Director/Associate Director, Communications

Menlo Park, California
Competitive salary and benefits
May 30, 2018
Jul 30, 2018
Medical Director
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Director/Associate Director, Communications

GRAIL is a healthcare company whose mission is to detect cancer early, when it can be cured. GRAIL is using the power of high-intensity sequencing, population-scale clinical studies, and state-of-the-art computer science and data science to enhance the scientific understanding of cancer biology, and to develop and commercialize pioneering products for the early detection of cancer. The company is located in Menlo Park, California and Hong Kong. It is supported by leading global investors and pharmaceutical, technology, and healthcare companies. For more information, please visit

The Director/Associate Director, Communications is an experienced communications professional who will be responsible for leading development and implementation of external and internal communications strategies supporting GRAIL’s developing product portfolio. Reporting to the Head of Corporate Communications, the Director/Associate Director, Communications will have the opportunity to help shape the story of this fast-growing company and position GRAIL as a leader in early cancer detection.

You are a storyteller who is creative, able to take smart risks, questions the status quo, bright and hardworking. You embody GRAIL’s values of putting patients first, taking initiative and getting stuff done, having integrity, collaborating, and being ambitious while humble.  You are passionate about making a difference in the world.

You Will:

  • Lead development and implementation of external strategies to communicate the story of GRAIL’s developing product portfolio and build positive brand reputation with key external stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with and advise senior leaders and functional groups including Product Marketing, Clinical Development, Research & Development, Software Engineering, Legal and Regulatory to ensure messaging is consistent and supports GRAIL’s mission.
  • Partner with the Product Marketing and Clinical Development teams to effectively communicate about GRAIL’s population-scale clinical trials.
  • Champion GRAIL’s values internally and partner with the People Team and Head of Corporate Communications to develop strategies to help generate excitement and alignment among employees as GRAIL’s story evolves.
  • Serve as a media spokesperson; build and maintain relationships with key reporters.
  • Support senior leaders with speaking engagements.
  • Maintain expert knowledge of the competitive, scientific, technical, regulatory, and reimbursement landscape.
  • Manage high-profile issues and crises. 

Your Background Should Include:

  • At least 8 years of related experience; Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Relevant experience at a PR agency or in-house at a healthcare or biotechnology company preferred.
  • Proven ability to develop and implement creative communications strategies and programs.
  • Proven media relations skills with top-tier, national, and trade media.
  • Expertise in healthcare and biotechnology, with an understanding of the evolving landscape of data science and machine learning.
  • Outstanding oral, written and presentation skills.
  • Proven experience utilizing digital and social platforms to promote company story.
  • Results-oriented with proven track record for meeting or exceeding goals.
  • Ability to lead and advise cross-functionally on complex and challenging issues.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.