Allen Institute

Allen Institute

Chief of Staff

Seattle, WA
Apr 28, 2022
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The Allen Institute

The Allen Institute was founded by Paul Allen two decades ago to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health. Using an open science, multi-scale, team-oriented approach, the Allen Institute focuses on accelerating foundational research, developing standards and models, and cultivating new ideas to make a broad, transformational impact on science. Our scientists work in thoughtfully calibrated teams that continually find new ways past convention, measuring progress against clear goals and metrics.

The Allen Institute fosters a unique collaborative culture that blends the best of academia, scientific research, and technology. Our scientific reach is global and so is our workforce. We are a talented and diverse group of individuals with multiple perspectives – we accomplish great things because we work, learn, and succeed together.

We work side-by-side towards common goals by staying mission focused and living our values of Excellence, Integrity, Respect & Inclusion, and Stewardship.

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity to join the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in leading the direction and future of the Allen Institute. This position reports directly to the CEO and is an integral part of the executive team. Primarily responsible for advancing the priorities of the CEO and the mission of the Institute, the Chief of Staff (COS) will serve as an extension of the CEO to receive, elevate, and address issues that impact the Allen Institute, assist the CEO in devising and implementing strategies to ensure our goals, ensure the preparation of important meetings with stakeholders, and orchestrating seamless execution of Board of Director’s materials and meetings.

Additional responsibilities include coordinating the administrative, operational, and financial activities of the (CEO) and working closely with leaders to coordinate strategic alignment across business units. The COS will coordinate internal and external communications on behalf of the CEO and the Institute and partner with executive leaders to facilitate weekly meetings, strategic and operational planning, and evaluation efforts to measure and achieve Institute goals. The COS may also supervise the Executive Assistant of the CEO office.

Required Education And Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least five years of related experience partnering with executive teams in a matrixed organization preferably in the life sciences or healthcare sector
  • Proven ability to lead through influence: partner with colleagues, lead and manage strategic initiatives, projects, or programs
  • Proven executive leadership skills and experience in organizational planning in complex, mission-driven organizations, leading matrixed teams that enable success
  • Proven record of accomplishment of building and developing a successful team as these skills are key to successful partnership across the executive team
  • Demonstrated organizational project management aptitude, with the ability to work with deadlines in a fast-moving, deadline-driven environment
  • Exceptional written and general communication skills to inform and influence
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills with the ability to interact and influence executives, scientists, staff, and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain high levels of confidentiality on sensitive issues and on all matters related to relationships with the CEO, Board of Directors, and other key constituencies
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office and related applications including SharePoint, Teams, and PowerPoint

It is the policy of the Allen Institute to provide equal employment opportunity (EEO) to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. In addition, the Allen Institute will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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