December 5th, 2022 Medical Affairs

Director, Medical Affairs Learning & Development

San Diego, California, United States

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Please be aware that Acadia has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees.

Accountable for the development, implementation, and active management of new hire onboarding, training strategies, plans and processes to support Medical Affairs organizational goals. This position plays a key role in the design, development and implementation of training programs that directly support the strategic and operational objectives of medical affairs with particular focus on the field medical organization.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain a tiered onboarding curriculum, and a strategic training program for Medical Affairs
  • Deliver impactful medical training in support of scientific exchange needs within the medical affairs organization
  • Leverages experiential learning standard methodologies to actively engage adult learners and ensure successful transfer of knowledge
  • Routinely measure effectiveness of onboarding and training materials and continuously improve materials; modify content as appropriate and with evolving business needs
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with internal stakeholders including MSL field directors, medical communications and information, clinical development, medical affairs, HEOR, and pharmacovigilance to identify and develop content and training material for Acadia disease state and in-development or approved product trainings
  • Share relevant onboarding and training materials within other business units as appropriate and conduct medical affairs components of trainings for business units outside of Medical Affairs
  • Responsible for ensuring training consistency across therapeutic MSL and Field HEOR teams
  • Develop advanced and recurrent training as well as additional development programs including non-technical skills of importance to medical affairs organization
  • Ensure all content and trainings are in compliance with all internal policies and external regulations
  • Periodically field ride with MSLs to assess the effectiveness of existing MSL tools, identify resource and training gaps, and identify new training or resource opportunities
  • Assist with coverage when needed at conference medical information booths
  • Manage resources, budget, and external vendors to achieve all training needs


  • An advanced degree in biological sciences (MD, PharmD, PhD) required. An equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be considered
  • Minimum 10 years of dynamically responsible experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, prior experience as an MSL is preferred
  • Education or training experience, including design, delivery, and evaluation of learning programs (preferred)
  • Psychiatry or neurology experience preferred
  • Experience in preparation of materials for use by Medical Affairs and experience in review/editing materials; high skill level with relevant PC and software programs, including MS Office skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point). Experience desirable using Storyline or other training software or a willingness to learn new software relevant to this role
  • Scientific, clinical, and therapeutic area (CNS) expertise
  • Maintain expert level knowledge of company therapeutic areas and approved or in-development products
  • Knowledge of regulatory, compliance, commercial, and clinical issues affecting the pharmaceutical and managed care industries
  • Skilled 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; thoughtful; mature; flexible
  • Skilled at negotiating with business partners or management and influencing leaders regarding matters of significance to the organization
  • Proficient at creating and communicating a clear vision among team members effectively aligning resources and activities to achieve functional area and/or organizational goals
  • Ability to travel up to 20%
  • Employee must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in accordance with our policy
  • Must reside in the United States

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. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds

Employee must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in accordance with our policy and in order to meet any independent vaccination requirements that our clients and client facilities may have


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.