About Arc Institute
The Arc Institute is a new scientific institution that conducts curiosity-driven basic science and technology development to understand and treat complex human diseases. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, Arc is an independent research organization founded on the belief that many important research programs will be enabled by new institutional models. Arc operates in partnership with Stanford University, UCSF, and UC Berkeley.
While the prevailing university research model has yielded many tremendous successes, we believe in the importance of institutional experimentation as a way to make progress. These include:
- Funding: Arc will fully fund Core Investigator’s (PI’s) research groups, liberating scientists from the typical constraints of project-based external grants.
- Technology: Biomedical research has become increasingly dependent on complex tooling. Arc Technology Centers develop, optimize and deploy rapidly advancing experimental and computational technologies in collaboration with Core Investigators.
- Support: Arc aims to provide first-class support—operationally, financially and scientifically—that will enable scientists to pursue long-term high risk, high reward research that can meaningfully advance progress in disease cures, including neurodegeneration, cancer, and immune dysfunction.
Arc scaled to nearly 100 people in its first year. With $650M+ in committed funding and a state of the art new lab facility in Palo Alto, Arc will continue to grow quickly to several hundred in the coming years.
About the position
Arc strives to create an environment that is conducive to conducting the best science, while providing an exceptional trainee experience for the next generation of researchers. The University Relations & Academic Affairs team is responsible for supporting Arc’s faculty and trainee community and creating that exceptional experience. The Academic Affairs Manager will lead that effort and work with the Head of University Relations & Academic Affairs to design and implement the Academic Affairs function at Arc.
In this role, you will be a critical resource for faculty and trainees and work closely with our university counterparts. This is an opportunity to apply best practices to our unique model while also creating something new, all in support of Arc’s mission to accelerate scientific progress, understand the root causes of disease, and narrow the gap between discoveries and impact on patients.
In this position you will
- With the Head of University Relations & Academic Affairs, build infrastructure that makes Arc a great place to do the best science for faculty and trainees
- Create a vibrant and supportive environment at Arc for our student community
- Develop and deploy robust resources for the faculty and trainee community at Arc
- Be a key internal partner for Arc faculty and trainees
- Act as the primary point of contact with universities for faculty and student matters
- Design and implement programming to enrich the faculty and trainee experience at Arc
- Effectively resolve and troubleshoot faculty and student issues with discretion and tact
- Maintain strong relationships with our university partners, especially graduate program directors and staff, to ensure students in Arc labs are on track and fully supported
- Maintain a strong connection to Arc’s student population through a variety of touchpoints, including conducting regular focus groups
- Cultivate career development resources for graduate students, post-docs and research associates
- Create and implement forums for connection amongst Arc researchers, including managing Arc’s Research Seminar Series
- Identify and pursue opportunities at our partner universities to recruit graduate students to Arc labs
- Serve as a key member of the Faculty & Fellows program team, with responsibility for identifying candidates within designated research focus areas and developing outreach strategies
- Collaborate with other operations teams at Arc, including People, Scientific Operations, Legal, and others
- 5+ years of relevant work experience, including previous experience in student or academic affairs
- Preferred: PhD in Life Sciences or related field
- Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain strong and effective relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
- Demonstrated project or program management experience
- Ability to work cross-functionally and collaboratively
- Highly organized and detail oriented, with a drive to actively improve process and workflows
- Demonstrated ability to be flexible and solution-oriented in ambiguity and changing circumstances, with a "roll up your sleeves" mindset
The base salary range for this position is $101,000 to $130,000. These amounts reflect the range of base salary that the Institute reasonably would expect to pay a new hire or internal candidate for this position. The actual base compensation paid to any individual for this position may vary depending on factors such as experience, internal equity, market conditions, education/training, and skill level, and does not include bonuses, commissions, differential pay, other forms of compensation, or benefits. This position is also eligible to receive an annual discretionary bonus, with the amount dependent on individual and institute performance factors.