Senior Vice President, Client Experience – Health Policy & Advocacy

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Published

01/04/2024

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Senior Vice President, Healthcare Policy & Advocacy  

Weber Shandwick is currently seeking a Senior Vice President (SVP), Healthcare Policy & Advocacy to join our team. This role is based in Washington, DC at Powell Tate, the public affairs unit of The Weber Shandwick Collective.  

This role will help build and lead major accounts at the intersection of healthcare and public affairs. This is a unique role for someone who wants to help grow a high-performing healthcare policy and advocacy client portfolio, partnering widely across our global network. This new leader will have deep healthcare experience with an understanding of industry, policy and advocacy. 

 

Responsibilities include: serve as a client strategist and integrated account leader, manage senior client relationships, deploy teams in the most efficient and productive way to execute flawlessly, drive new business development, collaborating with integrated teams and network colleagues, and be a supportive coach and mentor. The successful candidate will have experience in public affairs, advocacy and strong knowledge of the biopharmaceutical industry in addition to passion, curiosity, and the ability to inspire and connect with teams across offices. Health insurance experience is a plus. S/he will be a hands-on leader that fits with our overall culture. We are a company of doers even at the most senior level. 

 

The SVP will also become part of the leadership team on the DC healthcare and public affairs practices helping to set direction, vision and goals for the overall business. The SVP will have the opportunity to be part of an exciting team building a world-class healthcare agency, from ideas, to staff development, to marketing and thought leadership. We expect our leadership team’s careers to grow as our work continues to expand. 

 

Responsibilities: 

 

  • Build and nurture client relationship and grow business by providing leadership, direction and strategic guidance to colleagues, day-to-day teams and senior level clients 
  • Cultivate business development, including sourcing new opportunities as well as partnering closely with Weber Shandwick network colleagues in Leading/participating in new business pitch development and/or presentations 
  • Be an active leader in the DC healthcare practice to help shape its future and growth 
  • Manage several direct reports, ensuring successful performance and growth  
  • Guide and inspire clients to deliver creative, high-impact health policy and advocacy communications and advocacy solutions 
  • Draw on our total agency resources to bring our clients the best for every project 
  • Stay ahead of the shifts in the healthcare and health policy environment and provide guidance to teams and clients 
  • Actively engage in the culture of the agency to lead by example 
  • Work with peers to further the mission, goals and culture of the agency 

 

Basic qualifications: 

 

  • Bachelor’s degree required 
  • 12+ years of experience in PR inclusive of agency experience working on large scale integrated communications campaigns 

 

Additional Qualifications: 

 

  • Deep knowledge of the pharmaceutical regulatory and broader health policy and advocacy landscape, particularly as it relates to pricing, access and insurance 
  • Hill and/or trade association experience, directly or indirectly 
  • Experience working on/building coalitions 
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills 
  • Great track record of success leading teams and developing talent 
  • Proficiency in MSOffice, advanced proficiency in PowerPoint and other presentation platforms 

 

Desired Qualifications: 

 

  • An entrepreneurial spirit, strong leadership qualities, and a collaborative attitude 
  • Propensity to organize thinking, break down complexity and manage shifting priorities at a fast pace 
  • New business development experience 
  • PR or similar agency experience 

 

ABOUT US 

Powell Tate is the globally-recognized, premiere, DC-based public affairs unit of the Weber Shandwick network. Built for change, we are nimble, data-driven and led by people who understand fast-changing politics, complex policy debates, emerging cultural trends, the role of third party stakeholders and digital transformation. We know the motivations that spark movements. The issues that matter most – privacy, environment, sustainability, automation, food safety and healthcare. In short: What to embrace. What to avoid. What you didn’t see coming. We solve complex business, policy and social issues. We mitigate risk and build reputation. We shape opinions and build support for issues that matter. 

 

The Weber Shandwick Collective recognizes that your health and wellbeing are a priority. This is why we offer a full suite of benefits including:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • 401k (with employer match)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Juice Money – $60 monthly reimbursement to be used towards purchases that nourish your health, mind, body, and soul
  • MyDays – Flexible holiday schedules
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Paid Employee Family Leave
  • Family Building Benefit

Weber Shandwick is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Weber Shandwick recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status.

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Weber Shandwick is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Weber Shandwick recruits qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, protected veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or citizenship status.

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