Associate Director, Patient Advocacy


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Cambridge, MA

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

The Role:

Reporting to the Director of Patient Engagement & Advocacy, Diversity & Inclusion, the Associate Director, Patient Advocacy plays a key role in the driving, building, and enhancing strategic alliances with both disease-specific patient organizations and their umbrella groups, as well as other community organizations. This role will work closely with study teams and will be responsible for leading opportunities to outreach to patient advocacy groups, as well as educating and supporting the internal teams of the patient’s needs throughout the clinical trial journey.

Putting patients first is a core value of Moderna. We work collaboratively as a team, we boldly strive for excellence, we are constantly curious and committed to ongoing learning and improvement, and we are relentless in putting patients at the heart of what we do.

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  • Proactively identify opportunities and needs for advocacy engagement

  • Drive, build, and enhance strategic alliances with patient advocacy groups

  • Support and contribute global patient advocacy strategy for rare diseases and passionately represent the voice of these independent patient communities to internal stakeholders

  • Contribute to and execute strategic and tactical plans in partnership with internal cross-functional stakeholders, ensuring alignment across teams

  • Assess evolving rare disease patient advocacy landscape and ensure the patient voice is incorporated into Moderna’s decision making

  • Contribute new ideas and approaches to help build the patient advocacy function

  • Advance patient advocacy organization initiatives aligned with Moderna’s objectives

  • Communicate and partner with internal stakeholders and cross-functional teams, including medical affairs, clinical operations, regulatory, commercial, and corporate communications

  • Actively monitor new developments and thought leader insights in the field of patient advocacy and incorporate such developments, ideas, and strategies into the development and execution of programs

Here’s What You’ll Bring to the Table:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree in relevant field a plus

  • 8+ years’ experience in the pharmaceutical industry or non-profit advocacy organization

  • Significant experience in Rare Disease patient advocacy required

  • Ability to champion the voice of patients and families

  • Knowledge of current regulatory requirements and guidelines governing patient advocacy as it relates to clinical research

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, prioritize tasks, and successfully manage multiple projects

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work independently

  • A collaborative spirit, the ability to see another’s point of view, empathy, and the ability to identify a path forward in ambiguous situations

  • Strong oral and written communication skills; ability to lead and influence without authority

  • Ability to successfully develop and maintain strong working relationships between both cross-functional internal colleagues and external stakeholders

Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Lifestyle Spending Account funds to help you engage in personal enrichment and self-care activities
  • Family care benefits, including subsidized back-up care options and on-demand tutoring
  • Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes
  • Exclusive preferred pricing on Peloton fitness equipment
  • Adoption and family-planning benefits
  • Dedicated care coordination support for our LGBTQ+ community
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    • Vacation, sick time and holidays
    • Volunteer time to participate within your community
    • Discretionary winter shut down
    • Paid sabbatical after 5 years; every 3 years thereafter
  • Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 401k match and Financial Planning tools
  • Moderna-paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options
  • Complimentary concierge service including home services research, travel booking, and entertainment requests
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Location-specific perks and extras!

Candidates should be aware that Moderna currently maintains a policy requiring all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once eligible. Newly hired employees must be vaccinated and boosted prior to their employment start date. Moderna is an equal opportunity employer and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those unable to be vaccinated or receive a booster where it is not an undue hardship to the company to do so as provided under federal, state, and local law.

About Moderna

In over 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.