Associate Director, External Communications


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Gaithersburg, MD

Job Description

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Job Overview:

**Except where prohibited by applicable state law, this position requires that you be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless you need a reasonable accommodation or qualify for an exemption.**

If you find science, speed, and success exhilarating, you have come to the right place.

Novavax, Inc (Nasdaq:NVAX) is a biotechnology company that creates transformational vaccines that address some of the world’s most pressing infectious diseases.  We have more than a decade of experience contending with some of the world’s most devastating diseases, including COVID-19, seasonal influenza, RSV, Ebola, MERS, and SARS. Hard-won lessons and significant advances illustrate that our proven technology has tremendous potential to make a substantial contribution to public health worldwide.

Our scientists are committed to developing vaccine candidates for some of the world’s toughest viral threats by utilizing the power of our innovative recombinant nanoparticle vaccine platform.  Our vaccine technology combines the power and speed of genetic engineering with the immunogenicity enhancing properties of our Matrix-M™ adjuvant to efficiently produce highly immunogenic particles targeting some of the most pressing viral infectious diseases.

Novavax, Inc. is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic.

We are seeking an experienced, highly motivated corporate communications pro for the newly created position of Associate Director, Corporate Reputation, reporting to the Senior Director, Corporate Communications. The successful candidate will partner with internal and external partners to build Novavax’ reputation with external stakeholders.

This individual will play a key role in helping to shape the company’s future by working to build the Company’s global reputation as a leader in delivering an impactful COVID-19 vaccine and developing innovative vaccines designed to protect against future infectious disease outbreaks.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support the development and execution of a corporate reputation strategy aligned with company goals and objectives that includes corporate positioning, thought leadership, reputation and issues management
  • Develop content, including messages and talking points, sponsored content and other Novavax announcements or communications materials
  • Create executive briefing materials and assist in preparation for impactful delivery
  • Support company sponsorship and participation in public events and industry meetings
  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of the vaccines market, relevant scientific topics, and business context
  • Work compliantly within a highly regulated industry
  • Support other aspects of communication, including but not limited to logistics, reporting, etc.
  • Liaise with internal inter- and intradepartmental partners as needed
  • Partner with the company’s external PR agency to support achievement of strategic goals and annual communication plan

Minimum Requirements:

  • S. in communications, journalism, or biology
  • Relevant 8+ years of experience in external communications in the life sciences;  in-house biotech/pharma experience preferred
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Ability to understand and synthesize industry content in a meaningful and impactful manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment with high attention to detail
  • Ability to design reports and presentations that create understanding
  • Experience with and ability to understand the needs of senior leaders while fostering effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and partners
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to results while developing professional skills in a positive work environment
  • High degree of proficiency with Microsoft Office applications

Novavax offers a base salary, annual bonus, equity grants, professional career development/growth opportunities, and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, Rx, STD, LTD, Life, Optional Life, 401(k) plan.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

Novavax is an equal employment opportunity employer. Employment and advancement opportunities are available to all individuals on an at-will basis, regardless of their race, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, citizenship status, military or veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, family responsibilities, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, protective hairstyle, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.