Senior Manager/Associate Director, Pharmacy Policy

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs
Location: Washington, D.C.

COMPANY PROFILE

The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) represents a unique nonprofit partnership model in health care, bringing together health plans and providers on behalf of the patients and communities they serve. ACHP advocates for practical solutions that make health care better, with high-value coverage and care for all. Located in Washington, D.C., ACHP is a thought leader and influencer in health plan policy.

ACHP is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion within our organization and the promotion of these values across the healthcare industry. We encourage different perspectives, identities and backgrounds, regardless of job function to create a more resilient organization that supports a strong, equitable healthcare industry. ACHP leadership fosters this by encouraging openness and transparency about diversity issues and progress and is invested in strategies that seek to equalize opportunities within ACHP.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Senior Manager/Associate Director, Pharmacy Policy oversees ACHP’s drug policy portfolio, championing clinical advances and policy reforms to ensure affordable therapies for Americans. This position convenes and manages ACHP member executive communities, such as Pharmacy Directors, and collaborates with ACHP’s Government Relations leaders and other subject matter experts to foster dialogue and spearhead initiatives for nonprofit regional health plans. The Senior Manager / Associate Director works closely with ACHP’s Clinical Innovation team to conduct research and convene medical leaders. The ideal candidate is a proactive self-starter who effectively executes clinical, policy and advocacy deliverables. The role requires a nimble thinker who is equally comfortable engaging with medical professionals and policy experts on one of the most pressing issues in health care today.

This individual advances ACHP’s mission by blending research, analysis, content development for learning events, and relationship-building within member companies and with Washington influencers in the public and private sectors. This role is for an aspiring leader who will be recognized as an emerging thought leader and expert.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Policy development, analysis and education

  • In consultation with the SVP, Federal Affairs, lead development of a robust set of public policy proposals to keep ACHP in the vanguard of pharmacy and drug pricing reforms
  • Shape ACHP’s pharmacy portfolio by incorporating feedback from clinical leaders and sharing policy developments with member executives to create a meaningful bi-directional relationship
  • Design and deliver ACHP’s shared learning agenda for Clinical Leader Communities through in-person conferences and virtual convenings
  • Represent ACHP externally, advancing the association’s pharmacy advocacy agenda and building fruitful relationships with key external stakeholders such as policymakers and other trade associations
  • Create compelling deliverables that present this complex topic in a convincing and easy-to-understand manner that advances the agenda
  • Execute policy and environmental scans and research to inform strategic goals; summarize relevant legislative and regulatory developments for internal and member company audiences

    Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Partner with other ACHP departments to engage members in health policy discussions
  • Codevelop with Federal Affairs and Communications colleagues in the creation of compelling advocacy message campaigns on pharmacy issues
  • Support successful research and educational efforts within the ACHP Clinical Innovation team. Internally takes a leadership role in cross-functional work, including supporting ACHP’s board-level policy committee and Board of Directors’ meetings
  • Other duties as assigned

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS

  • Minimum Qualifications
    • Bachelor’s degree required with a minimum of 2 years of related professional experience in the health sector or public policy arena with a strong understanding of pharmaceutical issues
    • Ideal candidates have experience working with pharmaceutical companies, health care companies, health care trade associations or health care research organizations
    • Experience in building external relationships and fostering engagement with clinical executives, which leverages strong written and oral communication skills
    • Understanding of government health programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Marketplace
    • Commitment to working in a team environment with an emphasis on collaboration and maintaining positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders
    • Expertise in MS Office applications (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and social media tools (LinkedIn, Twitter)

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE

  • Experience in a membership organization
  • Advanced degree a plus; 6+ years of professional experience
  • Expertise in pharmacy operations and / or developing drug pricing/pharmacy policy
  • Demonstrated research and analytical capabilities
  • Demonstrated success advancing policy recommendations via legislative or regulatory channels

WORKING CONDITIONS

  • Work is in an office environment
  • Hybrid office position/must be located in the DMV area
  • Some travel required

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit a cover letter and resume to our job posting on LinkedIn or email hr@achp.org with your name and the position in the subject line. Your cover letter should highlight your relevant experience and provide specific examples of the responsibilities listed above: advocacy strategy, networking and external affairs, communication, and presentation skills. Please include your name and the position in the subject of the email and send files in pdf format with your name in the filename.

ACHP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, and a woman’s right to breastfeed), disability (physical or mental), age (18 and older), genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, political affiliation, marital status, veteran or military status, tobacco use, credit information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Making Health Care Better

ACHP is the voice of a unique approach in health care today, one that puts the patient at the center with plans and clinical teams collaborating to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Our advocacy focuses on providing policymakers with tested solutions, rooted in a model that is proven to deliver better value for patients, employers and taxpayers.

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