Associate Director/ Sr. Manager, External Communications

Cambridge, MA
May 11 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Associate Director/ Sr. Manager, External Communications

The Role:
Moderna is seeking an AD/Senior Manager of External Communications to lead media relations activities and help increase visibility for its science, pipeline and commitment to bringing a new class of medicines to patients. This individual will work within the Corporate Affairs team and engage directly with business, science, development and technology leaders throughout the organization - in addition to many external stakeholders. We are seeking a candidate who is ready for the next step in their career, 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 a company tell a complex story externally.

They 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 and will report to the Chief Corporate Affairs Officer.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Increase awareness of Moderna's leadership in mRNA science, platform, pipeline, technology and commitment to citizenship
  • Establish and strengthen relationships with reporters (across focus/interest areas and geographies); ensure proactive engagement and timely responses
  • Serve as a company spokesperson (including quarterly calls, data unblindings, publications, regulatory milestones and medical meetings)
  • Assist with the development of external communications strategies, programs and materials, engaging directly with internal and external stakeholders
  • Advocate for communications approaches internally that help reporters stay apprised of our news and make our updates easily understandable to a broad external audience
  • Work closely with company leaders to prepare them for media interviews; provide candid and actionable feedback to help them continue to improve their communications skills
  • Work with agency partners to develop and execute digital and social media plans
  • Help maintain the company website and other digital and social media channels
  • Partner with HR to help develop Moderna's employer brand proposition and external communications
  • Keep management updated on breaking industry or company-specific news
  • Work with key industry, technology, business partners and strategic collaborators in developing opportunities for joint engagement
  • As needed, help support town halls and other internal programs and employee initiatives

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • 5-8 years of experience in public relations - either in-house or working with corporate clients for a communications agency
  • An understanding of the drug development process and biopharma space is necessary; 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
  • Track record of quick follow up with others
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bachelor's Degree is required

Here's What We'll Bring to the Table:
  • Daily on-site catered lunches
  • Company-provided iPhone
  • Free parking, monthly subway pass or a subsidized commuter rail pass
  • 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
  • Adoption assistance and discounts to local childcare centers, as well as access to
  • 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

Why Join Moderna

At Moderna, we believe messenger RNA, or mRNA, is the "software of life." Every cell in the body uses mRNA to provide real-time instructions to make the proteins necessary to drive all aspects of biology, including in human health and disease. Given its essential role, we believe mRNA could be used to create a new category of medicines with significant potential to improve the lives of patients.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Moderna currently has strategic alliances for development programs with AstraZeneca, Plc. and Merck, Inc., as well as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense; and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Moderna has been ranked in the top ten of Science's list of top biopharma industry employers for the past four years. To learn more, visit .


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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