Senior Director, Public Affairs, Global Therapeutic Area Communications, HIV Prevention & Cure

01 May, 2023


Senior Director, Public Affairs, Global Therapeutic Area Communications, HIV Prevention & Cure

Gilead Sciences, Inc.

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Job Description

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis, and cancer. Gilead operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.


Senior Director, Public Affairs, Global Therapeutic Area Communications, HIV Prevention & Cure


Reporting to the Executive Director of Public Affairs, Global Therapeutic Area Communications, Virology, this role will develop and implement global communications about Gilead’s research and development efforts, current product portfolio, partnerships, programs, and initiatives in the area of HIV prevention and cure. The role is responsible for helping to demonstrate Gilead’s leadership in the field of 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 Global Commercial Strategy & Operations, Clinical Development, Virology Research, Value & Access, Medical Affairs, Government Affairs and Policy. This role will also engage colleagues across Public Affairs’ global centers of expertise and regional/country teams to help inform cross-functional priorities and drive tailored implementation at a local level.


Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners and across geographies to develop a global communications strategy to help expand access to current and future innovations in the field of HIV prevention, and cure research.

  • Act as key strategic communications advisor to the cross-functional HIV pipeline program strategy teams.

  • Drive development of communications strategies, programs, and materials to support pipeline candidates, clinical studies in specific populations, regulatory filings, and novel educational and access-related initiatives.

  • Oversee corporate storytelling related to Gilead’s intent and impact in HIV prevention and cure across external and internal channels.

  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of issues relevant to Gilead’s HIV prevention portfolio ensuring that talking points and key message documents are updated and disseminated among internal and external audiences in a timely, proactive manner.

  • Partner with Global Advocacy to support the development novel initiatives and partnerships to address societal and systemic barriers to the broadscale uptake of biomedical interventions for HIV prevention.

  • 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.

  • Partner with the Corporate media relations team to support and maintain relationships with key top-tier and trade reporters to shape reporting on Gilead’s HIV product portfolio, pipeline, and approach to access.

  • Manage PR agency partners, providing agency teams with appropriate information and oversight to effectively implement programs in compliance with Gilead’s business conduct policies

  • Manage the submission, review, and approval of all materials through Gilead’s Global review committee process

  • Manage budgets to target, ensuring appropriate investment in priority work and identifying ways to optimize resources


Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

  • BA degree in communications, liberal arts, business or science-oriented field and 14 years of relevant experience, which includes 10-12 years of healthcare public relations experience or master’s degree with 12 years of experience.

  • Education and experience in managing public health issues strongly preferred.

  • Prior experience and a passion for HIV is preferred.

  • 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 including both in different functions and geographies.

  • A passion for engaging in public health and policy issues.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of regulations governing communications for a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company

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The salary range for this position is: $209,865.00 – $271,590.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock-based long-term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company-sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans*.


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* Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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Job posted: 2023-05-01