Senior Director, Public Relations

01 May, 2022


Senior Director, Public Relations

San Diego, CA

We are a public company with 9100 employees and $4.5B in revenue. We are the global leader in DNA sequencing and array-based technologies improving human health in ways that were not even imaginable just a few years ago.

We are tackling some of the world’s most profound problems like hunger, cancer, infectious disease, and rare disease by unlocking the power of the genome.

Illumina has developed one of the world’s most comprehensive genomics portfolio of integrated systems, consumables, and analysis tools. Today, our technology is responsible for generating more than 90% of the world’s sequencing data.

We are one of Time Magazine’s Most Influential Companies – see why here:

We are seeking an experienced Public Relations (PR) professional to join the Illumina Communications Team as Head of PR. This role is responsible for leading the company’s media and executive visibility strategies, as well as developing campaigns that showcase our industry-leading research and innovations.

The Head of PR is responsible for Illumina’s PR strategy. They build and foster positive relationships with key writers, reporters, and correspondents across the media landscape to advance the company’s communications and business priorities. They also partner with others on the Communications team to develop storytelling and proactive brand-building strategies.

This is a highly collaborative position that works closely with executives and key stakeholders across the enterprise and geographies. The Head of PR will also serve as the chief spokesperson for the company.

The Head of PR reports to the Vice President of Corporate Communications and will supervise members of the PR Team.

Responsibilities Include

  • Lead the Public Relations function for Illumina
  • Develop earned, owned, and shared media strategies to showcase the Illumina story in print, broadcast, and online media
  • Build and foster positive relationships with key science writers, reporters, and correspondents at key print, online and broadcast media outlets
  • Manage media inquiries and interview requests in a timely manner
  • Develop, write, and distribute effective communications materials including press releases, messaging documents, talking points, and briefing documents
  • Provide media coaching and support for Illumina’s leadership and scientific members
  • Build and elevate external profiles for investigators and leaders and seek out external facing opportunities to drive visibility and thought leadership
  • Ensure Illumina has an updated media contact list at all times
  • Monitor, analyze, and communicate media relations results on a quarterly basis and modify PR strategies accordingly
  • Other duties as assigned

Experience And Qualifications

  • BA/BS or MS Degree in public relations, journalism, communications or related field
  • 20+ years of directly relevant communications experience with at least 10 years of media/public relations experience with proven success garnering earned media
  • 7-10 years of media relations/public relations experience in life sciences, healthcare or academia
  • Proven success in developing and executing marquis media relations programs
  • Proficient in using Microsoft Office Suite
  • Excellent communications and project management skills
  • Proven superior writing skills across a range of mediums (press releases, reporter pitches, presentation scripts)

Concerns regarding COVID-19 continue as positive cases are experienced in the communities in which we operate. Please be aware that, as a condition of employment, Illumina may require proof of COVID vaccination in accordance with local statutory requirements (subject to limited exceptions) beginning November 1, 2021.

At Illumina, we strive to foster a diverse and inclusive workplace by cultivating an environment in which everyone contributes to our mission. Built on a strong foundation, Illumina has always been rooted in openness, collaboration, and seeking alternative views and perspectives to propel innovation in genomics. We are proud to confirm a zero-net gap in pay, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or race. We also have several Employee Resource Groups (ERG) that deliver career development experiences, increase cultural awareness, and demonstrate our collective commitment to diversity and inclusion in the communities we live and work. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer committed to providing employment opportunity regardless of sex, race, creed, color, gender, religion, marital status, domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, pregnancy, military or veteran status, citizenship status, and genetic information. If you require accommodation to complete the application or interview process, please contact To learn more, visit:

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Job posted: 2022-05-01