Senior Director, Corporate Communications

Job Description

Job Title:          Senior Director, Corporate Communications

Reports To:      Chief Financial Officer

Location:           Boston, MA

Position Summary:

Imagine your child scratching herself so unstoppably through the night that she wakes with blood-stained sheets. Nothing soothes her. You haven’t slept through the night in years. At school, unable to focus, she takes off her shoes and socks to scratch her feet on the carpet. The itch is inescapable. She has a life-threatening liver disease, and it’s getting worse. 

Now imagine that you work for a company with a chance to help this child and her family.

This is Albireo. We are relentlessly focused on liver disease with the belief that bile acid modulation offers an innovative way to treat numerous rare and more common diseases affecting people worldwide. We are building a collaborative, committed, employee-friendly company, as we work to make this vision a reality.

Albireo is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and potential commercialization of novel bile acid modulators to treat orphan pediatric liver diseases, and other liver or gastrointestinal diseases and disorders. We have deep expertise in bile acid biology, and a pipeline of clinical and preclinical programs. Our parent company, Albireo Pharma, Inc., is located in Boston, Massachusetts, and our key operating subsidiary, Albireo AB, is located in Gothenburg, Sweden. We were spun out from AstraZeneca in 2008. The Boston Business Journal named Albireo one of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Massachusetts.

This is an exciting and pivotal time at Albireo. Our lead product candidate is in a Phase 3 clinical trial for a rare, life-threatening pediatric liver disease with no approved pharmacologic treatment option. We expect topline results in mid-2020. Meanwhile, we are advancing our pipeline in other disease indications. We have a licensing agreement in Japan that already has generated revenues, an excellent financial position for a pre-launch company and a small team of great people. We know personally many of the people we’re working to help, and they motivate us every day.

As we approach our potential first product launch, we have a unique opportunity for an experienced corporate communications leader. As Senior Director of Corporate Communications, you will be responsible for all corporate communications strategy and operations. This role reports to the Chief Financial Officer and is based in Boston.

What makes this role special:

  • Have a profound impact on young children and their families.
  • Contribute to shaping a new treatment model.
  • Help lead the first launch of a medicine for a rare pediatric liver disease.
  • Own the full Corporate Communications function, building the global brand of the company.
  • Work on a portfolio of multiple potential therapies.
  • Collaborate with a small, collegial team of good people.
  • Learn from leadership with deep experience and a history of success.
  • Enjoy great work/life balance.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead corporate communications strategy and operations.
  • Update Corporate Communications Plan and dashboards.
  • Plan and execute communications strategy for pivotal trial results and regulatory approval.
  • Drive and monitor continuous news flow.
  • Enhance corporate brand-building efforts (media relations, social media, speaking opportunities).
  • Develop quarterly earnings materials (news releases, call script, Q&A, Corporate Presentation).
  • Develop and manage town halls and other employee communications.
  • Own and update key messages and Q&A.
  • Oversee corporate website.
  • Coordinate review and revision of all external communications materials.
  • Collaborate with corporate PR firm.
  • Work closely with CEO, CFO, Marketing, Patient Advocacy, Medical Affairs and other teammates.


  • Minimum 8 years of biopharma corporate communications experience
  • Strong strategic thinking and ability to identify key dynamics amidst complexity
  • Innate understanding of messaging, tone and approach for difference audiences
  • Working knowledge of communications channels, including traditional and social media
  • Excellent project management ability
  • Exceptional storytelling, writing and editing skills
  • High attention to detail, diligence and reliability
  • Ability to simplify issues and reconcile different points of view
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a diverse team
  • High empathy and strong interpersonal skills
  • Results-driven mindset
  • Partner management experience
  • High level of ability in Word and PowerPoint
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Ability to travel in the U.S. and globally (up to about 10% travel)
  • Desire to be part of a small, dynamic, mission-driven company


  • Investor relations experience
  • Experience as the communications lead for a product launch
  • Experience managing corporate branding
  • Experience developing and managing corporate and brand websites 
  • Writing/media background
  • Rare disease experience
  • Hepatology or gastroenterology experience


Equal Opportunity Employer

Albireo Pharma, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant because of race, creed, color, age, national origin, ancestry, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, genetic information, veteran status, military status, application for military service or any other class protected by state or federal law.

All applicants should be legally entitled to work for any employer in the U.S.

Note to employment agencies: Please do not forward any agency resumes.  Albireo is not responsible for any fees related to resumes that are unsolicited.