Director, Corporate Communications

Seattle, South San Francisco, CA, United States
Jul 12, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

The Director of Corporate Communications will partner with the SVP, Corporate Operations, to shape and deliver the overall communication strategy for Sana. This role will partner closely with the CEO, Executive Leadership, Investor Relations, People team, and other key stakeholders to ensure consistent and aligned messages that reinforce Sana's strategy, values, and priorities. The ideal candidate will have the ability to influence others, drive alignment across diverse cross-functional teams, and execute several core deliverables within our overall communication strategy.


External Communications (PR, media, website, social media)
  • Partner with subject matter experts to craft and deliver a narrative / set of key messages that align with our branding strategy, communication principles, mission, and core values in a manner that enhances the perception and visibility of Sana as leader in cell and gene therapy.
  • Manage our PR / media firm in the drafting / distributing of news releases and responding to media inquiries.
  • Manage and further develop Sana's corporate website, in partnership with the Head of Investor Relations and our PR / media firm.
  • Manage and further develop Sana's social media strategy, in partnership with the People team and our Head of IDE.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional team members on external-facing materials and events, including branded, medical, industry, and research meetings and presentations, to ensure consistency with the company's approved messages and in line with our communication disclosure process.
  • Serve as a corporate brand ambassador and provide corporate communications recommendations as needed.

Internal Employee Communications
  • Partner with the CEO, SVP, Corporate Operations, and CPO to define the internal communication strategy that aligns with Sana's mission, core values and cultural goals. Develop the roadmap required to achieve the strategy and to provide continual and transparent communication to current employees.
  • Responsible for managing the calendar and preparing materials for all company meetings, including Weekly Huddles and Annual All Employee meetings. Partner with Head of IDE and CPO on content.
  • Own Sana Connect (company intranet) strategy, plans, design approach, and compliance. Focus on developing it to be a meaningful communication and collaboration channel by ensuring the content is relevant, helpful, and culturally appropriate.
  • Participate in creating the monthly newsletter to ensure the content is consistent with key messages and used in conjunction with other internal communication channels.
  • Partner with SVP, Corporate Operations, CPO, and Head of Recruiting on the recruiting communication strategy and deliverables. Support the people operations team in the development of a roadmap that supports the overall strategy and goals for sourcing new talent.
  • Manage vendors (developers, designers, infrastructure resources) for supporting the launch and sustainment of internal communication projects and channels.

  • At least 10+ years of marketing, communication, and/or brand management experience in a publicly-traded healthcare/biotechnology company
  • BA/BS degree required; advanced degree a plus
  • Proven ability to speak the language of a biotechnology company and break down complex scientific concepts for external audiences
  • Understanding of FDA and other regulations impacting communications
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills with proven ability to build and maintain relationships with company executives, media, patient advocacy organizations and other internal and external constituents
  • Effective resource management; can determine the appropriate use of internal vs. external resources
  • Proven ability to establish internal communication and change management best practices
  • Excellent written communication skills with a track record of generating clear, accurate, and compelling materials
  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation, influence, and communications skill with the proven ability to communicate effectively across all departments and levels of the organization
  • Is flexible and adaptable - Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced working environment and work diplomatically and tactfully with others
  • Proven capability to appropriately challenge status quo, drive and support innovation- including new ideas to streamline and enhance processes rather than solely implement current tactics
  • A mentor and leader of people, projects and teams: all team members deserve an engaged, thoughtful culture and people leader
  • An inclusive individual who thrives in a team-oriented environment
  • Demonstrate Sana's core values and the attributes that support these core values (Lead from every seat, Thrive as a team, Make it happen)
  • Working safely in person on a predictable and regular in-person basis is an essential job function for this position and the Company requires that all individuals working in-person, subject to certain exceptions, be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The job description listed above is representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

At Sana, we believe that a diverse workforce strengthens us as a company and helps us to achieve our mission to meaningfully change the outcome of many human diseases. This belief is a pillar of our business and is critical to our success. Our goal is that Sana is the place for talented people to bring their authentic selves to work, to have a great career and to deeply, positively impact patients.

The Company is committed to providing a workplace free of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental or sensory disability (including the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability), genetic information, actual or perceived HIV or Hepatitis C infection, medical condition (cancer or a record or history of cancer and genetic characteristics), marital status, sexual orientation, sexual preference, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), disability, veteran status, political ideology, taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Core to our values, we believe there is nothing more important than the health and wellness of you and your family. We cover 100% of the cost for employee health coverage and offer generous time-off, parental leave, short and long term disability, financial wellness programs, a 401(k) Plan, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, commuter subsidy and a variety of wellness offerings to support each person individually.