Director, State Government Affairs

Washington, DC
Jun 11, 2018
Jun 22, 2018
Executive, Director
Full Time
Under the general direction of the Sr. Vice President - Government Affairs and Public Policy and Vice President, Policy, and in close collaboration with existing Director of State Government Affairs, responsible for protecting and enhancing AmerisourceBergen's (ABC) interests with state and local governments; overseeing the development and execution of political, legislative and regulatory programs and strategies in all fifty states to ensure favorable public policy outcomes. Successful candidate will: have a history of proven vision and strategic leadership skills; possess the ability to work effectively in teams; demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills; and the acumen to build and lead the future growth of ABC's State Government Affairs function. Monitors, analyzes and prioritizes emerging regulatory and legislative issues affecting ABC 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. Prepares recommendations on policy positions and course of action to the Government Affairs and Policy leadership and to other executives; participates in ABC's Policy Committee activities to ensure corporate alignment on issues; key issues include counterfeit/pedigree and distribution licensing, controlled substance abuse and drug diversion prevention, pharmaceutical pricing and reimbursement, tax and Scheduled Drug legislation. Builds relationships and serves as ABC's key point of contact with state and local legislative and regulatory officials, including Boards of Pharmacy, Departments of Health and other executive branch agencies that regulate ABC and our customers. Elevates political and economic profile of ABC facilities and corporation with key local and state public officials; plans and conducts tours, meetings with ABC executives and other events that build relationships and goodwill. Creates and executes innovative advocacy strategies to favorably influence legislation and regulations; educates public officials and staff, holds meetings with ABC experts, and participates in industry lobbying activities; develops effective grass roots advocacy programs that leverage ABC's facilities, associates, customers and suppliers across the country; leads the activities of senior management at the business unit level, ABC communications, and other corporate functions to achieve policy objectives. Provides direction and support for key customers, trade associations and other business stakeholders on Medicaid reimbursement and other issues of mutual interest. Serves as representative and spokesman for ABC with HDA, industry colleagues and supply chain customers and suppliers; ensures ABC's policy objectives are incorporated into HDA policy positions and provides leadership on lobbying and policy-making initiatives. Selects and supervises the activities of state contract lobbyist consultants hired to represent ABC's interests in state capitols. Supports the development and growth of ABC's Political Action Committee in coordination with ABC-PAC manager and Government Affairs goals and objectives; implements 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 website in order to showcase ABC's support of our customers and to facilitate grassroots advocacy at the pharmacy level. Manages administrative and PAC contribution budgets. Performs related duties as assigned. Preferred location in Washington DC or Conshohocken PA What your background should look like Requires broad training in fields such as business administration, accounting, sales, marketing, computer sciences or similar vocations generally obtained through completion of a four year Bachelor's Degree program; normally requires a minimum of eight (8) years directly related and progressively responsible experience; previous experience in corporate or trade association government relations in the pharmaceutical, distribution or related healthcare area, with state legislative or executive branch experience a plus. Demonstrated lobbying skills and experience Understands AmerisourceBergen's mission, company-wide issues, and the healthcare industry Superior verbal and written communication skills Excellent presentation skills Ability to collaborate with others Ability to evaluate facts, determine alternative solutions to problems, evaluate courses of action, and make sound management decisions Strong interpersonal skills; self-starter Strong organizational skills; attention to detail Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications