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Associate Director, Communications & Advocacy Relations

Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Start date
Jun 3, 2023

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Marketing, Marketing/Corporate Communications
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

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Associate Director, Communications & Advocacy Relations


Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc.

Job Description:

Position Summary

The Associate Director, Portfolio Communications & Advocacy for North America supports the execution of public relations activities across Neuroscience, Oncology and Rare Disease in alignment to overall company objectives. This individual is responsible for delivering integrated communications that increase awareness of nearly 10 disease states and grow the reputation of Ipsen’s in-market and investigational therapies. The role is also responsible for reporting key metrics and will collaborate across business units and levels internally, work alongside public relations agencies and engage with other external stakeholders (patients, healthcare providers, media, and others). This position reports to the Senior Director Portfolio Communications & Advocacy Relations.

Job Responsibilities & Expectations

The candidate will have experience in integrated marketing communications and the ability to work with multiple stakeholders to prioritize and execute plans with creativity and compassion. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Execute and measure product communications and public relations tactics that align with business strategies and goals, including disease awareness; branded communications activities; and both digital and social communications

  • Facilitate the development of materials, including internal review processes

  • Work cross-functionally to grow and refine Ipsen’s reputation in North America as it relates to its Portfolio and in coordination with Corporate Communications and Advocacy

  • Liaise and partner with U.S. and global colleagues across Communications and Public Affairs and Patient Advocacy; work with public relations agencies


  • Bachelor’s degree is required; journalism or communications-related discipline preferred

  • 7-10 years of experience with external communications; biotech/pharmaceutical product public relations background required

  • Must have experience working with patient advocacy organizations

  • Collaborator; experience developing relationships with internal and external stakeholders

  • Clear thinker; able to demonstrate sound judgement

  • Deadline-driven and able to manage multiple priorities at once

Core Competencies (Specific knowledge, skills and abilities that enable an individual to effectively perform the job)

  • Motivated, self-starter

  • Ability to work effectively across multiple functions, levels, business units and cultures

  • Strong reasoning and problem-solving skills

  • Ability to deliver and measure communications strategies and plans

Company Profile

Ipsen is a dynamic and growing global specialty-driven biopharmaceutical company, focused on innovation and specialty care. At Ipsen, we’ve created a workplace that recognizes and promotes an entrepreneurial spirit in our employees and are building a strong legacy of helping patients with difficult-to-treat diseases across oncology, neurosciences, and rare diseases. We know we can only be better and smarter if we work diligently together as ONE Ipsen, across all functions and geographies. We strive to break down silos and empower teams to deliver effective therapeutic solutions through highly differentiated medicines for patients with unmet needs.

We take pride in our culture, which is rooted in collaboration, to deliver results for our core customer – the patient. This level of involvement by cross-functional teams promotes a strong sense of unity and pulls together all colleagues locally and across our key geographies, which span 115 countries across North America, Europe and Asia. As a growing organization, Ipsen North America is comprised of our Cambridge, MA, Basking Ridge, NJ and Toronto, Canada locations, with employees supporting functions including Commercial Operations, R&D, Business Development and Technical Operations.

Our employees are the driving force behind our mission at Ipsen, and to sustain their passion and focus every day, we offer a wealth of fulfilling challenges and growth opportunities through unique leadership and training programs. At Ipsen, you will work alongside industry leaders and contribute within a fast-moving and truly game-changing global organization, recognized for its talent and patient solutions. At Ipsen, we’re making hope a reality for the patients we serve.

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principles functions for this job, the level of knowledge and skill typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise balance workload.Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local law.Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. conducts background screening, reference checks, and drug testing as part of its pre-employment screening process. This description is not intended to be constructed as an exhaustive list of duties, responsibilities, or requirements for the position. This position may change or assume additional duties at any time.  The employee may be requested to perform different or additional duties as assigned.All Employees are expected to adhere to all company policies and act as a role model for company values.

IPSEN is an equal opportunity employer that strictly prohibits unlawful discrimination. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, mental/physical disability, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Ipsen (Euronext: IPN; ADR: IPSEY) is a global, biopharmaceutical group focused on innovation and specialty care. The group develops and commercializes innovative medicines in three key therapeutic areas - Oncology, Neuroscience and Rare Diseases. At Ipsen, we focus our resources, investments and energy on discovering, developing and commercializing new therapeutic options to provide hope for patients whose lives are challenged by difficult-to-treat diseases. Ipsen's North American operations and headquarters are located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where our fully integrated biopharmaceutical team across External Innovation and Partnering, Research & Development (R&D), Manufacturing and Commercial collaborate. Cambridge is home to Ipsen's third global hub, in addition to R&D centers in Paris-Saclay in France and Oxford in the United Kingdom. With additional offices in Basking Ridge, N.J. and Mississauga, Ontario, Ipsen employs approximately 600 people in North America. For more information on Ipsen in North America, please visit or


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