Associate Director, Communications

30 Aug, 2021


Associate Director, Communications

Cambridge, MA

The Role:
Moderna is seeking an Associate Director of Communications to lead integrated communications activities and help increase visibility for its science, business and reputation as a good corporate citizen and top employer, both internally and externally. This individual will work within the Corporate Affairs team and engage directly with leaders across the organization. We are seeking a candidate who can succeed in a fast-paced and highly collaborative environment, while also being self-motivated and able to work independently. This individual will be highly curious and energized by working in an area of emerging science, medicine and technology and thrive on helping a company tell a complex story internally and externally.

They will have excellent written and verbal communications skills; be fluent in social and digital communications engagement and strategy; have experience managing agencies and vendors; and be comfortable working with corporate and program teams across a complex organization and multiple sites and geographies. In addition, they will help develop and manage a range of initiatives, including the creation and execution of internal communications plans, corporate reputation activities and community and employee engagement programs that support our growing workforce, dynamic culture and commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The role will be based in Cambridge, MA and will report to the Chief Brand Officer and work closely with the Senior Director, Internal Communications.

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of internal and external communications strategies, programs and materials, engaging directly with internal and external stakeholders.

  • Collaborate across the organization to create internal resources and communications channels, helping employees connect to the company’s science, business, and each other.

  • Partner with internal departments to create and implement effective campaigns that support employee engagement, change management and recruiting. Seek opportunities to celebrate and promote internal partners’ news and success stories and Moderna as a top employer.

  • Work with internal groups to drive company education, belonging, inclusion and diversity programs, corporate responsibility efforts, and community outreach and engagement.

  • Establish and maintain relationships with HR partners to help develop Moderna’s employer brand and related internal and external communications.

  • Assist with town hall meetings, webcasts and other internal programs and employee initiatives.

  • Ensure alignment between internal and external communications messaging by partnering with other communications leaders.

  • Help maintain the company’s internal digital platforms and social media channels.

  • Increase awareness and visibility of Moderna’s leadership in mRNA science, platform, pipeline, technology and commitment to corporate responsibility and being an employer of choice.

  • Support corporate reputation programs, including awards, rankings, events and other accolades.

Here’s What You’ll Bring to the Table:

  • 8-10+ years of experience in internal and external communications – either in-house or working with corporate clients for a communications agency.

  • A high level of initiative, curiosity, strong work ethic, creativity and the ability to balance multiple assignments.

  • A deep interest in emerging science and innovation; understanding of drug development, biology or health technology preferred.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with strong attention to detail.

  • Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills across teams, cultures and geographies.

  • A collaborative, solution-oriented and problem-solving approach to challenges as well as being open-minded to new ideas and approaches.

  • Team player – both with internal colleagues and agency partners.

  • Ability to be flexible and work well under pressure with minimal supervision.

  • Adaptable, resourceful, driven, with a strong sense of ownership and dedication to personal excellence and constant improvement.

  • The personification of Moderna’s values of being Bold, Curious, Collaborative and Relentless.

  • Bachelor’s degree/Master’s in communications, marketing, journalism, organizational development or related field preferred.

Here’s What We’ll Bring to the Table:

  • On-site subsidized cafeteria or catered lunches
  • Company-provided iPhone
  • Free parking, monthly subway pass or a subsidized commuter rail pass
  • Free annual corporate membership to Bluebikes
  • Highly competitive healthcare coverage including: medical offered through BCBS (HMO/PPO), dental, and vision offered through VSP
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • 16 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 16 weeks 100% paid family caregiver leave
  • 20 weeks 100% paid medical leave
  • Eligible for “Moderna Month” (one month paid sabbatical after five years of service and eligible for additional one month paid sabbatical every 3 years thereafter)
  • Adoption assistance and discounts to local childcare centers, as well as access to
  • 401k (traditional and Roth offered) with 50% match on first 6% deferred. Match is vested immediately
  • A suite of Moderna paid insurance coverage, including: life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Voluntary legal assistance plan
  • 15 days’ vacation and 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 11 company paid holidays (includes 2 floating holidays)

About Moderna:

In 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a science research-stage company advancing programs in the promising-but-still-unproven field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with its first medicine having treated millions of people, a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across six modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for both clinical and commercial production at scale and at unprecedented speed. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna’s capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use of one of the earliest and most-effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna’s mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and auto-immune diseases. Today, 24 development programs are underway across these therapeutic areas, with 13 programs having entered the clinic. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past six years. To learn more, visit

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.


Our Mission and Vision

At Moderna we are pioneering the development of a new class of drugs made of messenger RNA (mRNA). This novel drug platform builds on the discovery that modified mRNA can direct the body’s cellular machinery to produce nearly any protein of interest, from native proteins to antibodies and other entirely novel protein constructs that can have therapeutic activity inside and outside of cells.

We have a clear mission to propel the field of mRNA science forward and deliver new medicines to patients and a unique vision for how to achieve this mission.

Our Mission: To deliver on the promise of transformative messenger RNA (mRNA) science to bring new medicines to patients.

Our Vision: To unlock the potential of mRNA by establishing an ecosystem of teams and partners that will work together to develop the broadest possible array of drugs, across diverse therapeutic areas and routes of administration, for serious diseases that are not treatable today.

Third Party Staffing Agencies

Moderna does not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from candidates. For the protection of all parties involved in the recruiting process, resumes will only be accepted from recruiters/agencies if a signed agreement is in place at the inception of the recruiting effort and authorized for a specified position. Unsolicited resumes sent to Moderna from recruiters/agencies do not constitute any type of relationship between the recruiter/agency and Moderna and do not obligate Moderna to pay fees if we hire from those resumes.

Reasonable Accommodation Notice

Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.  Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. Please inform the company’s personnel representative by calling 617-460-9346 or emailing if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.  Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.

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Job posted: 2021-08-30