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Sage Therapeutics Director, Product Public Relations, Depression Franchise in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Sage Therapeutics is searching for a creative, resourceful and collaborative Director, Depression Franchise/Product Public Relations.

You will lead the charge in helping Sage drive a paradigm shift in the treatment of depression by developing, executing and managing an integrated communications program for Sage’s depression portfolio, which includes zuranolone – a novel, proprietary, oral compound being studied as a potential treatment for postpartum depression (PPD) and major depressive disorder (MDD) – and ZULRESSO, the first treatment FDA-approved for PPD.

This role reports to the Vice President of Corporate Communications.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Partner with colleagues in commercial, medical affairs, patient advocacy, regulatory and Investor Relations (IR) across a tightly-matrixed organization to develop and drive communications plans in support of the program.

  • Implement and manage a 360-degree surround sound communications program for pipeline product announcements and milestones, working with corporate communications to set context and expectations for Sage’s 2021 clinical programs. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to driving media strategy and helping synergize communications across multiple channels to optimize audience reach.

  • Lead the development and implementation of PR efforts to strengthen MDD and PPD disease awareness among stakeholders, leveraging a variety of PR mechanisms to bring campaigns to life and aligning with Sage’s commercial team’s goals to ensure disease awareness is brand supportive and will drive media interest.

  • Manage and contribute to the development of a broad spectrum of communications materials, including press releases, Q&A documents, presentations, fact sheets, video scripts, speeches and briefing documents.

  • Manage the internal review process for external PR communications materials, including management of Veeva submissions.

  • Conduct briefings with the corporate communications and IR teams to ensure alignment of external messages across audiences.

  • Work with the Vice President of Corporate Communications to liaise and align with strategic company partner (Biogen) on all zuranolone communications activities.

  • Manage PR agency partners to ensure activities (unbranded and branded) adhere to regulatory and legal guidelines, are in line with product communication strategy, are completed on-time and within budget, and that the agency has access to the necessary tools and information to successfully complete assignment.

Experience, Education and Specialized Knowledge and Skills

Must thrive working in a fast-paced, innovative environment while remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient. Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to develop important relationships with key internal and external stakeholders, good conflict management and negotiation skills, ability to identify issues and raise to key stakeholders in order to develop relevant and realistic plans, programs and recommendations. Demonstrated ability to translate strategy into action; excellent analytical skills and an ability to communicate complex issues in a simple way and to orchestrate plans to resolve issues and mitigate risks.

Basic Requirements

  • BS/BA with 10+ years of experience in prescription drug communications, including in-house role at pharma or biotech company

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience supporting highly-anticipated products on the path to potential FDA-approval, through commercial launch and beyond, with a proven track record of success working on products with large patient populations. Experience directing the strategy and tactical execution for the FDA drug approval and launch is a must.

  • Skilled at interacting with senior leaders at a public biotech/pharmaceutical company and working successfully with cross-functional partners and key stakeholders (e.g., commercial, medical, legal/regulatory, government relations).

  • Proven results in building and effectively implementing branded PR initiatives for prescription drugs; experience in mental health, central nervous system disorders, women’s health, and/or primary care a plus.

  • A deep understanding of the mental health landscape.

  • Working knowledge of FDA and EMA regulations as applied to the communication of investigational and marketed drugs; familiarity with drug industry reimbursement; and, a good understanding of public policy challenges currently affecting the healthcare industry.

  • Exceptional attention to detail and the ability to work individually, within a multi-disciplinary team, as well as with external partners and vendors.

  • Strong team player with a customer service, solution-oriented approach and a strong track record of success.

  • Possesses strong written and verbal communication skills.

  • Embrace our core values: Put People First, Do Big, Be Accountable, Grow through Learning and Change, and Work Fun.

  • Excitement about our mission to make medicines that matter so people can get better, sooner.

This job description may not be inclusive of all assigned duties, responsibilities, or aspects of the job described. Other duties may be added, or this description amended at any time at the sole discretion of Sage.

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