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Director, Health Policy

Consumer Reports

Washington DC, District of Columbia 20009
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As Director, Health Policy, you will lead Consumer Reports' policy efforts to realize a marketplace in which consumer health is protected through safe, high quality, accessible and affordable healthcare; strong laws and policies; and consumer empowerment to make informed choices and drive change.

  • Assist the VP, Consumer Policy and Mobilization and senior leadership across the organization in developing a long-term vision and a proactive organizational and advocacy strategy to empower and protect consumers.
  • Use the scientific evidence generated by CR's testing, research and content teams to identify critical gaps in consumer health and well-being that can be addressed through marketplace and policy change.
  • Partner with colleagues across product testing, journalism, communications, development, and digital products to identify opportunities where our expertise in testing, ratings, and other evidentiary findings can help spur changes in the marketplace, policy or regulation.
  • Develop, communicate and develop shared investment in CR's positions on antibiotic effectiveness and affordable prescription drug policies, regulations, and commercial practices.
  • Ensure that CR is viewed as an influential leader on consumer health safety and a trusted resource for key healthcare industry leaders, policy makers, and influencers.
  • Develop strategic partnerships with key health and drug companies to advance forward-thinking health standards and policies to protect consumers.
  • Drive creative solutions in concert with CR's Mobilization team to advance customer voices by designing and launching consumer campaigns that champion the rights of consumers and achieve policy, regulatory, and marketplace victories.
  • Represent CR – and the interests of consumers – by speaking at events, testifying before Congress, and communicating to the press, funders, and allies on issues around our strategic goals and initiatives.
  • Identify, secure, and manage external coalitions that add value and capacity to our work.
  • Participate in the ongoing design and implementation of our strategic plan, with its express focus on changing marketplace behaviors to prioritize the interests of consumers.
  • Partner with the VP, Development and others to support the engagement of funders and donors to secure major investments in support of this work.
  • Advance the strategic and tactical work across multiple divisions within the organization with grace, respect, and diplomacy.


  • Bachelor's degree required; Master's or JD degree preferred.
  • 10+ years of senior leadership experience within civil society organizations or the public sector with in depth knowledge of healthcare regulatory policy and related industry issues.
  • Deep, meaningful, and recognized subject matter expertise. You understand the scale, nuance, market players, consumer behaviors, and political discourse surrounding the issues.
  • Demonstrated skills in a wide variety of settings with a skill for, familiarity with, and level of understanding of, Congress and the federal legislative process, and of the state legislative process, and election campaigns.
  • Established connections and professional network of peers in like-minded organizations
  • A track record of accomplished success.
  • A strategic leader with strong political acumen.
  • Experience building and working with distributed, participatory, community-driven leadership.
  • An appreciation and understanding of the consumer movement and its potential impact on issues including corporate and state power, economic and social inequality, and environmental sustainability
  • Ability to effectively persuade others to listen, commit to, and act on a new approach and to gain support from others without relying on positional authority.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak, write and present information in a clear, concise and compelling manner that is tailored to a particular audience.
  • Strong ability to forge solid working relationships with colleagues across the organization. Desire and commitment to establish a partnering and trusting relationship with internal and external people
  • Strong analytical skills and excellent communications skills required including the ability to translate complex ideas into understandable written and oral statements.

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