June 13th, 2022 Medical Affairs

Executive Director Scientific Communications and Medical Information

Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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Responsible for directing and leading the activities and functional capabilities of the Medical Information and Scientific Communications Department within Medical Affairs of Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc. This includes strategic publications planning and execution as well as providing strategic direction, implementation, and oversight of the Medical Information Call Center; development of Medical Information response documents; oversight of medical participation/input into Medical, Legal, Regulatory (MLR) Committee and oversight of Medical Review Committee (MRC) processes; and medical congress support. Effective use of department personnel in not only ensuring timely completion of tasks, but also in allowing and promoting growth and experiences of the individual staff members.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic direction into high quality/ high impact publication planning for therapeutic areas and products
  • Oversee and manage the Medical Information Call Center and associated Medical Information databases, including the analysis of metrics and generation of insightful reports on Medical Information requests
  • Supervises an efficient medical review process and high quality medical review and input at MLR and MRC meetings
  • Develop department strategic goals and metrics
  • Manage staff and ensure they have the resources needed to complete tasks effectively and efficiently
  • Collaborate with Sr. Management to ensure alignment of department strategic direction and goals with overall Corporate, Research & Development, Commercial and Medical Affairs goals
  • Serve as a Medical Affairs content expert with focus on therapeutic area and product knowledge, and current published literature.
  • Responsible for the selection, contract negotiation with, and supervision of the work of vendors for various Medical Affairs activities including the Medical Information Call Center, and strategic publication planning and medical writing; ensuring work is high quality and developed on time and within budget
  • Provide strategic oversight of the development of high quality medical and scientific materials, including Standard and Custom Response Letters
  • Oversee the development, organization and maintenance of slide archive libraries
  • Collaborate effectively with other functional groups across the organization as well as externally with thought leaders
  • Contribute to the long-term communications and lifecycle management plans
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


  • Master’s degree in life science or equivalent combination of relevant education and applicable job experience. An advanced degree in biological sciences (MD, PharmD, PhD) preferred
  • 12- 15 years' experience in the biopharmaceutical industry
  • Minimum 7 years experience within Scientific Communications and Medical Information functions; background in Neuroscience is a plus
  • Scientific, clinical and therapeutic area knowledge
  • Publication and manuscript preparation experience
  • Experience in development of materials for use by Medical Affairs and experience in review/editing Medical Information materials; high skill level with relevant PC and software programs, including MS Office skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Skills as a poised and knowledgeable presenter of scientific information. This includes excellent writing capabilities and strong demonstrated presentation skills, including presentations within external formats such as physician gatherings, medical congresses, etc
  • Ability to interact easily with all levels within the organization; tactful; mature; flexible
  • Skilled at negotiating with business partners or management and influencing senior level leaders regarding matters of significance to the organization
  • Proficient at creating and communicating a clear vision among team members optimally aligning resources and activities to achieve functional area and/or organizational goals


Establishes strategic plans for designated function(s) and may participate with others in management to align objectives across the organization. Works on complex issues where analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth knowledge of functional area(s) and related organizational objectives.  Erroneous decisions will have a serious impact on the overall success of functional, or company operations.

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.  

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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.

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