Executive Administrative Assistant

Executive (110) · Seattle, Washington
Department Executive (110)
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

Executive Administrative Assistant


About Us:

Chinook Therapeutics is a clinical-stage biotechnology company developing precision medicines for patients with kidney diseases. We apply our proprietary research platform to discover and develop therapies with novel mechanisms of action in key kidney disease pathways. Our development focus is on rare, serious disorders with clear unmet medical needs and well-defined clinical development opportunities. Our lead program, atrasentan, is a potent and selective, small molecule inhibitor of the endothelin A receptor that is planned to move into a phase 3 registrational trial for IgA nephropathy and a phase 2 basket trial for glomerular diseases, in 2021. We are advancing BION-1301, an anti-APRIL monoclonal antibody, in an ongoing phase 1b trial for IgA nephropathy, and CHK-336, an oral small molecule LDHA inhibitor for primary hyperoxaluria, towards trial initiation in 2021. Our pipeline also includes several additional preclinical programs at the validation and lead optimization stages, and we continue to actively evaluate business development opportunities around early and late-stage clinical assets in kidney disease. 


Chinook completed the third quarter of 2020 with over $290 million in operating capital and trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol, “KDNY.”  The company has locations in Vancouver, BC, Seattle, WA and Berkeley, CA.


Position Summary:


Chinook Therapeutics has an opportunity for a seasoned Executive Assistant to join our growing team in Seattle.  Reporting to the CEO and supporting the CFO, General Counsel and VP of Human Resources, the Executive Assistant will provide high level and confidential support to all and work closely with the team of administrative professionals.  This role will be a first point of contact for our Seattle office, handle complex correspondence and travel management, and coordinate Board of Directors meetings and materials.


Key Responsibilities include:


  • Provide day to day administrative support to the CEO, CFO, General Counsel and VP of HR, and other Executives as required
  • Proactive and strategic executive calendar management
  • Assist with Board and Committee meeting package preparation, as well as Board schedule management
  • Liaise with representatives of other organizations on behalf of executives 
  • Assist CFO and finance team with scheduling and management of Audit Committee meetings
  • Assist CFO with management of banking relationships and activities related to financings
  • Assist General Counsel with various items related to Legal Team, including handling contract execution, assist with Board governance and company compliance activities, provide assistance for annual stockholder meeting and other projects as required
  • Assist VP of Human Resources with various HR duties and needs, such as job postings, some confidential work related to employee documentation, and other project and items as needed
  • Interview Scheduling for the Finance, Legal and HR teams, as needed
  • Organize and coordinate internal and external meetings and events, including travel arrangements
  • Provide follow up on all outgoing or outstanding matters and action items
  • Prepare various documents and presentations in advance of meetings with a variety of internal and external contacts and stakeholders
  • Create and maintain various company files, ensuring original and working copies are collected, filed, and stored appropriately on network
  • Travel and expense management for CEO, CFO, General Counsel and VP of HR, and other executives
  • A variety of other responsibilities as required to support a dynamic and growing office 


Education, Experience and Skills:


  • Minimum 10 years’ progressive experience including direct experience supporting C-level executives
  • Diploma or degree in office administration, business, communications or other related field preferred
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office suite; advanced Outlook and PowerPoint skills
  • Proven ability to manage multiple busy calendars and coordinate complex international travel arrangements
  • Demonstrated ability to perform well under pressure as well as assess and prioritize assignments
  • Proactive, with the ability to problem solve and anticipate needs
  • Discretion, professionalism, tact; understands the importance of maintaining strict confidentiality
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, able to assess and interact appropriately with a variety of audiences


Chinook is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we prohibit discrimination or harassment of any kind.  We are committed to fostering an environment where ALL people are welcome and supported.  We respect and value different experiences and viewpoints.  We act respectfully toward one another and embrace diversity of people and ideas. Having a diverse workforce made up of team members who bring a wide variety of skills, abilities, experiences, and perspectives is essential to our success. Creativity and innovation flourish in an environment of openness, inclusion, and mutual respect.


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  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Department
    Executive (110)
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience