Executive Assistant to CEO | Karius

Executive Assistant to CEO

About Karius
Karius is a venture-backed life science startup that is transforming the way pathogens and other microbes are observed throughout the body.  By unlocking the information present in microbial cell-free DNA, we're helping doctors quickly solve their most challenging cases, providing industry partners with access to the microbial landscape to accelerate biomarker discovery and clinical trials, discover novel microbes, to ultimately reduce patient suffering worldwide.

Position Summary
Karius is seeking an Executive Assistant to partner with the CEO to effectively manage and organize schedules, ever-changing priorities while leveraging good judgment and discretion. The ideal candidate will work closely with the CEO, leadership team and external partners, including customers, partners, vendors, collaborators, investors, and board members to achieve key business outcomes. You will effectively manage the CEO's calendar, travel schedule, and internal and external communication related to meetings, conference calls, invitations, event planning, board meetings, and interviews. 

Why Should You Join Us?
Karius aims to conquer infectious diseases through innovations around genomic sequencing and machine learning. The company’s platform is already delivering unprecedented insights into the microbial landscape, providing clinicians with a comprehensive test capable of identifying more than a thousand pathogens directly from blood, and helping industry accelerate the development of therapeutic solutions. The Karius test we provide today is one of the most advanced solutions available to physicians who aim to deliver better care to many otherwise ineffectively treated patients. Our test is the result of some incredible work done by our scientists, statisticians, engineers, and physicians, all driven by the same mission. You, as part of the Karius team, will be able to see how directly your work has a life-changing impact on people, and at scale. 

Reports to:    CEO 

Location:  Redwood City, CA 

Primary Responsibilities
•  Develop trusted relationships, maintain confidentiality and integrity within the organization. Proactively and strategically manage calendar priorities based on fiscal calendar cycles, projects and team needs.
•  Lead the planning and ensure the execution of internal and external meetings including company all hands, offsites and meetings with a wide variety of stakeholders.
•  Book appropriate domestic and international travel arrangements, consideration for necessary arrangements such as Visas, health requirements, cost, documentation and ensuring a positive and productive trip.
•  Coordinate events and meetings, support food orders, luncheon planning, and planning of other business related meetings as requested.
•  Manage and report CEO’s billing and expenses, purchase orders and invoices.
•  Assist with presentations and other administrative and project related duties, as required.
•  Promote our corporate image by professionally representing Karius internally & externally.
•  Support the CEO in additional projects, as assigned. 

What’s Fun About the Job?
Karius is operating at the edge of what is now known to be possible in infectious disease diagnostics. With that, comes a wave of new and incredible challenges and opportunities. To deliver on that value, you will be tapping into some of the most advanced technologies, architecting and innovating where the current solutions simply don't suffice. You will get to see how much your work really matters. 

Travel:      No travel required  

Physical Requirements
Subject to extended periods of sitting and/or standing, vision to monitor and moderate noise levels. Work is generally performed in an office, lab or clinical environment. 

Position Requirements
•  Bachelor's Degree, strongly preferred.5+ years of applicable executive C-level administrative experience in a Life Sciences/Pharmaceutical/Diagnostics company.
•  Private company experience, preferred. Strong technical competency, specifically with virtual meeting tools (like Zoom), Google Suite, Microsoft Suite, Calendars, Distribution Lists, SAP Concur, Docusign, etc. 
•  High level of commitment and availability to be reached after hours and on weekends, as needed.
•  Exercises considerable judgment and discretion in handling requests for appointments and ensures all parties are informed of and kept abreast of schedules and schedule changes and conflicts.
•  Experience working in a dynamic, challenging and fast-paced start-up environment.
•  Exceptionally organized with attention to detail and the ability to shift focus and priorities when necessary, under pressure and within deadlines.

Personal Qualifications
•  Passionate, purpose-driven, and excited about Karius’ mission.
•  Critical thinking and creative problem solving skills.
•  Excellent multi-tasking and time management skills.
•  Ability to work very collaboratively with team members, offering solutions where challenges exist. 
•  Ability to see where process improvements are needed, provide recommendations and implement solutions. 
•  Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate clearly and concisely with senior management and external parties at all levels.
•  Professional, positive demeanor with the ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality.
•  Role model for Karius culture and values. 

At Karius, we value a diverse and inclusive workplace and provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees and are committed to honor and invest in the full diversity of people, in our hiring, recruiting and development of employees across the Company.  All qualified applicants for employment are encouraged to apply and will be considered without regard to an individual’s race, color, sex, gender identity and gender expression (including transgender individuals who are transitioning, have transitioned, or are perceived to be transitioning to the gender with which they identify), religion, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition, family care status, marital status, domestic partner status, sexual orientation, genetic information, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws. If you are unable to submit your application due to a disability, please contact us at recruiting@kariusdx.com and we will accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.  

Redwood City, CA