Executive Director, Policy

  • Executive Director, Policy

    Position: Executive Director of Policy
    Reports To: VP, Legal, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
    Location: Ottawa, ON

    Our client, Innovative Medicines Canada, has partnered with Michael Villeneuve of Lock Search Group to assist them in their search for an Executive Director of Policy to join their team in Ottawa, Ontario. 

    About Innovative Medicines Canada:
    Innovative Medicines Canada is the national association representing the voice of Canada’s innovative pharmaceutical industry. The association advocates for policies that enable the discovery, development and delivery of innovative medicines and vaccines to improve the lives of all Canadians and supports the members’ commitment to being a valued partner in the Canadian healthcare system. The association represents 42 companies contributing to a strong Canadian economy by employing 13,000 Canadians directly, supporting over 30,000 jobs in total and driving over $19 billion in annual economic activity. Guided by the Code of Ethical Practices, all members work with governments, private payers, healthcare professionals and stakeholders in a highly ethical manner.

    Position Profile:
    The Executive Director, Policy is accountable to the Vice-President, Legal, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance to meet the association’s policy and research needs. This senior hands-on leader has a proven track record in developing strategies and conducting regular environmental scans and trend analysis to anticipate adjustments to strategic policy agendas. The Executive Director is responsible for the performance of the policy function, working with colleagues to ensure an integrated policy and research approach that positions the association as a thought leader on issues related to healthcare and the industry at large. 

    Key Responsibilities:
    • Sets the operational direction for the department ensuring accomplishment of IMC’s strategic objectives as they relate to policy and research
    • Manages, mentors, motivates, and monitors the performance of the Policy and Research team 
    • Responsible for promoting policy research excellence on pharmaceutical and health policy matters on behalf of the organization
    • Leads and oversees annually a needs assessment of organizational policy and research requirements to meet membership needs
    • Leads policy development on priority issues within IMC and leverages expertise from the membership
    • Develops partnerships within IMC to increase the impact of the organization’s expertise and knowledge capability
    • Ensures that all policy statements, backgrounders, issue papers and positions are updated and approved
    • Monitors and communicates to IMC members policy developments and trends that could impact the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry
    • Develops and maintains relationships with individuals in government, think tanks, associations, and key opinion leaders in the broader health research and pharmaceutical policy communities to gain and share understanding of emerging issues 
    • Other duties as may be required per the direction of the Vice President

    • Master’s or Doctorate level in a relevant field is a mandatory requirement ( e.g. Public Policy/Administration, Health Policy Management, Health Economics, MBA, MSc, Political Science)
    • Seven to ten years’ experience in health and pharmaceutical policy, or social policy either in the public, not-for-profit, or private sector
    • Effective and successful leadership, mentorship, and management of team members
    • Working within or understanding of the pharmaceutical sector in Canada
    • Experience with membership trade or professional associations
    • Relationship-building experience with government officials, think tanks, associations, and key opinion leaders in the broad health research, health system, economic and pharmaceutical policy communities
    • High-level of diplomacy, tact, judgement and leadership abilities
    • Excellent English verbal and writing communications skills
    • Knowledge of Canadian healthcare systems and pharmaceutical regulatory bodies and agencies
    • Effective research, planning and project management skills
    • Effective presentations skills to an executive audience
    • Ability to understand and apply relevant policy frameworks and analytical tools
    • Ability to make decisions in a timely manner in situations of ambiguity
    • Strong ability to present technical and/or complex information in a manner that is understandable by a wide variety of audiences
    • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and the related complex range of issues within the sector
    • Bilingualism (English and French) is an asset

    To apply, please submit a copy of your resume in confidence to Michael Villeneuve via the “apply now” button.