Director, Corporate Communications & Public Affairs

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Founded in 1925, ATCC is a non-profit organization with a mission to acquire, authenticate, preserve, develop, standardize, and distribute biological materials and information for the advancement and application of scientific knowledge.

Leads the development, implementation and management of internal and external communication plans for ATCC which align with the corporate business strategy. The Director, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs will work with the President/CEO and Executive Leadership Team to envision, design, and implement a communications strategy to reinforce the leading brand image of ATCC, and to leverage the brand to shift internal and external perception of ATCC.  The incumbent actively supports, enforces and complies with all ATCC corporate policies and procedures.


  1. In collaboration with the President/CEO and Executive Leadership Team, develops, coordinates, and implements the corporate communications strategy, including internal and external communications, media/public relations and community relations, ensuring alignment with overall company mission, goals, and objectives. Serves as Chair of the Corporate Communications Council.
  2. Establishes and grows relationships with key trade and local media to frame cohesive brand messages for company product launches, partnership collaborations, etc.  
  3. Designs and develops strategic PR and media plans that generate favorable media attention for the company. Manages ATCC corporate reputation through appropriate media relations and protocols. Stays abreast of relevant media developments and of best practices in the industry. 
  4. Serves as company spokesperson and media trainer. Drafts statements and responds to media inquiries, including press releases, feature articles, and technical presentations. Collaborates with staff on all seminar/convention attendance and on all external speaking engagements. Serves as business liaison between internal stakeholders, legal, and regulatory agencies. 
  5. Collaborates and coordinates with the Senior Director, Human Resources to design and execute internal communications plans to drive employee awareness and engagement, promote culture change, and expand employee understanding of the business strategies, goals, and priorities. Collaborates with Executive Leadership Team to develop written content for employee meetings.  
  6. In collaboration with the Executive Leadership Team, develops organizational transition communication plans in support of mergers/acquisitions, and organizational restructures. Partners with Human Resources to effectively train managers on important employee communications. 
  7. Responsible for all overall design and management of the style guide. 
  8. Serves as company contact for social media platforms.  
  9. Fosters and promotes key community partnerships that benefit ATCC and its employees.
  10. Supports all efforts towards legislative partnerships developed by Leadership.

  11. Develops and maintains budgets while ensuring the cost effective deployment of resources.

  12. Evaluates program impact and reassess objectives and outcomes; responsible for continuous improvement of the communication plan.

  13. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Has authority either directly or through recommendations for employment decisions to include selection, training, performance evaluations, counseling, promotions, and terminations.

  14. Performs other ancillary duties as assigned.



  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Communications or related field is required; MBA preferred. Five years’ experience in the life science/biopharma or related industry and ten years minimum total experience in driving corporate communications and public relations initiatives, including crisis management. Demonstrated ability to work in a scientific-based environment and market required. Regulatory experience strongly preferred. Must have extensive experience driving highly effective media relations and employee engagement activities, as well as organizing, planning and executing large-scale events and projects.


  • Exceptional verbal and written communications skills, including storytelling, and outstanding editing and proofreading abilities required.
  • Strong interpersonal and influence management skills are required, including proven ability to effectively influence the executive leadership team.
  • Demonstrates flexibility in responding to changing priorities.
  • Ability to work in a matrix team structure is required.
  • Familiarity with the life science industry and its products and services is required.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word is required. Willingness to learn and achieve mastery of proprietary company systems is required.
  • Ability to travel up to 20% is required.

ATCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.



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