Director, Public Affairs

Gilead Sciences, Inc. Foster City , CA 94404

Posted 4 months ago

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Job Description

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research-based biopharmaceutical company founded in 1987. Together we deliver life-saving therapies to patients in need. With the commitment and drive you bring to the workplace every day, you will be part of a team that is changing the world and helping millions of people live healthier, more fulfilling lives. Our worldwide staff is a close community where you can see the tangible results of your contributions, where every individual matters, and everyone has a chance to enhance their skills through ongoing development. Our scientific focus has resulted in marketed products that are benefiting millions of people, a pipeline of late-stage drug candidates, and unmatched patient access programs to ensure medications are available to those who could otherwise not afford them. By joining Gilead, you will further our mission to address unmet medical needs and improve life by advancing the care of patients with life-threatening diseases

Director, Public Affairs, Therapeutic Area Communications, Inflammation

Director, Public Affairs, Therapeutic Area Communications, Inflammation:

Specific Responsibilities:

Reporting to the VP of Public Affairs, Worldwide Therapeutic Area Communications and Asia, this role will lead communications about Gilead's research and development efforts and future product portfolio in Inflammation. Responsibilities include:

  • Building a therapeutic area narrative for Gilead's work in Inflammation, with input from a cross-functional team including Government Affairs, Clinical Research, Medical Affairs, Commercial Planning and US Marketing

  • Developing and implementing the product launch communications plan for Filgotinib

  • Identifying/creating targeted thought leadership opportunities for Gilead's therapeutic area leadership

  • Generating disease area educational content for Gilead's social media and employee communications platforms, in partnership with the broader Public Affairs team

  • Partnering with the Community Engagement team on stakeholder mapping and outreach

  • Championing alignment on Inflammation communications through collaboration with internal functions

  • Working closely with Public Affairs leads across all geographies to drive alignment and excellence in communications about Inflammation externally and internally

  • Maintaining relationships with key reporters to encourage coverage of /respond to inquiries about Inflammation

  • Leading issues preparedness and issues management efforts

  • Managing PR agency partners

  • Conducting all activities with integrity and in line with Gilead's code of ethics and business conduct policies

  • Managing budgets to target

Knowledge, Experience and

  • Typically requires a BA degree in communications, liberal arts, business or science-oriented field and 10 years of relevant experience, which includes 8-10 years of healthcare public relations experience

  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills

  • A passion for scientific communication and ability to understand complex scientific data

  • Ability to interact with senior management and academic experts appropriately, with confidence and ease

  • Ability to work cross-functionally to drive alignment with business and communications objectives

  • Experience managing multiple projects (timelines, budgets, priorities) simultaneously with a focus on delivering results

  • Demonstrated experience in media relations and issues management

  • Demonstrated knowledge of regulations and principles specific to communications for a publicly-traded biopharmaceutical company

  • Must have experience with public relations tactics and resources and the relationship of those tactics to other department roles and functions

  • Ability to deliver formal presentations to external and internal audiences of a variety of sizes

  • Prior communications experience in inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, is preferred

As an equal opportunity employer, Gilead Sciences Inc. is committed to a diverse workforce. 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. For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the EEO is the Law poster.


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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.

For more information about equal employment opportunity protections, please view the 'EEO is the Law' poster.




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

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