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Corporate Communications Lead-HR, DE&I

Date: Mar 17, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.

The future Spark is built on innovation – creating the path.  Spark’s commitment to breakthrough innovation is reflected in our culture that embraces the value of diverse perspectives, experiences and skills; an organization where everyone is comfortable, encouraged and compelled to bring the best they have to offer.  The HR and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Communications Lead will serve as a strategic partner to the entire HR organization in the service of our employees as well as in our journey to foster and support a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization internally as well as within the communities we impact. Spark has consistently been named a Best Place to Work, and we are very proud of our company culture and are committed to living by our values. This role will be a key ambassador of our culture and helping guide our HR and DE&I to align with our vision, values and overall employee experience.

Specific responsibilities will include but not be limited to: develop and execute the HR communications strategy as part of the overall Spark story and communications strategy; lead integrated narrative and story-telling and elevate the voice and programs within the HR team (which includes DE&I) with both internal and external stakeholders; engage employees by highlighting authentic stories and communicating the unique backgrounds and perspectives that will amplify our position and investment in our employees and our work in DE&I. The HR and DE&I Communications Lead must be able to generate new ideas and have a keen understanding of nuanced communications as we continue our journey of taking our communications to a new level of inclusivity.

This role will partner closely with the Head of HR and their leadership team, which includes the heads of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, HR Operations, Total Rewards, Talent Acquisition, Talent Development and HR Business Partners as well as the Corporate Communications and Community Engagement Team to assure a seamless, integrated, engaging, impactful and fun communications that align with our overall Employee Value Proposition.





Lead development and implementation of an integrated HR communication strategy in partnership with the HRLT and the Internal and External Communications Leads and apply a strategic lens to the communications support across all HR activities in support of their goals and objectives.



Develop messaging and communications that are tailored to the audience and written in simple to understand, relatable, and authentic ways. Assess audiences to establish appropriate communication channels and develop content to meet different needs for HR and DE&I related communications.



Ability to work across a wide spectrum of constituencies and coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, as well as manage and support external communications where appropriate working closely with external communications lead. Continuously challenge the messaging and channels to keep content fresh.

Champion new, creative ideas through well structured, well-supported, and clearly articulated points of view.



Partner with human resources, diversity, equity and inclusion strategies to create strategies to work with other areas of the business to tell comprehensive stories about Spark’s team and culture.




  • Minimum of 15 years of professional experience, with at least 5 years supporting human resources. DE&I and life sciences communications experience a plus
  • Successful experience developing compelling communication strategies with clear and measurable goals
  • A creative storyteller and versatile writer, with an ability to advise on communications based on both topic and audience segment
  • Proven experience in internal and external communications 




  • We are looking for an individual who is passionate about translating HR and DE&I communications into engaging content for all stakeholders.
  • Strong strategic leadership experience in managing similar functions in peer organizations.
  • Demonstrates a long-term perspective that extends beyond the immediate initiatives; visualizes and articulates a clear direction for Spark
  • Intellectual curiosity
  • Sets aspirational goals to take organizational performance to the next level, reinventing the operating model when appropriate; goes beyond conventional performance benchmarks to set world class best practice
  • Navigates change and uncertainty; is agile in responding to feedback from within and outside the organization
  • Embraces and embodies the Spark values: “break the barriers, own your excellence, commit to collaborate, demonstrate the respect you seek, and above all, champion the patient;”
  • Able to learn from colleagues, embraces perspectives from different backgrounds and fields, and step back to allow others to take action
  • Thoughtfully leads through influence and maintains focus on larger priorities; delegates effectively while managing performance and holding direct reports accountable
  • Collaborates and looks to support other leaders; sees value in championing the work of the group over the individual
  • Offers enthusiasm and empathy toward other leaders and their respective departmental goals; influences and ensures alignment toward common priorities
  • Able to connect, engage in open dialogue, disagree when necessary, and compromise toward the greater good of Spark


Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia