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Community Engagement Coordinator


United States

Job Description


Rarebase is an early-stage biotechnology public benefit corporation based in Palo Alto, California working to advance personalized medicine for the thousands of genetic diseases that have no effective treatments. We operate at the intersection of technology and biology, collaborating closely with patient communities to ensure that drug discovery and development is aligned with our shared mutual goals - to bring effective treatments to the clinic as quickly and safely as possible.

Our Function™ drug and target discovery platform integrates cellular modeling of disease with functional genomics, high throughput screening, high content imaging and computational biology to identify molecules that address the underlying biology of genetic diseases. To support Function’s rapid growth, we are building a next-generation automated lab and are recruiting a San Francisco Bay Area-based scientific team to be intimately involved in its development.

Rarebase is backed by top-tier institutional investors, pharma and biotech angel investors, families personally affected by rare disease, and others that truly care about our mission to re-invent therapeutic development for genetic diseases. Our advisors are leaders in the biotech and genetic disease community.

The Opportunity

We’re looking for a Community Engagement Coordinator to support the development of Rarebase’s Partnerships team. In this highly visible role, you will connect with new and existing external partners to build trust as well as nurturing, managing, and engaging our partners as the relationships evolve.

The ideal candidate has fluency and sensitivity in communicating with families affected by rare disease and/or childhood onset diseases. The candidate must also have demonstrated experience coordinating complex partnerships at different stages and solid project management skills to keep track of deliverables and milestones.

Throughout the collaboration lifecycle, you will work cross functionally with our program management and science teams to convert new relationships to formal research collaborations. The majority of your work will be ensuring that patient organizations have all the information they need to move forward with therapeutic discovery and are hopeful about our partnership.

As an early member of Rarebase’s Partnerships team, you will be joining a biotech startup that has long term stability but yet is very much in formation, providing many opportunities for significant growth and impact. You will also work alongside a multidisciplinary team and an outstanding team of scientists and patient advocates focused on conducting inventive and innovative science that will lead to the discovery of novel medicines.

What you’ll do

  • Identify and build strong working relationships with patient organizations

  • Manage incoming communications from patient organizations and families and be first in line to respond to all inquiries

  • Coordinate and track all active partnerships + new opportunities for collaboration using a CRM software suite

  • Develop creative opportunities to engage our core community, including but not limited to events (virtual and live), support groups, and webinars to raise awareness for rare disease and our scientific developments

  • Continually update a list of rare disease resources (articles, webinars, podcasts etc) provided by trusted community partners across the Rarebase Network

  • Draft and send monthly Rarebase Newsletter to update the community on our work in collaboration with the partnerships team

  • Represent Rarebase at relevant family and foundation conferences

What you’ll bring

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of experience working on partnerships, community engagement, alliance management, and/or relationship building at a nonprofit, biotech, or life science company

  • Track record of successfully managing multiple external relationships in parallel

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with an ability to work both independently and in a team environment

  • A relentless drive and curiosity coupled with great resilience and adaptability

  • Experience working in the rare disease field is a plus

  • Experience working with patient organizations is a plus

What we offer

  • An opportunity to work closely with patient organizations on translational research

  • Premium health and dental insurance

  • Competitive salary and equity in a growing, well-funded startup

  • Generous vacation policy

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Apr 3, 2024


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