Director of Health Care, Drug Pricing

Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy whose core objective is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. We are dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States. We invest in sustainable change, building it from the ground up based on research, deep thinking, and a strong foundation of evidence. We drive public conversation, craft policy, and inspire action through education and advocacy.

Position Overview
Arnold Ventures’ Health Care portfolio makes health care affordable and accessible for families, employers, and taxpayers. We fund work across several broad issue areas: Provider Payment Incentives, Commercial Sector Prices, Drug Prices, Clinical Trials, and Complex Care. The team works with experts from inside and outside government to reform the health care system through evidence generation, policy development, communications, technical assistance, and advocacy to support policy change.

We are seeking a Director of Health Care for our Drug Pricing team, which works to understand the drivers of high list and net prices for drugs and biologics. The Director will be expected to consider the issue comprehensively including, for example, the role of the patenting process; the sources of funding and incentives for research and development; private sector investment in the sector; supply chain intermediaries (PBMs; pharmacies; wholesalers); and insurance coverage and prescription drug benefit design. The Director will be responsible for helping identify, analyze, and pursue new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, as well as managing current investments and partnerships. This position will be located in the Washington, DC office and will report into the Vice President of Health Care, Drug Policy.

Core Responsibilities
• Partner with the Vice President of Health Care, Drug Policy to develop and refine the strategic direction for the drug pricing portfolio by conducting research and analysis to identify grantees and inform strategy; developing projects and policy recommendations; and developing and managing relationships with grantees, key stakeholders, and experts
• Identify and develop charitable investment and grant recommendations for the Arnold Ventures’ Board of Directors; oversee investments and grants; and reflect on prior and existing investments and grants to inform strategy and future recommendations
• Collaborate with the Vice President of Health Care, Drug Policy and the Advocacy and Communications teams to support the execution of advocacy and issue campaigns
• Collaborate with and provide day-to-day guidance for team members
• Actively contribute to team meetings regarding projects, including suggesting ideas and brainstorming; and participate in meetings with government officials, researchers, and other stakeholders

Required Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree required
• 10 years of relevant work experience, preferably including experience with federal or state policy
• Demonstrated understanding of health care policy and the prescription drug market in the United States.
• Strong policy analysis and research skills; ability to understand technical and theoretical concepts
• Strong leadership, people management, and relationship-building skills
• Exceptional strategy development, project management, and organizational skills
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate key takeaways to diverse, nontechnical audiences

Our Culture and Core Values
Our culture seeks to inspire and empower our people to innovate and develop bold ideas that will help Arnold Ventures achieve lasting impact. Our culture, and the core values that support it, should create an environment that spurs our team to think outside the box, feel comfortable pushing the boundaries of what is possible, and signal confidence in our team’s ability to make change happen through our philanthropic efforts. Although not an exhaustive list, below you’ll find examples of Arnold Ventures’ work culture.

• We are adaptable and comfortable with ambiguity
• We are intellectually curious, open-minded, objective, humble, collegial, and receptive to feedback
• We are action-oriented with strong self-direction and self-motivation skills with the ability to work simultaneously on multiple projects
• We are able to interact confidently and collaboratively with team members and navigate relationships with external experts, government leaders, advocates, and individuals

Arnold Ventures’ values reflect who we are as an organization, help us accelerate our strategic goals, strengthen our resolve, anchor us to our mission, and guide our decision-making. The successful candidate will also demonstrate the following core values that inspire the Arnold Ventures team to make a difference.

• Respect for Ourselves & Others
• Audacious Action
• Collaborative Engagement
• Depth of Thought
• Clear Communication

Arnold Ventures is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, military/veteran status, or any basis prohibited by applicable law.

Acknowledging the importance of diverse perspectives, Arnold Ventures is committed to employing individuals from a variety of backgrounds and with a variety of experiences. Members of historically marginalized communities and candidates who have been impacted by the systems we are seeking to change are strongly encouraged to apply.

About Arnold Ventures

Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy working to improve the lives of all Americans by pursuing evidence-based solutions to our nation’s most pressing problems. We fund research to better understand the root causes of broken systems that limit opportunity and create injustice. Our focus areas include Criminal Justice, Higher Education, Health, Infrastructure, and Public Finance. In each area, we advocate for policy reforms that will lead to lasting, scalable change.

Founded in 2010 by Laura and John Arnold, the mission of Arnold Ventures is to maximize opportunity and minimize injustice. We are a team of more than 100 subject-matter experts headquartered in Houston with offices in New York and Washington, D.C.

Arnold Ventures manages the giving for various Arnold entities, including the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Action Now Initiative, and the Arnolds’ donor-advised fund.

Our Approach
Evidence-Based Policy, Research, and Advocacy guide our work. We focus on areas where public and private sector outcomes are falling short, incentives are misaligned, and political will is lacking. We follow the research to identify root causes of problems and gather evidence about what works and what doesn’t. We then fund policy development and technical assistance to create lasting change.

We work across the political spectrum to build durable, bipartisan coalitions and partnerships. We engage policymakers at all levels of government throughout the life cycle of policy change, from research and advocacy to implementation and evaluation of impact.

Why it Matters
Philanthropic dollars alone cannot solve the problems we face as a nation. But we believe philanthropy is uniquely positioned to take risks and make big bets in ways the public and private sector are often unable or unwilling to do. We approach philanthropy as an engine for innovation that can help catalyze new solutions, evaluate what works, and advocate for public policies that maximize opportunity and minimize injustice for all.