Manager, Corporate Communications


Ready to join a team committed to developing and commercializing gene therapies for patients and families devastated by rare neurological genetic diseases? AveXis is advancing cutting-edge science, starting with our proprietary gene therapy for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). We are in the midst of an incredible journey and are looking for passionate individuals to join us on this important mission.

AveXis, a Novartis company, is dedicated to developing and commercializing novel treatments for patients suffering from rare and life-threatening neurological genetic diseases. Our initial product is a proprietary gene therapy approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of pediatric patients with SMA. In addition to developing a treatment for SMA, AveXis also plans to develop other novel treatments for rare neurological diseases, including Rett syndrome and a genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis caused by mutations in the superoxide dismutase 1 (SOD1) gene.

Position Details

Manager, Corporate Communications
Northern Illinois
Deerfield, IL

Part of the corporate communications team, our communications manager will be primarily internal communications-focused, including broad-based employee communications, executive communications and support of U.S. site communications, but would also support corporate reputation efforts including digital/social media, branding and corporate media. Operating in a fast-paced environment, our ideal candidate would be comfortable with variety, urgency and shifting priorities, and have extensive healthcare communications experience in an agency or in-house setting.


  • Identify and develop broad-based employee communications. 
  • Create and execute culture initiatives. 
  • Support executive communications. 
  • Consult on U.S. site (IL, CA, NC, CO) communications. 
  • Manage SharePoint-based intranet site. 
  • Occasionally support corporate earned media efforts. 
  • Support digital/social media content and activities. 
  • Execute ad hoc special events. 
  • Work collaboratively with agency and internal partners. 
  • Independently identify and initiate process improvement areas. 
  • Maintain communication with all levels of management and employees, often dealing with confidential information. 
  • Perform special projects and/or other functions to support the business as assigned or proactively performed.


  • At least 5 – 10 years of communications experience, healthcare experience preferred. 
  • Bachelor’s degree at a minimum. 
  • Embrace the AveXis culture and model work behaviors that are consistent with each of the company’s core values: Tenacity, Teamwork, and Integrity. 
  • Possess excellent written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Strong PC skills including advanced knowledge of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint; SharePoint a plus. 
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment requiring the ability to identify and shift priorities quickly. 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and team orientation. 
  • Ability to juggle multiple deadlines and conflicting priorities. 
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to proactively think ahead and aggressively prioritize and multitask, often switching gears quickly. 
  • Occasional travel.

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