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Sr. Communications Specialist

Date: Mar 22, 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.


Be part of a communications team with a driving ambition to break down barriers for patients and families affected by debilitating genetic diseases. The Senior Communications Specialist will work in lock-step with the Corporate Communication Leads to support the development and execution of our communication strategy, measure its success, and enhance corporate initiatives. This may include supporting our work in community engagement and corporate giving. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, passionate, high energy, organized, detail-oriented, and willing to create a new path in corporate communications. This position will be based in Philadelphia, PA.







Support the execution of an internal communication strategy and plan. Drive the creation and publication of a wide variety of materials including, but not limited to, presentations, email messages, online content, digital signs, and a weekly newsletter. Source and write unique stories of Spark business activities for use internally as well as externally.

Measure impact and work cross-functionally to support evolution of growing organization.

Contribute to the successful delivery of internal employee engagement events including meetings and company milestone celebrations.



Support the execution of our external reputation and product communications, which may include media relations, developing press releases digital/social content, and event management. Contribute to the execution of corporate and disease awareness initiatives to further company goals and objectives. Develop and execute plans around employee engagement in the community as aligned to corporate strategy and our mission and vision.



Support Spark’s community engagement strategy and donation activities. Ensure that internal and external audiences understand Spark’s aspirations and achievements in community engagement through media relations, developing press releases, digital/social content, and volunteer event management.



Work in partnership with other functions, (e.g., Corporate Services, Patient Advocacy and Patient Services to nurture Spark’s unique culture through high-impact employee engagement and external communications.

 Foster a spirit of teamwork and chemistry among internal stakeholders by contributing to the workplace culture that aligns with Spark’s values and goals.





  • Bachelor’s degree in related discipline
  • Minimum 5+ years of experience in corporate communications at a biotech or pharmaceutical company, academic institution, healthcare organization, PR agency, or related position.
  • Extensive hands on experience with the creation and delivery of digital communications including content creation, management and publishing. 





  • Energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Experienced using digital communications and tactics. Intranet content management experience skills required. 
  • Strong prioritization and project management skills. Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines without compromising high quality. 
  • Comfortable with working in fast paced, dynamic organization with many important, competing priorities.
  • Eager to find new ways of achieving excellent results. Motivated by opportunity to puzzle out challenges that have not been solved before now.
  • Natural curiosity, determined to seek out insights that drive right decisions.
  • Committed to collaboration, both inside and outside the company. Seeks out diverse opinions and ideas to identify best approaches to difficult problems. Skilled at understanding and dealing with a broad range of functional areas and personalities. Ability to work with multiple contributors to create a best-in-class document.
  • Consolidates opinions from many internal stakeholders, making decisions on which changes to accept, which to ignore, and which to debate.
  • Represents Spark externally to identify and execute community engagement programs that include our employees (such as Spark Volunteer Day, participation in the Chamber’s Future Ready program, etc).



Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia