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Director of Policy Communications

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Director of Policy Communications


The Director of Policy Communications is responsible for developing and executing communication strategies in support of our Company’s U.S. and global public policy priorities. This individual will engage with key stakeholders and will partner with the U.S. and global public policy team to implement strategies in priority markets. The role will require a highly collaborative individual who is able to work closely with key internal and external stakeholders including with trade associations, multilateral organizations, NGOs and key opinion leaders. 

This individual has a deep understanding of the U.S. and global policy landscape, and experience engaging on geopolitical issues. The Director of Policy Communications must have the ability to quickly respond to media inquiries and questions from government officials or other key stakeholders. Key responsibilities of the role include creating and amplifying content, vetting reporter inquiries, drafting key documents including speeches and testimony, and providing strategic counsel to the larger communications team.

The Director of Policy Communications will report to the Vice President of Global Communications and Strategic Operations and will work closely with the Vice President,  U.S. Public Policy and the Vice President, Head of Global Public Policy and International Affairs.

This role is based in Washington, D.C. 

Scope of work and core responsibilities includes:  

  • Develop and execute policy communications strategies, including media relations strategies

  • Partner with the public policy team and regional comms lead to execute policy communications with media and key stakeholders

  • Draft key policy communications documents including written testimony and official correspondence (e.g., letters, speeches, talking points)

  • Build and maintain relationships with key third-party and stakeholder groups

  • Proactively monitor policy, advocacy and media landscape to inform the development of company policy strategies

  • Vet and respond to policy related media inquiries in a timely manner

  • Provide strategic counsel to the communications team

  • Define and keep track of performance metrics


  • 6+ years of experience in government relations, public affairs, communications, healthcare, policy, advocacy relations, or equivalent

  • Superb writing, editing and communications skills, including the ability to speak to key media

  • Exceptional attention to detail and flawless instinct

  • Strong track record of executing policy communications strategies

  • Capitol Hill and lobbying experience preferred

  • Experience working in emerging markets preferred

  • Excellent people management skills

  • Positive attitude, excellent interpersonal skills and the proven ability to network within a highly-matrixed organization and maintain collaborative relationships

  • Strong project management skills with proven success managing major projects

  • Proficient using the Microsoft Office Suite

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

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Who we are …

We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.

What we look for …

Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.


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If you have been offered a separation benefits package, but have not yet reached your separation date and are offered a position within the salary and geographical parameters as set forth in the Summary Plan Description (SPD) of your separation package, then you are no longer eligible for your separation benefits package. To discuss in more detail, please contact your HRBP or Talent Acquisition Advisor.

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Requisition ID:R188634

Director of Policy Communications

Washington, DC
Full Time

Published on 06/22/2022

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