The Project Director, Free to Choose Medicine will be responsible for designing and implementing Heartland’s new project aimed at reforming the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
What is Free To Choose Medicine?
Free To Choose Medicine (FTCM) is a public policy project designed to encourage the development of better prescription drugs, make these drugs available to patients sooner, and lower the cost of these drugs. A FTCM key is allowing patients to make informed decisions (guided by the advice of their doctors and aided by information in a public database of drug reactions) about their personal use of drugs that have passed safety trials but have not yet been approved by the FDA.
There is a large and growing need for a way to make new prescription drugs better, available sooner, and cheaper. The FDA’s new drug approval process can stretch out for 10-15 years and cost more than $2.5 billion. Thousands of patients die unnecessarily, waiting for a promising new drug to make it through the approval process. Millions more suffer unnecessary pain.
Project Director Job Description:
The ideal candidate will have experience running an issue advocacy campaign and a passion for reforming the FDA’s prescription drug process. He or she must develop and manage the implementation of this project – from the initial research, development, and implementation of a campaign to building a coalition and passing FTCM into law. The Project Director must be a self-starter, organized, and have the ability to hit deadlines. The Project Director reports to the Director of Government Relations, and, as the program grows, will be in charge of hiring and managing two to three staff dedicated to the project. A working knowledge of the FDA and the pharmaceutical approval process would be beneficial, but not necessary.
- At least five years’ experience in policy-related project management, government relations, advocacy campaigns, or working with a free-market think tank
- Experience in FDA-related issues is a bonus, but not necessary
- Self-Starter and proven ability to design and execute an issue advocacy campaign from the ground up.
- Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate, and persuasive documents.
- Familiarity with health care issues and the ability to articulate free market positions.
- Ability to meet deadlines.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and motivate others in a team environment.
- Undergraduate degree
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF file:
- Cover letter detailing a) your salary requirements, b) an overview of your commitment to Heartland’s mission and principles, particularly as it relates to this project, and c) if applicable, your interest in relocating to the Chicagoland area
- Two writing samples, does not need to be relevant to the issue
Materials should be emailed in one PDF document to Lauren Skiver with Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While we thank all applicants for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. No phone calls, please.
Heartland is a “think tank” whose mission is to discover, develop, and promote free-market solutions to social and economic problems. It is a 34-year-old national nonprofit research and education organization headquartered in Arlington Heights, Illinois, about 30 minutes from O’Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago. It has a full-time staff of 39, our 2017 annual budget is about $6 million, and we have a nationwide donor base of approximately 5,000 supporters.
Talent Market is a nonprofit entity dedicated to promoting liberty by helping free-market nonprofits identify talent for critical roles. We provide free consulting and recruiting services to free-market think tanks, policy organizations, research centers, and capacity-building institutions dedicated to advancing the principles of limited government and free enterprise.