Director of Medical Communications

Position Summary

Genocea Biosciences, Inc. is harnessing the power of T cell immunity to develop the next generation of vaccines to a wide range of important disease indications.  We are seeking an experienced Associate/Director of Medical Communications to work across multiple functions including Research, Clinical Development, and Business Development as needed to advance the scientific communications related to our pipeline.

Medical Communications will be a critical function across, focused on planning, managing, and preparing internal and external communication of key scientific and clinical data as well as leading interactions with leaders in medical fields of importance to Genocea.  The Director of Medical Communications will report directly to the Chief Medical Officer.


Primary Responsibilities

The Director of Medical Communications manages a wide range of scientific and medical communications including abstracts, posters, presentations, manuscripts, core slide decks, evidence-based scientific platform as well as advisory board strategy and content. Medical writing activities will include preparation and/or coordination of manuscripts related to data generated by the scientific activities at Genocea and includes collaborating with internal or external authors. A key element of this role will be to guide and drive collaborating coauthors and internal resources towards successful publications and other communication materials.


Key responsibilities include

  • Developing a working knowledge in areas related to projects conducted at Genocea
  • Developing, managing, and executing publication and communication strategy including scientific advisory board planning
  • Collaborate cross functionally to ensure Medical Communication plans are aligned with company objectives
  • Ensuring that all Medical Communication activities are in compliance with applicable company, governmental, and industry guidelines
  • Developing core set slide decks and other educational/training resources (including newsletters and key article annotations/WebEx trainings)
  • Development and execution of work plans and timelines to meet objectives related to publications, resource development, advisory boards, non-CME symposia, and other medical meetings
  • Moderating and managing development of content, resources, and materials for advisory boards in collaboration with medical or project leaders
  • Development of abstracts, posters, and content for scientific conferences in collaboration with internal scientific team
  • Collaborating with internal cross-functional teams as well as external vendors to execute medical communication plans
  • Identifying and implementing best practices and standardized processes for publication planning, scientific meetings, advisory boards, and other medical education initiatives
  • Assure scientific integrity for all activities related to medical communications in accordance with all applicable internal corporate, professional society, governmental/regulatory, and biopharmaceutical industry policies and guidelines
  • Establishing strategic alliances with external collaborators (physicians, scientists, key institutions, professional organizations)
  • Translates business needs within a disease state to actionable information for team members, for example: Advisory Board Executive Summaries, Scientific Encounter Congress Reports
  • Manages the budget related to assigned projects


Required Skills

  • Excellent presentation, verbal, and written communication skills are required.
  • Proven experience cultivating and maintaining relationships with key collaborators through the consistent demonstration of scientific & disease state knowledge, and satisfactory follow-through.
  • Experience working with a diverse group of professionals.
  • Flexibility, diplomacy, and ability to manage expectations.
  • Successful participation on cross-functional teams.
  • Prior experience managing advisory boards &/or investigator meetings, and associated budget is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of scientific approaches to laboratory and/or clinical research.
  • The qualified candidate must be willing and able to travel as needed to achieve the overall goals of the communications strategy.


Education Requirements

  • Advanced degree (PhD, PharmD, MD, DO preferred) in life sciences with 5 or more years of work experience in pharmaceutical or biotech industry.
  • Proficient in Software for preparation of materials: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, EndPoint.

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