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Chief of Staff

The Chief of Staff is a very talented individual who serves as a trusted advisor and confidant to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for up to 18 months. The Chief of Staff and the CEO work closely together to get twice as much done as the CEO would be able to do alone. Over time the work will get more interesting culminating in a senior leadership position at GitLab or another company. This is a unique opportunity to see every aspect of a fast-growing unicorn at the CEO level. For more context see the references at the end of this page.

This is a senior leadership role. This role does not do any work our Executive Assistants are already doing, who for example, is responsible for scheduling and driving the Objective and Key Results (OKR) process. It also is unrelated to the work of our CEO Shadow training program who, for example, takes notes during all meetings with the CEO.

Responsibilities

The responsibilities include both directed work that will mostly be triggered by a direction from the CEO as well as leadership work that is self-directed. Over the course of a rotation, the mix will shift from majority directed work to majority leadership work.

Directed Work

  1. Create investor updates, group conversations, pitch decks, speeches, conference submissions, and presentations on behalf of the CEO.
  2. Suggest changes to processes via the handbook based on discussions during meetings or from the CEO and address any comments on them.
  3. Draft blog posts and articles out of recorded meetings and handbook content.
  4. Ensure all upcoming meetings are relevant, well structured, and that the preparation is complete and correct.
  5. Ensure action points coming out of meetings (i.e. executive, OKR, metrics, or incident meetings) are implemented.
  6. Reinforce communication guidelines.
  7. Help create mecefu-terms.
  8. Keep this job family up-to-date.

Leadership Work

  1. Review OKR suggestions during the scheduled OKR meetings and outside of the meetings.
  2. Brief CEO visitors on GitLab before they visit.
  3. Help contribute topics for the E-group offsite.
  4. Serve as a proxy for the CEO by attending meetings in place of the CEO and making decisions on the CEO's behalf.
  5. Act as the communication arm for the CEO with team members, clients, investors, community members, and other stakeholders.
  6. Act as a sounding board to the CEO for new ideas and initiatives.
  7. Run special projects that are urgent and important, for example building a company wide compensation model.

Requirements

  1. Capacity to become a senior leader at GitLab.
  2. Proven ability to quickly learn new things.
  3. Concise written and verbal communication.
  4. Based in San Francisco, CA, USA to attend in-person meetings.
  5. Structured about how to prioritize work and time.
  6. Able to make a clear business case for proposals.
  7. Master’s degree in Engineering or Business Administration or equivalent experience.
  8. Experience with data analysis.
  9. Proven success in project coordination and reporting.
  10. Proven track record of effectively interacting with senior stakeholders on cross-functional projects.
  11. Experience leading a team.
  12. 5+ years combined experience in:
    • Operations role at a fast-growing startup, and
    • Strategy consulting,
    • or Venture capital.

Preferred Requirements

  1. Knows how to use git.

Rotation

Rotation is approximately 15 to 18 months with the following tentative schedule:

Internal Consultants

The Chief of Staff could have two high potential but relatively inexperienced operators report to them; i.e. someone who left a strategy consultancy after a few years. These internal consultants are training for future functions in the company. Their responsibilities could include; analysis, middle management and fill in the experience gaps missing from the Chief of Staff.

References

What Is a Chief of Staff and When Do You Need One? by Madeleine Niebauer 2018-09-26

The Chief of Staff role in Silicon Valley by Julia DeWahl 2019-04-29

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Please note that if we are actively hiring for a position, you will see it listed on our jobs page, where all of our current openings are advertised. To apply, please click on the name of the role you are interested in, which will take you to our applicant tracking system (ATS), Greenhouse.

Avoid the confidence gap; you do not have to match all the listed requirements exactly to apply. Our hiring process is described in more detail in our hiring handbook.

About GitLab

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Top 10 reasons to work for GitLab:

  1. Work with helpful, kind, motivated, and talented people.
  2. Work remote so you have no commute and are free to travel and move.
  3. Have flexible work hours so you are there for other people and free to plan the day how you like.
  4. Everyone works remote, but you don't feel remote. We don't have a head office, so you're not in a satellite office.
  5. Work on open source software so you can interact with a large community and can show your work.
  6. Work on a product you use every day: we drink our own wine.
  7. Work on a product used by lots of people that care about what you do.
  8. As a company we contribute more than we take, most of our work is released as the open source GitLab CE.
  9. Focused on results, not on long hours, so that you can have a life and don't burn out.
  10. Open internal processes: know what you're getting in to and be assured we're thoughtful and effective.

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