Director, Social Media

Foster City, CA, US
Oct 20, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Director, Social Media
United States - California - Foster City

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. Gilead’s 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 company’s five core values. That’s 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

Director, Social Media

Reporting to the Executive Director, Corporate Content and Social Media, this individual will lead the development and execution of the company's social media strategy. This person will partner closely with colleagues on the corporate communications team, as well as with our therapeutic area communications, community engagement and corporate giving teams, to deliver impactful campaigns that advance our story.

Essential Duties and Job Functions


  • Lead the company's corporate social media program, working with colleagues across the organization to develop engaging, vibrant, best-in-industry social media content and campaigns.
  • Manage external agency partners to develop social media content and campaigns, overseeing creation of paid social strategy and ensuring that high-quality content is delivered on time, with appropriate quality control.
  • Partner closely with media relations, corporate communications and entire public affairs team to ensure that our social media content elevates our brand and shapes the internal/external narrative about our work.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on corporate content team to contribute to and execute against an editorial calendar, reflecting events and trends, externally and internally, locally and globally.
  • Work closely with media and analytics team, to use data to drive campaigns and ensure we are reaching target audiences.
  • Amplify newsroom content and other campaigns through earned media in partnership with media and analytics team.
  • Provide input to ensure corporate narrative and brand are well represented in all content.
  • Work closely with employee engagement team to ensure that we are telling positive stories, internally and externally, about Gilead's culture.


Knowledge, Experience and Skills




  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • BA/BS degree in communications, liberal arts, business or science-oriented field and 12+ years of relevant experience, or MA/MS and 10+ years of relevant experience
  • At least 8 years of experience in pharmaceutical industry leading a team with two or more direct reports
  • Previous experience leading programmatic work
  • Deep understanding of paid/organic social media
  • Knowledge of analytics frameworks that help teams understand data and how it impacts communications efforts
  • Demonstrated experience developing and executing a social/digital media strategy from ideation to execution
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams and agencies
  • Demonstrated success in managing multiple, high-urgency projects simultaneously; flexibility is essential
  • Strong project and budget management capabilities
  • Understanding of regulations and principles specific to communications for a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company



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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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