Legislative Affairs Director
SIRUM is reimagining the future of US healthcare by connecting people with surplus medications at an affordable cost. Our goal is to leverage the ~$11B of surplus that goes to waste every year to improve health equity for the 10M adults in the US who can’t afford their prescriptions. Families’ health comes first and everyone deserves the medications they need to stay healthy. We deliver on this promise by ensuring medicine prices are low, stable, and transparent!
SIRUM is a fast-growing, non-profit, for-impact startup at the intersection of health tech + social enterprise. Founded at Stanford University and backed by Y Combinator, our platform moves $750,000 worth of medications every week, sourced from hundreds of medicine donors across dozens of states. Join us in building a national solution to the drug pricing epidemic that has been featured on The TED Mainstage, The New York Times, and Forbes.
About the Role
As SIRUM’s first Legislative Affairs Director, you’ll lead SIRUM’s policy efforts across the country and be an integral part of shaping new drug donation policies nationwide. In this role, you’ll be an internal and external expert in understanding state medicine donation laws and regulations, and will provide technical feedback and expertise for all legislative and regulatory efforts. You’ll play a key role in stopping medications from being wasted and will have the opportunity to see the first-hand impact this has on our efforts to make valuable medicine accessible to families in need.
In this role, you will be responsible for…
- Analyzing medicine donation policies. You will be an internal and external expert in understanding state medicine donation laws and regulations. You will oversee and maintain an existing internal database and into external summaries.
- Advising on legislative and regulatory efforts in SIRUM’s role as experts in the donation space. You will lead our efforts in providing technical feedback and examples of policy best practices through, for example, detailed written line by line suggestions, testimonies to regulatory committees, and meetings with stakeholders such as legislators and SIRUM partners.
- Developing and implementing SIRUM’s policy agenda by working closely with the founders to determine the research and projects needed both at a state and federal level to ultimately enable donation programs to reach more families in need of medication access nationwide.
- Partnering with key external constituents including helping to maintain, foster and strengthen relationships with legislators, regulators, associations and others to communicate the success of medicine donation programs and the needs of effective medicine donation policy.
- Performing other responsibilities as needed.
We’re excited about you because…
- You have a Juris Doctor (JD) degree, as well as a bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, communications, political science, or a related field.
- You have 3-5+ years of experience in legislative affairs, government affairs, and/or public policy (prior experience in healthcare or pharmaceutical policy strongly preferred)
- You have demonstrated experience in writing, evaluating, and implementing legislation in multiple states.
- You have a proven ability to produce high-quality and impactful analyses, issue briefs, letters, testimony, regulatory comments, model legislative language, and other related products.
- You have excellent written and verbal communication skills, with a keen eye for detail.
- You are a flexible and creative team player who can juggle multiple tasks under pressure and sometimes with limited information.
- You have a temperament to communicate with a variety of personalities at all levels in a tactful, pleasant, and professional manner.
- You’re mission-driven and look forward to using your knowledge in policy to help families get the medicine they need.
- You’re a detail-oriented problem solver - you enjoy digging into the complexity and nuances of problems to find a solution.
- You’re a self-starter with excellent project management skills.
What we offer…
- Competitive salary.
- Huge social impact. You will see and feel the tangible impact of your work on a daily basis.
- Inside understanding into a high growth startup nonprofit. As a pivotal teammate on a small team, you will work directly with the founders, see the various aspects of how we operate, and be connected to the wider social impact sector.
- Great health benefits. We cover 100% of monthly premiums for medical, dental and vision insurance for full-time team members. Team members also have access to on-demand primary care, virtual health visits, personal wellness coaches, personal health advocates for medical bills and scheduling, and mental health phone line and counseling.
- 401K matching. Full-time employees are also eligible for a 4% match for their 401K.
- Time off for rest. Get about 6 weeks of time off per year, including 2+ weeks of paid company holidays and 4 weeks of accrued PTO.
- Awesome team. We’re a collaborative, passionate and driven team with a growth mindset that is up for adventures from virtual escape rooms, to urban putt-putt, to rafting to trampoline bouncing to paddle-boarding.