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Director, EMS Scientific and Professional Training

Company: Ascendis Pharma
Location: Palo Alto
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Do you want to be part of building a fully integrated biopharmaceutical company together with a team of highly skilled colleagues who are passionate about developing best-in-class therapeutics that address significant unmet medical needs? Then Ascendis Pharma is committed to support your personal development on our journey towards becoming a leading rare disease company.

Ascendis Pharma is looking to hire an experienced Director, EMS Scientific Training, to join our team. This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing, innovative company!

Position Description

The Director, EMS Scientific and Professional Training is a leadership role within Endocrine Medical Sciences focusing on the development of learning strategies to support all the professional and scientific training needs of Medical Affairs and Clinical Development. The Director is responsible for leading training needs analysis and gap assessments to design a spiral training curriculum and content for EMS.

This position requires advanced communication, leadership, training development, and project management competencies. The candidate must have a foundational understanding of drug development, strategic thinking, learning program design and execution. Provides operational support to cross-functional Endocrine Medical Sciences teams and oversees the planning and tactical execution of scientific training strategies within the Endocrine Medical Sciences (EMS) department.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develops training processes in collaboration with stakeholders within EMS and across the company, codifies the processes in SOPs, advocates for necessary resources (budget and headcount), and supports development of plans (tactical, change management, communication) to launch those training processes.

  • Furnish regular and ad hoc updates to the head of EMS, and to other department leaders (for example, Sr VP EMS, VP Clinical Development, and Medical Affairs, Legal and Compliance).

  • Ability to perform training needs analysis, which includes base competency assessments to identify needs and address gaps to be included the curriculum.

  • Participate in the design, development, and delivery of training solutions on products and disease areas to support learners within EMS.

  • Working with individual functions to develop key performance indicators for measurement before and after training.

  • Collaborate cross-functionally throughout EMS to build an understanding of learning needs in the context of long and near-term strategic goals.

  • Design effective course curriculum and workshops that meet the needs of the EMS organization.

  • Identifies internal and external subject matter experts to deliver effective live training as required.

  • Facilitates live training in a manner that supports adult learning principles.

  • Responds to learner needs, delivering effective training by managing and responding to the needs of the learner.

  • Responsible for gathering or developing professional skills training content that supports the developmental needs of EMS, ensuring external EMS personnel are competent in the areas of product and disease knowledge, compliance, and presentation skills.

  • Implements a variety of media and blended approaches including coaching, classroom instruction, on-line learning, experiential learning, and self-guided learning to develop effective EMS Scientific and Professional Training materials.

  • Assesses learning progress and ensures performance gaps are closed through the design of performance measurement solutions.

  • Plans leads, and conducts effective live training events by implementing project management, change management, and learner engagement best practices.

  • Ensures strategic training alignment within EMS through collaboration within a matrix team and cross-functional colleagues to ensure that training needs are met.

  • Develop spiral curriculum learning plans for all Ascendis Pharma compounds across the entire projected lifecycle.

  • Leads the process for addressing ad hoc EMS Scientific and Professional Training requests in addition to identifying annual learning priorities.

  • Coordinates with EMS develop and maintain communications that ensure employees have knowledge of training requirements, events, and resources.

  • Creates training onboarding expectations for new hires.

  • Manages the design and development of EMS offsite meetings, including participant engagement, materials development, training session management, and logistics

  • Stays current with trends and best practices in the field of Scientific and Professional Training.

  • Hires and manages external vendors hired for the development and delivery of training content.


  • Eight or more years of relevant experience in healthcare EMS Scientific and Professional Training, medical affairs, and/or drug development

  • A science degree in life sciences (MD, PharmD, PhD, BSN or equivalent) is required

  • Demonstrates advanced core competence in leadership and communication.

  • Working effectively and independently with cross-functional team members by providing operations integration that meets the broad training needs of the EMS organization.

  • Past responsibility with managing Scientific and Professional Training operational budget including review of annual budget, monthly projections, accruals, and variance analysis. Provides the Head, EMS Strategy and Operations with budgeting and department reporting.

  • Collaboration with training the field medical team to generate KOL engagement strategies, field medical insight reports, and metrics (KPIs) reporting.

  • Developing and implementing new processes, SOPs and policies to facilitate Scientific and Professional Training. Identified areas for improvement and recommended changes as needed.

  • Implementing operations projects including Performance and Assessment, development of Standard Operating Procedures, Compliance updates and presentations as needed.

  • Demonstrated excellence in managing complex projects and multi-tasking in a deadline-intensive, highly compliance-driven environment

  • Possess exceptional communication skills, both oral and written with the ability to influence internal and external stakeholders

  • Strong project management skills preferred

  • Effective influencing and change management skills

  • Keen analytical skills and demonstrates ability to translate high-level business needs and objectives into actionable plans.

  • Contributed to the design and implementation of national meetings in support of medical affairs or commercial POAs. Participating in recommendations for broader organization meeting content and execution.

  • Experience teaming with congress planning and activities around external scientific presentations.

  • Has participated in medical review submissions and tracking of created Scientific and Professional Training material.

  • Experience in managing vendors, negotiating, and scrutinizing contracts, and managing and reconciling budgets

  • Contributes to preparation of SOWs and agreements with EMS Scientific and Professional Training contractors.


  • Medical insurance

  • Vision insurance

  • Dental insurance

  • 401(k)

  • Paid maternity leave

  • Paid paternity leave

  • Commuter benefits

  • Disability insurance

San Francisco and Los Angeles applicants: The Company will consider for employment qualified applicants with Criminal Histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance or the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance (as applicable).

Keywords: Ascendis Pharma, Palo Alto , Director, EMS Scientific and Professional Training, Other , Palo Alto, California

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