Director, External Communications
Gaithersburg, MD 
Posted 30 days ago
Job Description

**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 promotes improved health globally through the discovery, development, and commercialization of innovative vaccines to prevent serious infectious diseases. Novavaxis currently conducting multiple late-stage clinical trials for NVX-CoV2373, our vaccine candidate against the virus that causes COVID-19, and has recently reported exciting and highly encouraging initial efficacy results. NanoFlu, our quadrivalent influenza nanoparticle vaccine, met all primary objectives in its pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial in older adults. Both candidate vaccines incorporate Novavax' proprietary saponin-based Matrix-M adjuvant to enhance the immune response and stimulate high levels of neutralizing antibodies.Novavaxis a leading innovator of recombinant vaccines. Our proprietary technology platform leverages the power and speed of genetic engineering to efficiently produce highly immunogenic nanoparticles in order to address urgent global health needs.

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 Director, External Communications, reporting to the Senior Director, Corporate Communications. The successful candidate will partner with internal and external partners to successfully tell Novavax' compelling story 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 advancing an impactful COVID-19 vaccine and developing innovative vaccines designed to protect from future outbreaks.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Support the development and execution of an external communications strategy aligned with company goals and objectives that includes corporate positioning, thought leadership, reputation and issues management
  • Develop and execute strategic media relations approach to communicate Novavax' value proposition to key stakeholders through an array media channels
  • Develop content, including messages and talking points, media materials, press releases and other Novavax announcements or communications
  • Liaise with communications staff at partner organizations to coordinate joint announcements and external messaging; plan strategically and align communication strategies
  • Develop and maintain a strong understanding of the vaccines market, relevant scientific topics, and business context
  • Work compliantly within a highly regulated industry
  • Create executive briefing materials and assist in preparation for impactful delivery
  • Support other aspects of communication, including but not limited to logistics, reporting, etc.
  • Liaise with internal inter- and intradepartmental partners as needed
  • Partner with external PR agency to support achievement of strategic goals and annual communication plan

Minimum Requirements:

  • B.S. in communications, journalism, or biology
  • Relevant 10+ 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 is headquartered in Gaithersburg, Maryland with additional facilities in Uppsala, Sweden and Bohumil, Czech Republic. Novavax is traded on the Nasdaq Stock Market under the symbol NVAX and is dedicated to developing novel vaccines to address infectious disease.

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.




Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
10+ years
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