Senior Public Policy Content Development Manager

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

Summary of the Position

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 Senior Public Policy Content Development Manager is a hands-on role where the incumbent is responsible for supporting a program to produce robust, compelling, evidence-based content that articulates the case for policy development, reform, and investment in quality medicines, dietary supplements and a more resilient global supply chain for medical products. This content will provide the substantive basis and/or support for advocacy activities to advance quality and the supply of quality medicines in the US.  

Working collaboratively with colleagues across USP’s global organization, the policy content generated by the Senior Manager will be utilized in dialogues with policy makers and influencers. It will be delivered in multiple forums including through policy maker dialogues, and various communications channels. Synthesizing and explaining the technical and scientific rationale underlying USP’s policy perspectives will be essential.

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

• Supports the design, building, and execution of an evidence-based, stakeholder-informed, policy content development agenda to support engagement across the life cycle of policy change and consistent with USP’s mission.

• Leverages USP’s science and public health resources and collaborates with colleagues across the USP organization and leadership to develop policy content to convey USP’s perspective on timely topics relevant to USP’s current work and public health impact opportunities. Examples of output include white papers, policy positions, consensus statements, issue briefs, formal comment letters, best practices, and comparative analysis.

• Connects medicine quality, and the solutions to assure it, to policy priorities where gaps in medicine quality contribute to public health concerns, and where public quality standards and stronger regulatory systems can expand the supply of quality medicines and support innovation.

• Articulates for both expert and lay audiences, the role of science-based standards in ensuring quality, and the capabilities that are investment imperatives to help ensure quality and adherence to quality standards.

• Undertakes secondary research that will help inform USP’s public policy positions. Manages sponsored research projects designed to support public policy development.

• Identifies public policy commenting opportunities and assists with the process for the drafting of comments for submission.

• Builds and maintains relationships, networks, and collaborations with key public policy stakeholders.

• 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.)


• Eight (8) years of experience in public policy, public health, regulatory affairs, or a combination of the three, including production of a range of materials in various delivery formats that articulate perspectives on public policy topics.  

Skills Sought

• Prior experience working for a science-based organization, preferably related to public health or pharmaceuticals, a NGO, non-profit organization, government, or private sector organization.

• Experience with and knowledge of policy making processes and analysis. 

• Excellent content analysis and synthesis skills.

• Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

• Strong thought leadership and the ability to synthesize and report complex information, think broadly, and develop applicable strategies to align with expected outcomes.

• High-level and systematic organizational skills, 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.