Director of Communications & Executive Writer

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Position Title: Director of Communications & Executive Writer
Department: Communications
Reports to: Vice President, Communications

Position summary:
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.  
• 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:

• Qualified candidates will have extensive record of success in writing, research, and editing.  Further, candidate knowledge of the legislative process and political experience considered helpful. 
• Bachelor of Arts, advanced degree such as JD preferable; or equivalent years of work experience.  10+ years experience in speechwriting, policy and issue management, media relations, healthcare, and/or government.

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