Executive Assistant to the CEO

LOCATION: South San Francisco

DEPARTMENT: Administration


Executive Assistant to the CEO

The Executive Assistant will report directly to the CEO, providing executive support to the CEO and 1-2 additional members of the executive team. The Executive Assistant will serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters involving the CEO. The Executive Assistant will also serve as a liaison to the board of directors and senior management teams; will organize and coordinate executive activities; will oversee special projects; and will be responsible for coordinating and organizing activities and workstreams that are shared across the administrative assistant team at Day One. The ideal individual will have demonstrated the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. The Executive Assistant will have the ability to work independently on projects, from conception to completion, and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion. The Executive Assistant will operate in a highly collaborative and team-based work environment and will need to establish productive and trusting relationships at all levels in the organization to be effective.

Roles and Responsibilities

Executive Support

  • Completes a broad variety of administrative tasks for the CEO and executive team including: managing an extremely active calendar of appointments; completing expense reports; composing and preparing correspondence that is sometimes confidential; arranging complex and detailed travel plans, itineraries, and agendas; and compiling documents for travel-related meetings.
  • Communicates directly, and on behalf of the CEO and executive team, with Board members, and others, on matters related to executive team initiatives.
  • Collaborates closely and productively with other members of the Executive Assistant team and with the Office Manager
  • Provides a bridge for smooth communication between the CEO’s and executive team’s office and internal departments; demonstrating leadership to maintain credibility, trust and support with senior management staff and the broader team at Day One.
  • Works closely and effectively with the CEO and executive team to keep them well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately. Acts as a “barometer,” having a sense for the issues taking place in the environment and keeping the executive updated.
  • Manages the CEO’s and executive team’s external commitments and runs interference with internal commitments (E.g. external Board meetings, investor and partner meetings and interactions, invited talks, other Board duties).
  • Prioritizes conflicting needs; handles matters expeditiously, proactively, and follows-through on projects to successful completion, often with deadline pressures.
  • Has personal responsibility for maintaining a culture of high performance, creativity and close collaboration with all areas of the business, and in line with Day One’s core values

Board Support and Liaison

  • Serves as the CEO’s administrative liaison to Day One’s board of directors
  • Assists board members with travel arrangements, lodging, and meal planning as needed
  • Maintains discretion and confidentiality in relationships with all board members
  • Maintains compliance with applicable rules and regulations set in bylaws regarding board and board committee matters

Employee and Senior Management Liaison

  • Participates as an adjunct member of the Executive Team including assisting in scheduling meetings
  • Coordinates and organizes workstreams shared with the other members of the administrative assistant team
  • Assists in coordinating the agenda of senior management team meetings and off-sites
  • Assists with arranging travel as needed
  • Ensures that the CEO’s and executive team’s bios on website and elsewhere is kept updated and responds to requests for materials regarding the executive team and the organization in general


  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Very strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners
  • Expert level written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated proactive approaches to problem-solving with strong decision-making capability
  • Emotional maturity
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to also be extremely effective independently
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information with discretion, be adaptable to various competing demands, and demonstrate the highest level of service and response
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve high performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions

Education and Experience Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Strong work tenure: five to 10 years of experience supporting C-Level Executives or similar experience, preferably in a biotech organization
  • Experience and interest in internal and external communication



The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

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