May 10th, 2022 Corporate Affairs

Vice President Corporate Affairs

San Diego, California, United States

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The Vice President, Corporate Affairs leads the strategy and execution of the company’s overall corporate communications plan to foster and enhance the public profile of Acadia with stakeholders. This individual will oversee all internal and external communications, digital and social communications, corporate branding, advocacy and industry relations and is responsible for preparing and activating issues management strategies to protect the reputation of our company and ensure that communication strategies align with Acadia’s core objectives. This position reports to Acadia’s General Counsel.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement measurable corporate communications programs that align with Acadia business strategies and goals; provide strategic counsel and comprehensive support to executives regarding corporate reputation strategies as well as media and speaking opportunities; oversee the development of thought leadership programs focused on elevating visibility for Acadia as a leading biotech company
  • Create and complete annual corporate and product communications plans; maintain in-depth knowledge of the company’s current business and portfolio including business goals, strategies and market challenges; create and manage a range of communication materials (press releases, key message and Q&A documents, media pitches and briefing materials) and related content for use by spokespeople and with media/investor audiences.
  • Lead internal communications and integrate relevant business updates into employee engagement strategies; lead a coordinated effort to identify, create and publish dynamic content across a range of communication channels to reach various stakeholder groups and audiences.
  • Lead all aspects of digital and social communications by directing the research, planning and development of comprehensive corporate brand strategies and digital programs, including key messaging and storytelling and integrated engagement activities for priority stakeholder audiences.
  • Direct patient advocacy and industry relations team to ensure a strategic plan is implemented to identify and strengthen relationships, partnerships and collaborations and continue to position Acadia as a thought leader with the patient and medical communities
  • Partner with CEO, CFO, CCO and other senior executives to build and protect the reputation of the company, leading company preparation and response around business opportunities and reputational issues
  • Work collaboratively and cross-functionally to integrate and align messaging and strategies with efforts led by R&D, Business Development, Investor Relations, Legal, Government Affairs, Advocacy and Industry Relations, Regulatory, Medical Affairs and others
  • In partnership with Investor Relations support the quarterly earnings process, annual report and shareholder meeting, and other relevant external disclosures
  • Serve as a company spokesperson for corporate and product topics; establish strong relationships with media that reach key stakeholders including investors, local communities, government stakeholders, prospective employees and others; keep company executives and cross-functional partners informed of relevant media trends and coverage that could impact business performance and/or reputation; monitor and measure performance indicators for programs and initiatives; provide regular reports on progress and impact
  • Establish and evolve processes and standards to guide the work of corporate affairs function ensuring compliance with company policies and industry regulations
  • Manage budget and other allocated resources; identify, select and manage agency partners and other vendors to support various communications needs
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Minimum 15+ years of experience in corporate communications strategic planning, media relations, public relations or related field
  • Communications experience in the biotech or pharmaceutical or healthcare industry is required
  • Prior experience in executive communications, public affairs, patient advocacy, and/or scientific communications preferred
  • Experience in global product launches, including disease state and patient education programs
  • Self-motivated and directed leader with a track record of setting, driving and delivering against integrated corporate reputation strategies
  • Experience in environmental, social and governance practices, investor relations and diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Expertise in media relations, both proactive and reactive, with established relationships that will be relevant for Acadia
  • Proven reputation management and issues management expertise
  • Experience using data analytics to understand stakeholder needs and perceptions, and using those insights to build measurable plans that align with business objectives
  • Proven experience in employee engagement and communications practices
  • A superb writer and digital content strategist/creator with a pulse on current technology and digital/social media best practices (including SEO) that drive innovative, modern corporate communications
  • Working knowledge of the legislative/regulatory landscape with an ability to capitalize on potential opportunities while responding to ongoing threats and challenges
  • Able to build and maintain close, collaborative relationships with all levels of the organization to ensure alignment and integration of strategies, tactics and content
  • Adept at working in a fast paced environment with leaders; able to balance challenging priorities with sound, strong, experience-based counsel
  • Strong people leader who enjoys and prioritizes helping people develop in their careers and who will help build the team for the future
  • Willingness to travel approximately 30% of the time

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, see, talk or hear in a standard office environment and independently from remote locations. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

What we offer you:

  • Competitive base, bonus, new hire and ongoing equity packages
  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) Plan with a fully vested company match 1:1 up to 5%
  • Employee Stock Purchase Plan with a 2-year purchase price lock-in
  • 15+ vacation days
  • 14 paid holidays plus one floating holiday of your choice, including office closure between December 24th and January 1st
  • 10 days of paid sick time
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition assistance

EEO Statement:

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every single one of the qualifications in the exact way they are described in job postings. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and innovative company and we are looking for the BEST candidate for the job. That candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background or may meet the qualifications in a different way. We would strongly encourage you to apply – especially if the reason you are the best candidate isn’t exactly as we describe it here.

It is the policy of Acadia to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants without regard to considerations of race, including related to hairstyle, color, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, gender transition, country of origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, legally-protected medical condition or information, marital status, domestic partner status, family care status, military caregiver status, veteran or military status (including reserve status, National Guard status, and military service or obligation), status as a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking, enrollment in a public assistance program, or any basis protected under federal, state or local law.

As an equal opportunity employer, Acadia is committed to a diverse workforce. If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation. Furthermore, you may request additional support if you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access Acadia’s career website due to your disability, along with any accommodations throughout the interview process. To request or inquire about your reasonable accommodation, please complete our Reasonable Accommodation Request Form or contact us at [email protected] or 858-261-2923.

Please note that reasonable accommodations granted throughout the recruiting process are not guaranteed to be the same accommodation given if hired. A new request will need to be submitted for any ADA accommodations after starting employment.