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Director, Corporate Communications

ID: 1388
Department: Communications
Location: Cambridge Headquarters
# of Openings: 1


Functional Area: Corporate Communications/IR


Position description:

We are looking for a talented and energetic Director of Corporate Communications. The person will play a key role in planning and managing communications activities that promote Ironwood’s brand and reputation to external and internal audiences. In addition, the role will lead product communications efforts for LINZESS, ZURAMPIC and DUZALLO working with the internal team and agency partners, as well as support R&D communications. The ideal candidate should have both product and corporate communications experience. The role will report to the Vice President Communications and Investor Relations, collaborate with the communications and IR teams, and work closely with the C-suite and other members of senior management.



  • Work with the Vice President of corporate communications and investor relations to develop and execute communications strategies in support of long-term strategy, as well as product milestones, financial milestones, and other key announcements;

  • Build and implement short- and long-term plans aimed at promoting Ironwood’s marketed products, R&D pipeline and overall corporate image among key external audiences (media, HCPs, patients, potential partners, investors, industry peers);

  • Develop and oversee development of messages and materials that clearly communicate Ironwood milestones and articulate our long-term strategy;

  • Work with appropriate internal partners (senior leadership, HR and others) to ensure that communications plans/tactics continue to be aligned with Ironwood’s overall business strategy and needs;  

  • Serve as a key media contact for product and corporate news; build and maintain relationships with key reporters and editors;

  • Identify, prepare for and manage issues as needed;

  • Oversee Public Relations agencies and manage associated budgets


Minimum Requirements:

  • BS/BA in Communications, Science or both;

  • 10-15 years of experience in corporate communications, including in-house role at pharma or biotech company, or healthcare agency experience;  

  • Excellent writing and verbal communications skills;

  • Smart, business-savvy individual who is also passionate about science and can translate it into easily-understandable language for various audiences;

  • Ability to interface and build strong relationships with internal (senior leadership, staff, HR, staff, etc.) and external teams (media, patients, etc.);


Preferred Requirements:

  • Strong relationships with local and national business and industry media

  • Crisis communications experience a plus

  • Experience managing external agencies

  • Entrepreneur with high energy and the ability to identify team members’ strengths and move people to act;

  • Leader who will educate others on best practices;

  • A collaborator who knows when to gain input and share information and when to execute and get results;

  • Demonstrated ability to achieve results through communications activities;

  • Ability to work productively in a cross-functional as well as a small team environment;

Ironwood is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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