Executive Assistant to CEO/CFO

200 - General and Administrative · Berkeley, California
Department 200 - General and Administrative
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a leading clinical-stage CRISPR genome editing biotechnology company located in Berkeley, CA. Caribou's tools and technologies provide transformative capabilities to therapeutic development and the company is advancing an internal pipeline of genome-edited cell therapies for various oncology indications. Caribou was founded in 2011 by CRISPR pioneers including Nobel Prize winner Jennifer Doudna, PhD, Martin Jinek, PhD, and Rachel Haurwitz, PhD, our President and CEO. The eight-year-old company has developed a best-in-class CRISPR genome editing technology platform and has a leading intellectual property position.


At Caribou, every employee is valued for their unique perspective, background, and diversity. Every person on the Caribou team contributes to problem solving and innovation. The Company’s vision is to advance agile genome editing innovations for the benefit of our communities.


We are seeking an Executive Assistant to support the company’s Chief Executive Officer and the company’s Chief Financial Officer. The EA will act as a liaison for the CEO, the CFO, and the company, and they must be able to take on multiple tasks simultaneously and use discretion and judgement to respond quickly to changing needs. This role will initially be remote, with the expectation that the team will return on-site in Berkeley sometime in 2021.

In this role, the candidate will be responsible for:

  • Executive support to the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer
  • Extensive calendar and travel management
  • Anticipate executive needs while managing day-to-day workflow and prioritizing projects
  • Interface with the Board of Directors, executive team, investors and other key stakeholders
  • General administrative and office support working closely with the leadership team, other employees, and external parties
  • Provide backup support for other administrative staff during periods of overload
  • Initial contact with outside inquiries, screening as appropriate
  • Project management and follow-up on specific projects as assigned
  • Coordination between the company and outside parties
  • Seek creative and cost-effective solutions in daily activities and projects
  • Apply sound judgment to planning and time management on behalf of the CEO and CFO
  • Serve as a host and a central resource for key visitors
  • Support and potentially lead planning activities for corporate events
  • Other duties as assigned

Candidate must possess:

  • 5+ years’ experience supporting C-suite executives in small- to mid-sized companies
  • Significant attention to detail
  • Ability to proactively manage responsibilities
  • Experience with Microsoft Office suite, Google apps, and video conferencing systems
  • Capability to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and be flexible with changing priorities
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative with minimal supervision
  • Ability to apply sound judgment with managing the CEO and CFO schedules
  • Collaborative approach to working with fellow employees
  • Experience maintaining strict confidentiality
  • Enthusiastic service orientation
  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written
  • High level of poise and professionalism and the ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Flexibility and ability to rapidly adjust priorities
  • Ability to work flexible hours based on evolving business needs


  • Experience in the life science industry
  • BA/BS degree
  • Experience managing electronic records


Caribou Biosciences, Inc. is a dynamic start-up biotechnology company, and the successful candidate should have a passion for science and a desire to work in a collaborative environment. Caribou promotes a culture in which employees are respected and valued for hard work, innovation, personal initiative, and teamwork.


Caribou compensation and benefits:

  • Comprehensive compensation package including stock options
  • Generous paid vacation time in addition to Company-observed holidays
  • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) retirement savings plan including matching employer contributions
  • Tuition reimbursement program


For more information, please visit www.cariboubio.com. Caribou is on Twitter. Follow the Company @CaribouBio.


Caribou is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding), genetic information, taking or requesting statutorily protected leave, or any other basis protected by law. In addition, Caribou prohibits the harassment of any individual on any of the bases listed above or any other characteristics protected under federal, state, or local laws.


Direct applicants only. No agencies please.

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  • Location
    Berkeley, California
  • Department
    200 - General and Administrative
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience