Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) – the national association representing America’s pharmacy benefit managers, seeks an individual to lead the association’s political strategy and representation before Congress and the Administration. PCMA continues to lead the effort in promoting PBMs and the proven tools they utilize, which are recognized by consumers, employers, policymakers, and others as key drivers in lowering prescription drug costs and increasing access.  This position reports to the Chief Policy & External Affairs Officer and serves as a member of the senior management team that works directly with the President & CEO.

PCMA believes that organizational and employee success requires a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce, and a culture that embraces and encourages different perspectives. We recognize the inherent value in employing a workforce with a range of experiences and it is our commitment to embrace every person’s uniqueness and to provide a professional work environment where everyone is welcome and treated with dignity and respect.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

The Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs & Political Strategy duties will include:

    • Assessing the political and policy landscape, as well as potential future political developments, to devise strategic political positioning for the association and industry on priority issues and for the industry overall.
    • Crafting the association’s political advocacy strategies and overseeing their execution by directing the federal affairs team and coordinating with member company federal affairs professionals.
    • Establishing and maintaining a sophisticated network of contacts among key Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff and the Administration.
    • Representing the industry on Capitol Hill and before the Administration.
    • Collaborating with other PCMA departments, including communications, research, regulatory affairs and policy, as well as state affairs, on other facets of industry advocacy.
    • Maintaining collaborative relationships with member company federal affairs teams, as well as allied groups and coalitions.
    • Identifying the need for development of issue briefs, research, infographics and talking points to buttress advocacy efforts.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS

The SVP Federal Affairs & Political Strategy will be an exceptional political strategist and have wide and deep relationships with key Members of Congress and other policymakers in Washington. She/He/They must be a strategic thinker, enjoy working in a collaborative, nimble organization, and have a demonstrated ability to connect advocacy to strategic positioning of the industry, as well as a demonstrated ability to take initiative and to lead. She/He/They must have a collaborative, collegial work style and an ability to coordinate, implement, and manage multiple high-priority advocacy strategies simultaneously.

She/He/They should have 10-15 years’ relevant health care lobbying experience, including demonstrated capability leading a government affairs team or function, coalition leadership, or strategy-based government affairs consulting.

The ideal candidate should have the following additional qualifications:

    • A thorough understanding of congressional and cabinet policy-making processes, including an understanding of the roles and decision points in the Executive Agencies, the White House, the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House, ideally from direct Capitol Hill or other government experience.
    • Deep relationships on Capitol Hill and in the Washington, DC lobbying community, as well as a keen sense of political discernment, and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with key people and organizations.
    • Demonstrated success significantly influencing legislative outcomes in prior roles.
    • An understanding of the role of associations in representing industry.
    • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to understand diverging points of view within the industry and quickly build consensus on political strategy; to foster collaborative decision making for PCMA and its member companies on strategy and execution.
    • Outstanding oral, written and presentation skills.
    • The ability to persuasively communicate complex concepts and programs into concise and credible messages at the highest levels of government and business, with a proven track record of delivering high-volume and high-quality work.
    • Political and organizational skills, and the proven ability to conceive and execute a political advocacy strategy.
    • Experience managing a team of highly skilled and experienced professionals.
    • The ability to work in and be an integral part of an action-oriented, fast-paced, decision-making environment, and to work collaboratively across multiple departments.
    • Excellent prioritization and organizational skills; keen attention to detail; the ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines while managing multiple projects and priorities simultaneously.
    • A demonstrated understanding of healthcare, insurance, or related issues and the ability to anticipate, quickly grasp and address public policy issues for the industry.
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications
    • A bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred.

While we are currently working remotely, post-pandemic we will return to the Penn Quarter area of Washington, D.C. PCMA offers a competitive salary and benefits package.  Interested individuals should forward a cover letter and resume to opportunities@pcmanet.org.

 

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