Who we are

Our mission at Sourcegraph is to make it so that everyone can code, not just ~0.1% of the population. We help developers and companies with billions of lines of code to create the software you use every day. In enabling more people to code, we believe we will create economic opportunities across the world and will drive progress that benefits everyone.

It’s an exciting time to join Sourcegraph. Our company is growing rapidly: we’ve experienced 4x year-over-year revenue growth and our $125M Series D from Andreessen Horowitz and $50M Series C from Sequoia have given us the opportunity to make big ambitious bets on our future. We have a huge market (every company that builds software) and massive opportunity (most developers haven't even heard of code search yet, but once you've used it, you can't live without it--just like Google web search). By continuing to hire exceptional people, we have the opportunity to make Sourcegraph one of the biggest technology companies in the world. 

Why this job is exciting

To achieve our mission, we're looking for a Chief of Staff to support the growth of our values-driven, all-remote team. Reporting directly to our CEO & Co-founder, Quinn Slack, you will be a key member of the executive leadership team and will be pivotal to our company’s success. 

We are seeking an organized, proactive, analytical, results-oriented, and motivated Chief of Staff with strong judgement and critical thinking. As the Chief of Staff, you will be a thought partner to our CEO, will tackle a uniquely wide and exciting range of responsibilities, and will have more responsibility, upside, and growth potential than anywhere else otherwise comparable. We strive to make Sourcegraph the best company where exceptionally talented people can thrive. If you join us, we know you’ll make a big impact!  Here’s what we’re thinking:

Within one month, you will… 

  • Kick off 1:1s with the CEO, leadership, and teammates to gain a strong understanding of the business.
  • Begin to build trusted relationships across the business, understanding internal dynamics, issues, risks and opportunities for improvement.
  • Shadow the CEO at meetings that you may be able to take over in the future.
  • Use your technical skills to learn Git and Markdown; create, organize, and/or maintain  documentation in our public-facing Handbook. 
  • Begin learning the CEO’s voice and work style by drafting the first version of small communications/documents for him to review.
  • Take minutes/follow up on action items from meetings.
  • Design and implement the operating cadence with the executive team and company (e.g. weekly meetings, offsites, leadership trainings) .
  • Dive into internal processes and suggest opportunities for improvement; teach us a thing or two we don’t know!

Within three months, you will...

  • Advise and assist the CEO in effective decision-making, project management, and execution of strategic initiatives.
  • Build and develop relationships with other leaders to increase efficiency in existing operations, and help to define new operational strategies.
  • Maximizes the CEO's reach across the organization.
  • Manage and coordinate planning and tracking of yearly and quarterly strategies across the organization. 
  • Craft communications on behalf of the CEO (e.g. investor presentation decks, company town halls). 
  • Drive the priorities of leadership through weekly meetings, shaping off-sites, and identifying opportunities to increase leadership team effectiveness.
  • Help the executive team with collaboration alignment and efficiency.
  • Effectively manage multiple projects simultaneously and juggle competing priorities.
  • Continue to identify inefficiencies and innovate/improve; you'll never stop having the ability to influence and drive change and process improvement.
  • Regularly publish updates to the handbook. 

Within six months, you will...

  • Run meetings on the CEOs behalf and/or act as his proxy for certain decisions.
  • Provide feedback to leadership as to what's working, what's not, and ideas for what to change.
  • Help support the team in achieving goals.
  • Be trusted by the CEO to draft documents and send communications without review.

Within one year, you will...

  • Be a trusted stand-in to represent the interests of the CEO.
  • Have a growth mindset and an eye for creating scalable processes, always.
  • Play an instrumental role in scaling out our organization and be ready to step up into greater responsibilities.

Sound up your alley? We want to hear from you!  

About you 

You are an organized, detail-oriented, trustworthy, flexible, and motivated Chief of Staff who shares our values and is laser-focused on providing the best support possible to our CEO. You have the ability to anticipate and prioritize needs, serve as project lead for all ad-hoc projects, and be proactive. You must be a confident partner to our CEO and other leaders and work efficiently cross functionally. Your strengths are transparency, strong judgement and critical thinking. The ideal candidate must work effectively with a broad range of internal and external professionals (ranging from entry-level individuals to C-level executives), possess outstanding communication and people skills, and have the ability to juggle competing projects/priorities while being able to shift gears at a moment’s notice. We are seeking an energetic, motivated, and articulate team player who can think outside the box and is excited to evangelize the vision.

Your skill-set:

  • 5+ years of experience in operational and strategic roles in high-growth SaaS environments.
  • You are obsessed with organization and know how to document and communicate complex processes and decisions. 
  • Previous experience working directly with C-Suite & VP level executives.
  • Strong sense of urgency & bias towards action.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills with the ability to influence and communicate cross-functionally with all levels of leadership across the organization.
  • Must be able to multitask and work under pressure; detail-orientation, strong organization & time-management skills are critical.
  • Confident, energetic, and effective in executing on key initiatives in a face-paced environment.
  • Collaborative mentality by prioritizing ‘we’ and not focusing on ‘me.’
  • High level of empathy 

Interview process (~5.5 hour interview process)

  • You apply.
  • We have two introductory calls to get to know you, tell you about us and our interview process, and answer any questions you have: 
    • [30 min] Recruiter screen with Kelsey Nagel 
    • [30 min] Hiring Manager screen with  Quinn Slack, CEO
  • We get to know you better by having the following conversations:
    • [1 hour] Resume deep dive with Quinn Slack, CEO & Carly Jones, VP Talent
    • [30 min] Peer interview with Dan Adler & Nick Snyder 
    • [30 min] Leadership Interview with Beyang Liu, CTO
  • We learn more about your working style and values:
    • [60 min] Working session with the CEO, VP Product, VP Marketing & VP Sales
    • [30 min] Values interview
  • And we give you more time with Quinn, our CEO, to wrap up and get any additional questions you have answered:
    • [45 min] Final interview with CEO 
  • We check references & offer you the job!

We want to ensure Sourcegraph is an environment that suits your working style and empowers you to do your best work, so we are eager to answer any questions that you have about us at any point in the interview process. 

Not sure if this is you?

We want a diverse, global team, with a broad range of experience and perspectives. If you don’t meet 100% of the above qualifications, you should still seriously consider applying. Studies show that you can still be considered for a role if you meet just 50% of the role’s requirements. We carefully consider every application, and will either move forward with you, find another team that might be a better fit, keep in touch for future opportunities, or thank you for your time.

Learn more about us

To create a product that serves the needs of all developers, we are building a diverse all-remote team that is distributed across the world. Sourcegraph is an equal opportunity workplace; we welcome people from all backgrounds and communities. 

We provide competitive compensation and practical benefits to keep you happy and healthy so that you can do your best work.  

Learn more about what it is like to work at Sourcegraph by reading our handbook.

We want to ensure Sourcegraph is an environment that suits your working style and empowers you to do your best work, so we are eager to answer any questions that you have about us at any point in the interview process.

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