Denali Therapeutics is dedicated to developing breakthrough therapies for neurodegenerative diseases through our deep commitment to degeneration biology and principles of translational medicine.


The Opportunity


As our Associate Director or Director, Corporate Communications, you will oversee the development and implementation of public relations strategies, plans and tactics to drive understanding and appreciation of Denali’s identity, values, differentiated scientific approach and innovative therapeutic pipeline for neurodegenerative diseases. 

To be successful in this role, you must be highly collaborative, have had experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical industry, working for innovative, high-growth, global companies and have proven ability to drive effective communications. 


Essential Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement integrated external communication strategy to raise the profile of Denali and its science and pipeline
  • Manage external communications agency and budget to support Denali’s reputation globally through overall messaging, media relations, thought leadership, issues management, digital/social media presence, creative content development, and other public relations tactics
  • Drive development and implementation of a corporate newsflow plan, including press release drafting and distribution, in alignment with corporate objectives 
  • Deliver integrated program communications strategy in collaboration with Commercial and Therapeutic Program Teams to position key data, development, and regulatory milestones aligned with business objectives
  • Manage and expand the Denali corporate web site to ensure ease of navigation, clarity, depth, relevancy and attractiveness of content 
  • Support Head of Investor Relations with corporate narrative and content development to ensure messaging is aligned with business objectives and integrated program communication plans
  • Collaborate across teams, including Commercial, Medical Affairs, Patient Advocacy, Regulatory, and Legal, to develop and implement internal best practices to streamline, optimize, and scale with growing external communication needs 
  • Support Denali internal communication initiatives around employee engagement and serve as a communication resource to other functions, as needed


Required Qualifications / skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 7+ years of communications experience, among them 4+ years of healthcare experience, preferably with a biotech or pharmaceutical company
  • Impeccable written communications skills with demonstrated experience writing effective and compliant social media posts, web content and press releases
  • Proven experience managing corporate social media channels, particularly Twitter and LinkedIn, and creating effective and compliant content for them
  • Ability to manage a corporate web presence 
  • Understanding of human biology and drug development/clinical trials
  • Appreciation of regulatory and SEC compliance, reporting and disclosure guidelines
  • Ability to think creatively, both in conceptual/visual approaches and in problem solving
  • Experience with fact-checking and verifying sources
  • Ability to adapt quickly and adjust priorities or plans to accommodate a changing environment or objectives; comfort with uncertainty
  • Excellent judgment while working independently and raising issues appropriately
  • Strong interpersonal skills across organization levels and functions
  • High level of integrity, team orientation, and treating others with respect

Denali is committed to its core company value of unity by creating a diverse and inclusive environment.  We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, status as a veteran, basis of disability, or any other federal, state or local protected class.



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