Public Policy Analyst and Content Manager

Rockville, MD
May 20, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a global nonprofit organization focused on improving global public health.  We do this through 1) Science-based public quality standards; 2) Programs that enhance the capabilities of industry and government agencies to ensure the quality of medicines, supplements and foods; and 3) Advocacy initiatives that create broader awareness about medicine quality to help shape policy reforms and investment in quality.

The Public Policy Analyst and Content Manager will contribute to the analysis and management of public policy intelligence. This individual contributor role is accountable for monitoring, evaluating, and analyzing public policy opportunities to inform enterprise decision making; to support interactions on public policy issues; and to identify changes or opportunities that may impact USP’s standards, programs, and goals. The successful candidate will be joining a dynamic team that is focused on stakeholder engagement, evidence development, communications, and public policy and will work closely with and foster collaboration among team members and across divisions.

This position reports to the Director, Regulatory and Public Policy Development, and coordinates closely with colleagues across the USP Global External Affairs and USP organization.  


Roles and Responsibilities
  • Analyze policy, data and research literature on key public policy related issues, and assist in the development of corresponding USP strategies, polices, and initiatives.
  • Proactively keep abreast and apprise colleagues of key trends in public policy that may impact USP’s standards, programs, and goals.
  • Conduct literature searches and science-based assessments to write well-researched, insightful reports on a wide variety of public policy issues.
  • Summarize findings in written oral, and digital formats for use by USP leadership and other internal and external audiences.
  • Support the growth and management of a comprehensive public policy development strategy including communications programs and internal approval process.
  • Ensure analysis of a broad range of public policy topics, highlighting emerging opportunities and risks and providing an assessment of organizational impact.
  • Identify public policy commenting opportunities and assist with the process for the drafting of comments for submission.
  • Coordinate with Regulatory Affairs to understand and monitor evolving regulatory policy trends and work with internal stakeholders to identify opportunities and risks.
  • Supports secondary research that will help inform USP’s public policy positions.
  • May include other responsibilities as assigned.


Basic Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field (Public Policy, Public health, Political Science, Law, Pharmacy, Medicine, Life Sciences, etc.)


  • Five (5) years of experience in public policy, public health, regulatory affairs, or a combination of the three, including substantive work in public policy analysis and production of a range of materials in various delivery formats that articulate perspectives on public policy topics.
  • Prior experience working for a science-based organization, preferably related to public health or pharmaceuticals, from the NGO, government or private sectors.
  • Experience with and knowledge of public policy making processes and analysis.

Skills Sought:

  • Demonstrative analytical, evaluative, and critical thinking skills to inform solid public policy recommendations.
  • Excellent content analysis and synthesis skills.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong thought leadership and the ability to synthesize complex information and think broadly and develop applicable strategies to align with expected outcomes.
  • High-level and systematic organizational skills and the ability to set priorities and to cope with change.
  • Familiarity with modern communications technologies in digital media, specifically social media.
  • Ability to effectively engage with partners and support strategic initiatives or a business function; includes implementing strategy for a key function, supporting organization-wide initiative(s) or a functional group/team, and providing strategic direction to managers and directors on key organizational priorities.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced degree (such as Ph.D., MS) in public policy, public health, law, pharmacy, medicine, or other related field strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in a matrixed organization.
  • Understanding of medicines quality and healthcare policy topics.
  • Expertise in conducting literature searches and evidence-based reviews, soliciting expert opinion through various methods, and writing/editing sound scientific reports on a wide variety of topics and issues related to public health and public policy.
  • Comfortable dealing with complex science, legal, and policy related issues, with a demonstrated ability to simplify and communicate complex science, legal and regulatory policy issues effectively.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated initiative and successful management of multiple projects.
  • Strong team building skills in the management of cross-functional teams.
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to influence and drive initiatives without direct authority.
  • Solution-oriented and innovative; can identify creative options for resolving issues that respond to multiple stakeholder interests and needs.
  • Demonstrable commitment to public health/patient safety/consumer protection, familiarity with global public health issues is an advantage.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This is an individual contributor role



USP provides you with the benefits you need to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial wellbeing are protected.

About USP

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP brings together more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver its mission to strengthen the supply of safe quality medicines and supplements worldwide. USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP. 

The following COVID-19 provisions will apply to selected candidate(s) hired: 

As a condition of employment with United States Pharmacopeial Convention’s (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.