Director, Communications & Executive Writer

Position Title: Director, Communications & Executive Writer

Department: Communications           

Primary Purpose of the Position: 

Serve as a senior level speechwriter and for BIO President & CEO and Chairman.  Develop Congressional testimony, op-eds, magazine/journal articles and online content, create strategy and tactical approaches for message development, scheduling, audience and placement.

Responsibilities:

  • Write and edit speeches, statements, talking points and presentations for BIO President & CEO and Chairman.  Craft preparatory memos for BIO President & CEO regarding speaking opportunities with details on audience, purpose of speech and key message to be delivered. 
  • Develop and edit testimony for BIO President & CEO or Board members testifying on BIO’s behalf, letters to the editor, op-ed pieces, online content and other advocacy pieces as required. 
  • Ability to deliver materials to executives on identified and specific timelines/deadlines.
  • Identify appropriate venues and timing for BIO President & CEO to make key speeches and policy statements. 
  • Work with executive schedulers to ensure all event details are included in final materials
  • Ability to understand industry and articulate/create convincing arguments.
  • Help develop BIO’s message and talking points on various issues across the organization.  Create strategy to push messages through speeches, public appearances, online properties, written opinion pieces or other media. 
  • Maintain living message matrix(s) for BIO efforts as directed by the SVP and Managing Director of Communications.
  • Assist BIO Vice Presidents with speech preparation and editing
  • Work with BIO staff to develop familiarity with appropriate databases that provide information about biotech products and business information.
  • Work closely with BIO policy and advocacy departments to stay current on legislative and regulatory issues.
  • Proofread and edit BIO materials (as needed).
  • Available for travel with executives when required.

Requirements:

Bachelor of Arts degree; advanced degree such as JD preferable
8+ years of related work experience in speechwriting, policy and issue management, media relations, healthcare, and/or government.

Qualified candidates will have extensive record of success in writing, research, and editing. 
Candidate knowledge of the legislative process and political experience considered helpful.

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