Executive Director, Community/Patient Advocacy Lead

Foster City
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February 25 2021
Other, Education
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Executive Director, Community/Patient Advocacy Lead
United States - District of Columbia - Washington

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based bio-pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life-threatening diseases around the world. Gileads therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the companys five core values. Thats because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission-driven bio-pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly #CreatingPossible

Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life-threatening diseases worldwide. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

We have the following exciting opportunity in our Washington, DC location (flexible).

Executive Director - Community/Patient Advocacy Lead

Reporting to the Vice President of Public Affairs, this role will lead patient/community advocacy initiatives for Gilead's product and pipeline programs, with a specific emphasis in the area of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Oncology.

Position Description

Responsibilities Include:

  • Directs the enterprise-wide strategy, planning and implementation of patient advocacy outreach and partnerships with a focus in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Oncology access to care, treatment and prevention
  • Develops and implements specific plans that engage new patient voices, representative of today's HIV epidemic, with the shared goal of enhancing awareness of the disease and access to Gilead's innovative medicines
  • Identifies programs and opportunities for advocacy in the area of Hepatitis B and D and Oncology
  • Leads the development of relationships with a wide variety of community advocates, organizations and professionals
  • Maintains two-way dialogue with patient/community advocacy groups to understand priorities and opportunities for collaboration and support, and shares information on Gilead and our position on key issues
  • Collaborates and regularly participates as a member of cross-functional teams, representing external communications function; provides recommendations to help achieve company goals
  • Represents the voice of patient advocacy communities in internal planning
  • Together with Commercial and Medical Affairs, engages advocacy groups in listening sessions and advisory boards to gather insights to inform our decision-making
  • Together with Government Affairs and Policy and other internal teams, develops plans to communicate policy positions on issues such as disease prevention and access to care globally, including in less developed countries around the world

    Knowledge, Experience and Skills:

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience in patient advocacy and issues management
  • Demonstrated knowledge of regulations and principles specific to a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company
  • Experience managing multiple projects (timelines, budgets, priorities) simultaneously; flexibility is essential
  • Excellent strategic thinker with ability to formulate, develop and execute on agreed strategies
  • Strong executive presence with ability to command respect with both external and internal stakeholders
  • Successful collaboration within cross-functional teams
  • Requires a BA degree in communications, liberal arts, business or science-oriented field and minimum 16+ years of relevant experience; advanced degree in social work or related healthcare field preferred
  • Knowledge of Gilead's area of therapeutic focus, specifically HIV/AIDS, is required

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    As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact careers@gilead.com for assistance.

    For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the EEO is the Law' poster.



    Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

    Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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