The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Senior Director, USP Convention Strategy and Operation in Rockville, Maryland

Senior Director, USP Convention Strategy and Operation

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Job Description

The professional in this role will manage key elements of USP’s governance mechanisms, including leading the management and operations of the USP Convention and its key governance committees as well as designated responsibilities for management of the USP Board of Trustees. In addition, this leader will oversee USP’s global stakeholder engagement activities, ensuring that key relationships are developed and leveraged to create mutually beneficial collaborations that advance the quality of medicines, supplements, foods and healthcare quality.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • USP Convention Strategy . Lead and implement initiatives to shape the structure and operations of the USP Convention, working with the leadership of the USP Convention to build and implement a future-focused strategy for participation and engagement reflective of emerging trends in science and public health as well as USP’s evolving stakeholder base. She/he will build compelling communications to enlist Convention members and USP staff in the vision of the USP Convention of the future.

  • Manage USP Board and Convention governance . Oversee the development and maintenance of USP’s key governing documents, including Bylaws and Rules and Procedures for its governing and standards-setting bodies. Oversee efficient and effective management of the operations and meetings of USP’s governance bodies, including the Board and Convention Committees; ensuring compliance with USP’s governing documents and incorporation of governance best practices.

  • Lead the execution of the 2020 USP Convention . Oversee implementation of the plan for the 2020 USP Convention and future USP Convention meetings, leading the cross-functional team responsible for this effort. Play an important supporting role in the roll out of the USP 200 anniversary program, and its integration with the 2020 Convention.

  • Strategic stakeholder engagement . Oversee organizational engagement with priority stakeholder organizations ensuring that USP has relevant, impactful and compelling platform programs that enable meaningful engagement across key stakeholder communities. Develop and implement mechanisms to leverage stakeholder relationships to help advance USP program unit as well as enterprise objectives, working collaboratively across USP.

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BS in relevant field. Advanced degree in Public Policy, Communications, Law, Political Science, Pharmacy or other relevant field preferred.

  • 10 years of experience working in a complex professional/trade association, industry or government in a role that required frequent, strategic and coordinated engagement with numerous stakeholders.

  • 5 years of management experience working with the Board or other governance bodies of an association or corporate organization.

  • Demonstrated success working in a global, matrixed organization.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills. Strategic communications experience a plus.

  • Solid experiences working in a science-based organization

  • Solid understanding of pharmaceutical sector stakeholders and relevant public policy, and regulatory topics.

  • Demonstrated success in Board governance roles

  • Demonstrated success in working globally and with stakeholders from many geographies

  • Strategic planning experience

USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Job Location

Rockville, Maryland, United States

Position Type


Job Category Global Stakeholder Engagement