Rockville, MD, USA
Department: Communication & Investor Relations
Company Description We are currently developing voclosporin, an
investigational therapy, for the treatment of lupus nephritis (LN)
and other proteinuric diseases. We are also advancing voclosporin
ophthalmic solution (VOS), a topical formulation, for the treatment
of dry eye syndrome (DES). And we are actively hunting for other
innovative drugs which have the potential to change the lives of
people with rare autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
Job Description This is an opportunity for a creative individual
naturally aligned with Aurinia’s values and vision in which we
strive to create meaningful impact to meet patient needs. The
Director, Corporate Communications/Corporate Affairs oversees
corporate communications and directs the corporate affairs function
at Aurinia. The role consults with senior management and outside
agencies to develop and implement communication plans and
strategies and oversee the preparation of corporate collateral
material to support overall internal and external awareness of the
company’s initiatives and achievements. The successful individual
has a track record of conducting innovative and proactive global
communications programs and effectively managing public relations
within an organization.
Manages the company brand and reputation.
Creates and launches press releases and marketing campaigns.
Works with external agencies to develop positioning and strategy
for print and broadcast media.
Drives corporate strategy and message development, pitch and
Develops branding initiatives, internal communications and
external media relations.
Determines the communications strategy and executes programs to
deliver communications objectives throughout the organization.
Supports the development of press releases and handles all
communication distributed to the public.
Manage media relations and maximize media opportunities.
Develops strong relationships with media reps.
Develops internal publications such as releases, email
announcements, planned publications, on-line, intranet, video,
special projects and assignments. May oversee employee
communications including newsletter development and corporate
activities in cooperation with human resources.
Leads the Aurinia’s efforts to engage our 200+ employees,
accountable for writing executive communications and managing other
communications channels to ensure our value proposition is shared
with key stakeholders while enhancing and protecting the company’s
Works with the external agencies to create and articulate a
clear vision and integrated, global strategy for the communications
function within Aurinia to support overall business and Strategy,
Commercial, and Corporate Communications group’s objectives
Manages the creation of, including writing as needed, a variety
of communications materials, such as videos, internal
communications, executive speeches and internet/intranet materials
that support the company’s strategic objectives.
Ensures communications are consistent and builds continuity of
look and feel across all mediums. Cultivates a healthy partnership
between cross functional teams.
Understands and applies knowledge about major issues in the
pharmaceutical industry, and works with the team to anticipate and
plan for potential issues to protect the corporate reputation.
Oversees management of existing corporate websites and refresh
of current site into best-in-class, mobile-first user
Collaborates on internal communications to engage employees in
understanding our story through innovative internal communications
and employee engagement initiatives.
Qualifications Bachelor s degree and a minimum of 10+ years of
experience working in Corporate Communications and Public Relations
in a biotech/pharmaceutical company and/or in an agency
Demonstrated track record of conducting successful, proactive
global communications programs that employ creativity and use of a
variety of tools, forums, media and metrics.
Possesses a strong understanding of the pharmaceutical industry
ranging from early stage through commercial development, and
familiarity with operations business.
Retains a robust knowledge of up-to-date compliance, legal,
regulatory and other issues that impact communications and can
apply them accordingly
Able to support and lead communications during crises, issues
and industry affairs.
Perceived by others as an expert in communications with a strong
working knowledge of the science and pipeline and has the
confidence to provide strategic communications counsel to senior
Strong writing, editing, and proofreading skills as well as
journalistic ability to source stories from employees, industry and
Able to communicate technical information for understanding
across a variety of audiences and channels.
Maintains excellent personal relationships with healthcare
reporters & industry media.
Fosters strong personal credibility and confidence throughout
the organization; demonstrates composure and confidence in
stressful situations under the pressure of deadlines and changing
Digital expertise with social media and video & digital
Strong interpersonal skills, personal organization and
Superb supervisory, people management and budgeting skills.
Ability to travel for planned events (medical congresses, brand
meetings, etc.) in North America and Europe
Additional Information All candidate information will be
kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.