Associate Director, Research Communication & Advocacy

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Astellas is announcing an Associate Director, Research Communication & Advocacy opportunity based in preferably in South San Francisco or Seattle. Remote work from certain states may be permitted in accordance with Astellas’ Responsible Flexibility Guidelines. Candidates interested in remote work are encouraged to apply .


The Associate Director of Research Communications and Advocacy role is responsible for information disclosure and communications supporting the Chief Science Office (CScO) and the global Research organization, comprised of eleven affiliates (divisions) across geographic regions. The position supports the Senior Director of Research Communications and Advocacy and the global Research Communications team.

Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Develops and drives internal and external communications strategy for the CScO and Research affiliates under the CScO

  • Partners with Research leaders to proactively identify emerging issues and drafts and prepares appropriate communications plans

  • Provides strategic and tactical support for two West Coast-based affiliates, and ad hoc support for East Coast affiliates and Japan team members, as well as requests from other communications teams at Astellas.

  • Collaborates closely with Corporate Advocacy & Relations and M&D Communications to lead development of communications materials including press releases, talking points, presentations, social media content, internal articles and company communications, etc.

  • Develops and executes communications in support of change management across the organization

  • Manages and collaborates with communications vendors as appropriate to deliver projects in scope, on budget, and on time

Quantitative Dimensions:

  • This critical position will deliver significant internally- and externally directed corporate communications and key messaging that will raise Astellas’ profile in highly competitive scientific hot spots including Boston/Cambridge, South San Francisco, the UK and Japan; it will support organizational goals surrounding scientific excellence, innovation, acquisition opportunities and talent acquisition.

Organizational Context:

  • This position reports to the Senior Director of Research Communications and Advocacy, and will partner closely with the CScO, Heads of Research affiliates, Corporate Advocacy and Relations and M&D Communications.



  • BA/BS degree in relevant field, with 5-7 years communications experience, preferably with a pharmaceutical/biotech/healthcare organization

  • Strong aptitude for handling scientific discussions with Research leadership

  • Understanding of communications channels, including internal, traditional and social media and digital communications, and ability to design and conduct appealing communications specific to research

  • Strong people management and development skills

  • Capability to facilitate discussions with senior leaders

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills


  • West Coast location (San Francisco or Seattle would be ideal)

  • Flexibility with working hours to manage multiple geographies


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance

  • Generous Paid Time Off options, including Vacation, Sick time, plus national holidays including Heritage Days, and Summer and Winter Breaks

  • 401(k) match and annual company contribution

  • Company paid life insurance

  • Annual Corporate Bonus and Quarterly Sales Incentive for eligible positions

  • Long Term Incentive Plan for eligible positions

  • Referral bonus program

Salary Range

  • $153,500 – 204,000 (NOTE: Final salary could be more or less, commensurate with experience)


Category Chief Scientific Officer

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