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Associate Director, Science Philanthropy and R&D Communications

Job ID R0040829 Date posted Aug. 19, 2021 Location Boston, Massachusetts

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Job Description

Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda.  Join us as an Associate Director, Science Philanthropy and R&D Communications in our Cambridge office.

Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission. As an Associate Director working on the Sustainable Innovation & Life Sciences Leadership team, a typical day will include: 


The Associate Director, Science Philanthropy (50%) and R&D Communications (50%) will partner with the Head, Sustainable Innovation & Life Sciences Leadership (SI&LSL) to develop and execute a discrete Science Philanthropy program for the global R&D organization and will partner with the R&D Communications team to support the execution of a comprehensive communications plan for external and internal audiences. 


The Associate Director will be responsible for finalizing and executing a strategic plan for Science Philanthropy and community engagement, which is a newly formed group within the SI&LSL group. Priorities in year 1 include the establishment of giving “pillars,” overseeing the creation of all internal and externally-facing materials and overall program governance.  He/she will also be responsible for instituting reporting processes for all philanthropic activities and coordination with the US CSR and Global CSR teams to ensure alignment and coordination on potential enterprise-wide programming.  


The Associate Director will ensure that strategic communications for the global R&D organization are crafted and executed across multiple communication channels (e.g., town halls, roundtables, external keynote or panel presentations, Q&A sessions, leadership conferences, media engagements, etc.). This person will be a trusted communications partner and will ensure high-quality work across print, digital, web, and social media.



  • Crystalize vision for R&D Science Philanthropy and Community Engagement including finalization of year 1 plan while developing longer-term (3-5 year) vision and roadmap

  • Execute year 1 plan and define measurements for outcomes 

  • Serve as primary contact for all external inquiries

  • Collaborate with global corporate social responsibility, global corporate communications, public affairs, business units, and site communications to ensure alignment and execute programming

  • Manage all aspects of Takeda/New York Academy of Sciences’ Innovators in Science Award planning and execution

  • Build awareness of and support for Science Philanthropy programs internally and externally

  • Contribute to the development of employee giving, volunteering and pro bono engagements, and grant/sponsorship program management strategies

  • Provide guidance and inspiration for employee engagement and community engagement aspects of programming

  • Cultivate strategic partnerships to support forward-looking and creative insight on thought leadership and future initiatives

  • Ensure the integrity of global philanthropy strategies and thought leadership


  • In collaboration with the Global R&D Communications team, support the ongoing evolution of the internal/external R&D narrative and messaging platform for R&D leadership

  • Partner with internal/external communications colleagues to identify, pitch, place, and support leadership engagement activities

  • Provide internal communications support to R&D Management Committee (RMC) members on special projects and global R&D organizational announcements

  • Draft and finalize communication deliverables including, but not limited to: announcements, presentation materials, email messages, speaker’s notes, social media posts, etc.

  • Measure effectiveness of communications programming; continually modify, innovate, and improve to deliver maximum value for the intended audiences


  • Bachelor’s degree – BS/BA Majors in Journalism, Communications, or public policy/public affairs preferred

  • A minimum of 8+ years with demonstrated increased level of responsibility of professional experience required at a corporation or consultancy with an understanding of the role of the political environment in the industry and its impact on Takeda business (patients, physicians, payers, and products) 

  • Strategic business partner with the ability to translate business information into language that external audiences, employees, and partners can understand

  • Excellent communicator, able to persuasively convey both ideas and data, verbally and in writing

  • Ability to negotiate and form consensus among various parties

  • Ability to work in a global and highly matrixed ecosystem (internal and external) with a high degree of complexity

  • Ability to identify areas for process and systems innovation and implement change that will enhance the overall effectiveness of programming

  • Ability to build strong partnerships and drive role clarity with other interfacing Takeda functions, including but not limited to R&D Management Committee, R&D TAU Leadership, Global Corporate Affairs, Public Affairs, Corporate Social Responsibility teams, Investor Relations, HR, Legal/Compliance, external vendors, and others.

  • Experience in the healthcare/bio-pharma industry is preferred

  • Strong social media experience preferred

  • Work experience developing media contacts preferred

  • Experience managing or supporting philanthropic partnerships at a not-for-profit organization or as a corporate partner 

  • Experience managing corporate giving and employee engagement programs (donations, sponsorships, mentoring programs, scholarships, etc.)

Location and Salary Information:

  • This job posting excludes CO applicants.


  • 401(k) with company match and Annual Retirement Contribution Plan

  • Tuition reimbursement

  • Company match of charitable contributions

  • Health & Wellness programs including onsite flu shots and health screenings

  • Generous time off for vacation and the option to purchase additional vacation days

  • Community Outreach Programs

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