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Director, Public Affairs, U.S. HIV Communications
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Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting millions of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases.
This role will be based in Foster City, CA, DC office or possibly remote for the right candidate.
Director, Public Affairs, U.S. HIV Communications
Reporting to the Senior Director of Public Affairs, U.S. Virology, this role will develop and implement U.S. campaigns and initiatives relating to Gilead’s research and development efforts, current product portfolio, partnerships and programs spanning the areas of HIV prevention, treatment and cure.
The role is responsible for driving managed markets and U.S. issues management communications in the HIV therapeutic area, liaising closely with the U.S. Government Affairs and Policy organization. The successful candidate will help demonstrate Gilead’s leadership in HIV by articulating Gilead’s vision across external and internal audiences, raising awareness of unmet medical, systemic and social needs that our science and programs seek to address, and communicating progress against these goals. This role works closely with cross-functional colleagues in the U.S. Commercial, Government Affairs and Policy, Legal, and Medical Affairs organizations, and engages colleagues across Public Affairs’ global centers of expertise to help inform cross-functional priorities from a U.S. perspective.
- Drive management of issues related to Gilead’s U.S. HIV business and specifically, managed markets.
- Consult with cross functional colleagues in other Corporate and Legal Affairs centers of expertise, including corporate legal, business conduct, corporate communications, community engagement, corporate giving and policy to determine appropriate courses of action in managing potential issues and develop forward looking strategies and plans.
- Collaborate with cross-functional partners to develop and maintain a therapeutic area narrative that serves as a framework to organize storytelling and messaging.
- Develop proactive reputation platforms and tactics that strategically assert Gilead’s point of view and demonstrate Gilead’s leadership on issues relevant to the HIV therapeutic area in the U.S. Ensure all materials are accurate and comply with business conduct and regulatory requirements.
- Manage the submission, review and approval of materials through Gilead’s review committee process.
- Develop a “listening post” and codify an issues management playbook to anticipate and then advise on key issues relating to the company’s products and programs in the HIV therapeutic area.
- Maintain an up-to-date understanding of issues relevant to Gilead’s HIV business ensuring that talking points and key message documents are updated and disseminated among internal and external audiences in a timely, proactive manner.
- Collaborate on programs related to HIV in other Public Affairs and Government Affairs centers of expertise, including corporate communications, community engagement, corporate giving and policy. Programs may include corporate advertising, corporate website and intranet content development, advocacy group engagement, funding opportunity announcements, among others.
- Triage and respond to media inquiries. Maintain relationships with key top-tier and trade reporters to shape reporting on Gilead’s HIV product portfolio, pipeline and patient support.
Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
- Typically requires a BA degree in communications, liberal arts, business or science-oriented field and 12 years + of relevant experience which includes 8-10 years of healthcare public relations experience or 10 years of relevant experience with a master’s degree
- Expertise in issues management, crisis communications and media relations
- A strong understanding of the US market access environment is essential
- Demonstrated experience driving communications plans that support business priorities
- Track record of developing and leading reputation building campaigns
- Ability to interact with senior management, academic experts and patient advocates appropriately, with confidence and ease
- Ability to influence others and drive alignment across diverse teams
- A passion for engaging in public health and policy issues
- Prior experience in HIV communications, advocacy, government affairs, marketing or medical affairs is highly desired
- Demonstrated knowledge of regulations governing communications for a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company
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Job posted: 2022-08-31