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HDA proudly supports a positive working environment for our staff that allows each individual (and department) to deliver high-quality services to our members, which represent the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies, hospitals and other providers. Since 1876, HDA has helped our members navigate regulations and innovations to get the right medicines to the right patients at the right time, safely and efficiently.

HDA values its employees. As such we offer an attractive compensation and benefits package, with medical and dental insurance which includes dependent coverage as well as a FSA plan; a 401(k) plan with a generous match system; paid time off; flexible work hours, HDA-provided cell phone, transportation reimbursement, on-site fitness center and a convenient Arlington, Va., location close to the Ballston Metro. 

HDA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that diversity of background and perspective are strengths, and seek to continue to grow a diverse, highly committed, skilled and collaborative staff. We encourage candidates from various backgrounds to apply.


Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategic Planning

A full-time executive staff position that will formulate and drive policy development on key issues impacting the healthcare distribution industry, and lead strategic planning initiatives for HDA and its membership. This leader will work with HDA member company subject matter experts and internally with HDA senior staff to develop the distribution sector’s policy agenda on a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to, distribution logistics, supply chain resiliency, emergency preparedness, reimbursement, importation of prescription medicines, prescription drug abuse and diversion, pharmaceutical traceability, taxes, healthcare affordability and international trade. He/she will provide information, data, and technical assistance to an array of important stakeholders, including members, policymakers, journalists, and other organizations.  Preferred candidate(s) will rely on extensive experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.

Reporting to the President and CEO, the SVP Policy and Strategic Planning will be a member of the Executive Management Team (EMT) and lead the development, implementation, and sustainability of strategies that empower HDA to fulfill its mission and successfully execute against an ambitious agenda in the coming years.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Research and analyze public and health policy issues impacting the healthcare distribution sector and lead the development of a healthcare distribution policy platform that will inform and drive HDA advocacy and engagement.

  • Work in close collaboration with member company representatives, HDA staff and external policy experts, model future scenarios, analyze complex market and public-sector data and intelligence to develop/evolve strategic priorities and proposed policy platforms for HDA and the distribution sector.
    • Effectively communicate those platforms, and commensurate courses of action, with the HDA Board, Executive Committee, senior leadership and staff.

  • Partner with HDA functional areas, and across the membership, to develop/ensure sound and executable strategies and roadmaps that enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the healthcare supply chain.

  • Work closely with the HDA Government Affairs and Communications teams to develop action plans that shape policy deliberations and drive a patient and provider-centric focus in HDA’s approach to policy proposals of material impact to the healthcare supply chain.

  • Engage with policymakers and stakeholders in government, private sector, other critical entities within the healthcare supply chain, academia and the media to support and inform HDA’s mission. Develop and maintain strategic relationships with external organizations and think-tanks to support development of future scenarios; remain alert and forward-thinking related to policy and supply-chain issues of growing importance to the distribution sector.

  • Facilitate the execution of HDA’s strategic plan by working collaboratively with EMT members, ensuring that key imperatives, objectives and deliverables are appropriately prioritized, fully communicated to, and understood by HDA staff and members.

  • Ensure that appropriate metrics are in place to measure performance and progress towards strategic priorities.

  • Regularly engage with HDA member company strategic leads to ensure alignment of HDA goals and objectives with the evolving nature of member company business models and continuing evolution of the U.S. healthcare supply chain.
  • Assess key strategic priorities for healthcare supply chain partners and other key healthcare entities, evaluating opportunities for alignment and coordination of effort on issues of mutual importance.
  • Act as a resource across the organization to increase broad cohesion with and alignment to HDA’s strategic plan and policy platforms.
  • Collaborate with the HDA Research Foundation to support incremental research activity undertaken to ensure continuity with overall HDA goals and strategies.


  • College degree (BA or BS) required. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Fifteen years progressive advancement in corporate and/or trade association arena with experience in government relations managing issues and staff with a thorough understanding of government, legislative, regulatory and political processes.
  • Comprehensive understanding of and experience with pharmaceutical/pharmacy supply chain issues.
  • Career accomplishments must include documented initiative, seasoned management skills, sound business judgment, and adherence to the highest ethical principles

To Apply:

This search is being conducted by Korn Ferry. Please email your cover letter and resume to

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