Executive Assistant – Transformations of the Human Program (Bay Area)

About the Berggruen Institute

The Berggruen Institute, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to developing foundational ideas about how to reshape political and social institutes in the face of these great transformations. The Transformations of the Human (ToftH) program at the Berggruen Institute is designed as a philosophical study and artistic exploration of the manifold ways in which artificial intelligence and biotechnology challenge our established conceptions of what it means to be human.

Our Values:

Pursue excellence.
Cultivate future-oriented solutions.
Inquire with an open mind.
Build a collaborative environment.
Invest in people and relationships.
Respect the human dignity of all.

The Transformations of the Human (ToftH) program is looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant based in Los Angeles. The Administrative Assistant (AA) of the ToftH Program at the Berggruen Institute is a key member to the ToftH team.  The job requires a solid understanding of administrative tasks, good communication skills, event coordination and supports the pursuit of the program’s core goals. The AA keeps the appointment calendars of the senior team members, is aware of the availability of the Directors’ in the Bay Area and schedules the program’s activities, organizes team meetings and one-on-ones.  They will schedule meetings with Project Managers/Scientists at field sites, researchers, internal and external partners and suppliers. They are responsible for the reimbursement of researchers and partners and expenditure reconciliation for senior members of the team. They may gather and analyze data, prepare presentations, take notes and provide follow up on action items or deadlines that are discussed in a meeting. They may also manage elements of projects, events and email correspondence.

This is a part-time position, working 24 hours per week and will report directly to the Associate Director. Hours can be flexible with the approval from the Associate Director of the program. This position will be working remotely to start; however, the successful candidate should be based in Los Angeles and be able to commute to our offices in downtown Los Angeles several times a week for the anticipation of in-person meetings as State and County COVID guidelines permit.


• Provide sophisticated calendar management for the Directors.
• Prioritize inquiries and requests while troubleshooting conflicts; make judgements and recommendations to ensure smooth day-to-day engagements.
• Act as a liaison and provide support to the Program Director.
• Complete a broad variety of administrative tasks that facilitate the Program Directors’ ability to effectively lead the organization, including: assisting with special projects; designing and producing complex documents, reports, and presentations; collecting and preparing information for meetings with staff and outside parties; composing and preparing correspondence; maintaining contact lists; making travel arrangements; and completing expense and mileage reports.
• Serve as the primary point of contact for internal and external constituencies on all matters pertaining to the Program Director, including those of a highly confidential or critical nature. Prioritize and determine appropriate course of action, referral, or response, exercising judgement to reflect Program Director’s style and organization
• Act as a “barometer,” having a sense for the issues taking place in the environment and keeping the Directors updated.
• Anticipate Directors needs in advance of meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.
• Maintain open communications with the ToftH Leadership team.
• Coordinate all Leadership Team meetings and retreats and assist with staff meetings and events as needed.
• Provide “gatekeeper” and “gateway” role, providing a bridge for smooth communication between the Directors staff, demonstrating leadership to maintain credibility, trust, and support with the Leadership Team.

Baisc Qualifications

• Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis on philosophy or technology
• 5-7 years professional working experience with increasing levels of responsibility
• Experience with executive level calendar management
• Experience with domestic and/or international travel coordination and reimbursement processing
• Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite, Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) as well as Mac applications such as Notes and Keynote
• Experience in note taking, summary and action item development
• Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
• Positive attitude and growth mindset
• Detailed planning, time management, and organizational skills
• Ability to work cross functionally, and manage multiple inputs from different teams into a single deliverable


Note: We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the United States. However, we are not able to sponsor visas at this time. Being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment.

Please email cover letter and resume to careers@berggruen.org. No phone calls please.

Berggruen Institute is a proud equal opportunities workplace. We firmly believe employing a diverse workforce is important regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Berggruen Institute is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.