Senior Public Policy and Advocacy Manager

The United States Pharmacopeial Convention
Washington, DC
Jun 04, 2018
Jun 18, 2018
Full Time
The Senior Manager, Public Policy and Advocacy, will be a key member of USP's external affairs program. This role, by facilitating federal and state policy development, will engage with policy makers and will influence stakeholder community to advance quality in medicines, dietary supplements, healthcare quality, and food. The Senior Manager, Public Policy and Advocacy will be joining a dynamic team that is focused on public policy, stakeholder engagement, evidence development, and communications. This position will be based in USP's downtown Washington, DC office but frequent participation in team meetings at USP's offices in Rockville, MD will be required. Roles and Responsibilities: Advocacy: Dialogue with federal and state policy makers on the role of quality standards in ensuring patient safety, consumer protection and robust competition in medicines, dietary supplements and food and advancing new ideas to improve quality. Advocacy communications: Partnering with the USP Communications team and other staff, produce and evaluate advocacy, education, and other communications materials (such as position papers, op-eds, talking points, action alerts, newsletters, and content for the website) that help educate stakeholders on the role of quality in contemporary public health and consumer protection issues. Coalition and partner engagement: Play an active role in key coalitions and advocacy groups to advance specific policy goals and actively seek opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders to advance quality. Policy tracking and analysis: Track and evaluate current political developments and contextual realities on issues related to USP's programs and priorities. Analyze information from internal and external sources to feed into the development and revision of policy strategies. Policy strategy development and coordination: Support and facilitate the development of policy positions reflective of organizational priorities. Membership engagement in advocacy: Work in partnership with the USP Global External Affairs team to engage with USP's Convention Members and Council of Experts on relevant policy topics. Performs other duties as assigned. Basic Qualifications At least five years of professional advocacy experience working in life sciences or public health; some demonstrated experience at the US Federal level including experience in Congressional advocacy required. BA/BS in Political Science, Public Policy, Public Health or a related field required. Equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted for candidates with higher degrees. Preferred Qualifications Advanced degree in law, medicine or other related field preferred. Experience with health care practitioners a plus. Experience working in a matrixed organization. Excellent verbal and written communications skills Ability to influence others without direct authority Ability and desire to work well with diverse employees and partners in a cooperative and constructive manner Demonstrated initiative and successful management of multiple projects Strong team building skills in the management of cross-functional teams Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills Demonstrable commitment to public health/patient safety/consumer protection USP offers an impressive benefits package, including: Generous paid time off - 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family) The US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP's drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries. Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide. USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.