Senior Manager/ Associate Director, Corporate Communications - Boston


Boston, Massachusetts, United States


Senior Manager/ Associate Director, Corporate Communications

Location: Boston

Reporting to: SVP, Corporate Communications and External Affairs

The Company:

Orchard Therapeutics is a leading global, fully integrated, commercial-stage biotech dedicated to transforming the lives of patients with rare diseases through innovative gene therapies.

Partnering with world-leading research institutions in gene therapy, Orchard’s portfolio of autologous ex vivo gene therapy programs has demonstrated sustained clinical benefit in over 150 patients across five disease areas. These programs include Strimvelis®, the first autologous ex vivo gene therapy approved by the EMA in 2016, 3 programs in advanced registrational studies in MLD (metachromatic leukodystrophy), WAS (Wiskott Aldrich syndrome) and ADA-SCID (adenosine deaminase severe combined immunodeficiency), 2 other clinical programs in X-CGD (X-linked chronic granulomatous disease) and beta-thalassemia, as well as an extensive preclinical pipeline

Orchard is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: ORTX) with offices in the UK and the US, including London, San Francisco and Boston.

Job summary

Orchard Therapeutics seeks a creative and highly motivated Associate Director of Corporate Communications to work as a key member of the Corporate Communications & External Affairs team. This person will serve as a project manager and team lead on a number of high-priority internal and external communications, public relations and media relations initiatives.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to share the inspiring success-story of our transformative therapies.

The successful candidate will have excellent writing skills and be savvy in managing the details and logistics of communication initiatives involving executive team members and media. Working knowledge of biotech industry, financial communications and hands-on media relations experience is required. He/she is an energetic, detail-oriented team player with excellent organization skills and a can-do attitude who has a demonstrated ability and comfort level performing within a fast-paced, high-stakes environment. The position is based in Boston, Mass. and will report to the Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and External Affairs.

Key Elements and Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute proactive media relations strategy and work with agency partner to coordinate media interactions, ensuring spokespeople are carefully prepared and equipped with appropriate messaging and understanding of disclosure strategy; Oversee media training of executives
  • Lead efforts to update and refresh corporate messaging; Regularly revisit and, as necessary, refine key messages, corporate presentations, Q&A materials to ensure accuracy and reflect corporate messaging
  • Support drafting of internal and external communications, news announcements, managing consistency of messages and disclosure; Oversee process for issuance of all company press releases
  • Manage corporate website and external corporate branding
  • Provide project management support to the Corporate Communications, Public Affairs/Patient Advocacy and Investor Relations functions.
  • Draft memos, recap reports and maintain team weekly status documents across a full spectrum of initiatives: executive visibility, disease awareness, product and pipeline communications and proactive news bureau.
  • Liaise with the PR agency for ongoing media monitoring, analysis and reporting; assist team with daily press requests.
  • Draft talking points and prepare members of Orchard’s Executive Leadership Team for external speaking engagements
  • Partner with HR to develop and implement an internal communications and employee engagement roadmap aimed at engaging and inspiring employees and improving inter-department and inter-office communication


Required knowledge

  • Extensive experience in communications with demonstrated success in leading media outreach campaigns
  • Demonstrated deep understanding of the biotech industry and media landscape

Skills & Abilities

  • Relationships with relevant health and business reporters
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Project and campaign management experience
  • Strong executive presence and outstanding interpersonal skills; ability to successfully influence without authority and effectively work across functions and personalities
  • Excellent business judgment when making decisions; always considers the relevance/impact of each decision on the business; excellent budget management and organization skills essential
  • Superior presentation, education and meeting facilitation skills
  • Excellent follow-through, attention to detail and high sense of urgency
  • Experience at expertly managing sensitive situations, crisis communications and issues impacting reputation
  • Flexible and able to successfully navigate ambiguity and succeed in a rapidly changing, fast-paced, deadline-driven environment with multiple priorities
  • Ability to work well under pressure and enjoys a fast-paced, often unpredictable environment.
  • Public biotech company and rare disease experience strongly preferred
  • High energy, motivated and aggressive about getting results and growing our company every day
  • Travel up to 25%


  • BA/BS in Communications (or relevant field)

Orchard Therapeutics is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


All employment offers and CV’s are managed through our Human Resources Department and all candidates are presented through this avenue. Therefore, the Human Resources Department at Orchard Therapeutics requests that recruiters are not to contact Orchard Therapeutics employees directly to present candidates. Complying with this request will be a factor in determining future professional relationships with Orchard Therapeutics. Orchard Therapeutics will not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from candidates for either current or future positions. Submission of unsolicited resumes in advance of an agreement between the Human Resources Department and the recruiter does not create any implied obligation on the part of Orchard Therapeutics.