Friday, January 14, 2011

Director, Government Relations, Midwest--Pfizer

Job Title:

Director, Government Relations, Midwest

Job ID:

United States-Illinois

Full/Part Time:


Role Description

Location: This position will be based in Illinois

Overall Responsibilities: The Director of Government Relations is responsible for initiating and managing a range of government relations and public affairs projects to favorably influence the public policy environment in support of Pfizer’s business objectives. Working with the Senior Director/Team Leader, Midwest RBU, the field-based U.S. Public Affairs team, and the broader US Public Affairs team, the Director, Government Relations, participates in strategy and execution of plans to impact government officials, opinion leaders, and the public at large about issues related to Pfizer and the pharmaceutical industry.

States covered: Illinois and Indiana

Specific Responsibilities:
- Responsible for overall monitoring of state government legislation and regulations that affect Pfizer operations in Illinois and Indiana.
- Implement a sustained course of action to influence legislation and regulations.
- Assist Pfizer grassroots and political action programs designed to influence the public policy environment.
- Manage issues and develop strategies for state-based, public-funded programs that provide pharmaceutical coverage in order to ensure patients’ access to medicines and to promote Pfizer business objectives. Help align Pfizer public policy strategies on these programs with Pfizer’s business goals.
- Assist US Public Affairs personnel in the field with the development, implementation, and execution of specific lobbying and public affairs campaigns tailored to specific issues. Collaborate with Government Relations Directors, contract lobbyists, Public Affairs, Advocacy and Professional Relations Directors, Alliance Development Managers, Philanthropy and other Pfizer internal assets and outside allies to achieve total programming in these campaigns.
- Maximize impact of advocacy efforts in region, working with Advocacy and Professional Relations and Alliance Development colleagues and other internal and external groups.
- Identify and analyze emerging political and policy issues in Illinois and Indiana. Develop and implement effective strategies to impact issues.
- Supervise communications programs directed at state and local policymakers in Illinois and Indiana region.


- Five+ years experience in government or government relations, including involvement with earned media, public affairs, grassroots and political campaigns or equivalent. Creative and innovative approach to issues management desired.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to work as part of cross-functional teams.
- Strong oral and written communications skills required
- Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree both strongly preferred

Equal Employment Opportunity

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act. All applicants must have authorization to work for Pfizer in the U.S. In certain circumstances it may be advantageous to Pfizer to support the application(s) for temporary visa classification and/or sponsor applications for permanent residence so that a foreign national colleague can accept or remain in a work assignment in the U. S. For certain classes of temporary visas, the resulting work authorization may be specific to Pfizer and the specific job and/or work site. Pfizer may at its business discretion decide to or refrain from obtaining, maintaining and/or extending the temporary visa status and/or sponsoring a colleague for permanent residency and /or employment eligibility, considering factors such as availability of qualified U.S. workers and the colleague's long-term prospects for securing lawful permanent residence, among other reasons. Employment applicants requiring immigration sponsorship must disclose, when initial application for employment is made, whether or not they are legally authorized to work for Pfizer in the U.S. and, if so, whether that authorization permits them to work in the job they seek. In no case should Pfizer's support of a colleague's temporary visa application or sponsorship of a colleague for permanent residence be construed to guarantee success of that application or amend or otherwise invalidate the "at-will" employment relationship between the colleague and Pfizer.

Foreign nationals whose eligibility to work requires sponsorship or maintenance of valid immigration status may not be eligible for this position.

Relocation Package Available
Management retains right to change the job specifications and provisions of this job as appropriate.

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