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Executive Administrative Assistant

Date: Aug 8, 2019

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US

Company: Spark Therapeutics

Join the Spark Team


We were born of innovation, springing from the curiosity, imagination and dedication of remarkable scientists and healthcare visionaries. Our shared mission is to challenge the inevitability of genetic disease by discovering, developing, and delivering treatments in ways unimaginable – until now.


We don’t follow footsteps. We create the path.


Reporting to the Chief People Officer, provides executive administrative support in a fast-paced environment.  The primary accountability is to ensure the needs of the executive are prioritized, organized and executed in order to maximize their productivity. Daily tasks include calendar management, scheduling of meetings, phone support, expense reports, travel arrangements, word processing of documents, development of presentation slides, tracking/processing of purchasing requests (proposals, POs, accruals), and any other departmental support tasks as assigned.

The Executive Assistant may also create agendas and coordinate various cross functional meetings.

The incumbent must be highly flexible and resourceful with exceptional communication skills and strong organizational ability.  This individual must be a team player, and is expected to have the judgment necessary to prioritize conflicting goals, keeping everyone aware of conflicts and communicating effectively with the organizations being supported.  S/He will demonstrate leadership and strong collaboration with Administrative colleagues within the organization.  

It is also expected that this role will exercise sound judgment and discretion and maintain the strictest confidentiality as they will be exposed to sensitive information.  

May be required to manage projects for the departments. 



  • Maintain a complex and changeable global calendar covering all time zones, arrange meetings (all logistical details, leadership across multiple time zones, technology, etc.), prepare expense reports, schedule international and domestic travel, handle/prepare documents of a highly confidential and sensitive nature, execute consistent and precise follow-up by ensuring issues are resolved and projects completed, expense management, purchasing and mail.


  • Present a professional and welcoming presence, representing the team and handling communications with internal and external customers and partners, senior executives, Board members and corporate partners on domestic and international levels 
  • Warmly greet visitors, answers and directs phone calls to appropriate areas and answers routine and non-routine inquiries.
  • Prepare routine and non-routine correspondence, memoranda, reports, spreadsheets and presentations.  Contacts company employees at all organizational levels to gather information.


  • Exercise sound judgment and discretion, maintain strictest confidentiality, independently assess and resolve complex situations/problems, and have the flexibility to respond to shifting priorities with great frequency. 


  • Coordinate with broader administrative team to provide general office support including:
  • Serving as a back-up for other assistants as required
  • Possess strong knowledge of and demonstrated ability with computers and associated office software programs and serve as the executive’s proxy with respect to various financial and human resources systems. 
  • Compile and analyzes information and reports relevant to department projects
  •  Maintain electronic and paper filing systems


  • Plan employee events to provide unique and enjoyable team experiences to enhance employee engagement 


  • Handles special projects as requested


• Very strong organizational skills, excellent judgment and reasoning abilities, able to solve problems proactively and with independent discretion, exemplary customer service skills, flexibility, ability to handle multiple tasks and priorities simultaneously, and the ability to work with independence and minimal supervision, exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others, including other Executive admins required.

• Present in a professional manner at all times; be detail-oriented, thorough and accurate, be customer and employee focused, demonstrate resiliency and high productivity in a fast-paced environment required.

• Demonstrated team player with sense of urgency and a record of proactively taking initiative as appropriate and must handle confidential matters requiring discretion required. 

• Strong computer skills and experience in productivity and portal technology systems to effectively handle Microsoft Office, SharePoint, Concur and expense reporting processes required.

• Word:  Forms, Mail Merge, Index and Tables


High School diploma, or equivalent

Generally, has 10+ years high-level administrative experience in a professional environment; experience in Human Resources a plus

• Experience working with members of executive management, high-profile clients, and/or members of the Board of Directors

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required to properly draft and edit meeting agendas, correspondence and presentations and interface with senior leaders required. 

Nearest Major Market: Philadelphia

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