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Strategic Engagement & Partnerships Manager

United States Pharmacopeia
Rockville, MD
Start date
Aug 25, 2022
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Summary of the Position

USP is an independent nonprofit scientific organization that has been advancing public health and expanding access to quality medical products for 200 years. Our mission is to improve global health through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicines and foods. USP’s standards are used in more than 140 countries to help define product quality globally. USP has a global presence, with 13 offices in 11 countries, as well as state-of-the-art laboratories and full-scale training facilities. Sitting at the intersection of public health, pharmaceuticals, laboratories, regulatory, and policy, USP is a top convener and thought leader on medical product quality and access and is committed to advancing global health policy. Building on our core work and close to 30 years of government contracting in the international space, and specifically for work in lower- and middle-income countries, the Manager, Strategic Engagement and Partnerships, will work with the Director for Federal Business Development and technical staff across the organization as part of a new Federal Sector Practice to capitalize on USP’s work across the supply chain and reputation to generate government contracts and grants for domestic work.

Reporting to the Vice President, Global Health Programs, within the Global Health and Manufacturing Services (GHMS) division of USP, the Manager’s primary role is to develop and manage USP’s visibility with existing and potential partners, the US government (as a donor) and other relevant stakeholders in collaboration with new business and technical staff. The role is responsible for developing and implementing a Federal Sector communications and partnership plan aimed at amplifying awareness of our services in support of USP’s new Federal Sector Practice objectives. Working with thought leaders across the organization, promote USP’s key value add along the supply chain, including in Health Security, pandemic preparedness, access to essential medicines, and medical products through the use of strategic communications, including but not limited to developing compelling written content for external use (including websites, social media platforms and more traditional outlets), and external representation. The position will become a content expert on all aspects of USP’s work and initiatives as relates to Federal funding and will work closely with senior leadership across the organization.

Roles and Responsibilities

Strategic planning:

• Develop and implement a communication and partnership strategy aimed at amplifying awareness of our services in support of USP’s new Federal Sector Practice objectives

• Develop annual workplans for engagement, including partnering and event sub-strategies that amplify USP’s work in pharmaceutical supply chains.

Message development and communications:

• Monitor external trends and stakeholder priorities and proactively drive potentially relevant thought leadership topics in collaboration with technical/ program staff.  

• Develop clear and concise messaging for external use with technical staff and in coordination with Global Communications teams, especially on social media positioning

• Support advocacy efforts to strengthen USP position and brand recognition with the USG government in area identified as priority, including but not limited to advanced manufacturing, data, information, and insights (e.g.: Medicines Supply Map), etc.

• Draft materials that promote USP’s critical work along the pharmaceutical supply chain  

• Prepare regular communications, aligned with business development goals, to engage US government agencies funding USP areas of work 

• Prepare content including agendas, briefs, talking points and presentations for USG agency meetings and partner meetings

• Manages central repository for messaging, external documentation of program results, deliverables, reports, and other program information 

Partnership development:

• Identify key external groups/committees USP should join and/or contribute to, that would further business development goals

• Represent and/or ensure representation in key external engagement opportunities/events

• Deliver on short-term and long-term objectives that advance USP’s impact and sustainability.

Basic Qualifications

• BA in a relevant field in public relations, communications, public health or a related field

• A minimum of 5 years of related experience

Skills Sought

• Proven track record of developing strong engagement strategies, preferably in support of organizational growth in the Federal Sector.

• Demonstrated experience developing and managing partnerships on multi-organization deals.

Preferred Qualifications

• Prior experience or strong understanding of USG agencies, including but not limited to HHS, FDA, DOD, etc.

• Excellent track record in developing/managing outreach plans, including communications with high-priority USG agencies and partners

• Proven ability in project management and collaborating with different teams to problem solve

• Strong interpersonal and communications skills 

• Demonstrated strong writing skills  

• Ability to manage shifting priorities and competing deadlines to ensure accuracy and quality standards

• Understanding of pharmaceutical manufacturing and/or supply chain preferred but not required

• Self-starter with the ability to thrive in ambiguity.

Supervisory Responsibilities



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.


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