Senior Administrator

The Senior Administrator will provide a wide range of professional and operational services to the activities of the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC) and its staff. This role will provide detail-oriented support, leveraging highly-honed skills in organization, concise communication, timely execution of tasks as well as maintaining compliance with EBRC’s processes and policies. The Senior Administrator will be responsible for supporting EBRC leadership with administrative and operational tasks, both internal and external to the organization, including scheduling meetings, supporting member communications, generating and tracking reporting efforts, and ensuring consistency across the organization. The incumbent will also be responsible for event logistics, member engagement, and facilitating essential communications with the EBRC membership and engineering biology community.

Interested individuals can apply here (links to external hiring site). EBRC staff are hired and employed through a service agreement with BioMADE ( While EBRC operations and business services (including HR) are provided via BioMADE , EBRC is a separate, non-profit organization, with a distinct and unique mission. Hiring and employment decisions are at the discretion of EBRC leadership.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the organization, handling and prioritizing tasks and requests from several staff members. Take initiative and ownership over assigned tasks, including both one-time tasks and recurring procedures. Communicate regularly and clearly with Team Members about progress and action items.
  • Provide critical administrative infrastructure and logistics support for events to include coordination, organization, and facilitation of workshops, meetings, and community engagement events, including securing transportation, venue management, catering, IT/AV, and event communications and material.
  • Facilitate/book staff and participant travel, arranging and managing hotel and transportation accommodations, and managing reimbursements, while ensuring compliance with organizational policy.
  • Collaborate with cross functional business units to ensure consistency, accuracy, and completeness of business documents and that processes are followed and completed in a timely manner, ensuring consistent work product across the organization.
  • Adhering to established procedures to meet administrative needs, ensuring policy compliance across all areas of work and that deadlines are met in a timely manner.
  • Coordinate and follow up on timelines/deadlines and track unresolved action items, ensuring timely completion of tasks.
  • Coordinate and support external communications, including newsletters, social media, and collaboration platforms.
  • Prepare meeting agendas, record minutes, and follow-up with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Maintain organization calendars, ensuring they are up-to-date and accurate.
  • Maintain membership databases and listservs.
  • Create new forms, templates, and reports via Google Suite, Adobe products, and Microsoft Office, update existing forms/templates/reports on a regular cadence.
  • Compile and review documents, provide editing assistance as needed.
  • Assist with regular file maintenance, ensuring compliance with organizational policy.
  • Assist with employee onboarding.
  • Conduct, track, and report purchasing of equipment, IT/software, and materials.
  • Complete detailed data entry and assist in the compliance/data hygiene of various software platforms as needed.
  • Actively communicate administrative and operations policy changes or process updates.
  • Other duties as assigned or as they become apparent.


  • Bachelor’s degree and at least 5 years relevant administrative experience.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Exceptional attention to detail, initiative, and time management skills.
  • Able to execute complex, multi-layered tasks in an organized manner.
  • Ability to manage competing deadlines.
  • Experience providing organizational support
  • Experience with a member-oriented organization, including member data management, engagement and external communications
  • Experience in event planning, coordination, and management
  • Experience with Google Suite (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Groups, Calendar)
  • Experience with Adobe Illustrator
  • Experience and proficiency with WordPress

About the Organization
EBRC is a non-profit, public-private partnership dedicated to bringing together an inclusive community committed to advancing engineering biology to address national and global needs. It showcases cutting- edge research in engineering biology, identifies pressing challenges and opportunities in research and application, and articulates compelling research roadmaps and programs to address these challenges and opportunities.

EBRC offers competitive salaries commensurate with experience, an annual bonus plan, and a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision insurance, a 401(k)-retirement plan with a 6% match, short- and long-term disability, basic and supplemental life insurance, PTO, and a generous holiday calendar.

Vaccination Requirements
Must be fully vaccinated; You are considered up to date with your vaccines if you have gotten all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, (two weeks after you get a second dose of an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine, or a second dose of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine, or two weeks after you get a single dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine), as well as Bivalent booster.

EOE Statement
EBRC recognizes the value of diversity in the scientific endeavor. We nurture merit, talent, and achievement by supporting equal opportunity and encouraging diversity and welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs to join us in our mission.

EBRC and BioMADE are equal opportunity employers to all and make hiring and employment decisions without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

Hybrid Work Statement
EBRC offers flexible (hybrid) work options based on business roles and needs.

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