Director, Scientific Communications & Publications

Seattle, WA, United States
Jun 06, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Director, Scientific Communications and Publications

The Director, Scientific Communications and Publications is responsible for leading and developing brand-specific scientific communication and publications strategy for Omeros' pipeline therapies. Reporting to the Head of Medical Affairs, this position contributes to all scientific and clinical communications and is responsible for the integration of disease state and clinical trials disclosure into Publications liaising with Clinical team and Data Analytics ensuring compliance of publications with forthcoming clinical trials transparency directives and guidance.

This individual will have strategic and operational responsibilities for all aspects of medical communications and scientific publications and is the interface of the Company for all people involved in scientific communications and publication matters.

Good things are happening at Omeros!

Come join our Omeros Medical Affairs Team!

Who is Omeros?

Omeros is a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to discovering, developing and commercializing small-molecule and protein therapeutics for large-market and orphan indications targeting inflammation, complement-mediated diseases, disorders of the central nervous system and immune-related diseases, including cancers. In addition to its commercial product OMIDRIA (phenylephrine and ketorolac intraocular solution) 1%/0.3%, Omeros has multiple phase 3 and phase 2 clinical-stage development programs focused on complement-mediated disorders and substance abuse. Omeros also has a diverse group of preclinical programs including GPR174, a novel target in immuno-oncology that modulates a new cancer immunity axis recently discovered by Omeros. Small-molecule inhibitors of GPR174 are part of Omeros' proprietary G proteincoupled receptor (GPCR) platform through which it controls 54 new GPCR drug targets and their corresponding compounds. The company also exclusively possesses a novel antibody-generating platform.

What are your job responsibilities?

  • Develop, implement, and execute the scientific publication and communication plans across the different therapeutic areas within the Omeros pipeline
  • Partner with the Medical Directors to ensure accurate and relevant content for publications, education and communication pieces
  • Lead the cross-function team in the development and execution of integrated, consistent medical communications, education and publication plans that support the brand (clinical, medical, commercialization) objectives and strategies
  • Develop effective processes and organization that will facilitate efficient, timely development and dissemination of high-quality scientific publication, education and communication plans to meet business needs
  • Work with Medical Affairs functions and cross functional team to ensure information transfer and appropriate utilization of publications into secondary communication and customer engagement tactics
  • Ensure adherence with relevant publication guidance and principles established by the ICMJE in Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication, Good Publication Practice for Pharmaceutical Companies (GPP3) and all other existing guidelines and regulations
  • Communicate publication and communication planning objectives and processes to key stakeholders and ensure their proactive involvement in delivery
  • Develop and report metrics to highlight publication activities in support of brands
  • Lead strategic planning and oversight of implementation of abstracts, posters, manuscripts, oral presentations for key meetings
  • Serve as the liaison between Non-Clinical, Clinical, Regulatory, HEOR, and Marketing regarding publications and communications
  • Monitor and implement industry trends for Good Writing Practices
  • Stay abreast of external regulatory & advisory developments in scientific publications and ensure that any new advances are provided to Omeros as applicable or necessary
  • Train cross functional team in ethical scientific publication practices and introduce policies and procedures to minimize risks of non-compliance
  • Explore & introduce alternative outsourcing & contracting options, as necessary to support the preparation of publications
  • Secure consultants for writing and analysis as required for on-going as well as short-term requirements, projects budgetary elements, commits and obligates expenditures, ensures timely payment
  • Manage publication planning agency partner
What education and experience do you need?

  • Advanced Degree (PhD, PharmD, MD) required
  • 10+ years of direct industry experience within the Pharmaceutical Medical Affairs environment
  • Proven track record to project manage and succeed
  • Demonstrated strong influence management skills and ability to lead cross- functional teams and work effectively across departments
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to all levels of the organization including executive management
  • Strong oral/written presentation skills
  • Fluent in English, both orally and written
  • Proficiency using medical/scientific publication databases/resources
  • Previous successful writing and publication historys
  • Prior work-related experience in the healthcare industrys
  • Understanding of scientific methodology with ability to understand clinical development including the phases, processes and techniques used within a clinical development environment from protocol design through regulatory submissions
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and knowledge of reference and bibliographic software and creation of reference databases are essential
  • 5 or more years medical writing experience, with at least 3 years of publication management experience
  • Familiarity with ICMJE, CONSORT, AMA, and other external standards for ensuring the quality and transparency of clinical publications
  • AMWA, BELS, STROBE and/or ISMPP certification a plus
  • Demonstrated leadership role within medical writing profession
  • Membership in either the International Society of Medical Publication Professionals (ISMPP) or the International Publication Planning Association (TIPPA) a plus.
Behavioral Competencies:

  • Detail-oriented, excellent multitasking ability, ability to drive process
  • Ability to successfully work in a fast-paced, ever changing environment
  • The ability to work well with management, peers, and subordinates fostering an effective team spirit
  • The ability to analyze, negotiate, and manage/measure work including effective problem solving and systems thinking skills
  • Effective conflict resolution skills
  • Collaboration, integrity
  • Leadership skills (solutions oriented, coaching, counseling, etc.)
  • Strategic thinking and prioritizing capacity
  • Problem-solving and systems thinking skills
  • Innovation and creativity
Other Requirements:

  • Substantial (> 30%) overnight travel is required.
Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws
  • Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems
Physical Demands Required:

  • Intermittent physical activity including bending, reaching and/or pushing, pulling, or lifting up to 40 lbs.
  • May encounter prolonged periods of sitting
  • May work around hazardous material.
If you have the experience, skills and knowledge we are seeking, we'd love to hear from you! This is an exciting opportunity for the right person!

Omeros is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.

It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodation to anyone with a disability who needs assistance completing the job application process. If you need assistance, you can either send an e-mail to or contact Omeros, asking for Human Resources, at (206) 676-5000