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Senior Vice President, Chief General Counsel

IDEAYA Biosciences

IDEAYA Biosciences

South San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 2024
IDEAYA Biosciences (NASDAQ: IDYA) is a public, clinical-stage precision medicine oncology company committed to the discovery and development of targeted therapeutics for patient populations selected using DNA sequencing and other molecular diagnostics. Our approach integrates extensive capabilities in identifying and validating translational biomarkers with small molecule drug discovery to select patient populations most likely to benefit from the therapies we are developing. We are applying these capabilities across multiple classes of precision medicine, including direct targeting of oncogenic pathways and synthetic lethality – which represents an emerging class of precision medicine targets. We believe this diversified approach will enable us to deliver the right medicine to the right patient to drive a more robust clinical response. IDEAYA has an industry leading platform and pipeline in precision medicine / synthetic lethality. IDEAYA wholly-owns or controls its three most-advanced clinical programs. It has established strategic collaborations with GSK, Amgen, Pfizer and Gilead supporting certain clinical and preclinical pipeline programs.
When you're at IDEAYA, you will be in the midst of brilliant minds working on precision medicine therapies to help cancer patients. We are passionate and committed about being on the forefront of oncology medicine, which means we all have a high internal drive that is at the very core of every person at IDEAYA. We are inquisitive, ask deep questions, and are data-driven innovators who like to collaborate and use team work to move science forward. For more information, please see www.ideayabio.com.
Notice to Agencies and Recruiters: All open positions and candidate activity are strictly managed through Human Resources. Please note that our policy is that recruiters do not contact employees/hiring managers directly to solicit business and/or present candidates. Submission of unsolicited resumes prior to an agreement set in place between the Human Resources Department and the recruiting agency will not create any implied obligation. Please note that failure to comply with this request will be a factor in developing a professional relationship with IDEAYA Bio. Inquiries regarding developing a recruiting relationship with us, may be directed to HR@ideayabio.com
Position Summary:
This individual will lead IDEAYA’s legal efforts as a publicly-traded company, including front-line responsibility for all corporate legal work, including board and stockholder governance, SEC reporting, compliance, strategic and operational transactions, insurance / risk management, employment / human relations matters, intellectual property work, and litigation oversight. This person will also engage effectively and independently on external- and internal-facing matters, and will interface directly with other entities/parties, and will work directly with IDEAYA outside counsel, and with various internal functional leaders, including within business development, finance, human resources, chemistry, biology, and translational research, translational and clinical development, regulatory and manufacturing. This individual will also interact closely with and present analysis of complex issues to IDEAYA’s senior management / leadership team. This position is based in our South San Francisco headquarter offices and required to be onsite four days per week per our company policy.

What you'll do:

  • Board and stockholder governance, including support of the Board of Directors and Board Committees.
  • SEC reporting and compliance, 1934 Exchange Act, including 1934 Exchange Act compliance, preparation and filing of annual and quarterly reports, associated compliance statements, proxy statements, current reports and Reg FD disclosures, NASDAQ listing obligations, as well as beneficial ownership reports.
  • Compliance matters, including management / oversight of code of ethics, insider trading, privacy, commercial compliance (including anti-inducement and fraud and abuse compliance), and other corporate policies and associated training.
  • Risk management, including insurance and risk mitigation efforts and enterprise risk management.
  • Support of business-development matters, including term sheets / deal structuring, legal due diligence, negotiating / drafting transaction documents for in-licenses, out-licenses, collaborative research, and related partnership / alliance management.
  • Support of finance function, including reporting and equity financings.
  • Support of human resources matters, including employee relations, new hires, terminations, compensation, benefits.
  • Support of research, translational and development activities, including operational contracts (e.g., for external contract research and clinical trials).
  • Oversee the company’s intellectual property strategy and enforcement, including protection of new ideas, management of company’s patent and trademark portfolio and web-domains, and work to ensure intellectual property is identified and protected.
  • Advise the company on litigation risks of possible business decisions, manage and oversee threatened and actual litigation or other legal proceedings, and advise on appropriate strategy to defend or resolve litigation.
  • Retain and manage outside counsel and other legal vendors.


  • 15+ years practicing as an attorney, preferably with both law firm and public company legal department experience and preferably with at least 5 years of experience in the oncology or biotech industry.
  • Experience reviewing and assisting in the preparation of public company ‘34 Act filings, including annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and Section 16 filings.
  • Experience drafting public company proxy statements for annual meetings of stockholders, including compensation tables and compensation discussion & analysis.
  • Experience working on strategic and operational transactional matters.
  • Juris Doctor degree, with strong academic credentials.
  • California Bar, active member, in good standing.
The salary range for this position is between $435,000 and $475,000. The salary range is an estimate and may vary based on the Company’s compensation practices.
The Company complies with all laws respecting equal employment opportunity and does not discriminate against applicants with regard to any protected characteristic as defined by federal, state, and local law. This position requires you to work onsite at the Company’s facilities, with partial work-from-home flexibility, and the Company requires that all employees working in its facilities be fully vaccinated (except as required by applicable law). Therefore, this position requires you to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19, subject to reasonable accommodations for medical or religious reasons, and/or as otherwise required by applicable law. The Company considers you fully vaccinated once 14 days have passed since you received either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine must have been FDA approved, have emergency use authorization from the FDA, or, for persons fully vaccinated outside of the U.S., be listed for emergency use by the World Health Organization.
Along with our highly collaborative and inclusive environment, IDEAYA offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes (but is not limited to) medical/dental/vision coverage (100% company paid for employees and 90% company paid for dependents), retirement benefits, ESPP and wellness programs. All full-time employees will also be eligible for an annual bonus and equity refresh.
IDEAYA is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, IDEAYA does not discriminate in hiring or otherwise in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. EOE/AA/Vets.