s priorities to groups external and internal to PhRMA, for example the state section or federal steering committee, and lead development of slide decks, talking points, and other relevant materials for Policy executives to use in such meetings as requested.
  • Supervise PhRMA staff and consultants performing policy and research projects. At least one direct report will be assigned to the DVP.

Key Success Factors

PhRMA seeks a collaborative, proactive, self-starter who is passionate about access to medicines and contributing to the healthcare challenges we face today. Key success factors for this role include strong interpersonal skills and team focus paired with the ability to work and prioritize tasks independently. The preferred candidate will bring substantive health care policy analysis experience, particularly with regard to private and employer-based health insurance and PBMs, and demonstrated expertise designing, reviewing and interpreting in-depth policy analyses to support public policy advocacy. This individual must have exceptional advocacy writing and public speaking skills, and should be focused, organized, responsive and diplomatic. The position will be highly visible, variable, and often fast-paced. Accordingly, the successful candidate must be self-directed, adaptable, able to seek and accept feedback, and willing to reprioritize and shift gears quickly.

Professional Experience / Requirements

  • Master’s degree in public health, economics, health services research, public policy or related field required
  • 5-7 years previous experience developing and achieving public policy objectives in one or more of the following areas: ERISA, the exchanges, state-regulated individual and group health insurance and PBM’s
  • Previous experience managing staff, teams and consultants
  • Strong writing that communicates clearly and persuasively on advocacy issues
  • Strong verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to analyze and amend legislative language, and to synthesize and distill large volumes of technical information into actionable public policy goals

Preferred Experience

JD or Ph.D. in economics, health services research, public health, public policy or related field

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. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested more than $600 billion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $79.6 billion in 2018 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 and a paid winter break.

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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