Associate Director, US Oncology Communications

Foster City, CA
Sep 24, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Associate Director, US Oncology Communications
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
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Reporting to the Senior Director, US Oncology Communications, this role will support the development and implementation of US-specific executions of global initiatives relating to Gilead's research and development efforts, current product portfolio, partnerships and programs spanning the oncology therapeutic area.

The role is responsible for helping to demonstrate Gilead's commitment to oncology by articulating Gilead's vision across external and internal audiences, raising awareness of unmet medical needs that our science and programs seek to address, and communicating progress against these goals.

This role works closely with cross-functional colleagues in the US Commercial Organization, Clinical Development, Medical Affairs, Government Affairs and Public Policy and engages colleagues across Public Affairs' global centers of expertise and global therapeutic area communications to help inform cross-functional priorities.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Collaborate with cross-functional partners to develop and maintain a therapeutic area narrative that serves as a framework to organize storytelling and messaging.
  • Develop tactics that strategically assert Gilead's point of view and demonstrate Gilead's commitment on issues relevant to the oncology therapeutic area. Ensure all materials are accurate and comply with business conduct and regulatory requirements.
  • Manage the submission, review and approval of all materials through Gilead's review committee process.
  • Monitor environment and media to anticipate and advise on key issues relating to the company's products and programs in the oncology therapeutic area. Disseminate relevant coverage to key internal teams.
  • Maintain an up-to-date understanding of issues relevant to Gilead's oncology business ensuring that talking points and key message documents are updated and disseminated among internal and external audiences in a timely, proactive manner.
  • Collaborate on programs related to oncology in other Public Affairs and Government Affairs centers of expertise, including corporate communications, community engagement, corporate giving and policy. Programs may include corporate advertising, corporate website and intranet content development, advocacy group engagement, funding opportunity announcements, among others.
  • Triage and respond to media inquiries.
  • Serve as daily point of contact with PR agency partners, providing agency teams with appropriate information and oversight to effectively implement programs in compliance with Gilead's business conduct policies.
  • Reconcile budgets on a monthly basis to help ensure spends are tracking to budget. Alert management to any under-/over-spends.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills:
  • Requires a BA degree in communications or public policy field and a minimum of 10 years of relevant experience, which includes 6-8 years of healthcare public relations experience or 8 years of relevant experience with a Master's Degree
  • Strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to multi-task and balance multiple competing priorities
  • Experience working in a matrixed organization
  • Ability to influence others and drive alignment across diverse teams
  • Ability and desire to work well with diverse employees and partners in a cooperative and constructive manner
  • Ability to interact with senior management, academic experts and patient advocates appropriately, with confidence and ease
  • A passion for engaging in public health and policy issues
  • Prior experience in oncology communications, advocacy, government affairs, marketing or medical affairs is highly desired
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge and experience using software applications such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Visio, etc.

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