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Sr. Director, Chief of Staff - Research & Early Development

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
May 9, 2023

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The Role:

Moderna continues to advance its novel mRNA platform to expand the R&D pipeline and portfolio and open new therapeutic applications. Innovation of the platform and pursuit of therapies will enable Moderna to achieve its mission to deliver the greatest possible impact to people through mRNA medicines. Research and Early Development is core to Modernas mission, responsible for mRNA platform research, therapeutics discovery and preclinical development, and non-clinical sciences.

The RED Chief of Staff will support the SVP, Research and Early Development (RED) to deliver on functional goals, objectives, and strategic programs. This role will act as a critical integration point within RED and between RED and partner organizations. The chief of staff will operate closely with the SVP, RED and act as a thought partner and trusted executor for a variety of critical tasks and initiatives, anticipating challenges, navigating organizations, and implementing solutions with limited oversight.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Coordinate and integrate organizational and functional goals and objectives across R&ED, and collaborate with functional leads to monitor progress and pivots

  • Partner with functional leaders to frame and execute on initiatives to build or improve capabilities, operating models, and business processes to achieve functional, R&D and enterprise-level objectives

  • Lead communication and change management activities, acting as the integration hub of information and ensuring coordinated distribution and cultural consistency

  • Build and drive agendas for RED and Therapeutics Research Leadership Team meetings; synthesize and communicate next steps and follow-up on completion

  • Prepare and drive integration of materials for board, executive, broad cross-functional meetings and external interactions, ensuring synthesis, clarity, and specificity of messaging

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • 12+ years of experience working for a pharmaceutical/biotech company in strategic operations, business operations, or similar experience in a professional services (e.g., management or strategy consulting)

  • PhD, PharmD, or MD preferred, with an understanding of drug development and value creation in the biopharmaceutical industry, and commitment to learn about the science behind our platform technology

  • Ability to perform and synthesize in-depth, custom analyses, to integrate analysis and broader context into a recommendation, and to defend recommendation in a respectful, objective manner

  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills to deliver a compelling narrative/message to senior stakeholders in the organization

Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Lifestyle Spending Account funds to help you engage in personal enrichment and self-care activities
  • Family care benefits, including subsidized back-up care options and on-demand tutoring
  • Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes
  • Exclusive preferred pricing on Peloton fitness equipment
  • Adoption and family-planning benefits
  • Dedicated care coordination support for our LGBTQ+ community
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    Vacation, sick time and holidays
    Volunteer time to participate within your community
    Discretionary year-end shutdown
    Paid sabbatical after 5 years; every 3 years thereafter
  • Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 401k match and Financial Planning tools
  • Moderna-paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options
  • Complimentary concierge service including home services research, travel booking, and entertainment requests
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Location-specific perks and extras!

About Moderna

In over 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is a place where everyone can grow. If you meet the Basic Qualifications for the role and you would be excited to contribute to our mission every day, please apply!

Moderna is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry or citizenship, ethnicity, disability, military or protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

Belonging, Inclusion, and Diversity are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. Were focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing our employees and believe that by cultivating diverse experiences, backgrounds, and ideas, we can provide an environment where every employee is able to contribute their best.

Moderna is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the Talent Acquisition Partner or contact the Accommodations team at (EEO/AAP Employer)



Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. Moderna’s platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, providing the Company the capability to pursue in parallel a robust pipeline of new development candidates. Moderna is developing therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases and cardiovascular diseases, independently and with strategic collaborators.

mRNA is now a turning point in the history of science, medicine, technology, even humankind itself. With this breakthrough discovery, many of the world’s biggest and most challenging medical problems are no longer a question of “how?” but merely a question of “when?”

Come with us as we pursue the uncharted reaches of possibility and make your mark on the future of medicine.


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