Job Opportunity

Sr. Director, Head of Communications

Location: San Diego, CA, US
Department: COO
Employment Type: Full Time
Reference Number: 2341089

Job Description Summary

The Sr. Director, Head of Communications will play an important leadership role in driving Mirati's communications objectives. This includes advancing corporate visibility and understanding of the company's strategy, programs, capabilities and people, as well as overseeing Mirati's corporate branding strategy. This role will also have responsibility for executing a successful internal communications approach to support employee engagement, understanding, alignment and inclusion. This position will report to the Vice President, Corporate Affairs.

Your Responsibilities

  • Advance Mirati's corporate visibility and drive understanding of the company's strategy, programs, capabilities and people across priority audiences, internally and externally
  • Advance capability for external affairs, including media relations, C-suite thought leadership and executive visibility, data/regulatory milestone communications, educational campaigns and other public relations engagement tactics/channels
  • Serve as primary company spokesperson with media; develop and build relationship with top-tier business/financial/industry trade press
  • Oversee development of communications materials, across corporate, pipeline and product communications; materials may include press releases, talking points/Q&A, social/digital content, etc, in collaboration with external agency partners, senior leadership and internal colleagues in Investor Relations, Patient Advocacy, Legal, and other parts of the organization
  • Oversee and provide counsel for issues/crisis communications
  • In partnership with Investor Relations, plan and prepare for business and scientific events and conferences working closely across various disciplines
  • Oversee corporate governance (e.g., annual report) and quarterly financial communications, business development communications and CSR/ESG efforts
  • Prepare company spokespeople for media interviews and other engagements, including training spokespeople, as needed, and ensuring company spokespeople are prepared to address key issues as they emerge
  • Develop and oversee comprehensive, and compliant corporate branding strategy
  • Responsible for executing well organized and consistent internal communications to support employee engagement, understanding, alignment and inclusion
  • Collaborate with HR to ensure employee communications are well coordinated and aligned to broader internal and external objectives and messaging
  • Demonstrate an unwavering commitment to patients, in alignment with patient advocacy function, and oversee efforts on patient-focused communication/engagement programs to drive employee engagement and promote the voice of the patient
  • Oversee team member leading social/digital and omnichannel strategy internally and externally
  • Manage three direct reports and multiple agency partners

What is Required

  • The successful candidate will be a highly organized, proactive, resourceful, self-motivated leader with a roll-up-the-sleeves mentality and strong sense of urgency.
  • They should possess a proven track record of setting, driving, and delivering on objectives and projects, and have demonstrated ability to successfully lead others.
  • Additional requirements include:
    • 10 years of Communications experience in a biotech/pharmaceutical company or at a PR/communications agency working with biotech/pharmaceutical clients
    • Demonstrated experience crafting and executing successful traditional media, social media, and internal communications strategies
    • Experience working with high performing teams and demonstrated ability to collaborate, lead, facilitate, influence and organize across groups and at multiple levels of an organization
    • Understanding of SEC and FDA regulations impacting communications
    • Education: bachelor's degree required; advanced degree preferred

About Mirati Therapeutics, Inc.

Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. is a clinical-stage biotechnology company whose mission is to discover, design and deliver breakthrough therapies to transform the lives of patients with cancer and their loved ones. The company is relentlessly focused on bringing forward therapies that address areas of high unmet need, including lung cancer, and advancing a pipeline of novel therapeutics targeting the genetic and immunological drivers of cancer. Mirati is using its scientific expertise to develop novel solutions in two registration-enabling programs: adagrasib (MRTX849), an investigational small molecule, potent and selective KRASG12C inhibitor, as monotherapy and in combination with other agents, and sitravatinib, an investigational spectrum-selective inhibitor of receptor tyrosine kinases in combination with checkpoint inhibitor therapies. Mirati is also advancing its differentiated preclinical portfolio, including MRTX1133, an investigational KRASG12D inhibitor, MRTX1719, an investigational PRMT5 inhibitor, and other oncology discovery programs. Unified for patients, Mirati's vision is to unlock the science behind the promise of a life beyond cancer.

For more information about Mirati Therapeutics Inc., visit us at or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Why Join?

Mirati has been named a Top Workplace by the San Diego Union-Tribune. Our passionate team are deeply motivated to participate in work that is both important and unique.

Our belief is that transforming the lives of those with cancer is more than a job -- it's the chance to be part of something game-changing.

Urgency, open-mindedness, accountability and collaboration ground our work and behavior. These shared values are central to who we are, what we do and how we do it.

Our culture is one where we challenge norms, have high-risk tolerance, and celebrate an entrepreneurial and courageous attitude full of grit and determination to make a difference. We strive to create a sense of belonging and inclusion - one in which we laugh and have fun as we drive change together.

No matter the role, we are unified by our passion for helping patients, and are inspired by a single vision - to unlock the science behind the promise of a life beyond cancer.

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Mirati is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) - we celebrate diverse experiences without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law.

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