Director/Sr. Director, Internal Communications
Dendreon - Bridgewater, NJ

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Dendreon is seeking a Senior Director to lead internal communications efforts, managing and implementing strategic plans and programs designed to effectively communicate with employees and build a corporate culture. This candidate will also work to improve upon processes, existing internal assets (e.g., TheDen), content and the frequency of internal communications and to ultimately institutionalize best practices. This position reports to the Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, and requires the building of strong relationships and close collaboration with Corporate Communications, the Executive Committee, Senior Leadership from key business units and Human Resources. The preferred candidate must have proven leadership experience along with strong writing, editing and collaboration skills. In this position, the candidate will become part of a passionate team of high-performance individuals committed to helping Dendreon transform from a pioneer to a leader in immunotherapy.
General Summary:
• Provide strategic counsel to Dendreon’s Executive Committee and Senior Leadership from key business units on internal/employee communications matters
• Develop and execute strategies, programs and tactics that support the alignment of employees with Dendreon strategy, goals and corporate brand. Activities include but are not limited to:
o Develop creative programs, activities and internal communications
o Oversee and direct programs, activities and events to ensure successful achievement of business objectives
o Close coordination with other departments and individuals, including Corporate Communications, the Executive Committee, Senior Leadership from key business units (e.g., Marketing, Sales, Operations, Medical, Legal, Regulatory, Compliance, etc.) and Human Resources
o Provide key departments and individuals with communications counsel
o Assess, refresh and leverage Dendreon’s employee intranet resource, The Den, ongoing
o Develop and distribute content, as appropriate, through multiple channels that support business objectives and initiatives, e.g., plans, memos, announcements, talking points, scripts, FAQs, etc.
o Develop and implement formal and informal mechanisms to gather feedback and gauge needs, success of communications initiatives and progress toward building a corporate culture
o Identify success metrics and accountabilities
o Support key Dendreon initiatives and programs through communications strategies and outreach to employees
o Manage the internal communications email distribution system and regularly coordinate the release of email communications, as well as drafts announcements and other communication materials as needed for internal functional groups
o Assist with establishing and managing department operations schedule, plans, processes and budgets
o Work in partnership with and manage agencies, consultants, etc., as appropriate
o Mentor and develop department staff, including supervisory staff, as appropriate
Job Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in communications, journalism, or similar discipline or equivalent
• At least 10-12+ years of Internal/Employee/Corporate Communications experience
• Self-starter and team player with ability to multi-task
• Strong listening and problem-solving skills
• Effective in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
• Strong project management skills
• Ability to handle sensitive information with the highest level of confidentiality
• Ability to quickly build and maintain strong relationships with Dendreon’s Executive Committee and Senior Leadership
• Understanding and awareness of employee engagement and change management strategies and methodologies
• Demonstrated competency in strategy and plan development; writing, editing and presentation development
• Knowledge of pharmaceutical/biotechnology/healthcare industry and corresponding regulations is strongly recommended
• Proficiency in MS office, social media platforms and some basic understanding of HTML, intranet-development experience
Working Conditions & Physical Requirements:
• Ability to travel domestically and internationally, as needed
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