Director, Policy Communications

Washington, DC 20004, USA
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Job Description

The Director, Policy Communications will join AstraZeneca’s External Communications Team to develop and lead communications for State and federal policy-related initiatives and programs. The ideal candidate should have a solid grasp of the U.S. political landscape, as well as life sciences, pharmaceutical and healthcare issues. The successful candidate will have strong media relations skills; experience working at the intersection of healthcare, media and social issues; passion about communications and innovation; and a creative, strategic problem-solver mindset with an affinity for details and project management. In addition, this person should have the ability to distill sophisticated issues and shape perception about those issues with external partners.

Typical Accountabilities:

  • Lead the development and execution of communications strategies and plans aimed at sharing our corporate story and protecting our overall image among key U.S. external audiences

  • Collaborate with Government Affairs and Policy groups to lead communications activities regarding relevant policy issues pertinent to AstraZeneca

  • Build programs and initiatives that educate the media, policymakers and external stakeholders on issues that are important to AstraZeneca

  • Manage inbound media inquiries on a range of issues

  • Craft a wide range of communications materials including communications plans, fact sheets, statements, press releases and briefing materials for senior leaders

  • Cultivate new and existing relationships with policy media, trade and advocacy associations, and other third party groups

  • Supervise agency partners to drive tactical execution of communications strategies, managing associated budgets and ensuring that metrics are reached

  • Manage multiple, critical communications projects simultaneously and independently

Essential requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in related fields

  • 8+ years of relevant work experience in public policy, public affairs, communications, or issues management

  • Experience juggling multiple deadlines on intricate, critical issues

  • Understanding of and experience working with or adjacent to the pharma sector

  • Expertise in distilling sophisticated policy concepts into plain language

  • Skilled at managing cross-functional partner relations in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to work on both strategy and execution

  • Understanding of the federal/state legislative, regulatory and judicial processes

  • Understanding of and relationships with US top-tier and trade media

Desirable requirements:

  • Advanced Degree

  • An understanding of the drug development process and strong scientific background

  • Experience working in a highly matrixed organization

  • Experience with both internal and external communications

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca when we see an opportunity for change, we seize it and make it happen, because any opportunity no matter how small, can be the start of something big. Delivering life-changing medicines is about being entrepreneurial - finding those moments and recognizing their potential. Join us while we continue to build a new kind of organization to reset expectations of what a bio-pharmaceutical company can be. This means we are developing new ways to work, ground breaking methods, and bringing unexpected teams together. Interested? Come and join our team!

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