Director, Communications

insitro inc
South San Francisco, CA
May 16, 2022
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
The Opportunity
At insitro, we are combining human biology at scale and machine learning to discover and develop new therapeutics. The heart of our strategy is to produce and integrate large data sets that will drive machine learning and yield key biological insights. This strategy requires a seamless, robust, and effective operation enabled by deep collaboration between cell and molecular biologists, drug hunters, software and data engineers and machine learners and simultaneously spans internal and partnered projects.

We are seeking an experienced Director of Communications to shape and action a well-rounded external and internal communications strategy in close partnership with our external communications and media partners as well as insitro’s People team and other senior leaders. 

This role offers the right candidate an outstanding chance to build a communications strategy that highlights insitro's ground breaking science and how computational approaches can make a profound impact on drug discovery and development of new medicines for patients in need. You will also develop a robust strategy internally that unites our team of insitrocytes in a way that allows for flawless execution of our bold ambition to transform drug discovery with machine learning and data at scale. 

In your first year, you can expect the following areas of focus in a balance between External and Internal communications efforts: 

External Communications: 
- Develop and implement a crucial communications strategy and establish a cadence of communication that improves the transparency and perception of insitro as a pioneer in biology discovery, drug discovery & development and machine learning, by highlighting our science, milestones, and the insitro team
- Frame the way we communicate about the bleeding edge science happening at the intersection of biotech and tech -- across all insitro channels and voices 
- Ensure consistent and accurate representation of the company’s mission, vision, values, culture, and strategy into all communications
- Manage our external media partner and own the overall content calendar; partner with this excellent team to support content creation, in partnership with Corporate Development, Strategy and IR colleagues which includes drafting/updating of corporate communications materials including press releases, Management Q&As, social media content, fact sheets, interview briefs, and talking points
- Maintain insitro’s corporate communication vehicles, including ongoing maintenance and accuracy of the corporate website and corporate presentation
- Create and execute on social media channels, as well as monitoring metric analyses.
- Create consistent corporate messaging in preparation for company milestones, medical conferences, investor conferences, and other events
- Support best practices on scientific communications planning, including managing a calendar of key academic conferences, submission dates, and work with insitro’s scientific leadership, publications committee and project management teams to ensure strong execution and disclosure cadence 
- Monitor industry and competitor developments and prepare proactive and reactive plans as needed

Internal Communications: 
- Partner with functional leaders and subject matter experts to manage a clear and compelling corporate narrative that articulates our principles, mission and core values
- In partnership with the People team, develop an effective employee communications strategy that strengthens employer branding, recruitment, employee engagement, and company culture 
- In close collaboration with the Legal team, People team and other leadership teams as appropriate, support preparations and execution of issues management when needed 
- Streamline and bring consistency to all internal communications channels
- Support executive communications internally and externally
- Collaborate with cross-functional team members on externally-facing scientific materials for research meetings and presentations
- Push the boundaries on how stories are told to different audiences who are coming in with different experiences and perspectives 

Successful Candidates will:
- Know how it’s done -- …have deep experience and expertise in all aspects of biotech communications across the 5Cs: channels, content, calendars, colleagues, collaboration 
- And be eager to do things differently and better -- …have insatiable curiosity and eagerness to collaborate with and learn from a multitude of talented colleagues from a broad range of disciplines and experience paths

About you: 
- At least 10+ years of communications experience in a healthcare/biotechnology company, with experience leading communications functions within a publicly traded company including disclosure rules and regulations; high tech experience is highly desired
- BA/BS degree required; advanced degree a plus
- Proven ability to speak the language of a drug discovery and biotechnology company and ability to simplify and ably communicate complex scientific concepts to external audiences
- Understanding of FDA and other regulations impacting healthcare communications
- Exceptional interpersonal skills with proven ability to build and maintain relationships with company executives, media, patient advocacy organizations and other internal and external stakeholders 
- Ability to develop high-quality communications materials that are aligned with company goals and messages, including press releases, fact sheets, talking points, and Q&A documents
- Flexibility, adaptability, and demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment and work diplomatically and tactfully with others
- Effective resource management to determine reliance on internal vs. external resources 
- Proven ability to establish internal communication and change management best practices
- Capable of appropriately challenging the status quo, and forging new ground, while driving and supporting innovation

Benefits at insitro
- Excellent medical, dental, and vision coverage; insitro pays 100% of premiums for employees
- Excellent mental health and well-being support
- Open vacation policy
- Access to free onsite baristas and cafe with daily lunch and breakfast
- Access to free onsite fitness center
- Commuter benefits
- Paid parental leave
- Competitive pay and 401(k) matching
- Flexible work schedule (on site and remote)

About insitro
insitro is a data-driven drug discovery and development company using machine learning and data at scale to transform the way that drugs are discovered and developed for patients. insitro is developing predictive machine learning models to discover underlying biologic state based on human cohort data and in-house generated cellular data at scale. These predictive models can be brought to bear on key bottlenecks in pharmaceutical R&D to advance novel targets and patient biomarkers, design therapeutics, and inform clinical strategy. insitro is advancing a wholly owned and partnered pipeline of biologic insights and molecules in neuroscience and metabolic diseases. Since formation in mid 2018, insitro has raised over $700 million from top tech, biotech, and crossover investors and from collaborations with pharmaceutical partners. For more information on insitro, please visit the company’s website at