Community Liaison - Hematology - Western US

Marketing San Francisco, California


Description

Apellis is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the development of novel therapeutic compounds to treat disease through the inhibition of the complement system, which is an integral component of the immune system, at the level of C3, the central protein in the complement cascade.

We believe that our lead product candidate, APL-2, has the potential to be a first-in-class treatment targeting C3 that may address the limitations of existing treatment options or provide a treatment option where there currently is none. APL-2 has already shown activity that we believe is clinically meaningful in clinical trials for two distinct medical conditions—geographic atrophy in age-related macular degeneration (GA) and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH). We plan to conduct additional clinical trials in GA, PNH, autoimmune hemolytic anemia (AIHA) and complement-dependent nephropathies.

Position: Community Liaison - Hematology

Reports to: Director, Rare Community Engagement & Marketing

Position Summary:

Apellis is seeking a dynamic, engaging, and compassionate nurse for the role of Community Liaison (CL) - Hematology. The CL is accountable for introducing the company to the local community and building trust in the company, its science, and the product (when approved).

The CL represents Apellis within the local community, providing information and support for patients and their caregivers. They are accountable for addressing corporate, unbranded, and branded topics.

They will build strong connections with key stakeholders in their area, both external and internal. In addition to establishing relationships with local patients and caregivers, they will interact with local patient influencers, advocacy representatives, and HCPs in support of their patient/caregiver programming. They will work synergistically with the sales and patient services teams aligned to their region. And they will ensure full alignment with the Director of Patient Advocacy on all advocacy-related topics.

The CL is a field-based position and the candidate must live within territory. To be successful in this position, the CL will have to attend and represent Apellis at events and meetings that may occur in the evenings and on weekends. A flexible schedule will be implemented to accommodate this evening and weekend work. Community Liaisons (CLs) are not sales. They are incentivized and work to meet corporate business objectives but not sales targets.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Build and execute a community engagement plan for the local territory
  • Represent Apellis at local community events
  • Plan and execute local programming community on topics related to the company, unbranded, and branded, leveraging tactics from marketing
  • Engage 1:1 with the local community on topics related to the company, unbranded, and branded
  • Post-approval, provide local support to patient services team as needed during the patient on-boarding process, as needed
  • Build and maintain proficiency in the disease state, patient experience, and product (post approval) to support the needs of the community
  • Work collaboratively with Director of Patient Advocacy, Community Marketing, and Brand Marketing functions, and local sales leaders and colleagues
  • Be a voice for the community within the organization
  • Efficiently and effectively manage local territory budget


Education, Registration & Certification:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing is strongly preferred. Other credentials (e.g., social work) will also be considered

Experience:

  • 5+ years of biotech/pharma experience
  • Previous work or clinical experience educating patients/caregivers strongly preferred
  • Experience in rare disease is helpful

Skills, Knowledge & Abilities:

  • Passion for understanding and championing the needs of people living with rare diseases, their caregivers, and their community, resulting in strong local relationships which instill trust
  • Proven track record for creating and executing on territory plans, informed by local knowledge and aligned to strategy and tactics provided by marketing
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to listen actively, express ideas fluently and succinctly both in person and in writing, and present effectively
  • An entrepreneurial spirit coupled with the drive to embrace innovation and develop creative but well-reasoned solutions to business challenges
  • Demonstrated integrity on the job, including an understanding of relevant rules and regulations within the pharma sector, including HIPAA
  • Ability to navigate and be successful in a fast-paced, results-driven environment, managing through ambiguity
  • Willing to travel domestically up to 75% of the time and attend events outside of business hours (e.g., weekends and evenings)

Benefits And Perks
Apellis offers a great benefit package which includes: health insurance with full premium coverage, 401K with company match, paid time off (PTO), long- term disability insurance, life insurance and more! Visit http://apellis.com/careerbenefits.html to learn more.

EEO Statement
Apellis is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Apellis strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumocononiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.

 

EEO Statement: Apellis is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local fair employment practices laws. Apellis strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against employees, applicants or any other covered persons because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy), gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender or transsexual individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current or prospective service in the uniformed services, genetic information, marital status, AIDS/HIV status, smoker/nonsmoker, and occupational pneumocononiosis or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law.