Sr. Director, Corporate Communication Lead, R&D and Medical

30 Aug, 2021

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Sr. Director, Corporate Communication Lead, R&D and Medical

Moderna
Cambridge, MA

The Role:
Moderna is seeking a Senior Director, Corporate Communication Lead, R&D and Medical to work closely with the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer in developing and executing the integrated global corporate affairs strategy, which includes corporate communication, corporate social responsibility, foundation/philanthropy support, crisis communication and issues management, and brand and reputation management within the earned media space.

S/he will have a particular focus on integrating a communications strategy across functions and therapeutic areas within R&D and Medical.  With a special focus on these areas, s/he will strengthen the company’s reputation by developing, enhancing and protecting its brand narrative, and supporting additional brand-related activities as appropriate and cleared by the Chief Brand Officer.

We are seeking a candidate who can thrive in a fast-paced and highly creative 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 the company tell a complex story externally.

S/he will have excellent written and verbal communications skills; be fluent in social and digital communications engagement and strategy; have experience working with media (ideally in the healthcare space); and be comfortable working with corporate and program teams across a complex organization and multiple sites. In addition to communicating about our platform, pipeline and the disease areas we’re focused on, they will also help drive awareness of our commitment to corporate social responsibility.

The role will be based in Cambridge, MA, will report to the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer and will be a key member of the Corporate Affairs leadership team.

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  • Support Moderna’s mission by partnering with the President of Moderna, Chief Medical Officer and their leadership teams to establish all short- and long-term corporate affairs and communication strategic plans for key stakeholders, and enterprise-level plans in areas that intersect with Moderna’s rich scientific and medical ambitions

  • Provide execution planning for these strategies, including in some cases direct executional support and in some cases leadership of agency or contractor resources

  • Build direct and productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders necessary for effective execution of these plans, including medical opinion leaders, journalists, internal subject matter experts, executives in other functional areas and select Board members

  • Participate as member of both the R&D and Medical leadership teams, supporting the teams with communication strategies and plans and bringing insight and input to the teams from perspectives of media and other stakeholders with which you are engaging

  • Inform and engage the enterprise media relations team on all proactive strategies, opportunistic situations and potential reactive matters which involve earned media

  • Coordinate on media outreach approach, spokespeople and briefing responsibilities

  • Inform and engage head of Corporate Affairs and appropriate other teams on all proactive strategies, opportunistic situations and potential reactive matters with enterprise implications

  • Work with key industry, technology, business partners and strategic collaborators in developing opportunities for joint engagement

  • Lead or support additional projects as needed

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

  • 10+ years of experience in Corporate Affairs in a biopharma, healthcare or similar science-led, regulated industry, included demonstrated functional leadership

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in communications, marketing, or life sciences preferred

  • Strong executive presence; proven ability to work with and influence senior leadership effectively and appropriately

  • Experience and adeptness in rapid response in a complex and fast-paced organization

  • Demonstrated sound judgement

  • Proven track record of driving science communications

  • An understanding of the drug development process and biopharma space; prior experience working on topics related to oncology, rare diseases or infectious diseases is helpful but not required

  • Genuine interest in media relations, social media and commitment to staying current on healthcare news

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills & relationship-builder, including media relationships

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

  • Ability to develop trusted relationships and engage with senior leaders as well as the confidence to coach them in a candid manner

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

  • Collaborative approach Team player – both with internal colleagues and agency partners

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

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

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 care.com
  • 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 www.modernatx.com.

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.

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Job posted: 2021-08-30