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Sr. Communications Specialist

Date: Jan 25, 2023

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

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 Sr. Communications Specialist works to support the development and execution of our communication strategy, measure its success, and enhance corporate initiatives. The ideal candidate will be collaborative, customer-focused, passionate, high-energy, organized, detail-oriented, willing to create a new path in corporate communication, and foster a spirit of teamwork and chemistry among internal stakeholders by contributing to the workplace culture that aligns with Spark’s values and goals. The Sr. Communications Specialist will support the efforts of the overall Communications & Community Engagement team in the areas of HR and DEI, and our scientific and patient supply comms as well as support various company-wide comms and community events. This position will be based in Philadelphia, PA.


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Job Function and Description


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 newsletters. 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.




Supports programs in an effort to enhance our external reputation and external reputation and thought leadership, by developing press releases, digital/social content, and managing internal and external events. 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.


Work with Human Resources team—Total Rewards, Employee Engagement, Talen Acquisition, etc.—to develop and execute communications that are highly engaging to internal audiences.



Work with Diversity Equity and Inclusion team to develop and execute communications to nurture Spark’s unique culture through high-impact employee engagement and external communications.

ad hoc

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


Education and Experience Requirements

  • 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.
  • Strong writing/editing skills
  • Excellent judgement, with big-picture ‘systems thinking’ ability


  • Proactive and anticipatory style; identifies and solves problems in advance
  • Working knowledge of design editing software a plus
  • Experience working with multiple CMS platforms


  • Experience within multiple social media platforms (content creation and analytics)


  • Facilitate reporting of metrics

Key Skills, Abilities, and Competencies

  • 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 simultaneously without compromising high quality. 
  • Comfortable with working in fast paced, dynamic organization with many important, competing priorities.
  • Curious and 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.


Complexity and Problem Solving

  • Consolidates opinions from many internal stakeholders, making decisions on which changes to accept, which to ignore, and which to debate.

Internal and External Contacts


Internal contacts:

  • HR and DEI team, Communications business partners, functional leads and colleagues around communications activities like the All Employee Meetings, Intranet postings, social media, emails, etc.


  • Agencies that support communications

Community members:

  • Engage with community partners to activate Spark’s commitment to the community through appropriate programming


  • Corporate partners, media, professional groups, advocacy groups, etc.

Please be aware that Spark mandates COVID-19 vaccination of all employees regardless of work location.  Accommodations may be made in accordance with applicable law.

Spark Therapeutics does not accept unsolicited resumes/candidate profiles from any source other than directly from candidates.   Any unsolicited resume/candidate profile submitted through our website or to personal email accounts of employees of Spark Therapeutics are considered property of Spark Therapeutics and are not subject to payment of agency fees.

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia