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Associate Director, Communications & Media

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Jun 5, 2023

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The Role

Moderna is seeking a strategic and creative Associate Director, Communications and Media to join our growing Corporate Affairs team. You will strengthen Modernas communications by supporting and executing against a robust Communications strategy and acting as a key spokesperson for the Company. This role will engage directly with business, science, development, and technology leaders throughout the organization in addition to external stakeholders. We are seeking a candidate who is highly collaborative andready for the next step in their career,can thrive in a fast-paced and highly creative environment, while also being self-motivated and able to work as part of a team. This individual will be highly curious and energized by working in an area of emerging science, medicine and technology and thrive on helping a company tell a complex story externally in a compelling way.

They will have excellent written and verbal communications skills; have experience working with trade, local and top-tier media (ideally in the healthcare space); and be comfortable working with corporate and program teams across a dynamic organization. In addition to communicating about our platform, corporate news, pipeline and the disease areas were focused on, they will also help drive awareness of our commitment to corporate social responsibility. This individual will also regularly interface with and support company leaders, key business partners (HR, legal etc.) with global communications and media needs. It is imperative that this individual exercise flawless judgment and operate with boldness, responsibility, and urgency at all times.

The role will be based in Cambridge, Massachusetts and report to the Vice President of Communications and Media.

Heres What Youll Do

  • Day-to-day media relations support, including interfacing with journalists, developing/maintaining messaging materials including corporate press releases and acting as a Company spokesperson

  • Create and execute communication strategies that align with the corporate business objectives and reinforce the reputation and branding of Moderna

  • Support major company announcements by developing operational plans that amplify the impact globally

  • Support leaders across the company with highly visible media and stakeholder engagements

  • Increase awareness of Modernas leadership in mRNA science, platform, pipeline, technology and commitment to citizenship

  • Ensure on-time delivery of media monitoring, key message development and company press releases/materials

  • Work with public relations agencies to drive cohesive and aggressive media plans

  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to create and maintain media messaging and talking points, ensuring consistency across all external communications.

  • Stay informed of industry trends, competitive landscape, and media landscape to direct media strategy and tactics.

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • A university degree in a relevant field of study, such as communications, journalism, political science, etc.

  • 8-10 years of experience with a background in PR (agency or in-house)

  • Prior public relations experience, preferably in biopharma corporate communications

  • Ability to work in our Cambridge, MA office

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • A collaborative, solution-oriented and problem-solving approach to challenges as well as being open-minded to new ideas and approaches

  • Obsessive interest in media relations and commitment to staying current on relevant news

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, especially with formal writing of corporate press releases and corporate materials

  • Strong interpersonal skills &relationship-building,including media relationships

  • Track record of quick follow up with others

  • A high level of initiative, a strong work ethic, creativity and the ability to balance multiple assignments

  • Is aware of and able to work within all local laws, regulations, incl. internal compliance

  • Ability to develop trusted relationships and engage with leaders across the company as well as the confidence to coach them in a candid manner

  • A collaborative, solution-oriented and problem-solving approach to challenges as well as being open-minded to new ideas and approaches

  • Team player both with internal colleagues and agency partners

  • Ability to be flexible and work well under pressure

  • The personification of Modernas values of being Bold, Curious, Collaborative and Relentless

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

Since our founding in 2010, we have aspired to build the leading mRNA technology platform, theinfrastructure to reimagine how medicines are created and delivered, and a world-class team. We believe in giving our people a platform to change medicine and an opportunity to change the world.

By living our mission, values, and mindsets every day, our peopleare the driving force behind our scientific progress and our culture.Together, we are creating a culture of belonging and building an organization that cares deeply for our patients, our employees, the environment, and our communities.

We are proud to have been recognized as a Science Magazine Top Biopharma Employer, a Fast Company Best Workplace for Innovators, and a Great Place to Work in the U.S.

If you want to make a difference and join a team that is changing the future of medicine, we invite you to visit to learn more about our current opportunities.

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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