About This Role

Strava is the leading social platform for athletes and the largest sports community in the world, with over 95 million athletes in 195 countries. If you sweat you’re an athlete, and Strava’s mobile apps and website connect millions of active people every day.

Strava is growing! And we are looking for a Senior Director of Organizational Development to join our People Team and lead company wide talent development. This scope includes leading a small team consisting of our people business partners (HRBPs), organizational development, learning and development, and organizational effectiveness functions across Strava.

Strava has been in a rapid growth phase, having doubled our headcount over the past 18 months and operating as a distributed, global team who is on a mission to bring joy to a billion people through sport. Named by Newsweek magazine as one of the Top 100 Most Loved Workplaces, we have built a truly people-first culture that is inspired by our diverse, talented, and passionate team. We are currently looking for a Sr. Director of Organizational Development who can apply leadership and expertise to develop the team and strengthen our organizational capacity as we enter this next phase of our scaling journey.

Strava is unique because we measure our success not only by traditional metrics like revenue and growth, but also by how we do the work and the way we treat one another. We strongly champion and uphold our values, which we call our ABCs, and we are committed to becoming an antiracist company. While we recognize this work is never finished, we are serious about our culture and commitments and you can get a better sense about what we mean in this Strava Culture blog post or in this podcast with our Chief People Officer.

Reporting to the Chief People Officer, you will bring innovative talent and leadership solutions that support our values, enhance our culture and enable our leaders to operate at scale. You will contribute to the design and development of our organizational effectiveness and change management efforts. You will help the company develop greater agility and resilience as we adapt to the changing world and shifting business needs by developing capabilities and helping our workforce evolve to succeed in the challenges ahead. As you do approach your work, you will champion our antiracism commitment by considering equity and inclusion in all facets of your work.

This role must be a senior leader and hands-on doer, lending expertise, strategy and leadership throughout our People Team and Strava’s broader leadership team. Strava is scaling quickly, and we have ambitious plans to continue our growth. As we expand, it is imperative that we embrace organizational development and organizational effectiveness strategies that will support high-performance.



  • In partnership with the Chief People Officer, establish our organizational development strategy and lead the design and development of innovative and forward-looking organizational design, development, and effectiveness and change management efforts.

  • Lead a small but growing team of 3 across business partnership and L&D, championing these teammates and their work, supporting their growth and development, and creating a happy, vibrant team culture.

  • Partner with BPs and business leaders to define talent strategy and roadmaps and proactively anticipate and plan to address current and future business and talent needs. In doing so, increase Strava’s capacity and competencies over time, ensuring we are building a strong bench and are investing adequately in our team.

  • As our first OD leader, help increase our capacity for this work within your team, across the People Team, and amongst leaders by building playbooks, leading coursework, and creating other enablement materials.

  • Oversee and support the array of recurring organizational development projects, such as talent review, succession planning, and performance management.

  • Be a champion for diversity, equity and inclusion across Strava. Embody our antiracism commitment by introducing equitable and inclusive approaches across our organizational development strategies.

  • Build strong relationships with leaders and individuals throughout Strava so you can be a trusted thought partner and drive widespread impact.

  • Measure the results of our initiatives over time.

  • Play a key role in our People Leadership Team, partnering with the other functional leaders to drive broader impact across all of our People strategies.


About You

  • An optimistic, grounded, and open-minded person who enjoys being part of a team and who is excited to lead innovative programs and support our antiracism commitment.

  • Extremely knowledgeable about organizational culture and understands what tools, strategies and approaches will support our business and culture objectives.

  • A minimum of 10+ years in strategic people leadership and/or consulting within the OD space, preferably within a high-growth, fast-paced setting.

  • Experience developing impactful programs and strategies that lead to tangible outcomes.

  • Excellent communicator across written, interpersonal and public speaking settings.

  • Important qualities that will support your success include being: mission driven, strong at trust and relationship building, highly accountable, data driven, impact oriented, and collaborative, with the ability to see things from 10,000 feet and also 1 inch – and camaraderie, humor and joy are welcome!


About Strava

Strava is Swedish for “strive,” which epitomizes who we are and what we do. We’re a passionate and committed team, unified by our mission to connect athletes to what motivates them and help them find their personal best. And with billions of activity uploads from all over the world, we have a humbling and audacious vision: to be the record of the world’s athletic activities and the technology that makes every effort count.

Strava builds software that makes the best part of our athletes’ days even better. And just as we’re deeply committed to unlocking their potential, we’re dedicated to providing a world-class, inclusive workplace where our employees can grow and thrive, too. We’re backed by Sequoia Capital, Madrone Partners and Jackson Square Ventures, and we’re expanding in order to exceed the needs of our growing community of global athletes. Our culture reflects our community – we are continuously striving to hire and engage diverse teammates from all backgrounds, experiences and perspectives because we know we are a stronger team together.

In light of the global pandemic, Strava is currently working in a fully remote capacity. As always, we remain committed to fully supporting our employees, especially their mental health and wellbeing, through these challenging times. Despite challenges in the world around us, we are continuing to grow camaraderie and positivity within our culture and we are unified in our commitment to becoming an antiracist company. We are differentiated by our truly people-first approach, our compassionate leadership, and our belief that we can bring joy and inspiration to athletes’ lives — now more than ever. All to say, it’s a great time to join Strava.

Strava is an equal opportunity employer. In keeping with the values of Strava, we make all employment decisions including hiring, evaluation, termination, promotional and training opportunities, without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical handicap, mental disability, medical condition, disability, gender or identity or expression, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, marital status, height and/or weight.

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