The Chief of Staff to the CEO is a very talented individual who serves as a trusted advisor and confidant to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for up to 36 months. The Chief of Staff to the CEO 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 Business Administrators (EBAs) are already doing, who for example, are responsible for scheduling and driving the Objective and Key Results (OKR) process. This role could have EBA support, although will not have a dedicated EBA themselves. It also is unrelated to the work of our CEO Shadow training program who, for example, takes notes during all meetings with the CEO. A detailed list of the types of projects the Chief of Staff to the CEO might work on can be found in the Chief of Staff to the CEO handbook page.
The Chief of Staff to the CEO is a grade 12.
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. The mix will shift from majority directed work to majority leadership work.
The Chief of Staff to the CEO will be asked to undertake small, tactical tasks as part of the role. This could lead to them becoming frustrated by feeling that they are being micro-managed. They should feel empowered to delegate or refuse these tasks.
Candidates for this position can expect the hiring process to follow the order below. Please keep in mind that candidates can be declined from the position at any stage of the process. To learn more about someone who may be conducting the interview, find their job title on our team page.
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