Associate Director, Talent Acquisition Programs and Operations

Cambridge, MA
April 30 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Associate Director, Talent Acquisition Programs and Operations

The Role:

This new leadership role is an exciting opportunity to be a critical part of the talent engine fueling a high-growth organization that is radically changing the biotech industry. As Moderna continues to grow, we need a seasoned and ambitious Associate Director who can bring their creativity and energy to oversee key talent programs and recruiting operations. This role will manage a small team and will play an integral part of the TA Leadership Team. In addition, this person will act as coverage for the Head of Talent Acquisition and will work closely with Moderna executives on a regular basis.

This role is a fantastic way to grow into Talent Acquisition leadership and have broad visibility and responsibility. We work as a team, we believe in striving for excellence, and we are relentless in our pursuit of the best talent in the industry.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Create and lead innovative programs that support the talent engine at Moderna (candidate assessment platforms, interviewing for culture/values-fit, building future talent pipelines), and other external initiatives such as employer branding and candidate experience.
  • Lead Talent Acquisition operations - including a team of four. You will innovate and streamline recruiting processes, leveraging Workday and manage/mentor/develop a team.
  • Bring fresh external best practices, technologies and innovation to how Moderna Talent Acquisition can do its very best work.
  • Help lead and facilitate team meetings and propose new ways to bring a spirit of continuous learning into the Talent Acquisition team.
  • Assist in reporting on key recruiting metrics utilizing Workday or other digital systems.
  • Develop strong partnerships with Moderna HR Business Partners and Total Rewards teams.
  • Be BOLD and RELENTLESS in creating new ideas to identify, engage, attract, and assess talent into Moderna. You don't take 'no' for an answer and you have a proven track record solving even the largest recruiting or talent acquisition challenges.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • A minimum of 8+ years of progressive experience as an in-house corporate recruiter/recruiting operations and people manager in a high-growth biotech environment.
  • Experience managing HR projects across multiple functions, using digital tracking tools and driving others for results.
  • Proven track record of project management experience in the HR space, resulting in outcomes that have 'moved the needle' or been seen as innovative in the space.
  • Demonstrated commitment to be a true 'talent advisor' to the business and a respected leader in talent acquisition.
  • A deep interest in the candidate/employee experience and a passion for articulating a differentiated employer brand to the marketplace.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills - you are outgoing, communicative, and seek to build relationships on a daily basis.
  • You drive for results and set a high bar for yourself and others.
  • A natural ability to be highly organized in how you think, communicate and conduct your work.
  • A 'digital first' mentality - leveraging data and technology to make work more seamless and insightful.
  • A curious mindset that allows you to constantly learn and challenge the status quo. A desire to learn and develop as a leader.
  • Great pride and urgency in your work - you work in talent acquisition because you love it and enjoy having an impact on the growth of the Company.
  • Respect for others and a desire to work as a team and lead/mentor others. We win together.
  • A desire to be part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.
  • Strong experience using an integrated HRIS/ATS system, strong Excel and PowerPoint skills

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, 2 floating holidays, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 11 company paid holidays

Why join Moderna Therapeutics

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 .

Our Mission:
Deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients.


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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