Assoc. Director, Public Affairs

27 Apr, 2020


Assoc. Director, Public Affairs

Incyte Corporation
Wilmington, DE

Incyte is a biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of novel medicines to meet serious unmet medical needs in oncology and inflammation and autoimmunity. Incyte is committed to the rigorous pursuit of research and development excellence to improve the lives of patients, make a difference in health care, and build sustainable value.

The Company strives to discover and develop first-in-class and best-in-class medicines-advancing a diverse portfolio of large and small molecules.

Job Summary  (Primary function)
The Associate Director, U.S. Public Affairs, is a member of the U.S. team, with functional reporting to the Sr. Director, U.S. Public Affairs. The position is responsible for management and hands-on execution of key external brand and corporate communications initiatives, as well as leading advocacy relations for certain therapeutic areas, including Oncology. The position supports and executes U.S. advocacy strategy, aligning key interests between the company and patient groups by assisting in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs with partner organizations around shared interests.

Essential Functions of the Job  (Key responsibilities)

  • Support/drive U.S. communication strategies and programs for marketed brands and future indications that help meet business objectives.
  • Support the development and implementation of U.S. communication strategies and programs that strengthen brand and company reputation.
  • Work closely with U.S. commercial, advocacy and market access teams to address corporate/brand opportunities and challenges.
  • Develop and manage the review process for U.S. press releases and other materials (e.g., fact sheets, videos, Web and social content, etc.).
  • Support corporate strategic messages and enhance awareness/acceptance of brand, corporate and pipeline communications platforms among U.S. general, trade and on-line media, as well as external stakeholders (i.e., physicians, patients, caregivers, payors, advocates), as appropriate.
  • Provide guidance and develop proactive issues-management strategies, as needed, to protect the company and brand reputation.
  • Develop and implement strategies to partner effectively with patient advocacy groups in therapeutic areas important to the U.S. business, including but not limited to disease awareness and education and policy issues. Act as a key point of contact for oncology patient advocacy groups.
  • Work cross-functionally within Incyte to identify needs and opportunities relevant to patient advocacy groups.
  • Conduct assessments of patient and professional organizations and related groups to understand their capacity and interests.  Undertake periodic audits, circulates findings, and gain support within Incyte on strategic priorities and needs.
  • Design and implement advisory boards, meetings, and other activities and collaborations which enable internal understanding of needs and preferences of patients, families and caregivers, primarily in partnership with advocacy groups.
  • Establish shared objectives with organizations, lead joint programs, and orchestrate relationship management activities.  Develop effective and enduring relationships with members of the executive staff and board members of patient groups.
  • Support national and local advocacy initiatives.
  • Report results to internal and external allies and uses data to continuously improve programs.
  • Identify ways to bring the voice of the patient into the Company’s activities.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legal and regulatory policies and guidelines.

Qualifications (Minimal acceptable level of education, work experience, and competency)

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree in science, health or business-related field preferred.
  • 6-10 years of pharmaceutical experience; corporate experience preferred.
  • Experience in oncology public relations and advocacy relations.
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of the principles of effective advocacy.
  • Proficient in networking and ability to build strong relationships, both internally and externally.
  • Experience working across multiple departments in a global company.
  • Strong writing skills; sufficient science background to write press releases and other materials describing the Company’s work.
  • Familiarity with issues/sensitivities of corporate reputation management.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills.
  • High degrees of self-motivation and organization.
  • Experience managing agency team and adhering to budgets.
  • Ability to work independently, jump into a fast-moving environment and absorb information quickly.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and integrity, and the ability to build relationships and establish credibility at all levels
  • Travel required ~ 25% of the time.

Disclaimer:  The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications.   Management reserves the right to change or modify such duties as required.

Incyte Corporation is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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Job posted: 2020-04-27