Senior Manager/Associate Director, Investor Relations and Corporate Communications

IR & Corp Comm (160) · Seattle, Washington
Department IR & Corp Comm (160)
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Manager/Supervisor



Chinook Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines for kidney diseases. Chinook’s product candidates are being investigated in rare, severe chronic kidney disorders with opportunities for well-defined clinical pathways. Chinook’s lead program is atrasentan, a phase 3 endothelin receptor antagonist for the treatment of IgA nephropathy and other proteinuric glomerular diseases. BION-1301, an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody is being evaluated in a phase 1/2 trial for IgA nephropathy. In addition, Chinook is advancing CHK-336, an oral small molecule LDHA inhibitor for the treatment of primary hyperoxaluria, as well as research programs for other rare, severe chronic kidney diseases.


Chinook is building its pipeline by leveraging insights in kidney single cell RNA sequencing, human-derived organoids, and new translational models, to discover and develop therapeutics with differentiating mechanisms of action against key kidney disease pathways. Chinook trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol KDNY and has locations in Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and Oakland, CA.



The Senior Manager/Associate Director of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications will play a key role in shaping Chinook’s brand and story to internal and external audiences and will be responsible for supporting the development and implementation of the company’s IR and communications strategies. The ideal candidate enjoys working in a fast-paced and rapidly growing environment, and has a strong grounding in scientific writing, established relationships with traditional and social media outlets, strong attention to detail and is always highly motivated to deliver excellence in their work. This position reports to the Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications and is located in either Oakland, CA or Seattle, WA, or alternatively may be remote.


Responsibilities include:


  • Work as a strong cross-functional partner to support business goals by developing and executing a global communications strategy and key messages that build Chinook’s reputation and brand and convey the unique value of Chinook and its programs across internal and external audiences.
  • Build and enhance relationships with external media outlets including news, business and industry trade publications, with both traditional and digital media; garner local, regional and national coverage of Chinook to meet objectives.
  • Define and lead the strategy, planning and implementation of a robust social media presence.
  • Actively lead and direct external agency partners.
  • Support development of all key IR/PR communications, including press releases, Q&As, website content, executive talking points, fact sheets, etc., in collaboration with external agencies and internal colleagues across the organization.
  • Prepare company spokespeople for media interviews and other engagements, including training spokespeople, as needed, and ensuring that Chinook’s spokespeople are prepared to address issues as they emerge.
  • Identify external opportunities, including media interviews, speaking engagements at industry conferences and other forums to showcase Chinook executive thought leadership.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization to ensure alignment and visibility of communications initiatives across functions.
  • Provide internal communications support as necessary.
  • Oversee timely media and news monitoring and critical updates for the company; familiarity with GlobeNewswire and general media monitoring software and protocols a plus.
  • Administer database to ensure meeting notes are complete for investor meetings and conference presentations; familiarity with AlphaSense and Nasdaq IR Insight a plus.
  • Analyze and monitor the company's shareholder base and create reports summarizing trends and shifts amongst our stockholders.
  • Perform ad hoc shareholder targeting, market performance and stock analyses.
  • Contribute to the development and maintenance of a positive team-focused company culture.

Education, Experience, and Skills:


  • Bachelor's degree in Communications, English, Business, Journalism or equivalent.
  • At least 5-7 years of public relations experience in a life science company or at a public relations firm working with biotech/pharmaceutical clients.
  • Strong ability to grasp scientific concepts and make them relevant to lay audiences. Prior experience in kidney disease communications preferred.
  • Experience crafting and implementing successful traditional media, social media and internal communications strategies.
  • Ability to collaborate, facilitate, influence and organize across multiple functions and levels of an organization, with a bias for action and results.
  • Possess strong verbal, written and presentation abilities.
  • Able to work independently and manage multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
  • Detail-oriented and possess a strong ability to manage details for precision and accuracy.
  • Understanding of SEC and FDA regulations impacting communications.

Chinook is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we prohibit discrimination or harassment of any kind.  We are committed to fostering an environment where ALL people are welcome and supported.  We respect and value different experiences and viewpoints.  We act respectfully toward one another and embrace diversity of people and ideas. Having a diverse workforce made up of team members who bring a wide variety of skills, abilities, experiences, and perspectives is essential to our success. Creativity and innovation flourish in an environment of openness, inclusion, and mutual respect.

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  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Department
    IR & Corp Comm (160)
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience