October 26th, 2023 Medical Affairs

Director Medical Science Liaison Rare Disease


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Seeking Talent Near: San Diego, CA; Princeton, NJ; Kansas City, MO

The Director, Medical Science Liaisons (MSL), Rare Diseases is responsible for leading a regional field team of high performing MSLs. This role is responsible for ensuring implementation and execution of strategies through a field- based rare disease MSL team and working with the VP Medical Affairs, Rare Disease to define Medical Affairs field strategy and aligning it with overall scientific platforms. This is a high visibility leadership role with ultimate accountability for the effectiveness and compliance of scientific exchange conducted by the MSL team to meet the needs of researchers, advocacy groups, clinicians, and other external and internal stakeholders.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Recruits, trains, develops and motivates a high-performing MSL team rare disease team
  • Provides oversight and leadership that ensures effective and compliant interactions between MSLs and external stakeholders, and medically/scientifically balanced and robust communications on ACADIA products, development programs, and disease states
  • In-line with the overall medical strategy, develops and implements Field Medical Affairs strategy, tactical implementation plans, and reporting mechanisms and infrastructure to appropriately assess impact of activities
  • Establishes and maintains collaborative relationships with key internal stakeholders and field commercial leadership teams to meet shared goals and create a platform for working together to improve team and company performance
  • Serves a key interface between field medical and the internal organization, representing and leading critical cross-functional workstreams
  • Ensures effective overall plan for thought leader engagement
  • Develops and maintains scientific, clinical and therapeutic expertise for Acadia’s rare disease portfolio, including Rett Syndrome; therapies utilized to manage these diseases; and trofinetide
  • Develops, organizes and communicates to cross functional stakeholders the insights the MSL team gains about competitive landscape, unmet needs of researchers, physicians and advocacy Develops actionable plans to address these insights.
  • Identifies continuous learning opportunities to ensure a highly trained and sophisticated MSL team
  • Directs MSL attendance and planning for relevant medical congresses and related events
  • Develops individual talent within the MSL team, including training, career evaluation, coaching, mentoring, performance management and talent review
  • Oversees the creation & dissemination of effective, compliant, medically-sound information tools for use by MSLs to support the safe & effective use of company marketed products
  • Manages travel and expense budget in keeping with corporate
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience

  • An advanced degree in biological sciences (MD, PharmD, PhD).
  • Targeting 8 years of progressively-responsible experience in the biopharmaceutical industry, including a minimum of 3 years’ experience leading a field medical group, and 5 years’ experience as a Field-based Medical Liaison (MSL).
  • Rare diseases, epilepsy, pediatric neurology and/or Rett Syndrome experience
  • Psychiatry or neurology experience
  • Experience in preparation of materials for use by Medical Affairs and experience in review/editing Promotional materials; high skill level with relevant PC and software programs, including MS Office skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point).
  • Scientific, clinical and therapeutic area
  • Knowledge of regulatory, compliance, commercial, and clinical issues affecting the pharmaceutical and managed care industries.
  • Skilled as a poised and knowledgeable presenter of scientific 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;
  • 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 effectively aligning resources and activities to achieve functional area and/or organizational goals.
  • Ability to travel 50% to 60% to work with the MSL

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 15 pounds.  Ability to travel independently overnight and work after hours if required by travel schedule or business issues.

In addition to a competitive base salary, this position is also eligible for discretionary bonus and equity awards based on factors such as individual and organizational performance. Actual amounts will vary depending on experience, performance, and location. 

Salary Range
$190,000$238,000 USD


What we offer you (US-Based Employees):

  • 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 (US-Based Employees): 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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