Senior Director, Advocacy

19 Dec, 2021


Senior Director, Advocacy

Gaithersburg, MD

Job Details


**This position requires that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless you need a reasonable accommodation for a religious belief or a health-related need.**

If you find science, speed, and success exhilarating, you have come to the right place.

Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) is a biotechnology company that promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases. Novavax is currently conducting multiple late-stage clinical trials for NVX-CoV2373, our vaccine candidate against the virus that causes COVID-19, and has recently reported exciting and highly encouraging initial efficacy results. NanoFlu, our quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, met all primary objectives in its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial in older adults. Both candidate vaccines incorporate Novavax’ proprietary saponin-based Matrix-M adjuvant to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies. Novavax is a leading innovator of recombinant vaccines. Our proprietary technology platform leverages the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce highly immunogenic nanoparticles in order to address urgent global health needs.

Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic.

The Senior Director of Advocacy will create, enhance, direct, and sustain an ongoing network of credible Novavax relationships among and between provider, policy and patient/consumer organizations that touch our relevant population/s in the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. Additionally in this role the Sr. Director will work closely with the Global VP of Advocacy to design strategic plans across the globe and facilitate exceptional working relationships across internal functions.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners to provide relevant advocates to support various approvals, tender agreements, and clinical recommendations.
  • Help drive education and advocacy that is consistent with our organizational mission and objectives.
  • Work with Communications, Marketing, Medical Affairs, and external vendors to create educational programs that elevate our corporate reputation, diminish vaccine hesitancy, demonstrate the company’s commitment to global equity, vaccine options, diversity, proven science, and patient safety.
  • Participate in various vaccine policy and access forums.
  • Activate third-party educational initiatives, social media, workshops, symposia, webinars, and innovative patient programs that deliver our message.
  • Galvanize collective action to enhance or defend our business interests.
  • Integrate mutual partnerships that drive education about our vaccines and their benefits.
  • Represent the company at corporate roundtables and relevant national/local conferences.
  • Lead cross-functional Advocacy strategies with Government Affairs, Market Access, Marketing and Communications, Sales, Medical Education, Regulatory, Compliance and R&D.
  • Provide guidance about sponsorships and support for third-party organizations.
  • Ensure legal and regulatory compliance.
  • Help foster employee engagement through internal events that showcase the patient journey.

Minimum requirements:

  • Strategic leadership with a minimum of 10 years in Advocacy in the industry, preferably within our therapeutic vaccine market/s. Existing related relationships.
  • BA/BS Degree or higher
  • Ability to cultivate, sustain and enhance relationships with key influencers and organizations in a variety of therapeutic areas.
  • Track record of excellence in managing people and teams
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, collaboration and cross-functional teamwork
  • Clinical acumen and passion for patients and families
  • Keep understanding of industry compliance regulations, including educational grants, contributions and third-party contracts.
  • Ability to plan, manage and anticipate future budget needs.
  • Innovative, uncovering and evaluating key strategic partnerships that best align with key objectives.
  • Possess strong oral and written communications skills.
  • Demonstrates judgement and discernment with diplomacy.
  • Communicates consistent criteria for external engagement.
  • Creates awareness and strong independent allies to unify the community around legislative activities, FDA/ACIP hearings, contracts, tenders and guidelines.
  • Elevates the company’s reputation as an “engaged participant” in our third-party communities.
  • Provides appropriate counsel to Senior Management.
  • Orchestrates opportunities for Senior Management to meet with priority stakeholders.
  • Align with internal stakeholders to positively enhance strategic initiatives, planning, education, public policy and market access.
  • Help filed sales optimize Advocacy relations on the local level throughout the world.
  • Enhance employee engagement by providing the patient/parent and third-party organization perspective to employees.
  • Assists Corporate Communications and Marketing with special events and media outreach.
  • Orchestrates clinical educational days and facility tours for external stakeholders.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Clinical background a plus but not required.

Other Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong clinical knowledge and empathy for patients
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities
  • Cross-Functional Team Player
  • Acts with integrity and credibility as an “ambassador” for the company
  • Strong inspirational leadership, Problem solver,
  • Adaptability
  • Fiscally Sound Budget Manager

Work Environment:


  • 40% Travel


  • Field-Based

Novavax offers a base salary, annual bonus, equity grants, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Novavax is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment and advancement opportunities are available to all individuals on an at-will basis, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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Job posted: 2021-12-19