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Athira Pharma
Bothell, Remote/Hybrid, United States
18 days ago
Athira Pharma
Bothell, Remote/Hybrid, United States
18 days ago


Position:                     Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications 

Location:                    Bothell, WA/ Open to Remote / Hybrid

Department:              Communications

Hiring Manger:         Chief Operating Officer

Effective Date:           May 2, 2022


About Athira:

Athira Pharma is a clinical stage biotechnology company with the mission to restore lives by advancing bold therapies, thoughtfully and urgently. With our platform of innovative regenerative brain-penetrant small molecules, our focus is on restoring neuronal health for those suffering from neurological diseases so that patients can regain their memories, lives and family relationships. Our lead asset, fosgonimeton (ATH-1017) is in late-stage clinical studies for Alzheimer’s disease. Fosgonimeton is also being studied outside of Alzheimer's disease in both Parkinson’s disease dementia and Dementia with Lewy bodies. Beyond our lead asset, our platform of novel therapeutics has the potential to impact other neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric conditions ranging from depression, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathy. Join our motivated and impassioned team working to provide better care for people through innovative research and accessible products committed to making a positive impact on human health.

About this role:

Athira is seeking a talented and highly motivated Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications who will play a critical role in designing, building, and implementing our overall communications strategy.  This individual will be responsible for strategic and operational leadership of all company communications, including investor relations, public relations, community relations, ensuring consistent messaging across all platforms to all stakeholders. Reporting to the COO, this position will manage relationships with the investment community, including investors and sell-side analysts. They will also be responsible for all corporate communications, including corporate visibility, reputation media and public relations, and community relations.


  • Lead the development, management, and maintenance of strategic corporate, IR and PR communication materials in collaboration with other key players. Create press releases, earnings releases, presentation decks, scripts, Q&A’s, reports, web content, announcements, and other communication materials in support of investor and analyst events, roadshows, conferences, achievement of corporate milestones and other noteworthy accomplishments.
  • Work collaboratively with the CEO, COO, and executive team to lead and manage the company’s participation in annual and quarterly meetings/calls, analyst events, roadshows, and other critical events to successfully achieve investor relations strategies and plans.
  • Serve as the company’s primary point of contact with investors, analysts and the investment community, developing compelling, authentic and consistent messaging related to Athira’s strategies, initiatives and performance. Ensure that all communications incorporate Best Practices and comply with pertinent SEC rules and FD regulations.
  • Provide strategic leadership, development, direction, and management of all external and internal communications strategy and initiatives, including media relations, digital and social media campaigns.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional team members on external-facing materials and events, including unbranded, branded, medical, industry and research meetings, presentations, and announcements to ensure consistency with the Company’s disclosures and corporate identity.
  • Oversee Athira’s brand identity and serve as corporate brand ambassador and provide corporate communications recommendations to help achieve organizational goals.
  • Implement measurement tools and analytics to determine effectiveness of overall reputation and communications programs, strategies, and initiatives. Evaluate results through measurable objectives and indicators designed to demonstrate value; adapt communications strategies as appropriate. 
  • Provide strategic analysis of issues and determine appropriate proactive and reactive messaging to enhance and improve the reputation of the organization and support the vision and direction.
  • Oversees all community engagement functions including existing relationships with patient advocacy groups. Proactively outreach and establish new relationships with other advocacy organizations as strategically appropriate.
  • Ensure communications are consistent and build continuity of look and feel across all mediums.
  • Understands and applies knowledge about major issues in the pharmaceutical industry and works with the team to anticipate and plan accordingly.
  • Oversee management of existing corporate websites to ensure a best-in-class, mobile-first user experience.
  • Oversee executive presentation development and media training, as necessary.
  • Manage agency partners and budget.
  • Foster relationships with key media outlets and reporters.


Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 15+ years of experience working in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry, with direct experience leading investor relations and corporate communications within a publicly traded company and/or in an agency setting.
  • Proven ability to speak the language of a pharmaceutical/biotech company and break down complex scientific concepts for both internal and external audiences.
  • Retains a robust knowledge of up-to-date compliance, legal, regulatory and other issues that impact communications and can apply them accordingly, including knowledge of SEC and disclosure requirements.
  • Reputation for successful business interactions with the investment community, media, healthcare reporters and biopharma journalists, Recognized by others as an expert in communications with a strong working knowledge of the science and pipeline.
  • Demonstrated track record of conducting successful, proactive global communications programs that employ creativity and use of a variety of tools, forums, media and metrics.
  • Experience and confidence in providing strategic advice and counsel to senior leadership team, including executives and our CEO, related to communications strategy, crisis and reputation management and investor relations. Trusted for flawless execution of proactive and reactive initiatives.
  • Dynamic, team player with excellent organizational, interpersonal, and written/verbal communication skills and a great sense of humor.
  • Strategic agility, able to balance proactive/planning with reactive elements of the position.
  • Maintains excellent personal relationships with healthcare reporters & industry media.
  • Deep knowledge of capital markets and strong relationships with investment community including sell side analysts.
  • Superb written, verbal, interpersonal and public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and a proven ability to motivate and manage communications professionals (internally and externally) to achieve outstanding results.
  • Enthusiastic about Athira’s vision and mission.
  • Endorse and promote our values: People, Perseverance, Transformation, Inclusion, Resourcefulness, Collaboration, and Integrity.

Apply by emailing your resume and cover letter.

All positions with Athira will require a COVID-19 vaccination and/or regular COVID testing. Where permitted by law, applicants who are offered a position with Athira will be asked about their vaccination status, which must meet minimum business requirements. Requests for medical or religious accommodation will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Athira is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law. This policy applies to all terms, conditions and privileges of employment, including recruitment, hiring, placement, compensation, promotion, discipline and termination.


Job Information

  • Job ID: 63100427
  • Location:
    Bothell, Remote/Hybrid, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Athira Pharma
  • Position Title: Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications
  • Industry: Pharmaceutical
  • Job Function: Investor Relations
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
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