Executive Assistant to the CSO/SVP of Clinical Development

100 - Research and Development · Berkeley, California
Department 100 - Research and Development
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 and report to both the company’s Chief Scientific Officer and the company’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Development. The EA will act as a liaison for the CSO, the SVP, and the company, and must be able to take on multiple tasks simultaneously and use discretion and judgement to respond quickly to changing business needs. This role will initially be remote, with the expectation that the team will return on-site in Berkeley when appropriate.

In this role, the candidate will be responsible for:

  • Executive support to the Chief Scientific Officer and Senior Vice President of Clinical Development
  • Extensive calendar and travel management; expense report preparation
  • Anticipate executive needs while managing day-to-day workflow and prioritizing projects
  • Interface with the executive team, clinicians, clinical sites, consultants, scientific advisory board, 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 CSO and SVP
  • 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 including Excel, Adobe Acrobat, Google apps, and video conferencing systems
  • Ability to plan and coordinate logistics for virtual or live advisory meetings and conferences
  • Excellent comprehension and writing skills
  • 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 CSO and SVP schedules
  • Collaborative approach to working with fellow assistants and other employees
  • Experience maintaining strict confidentiality
  • Enthusiastic service orientation
  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written
  • High level of poise and ability to manage and meet multiple deadlines efficiently with professionalism
  • Flexibility and ability to rapidly adjust priorities
  • Ability to work flexible hours based on evolving business needs and at times across both U.S.  and global Time Zones
  • Experience managing electronic records


  • Experience in the life science industry
  • BA/BS or equivalent degree
  • Experience with medical terminology


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
    100 - Research and Development
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience