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Director Leadership Communications, Development

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Foster City, CA
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Mar 18, 2023

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Director Leadership Communications, Development
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

For Current Gilead Employees and Contractors:

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At Gilead we believe every employee deserves a great leader. As a people leader now or in the future, we expect that you will model and create an environment of inclusion, be intentionally focused on the hiring, development, growth and retention of talent, and empower teams to align and achieve goals.
Job Description

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life-threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis, and cancer. Gilead operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

The person in this role will provide communications guidance, strategy and support for Gilead's Development organization, including direct support for the EVP and Chief Medical Officer. In close collaboration with the Leadership Communications team and cross-functional partners within Development - including the Chief of Staff and Sr. Director, Change Management and Communications - this person will help create and execute long-term internal and external messaging strategies for Gilead's Development organization. This person will also contribute interesting and relevant content for Gilead's internal and external channels to demonstrate the company's commitment to improving human health. Additionally, the Director, Leadership Communications - Development will flex, as needed, to work on cross-functional projects with input from other functions, such as Human Resources, Commercial, Corporate and Legal Affairs and Finance.

This role reports to the Senior Director, Leadership Communications.

Essential Duties and Job Functions

  • Provide leadership and functional communications guidance and strategy for Gilead's Development organization, using existing and new channels and tools to deliver messages, including developing content for town halls, all-employee meetings, emails, social media, etc.
  • Create and execute on a dynamic, comprehensive communications strategy for Development, raising the profile of the function within Gilead and externally and encompassing all audiences, including employees, prospective candidates and industry peers
  • Develop a deep, intuitive understanding of Gilead's business, specifically the Development organization, to provide the best possible strategic counsel to leaders and their teams, and to anticipate their communications needs
  • Develop and execute a Development leadership communications strategy to advance proper cascade of information throughout the function
  • As a member of the Internal and Leadership Communications team, surface interesting stories that support our company narrative and build engagement and passion for Gilead in our employees and external audiences
  • Consistently stay aware of current and relevant trends in communications, such as person-first and anti-racist language
  • Together with the team, constantly push for new ideas, better platforms, new ways of connecting with employees; understanding what's coming next, bringing these ideas to Gilead and interpreting them in a way that works for our audiences
  • Together with the Sr. Director, Leadership Communications, support the Chief Medical Officer with internal and external speaking opportunities, including content creation, prep, and providing feedback
  • Work closely with the employee engagement team to help leaders build morale and engagement and stay connected with their teams
  • Build and maintain networks within Public Affairs, in Development, and in other functions to better understand the needs and sentiment of the employee population

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

  • Typically requires a BA degree in communications, liberal arts, business or science-oriented field and 12 years + of relevant experience which includes 8-10 years of healthcare public relations experience or 10 years of relevant experience with a master's degree
  • Expert written communications skills, passion for telling stories well
  • Curiosity for continually learning new skills and knowledge, even when their application to the work at hand is not always immediately clear
  • Excellent verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Background in biopharma or science writing preferred
  • Demonstrated executive presence, ability and ease working with senior leaders
  • Exceptional track record in employee communications and engagement
  • A knack for navigating ambiguity and making decisions with incomplete information
  • Ability to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams and agencies
  • Skill for managing multiple, high-urgency projects simultaneously; flexibility is essential
  • Strong project management capabilities
  • Understanding of regulations and principles specific to communications for a publicly traded biopharmaceutical company

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As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. Employment decisions regarding recruitment and selection will be made without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, genetic information or characteristic, gender identity and expression, veteran status, or other non-job related characteristics or other prohibited grounds specified in applicable federal, state and local laws. In order to ensure reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, applicants who require accommodation in the job application process may contact for assistance.

Following extensive monitoring, research, consideration of business implications and advice from internal and external experts, Gilead has made the decision to require all U.S., Canada, Australia, Singapore, and Hong Kong employees and contractors to receive the COVID-19 vaccines as a condition of employment. “Full vaccination” is defined as two weeks after both doses of a two-dose vaccine or two weeks since a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, either because of a sincerely held religious belief or a medical condition or disability that prevents them from being vaccinated, can request a reasonable accommodation.​

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the 'Know Your Rights' poster.



Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

For Current Gilead Employees and Contractors:

Please log onto your Internal Career Site to apply for this job.



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. Headquartered in Foster City, California, Gilead has operations in North America, Europe and Australia.

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