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Director, Corporate Relations

Position Summary:

The Director of Corporate Relations is a proactive and strategic individual responsible for optimizing and supporting the company’s corporate relations efforts. Reporting to the VP of IR/Corporate Communications, the successful candidate will be responsible for creating, planning, and executing Achaogen’s internal and external communications activities to effectively deliver corporate messages to key constituents (employees, potential employees and the broader external community).  This includes producing quality communication materials and developing and implementing plans to engage with key constituents regarding Achaogen. The Director of Corporate Relations is instrumental in expanding the breadth and depth of the communications function including building out media, PR and internal competencies to further convey the corporate brand and messages to both internal and external audiences.


Essential Functions:

  • Act as an internal business partner and ambassador, building and maintaining strong relationships across Achaogen.
  • Design and execute internal communications programs to promote understanding of corporate vision, business priorities, values and culture.
  • Support the development of materials for internal and external communications, including presentations, key messages, scripted remarks, FAQs, press releases, and briefing information.
  • Help to evolve our corporate story as we prepare to become a commercial stage company.
  • Project manage tactical functions related to communications and news flow, including:
    • - preparing documents such as press releases and presentations tailored by event/audience
    • - ensuring that company materials and interactions reflect the company’s brand
    • - revising materials based on updated corporate messaging/branding.
  • Support internal events planning and execution such as All-Staff meetings/All-Hands meetings, EC communications, campaigns and related activities.
  • Collaborate with human resources, EC, and other internal departments to ensure that internal communications are clear, consistent and effective.
  • Serve as a member on internal communications committees/teams as needed;
  • Support the company’s external communications by liaising with Communications consultants to prepare for events and reporter interactions.
  • Support the timely development of responses to media inquiries about the company.
  • Maintain calendar / tracking tool(s) of corporate communications events.
  • Manage/ refresh content for website along with Communications consultants.
  • Maintain metrics on impact of communications efforts.


Preferred Experience:

  • 10+ years of progressive internal and external communications experience in a publicly traded biotech/pharmaceutical company and/or experience working at a communications agency supporting biotech/pharmaceutical clients.
  • Commercial life science or product launch experience is strongly preferred.
  • Strategic thinker with ability to adapt quickly to a high-growth, fast paced environment.
  • Ability to interact with senior management team to gather critical messages.
  • Social Media engagement within a publicly-traded company is a definite asset.


 Preferred Education:

  • BA/BS in finance, business or communications. 


Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Strong analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Willingness to roll-up sleeves and be hands-on.
  • Competent computer skills, specifically with developing PowerPoint presentations.
  • Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
  • Current US work authorization required.
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally.
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