Chief of Staff
San Francisco/Remote, CA /
Brilliant is a tight-knit team of scientists, educators, engineers, designers, storytellers, and illustrators who are redesigning education at scale.
We believe that math and science are fascinating and beautiful, but that the tools widely used to teach it are dry and ineffective. Brilliant makes learning STEM fun, through problem solving and interactive explorations – from foundational math and science to cutting-edge computer science and professional topics.
Brilliant helps over 9 million students, professionals, and lifelong learners around the world cultivate problem solving skills, build intuition, and master concepts rather than memorize them. To understand more about our approach, see our learning principles.
You can see all open roles and learn more about our team culture on our Careers page.
About the Chief of Staff role at Brilliant
We are looking for a Chief of Staff with exceptional research and planning, writing, synthesis, oral communication, and project leadership skills to lead complex special projects at Brilliant. This position reports to the CEO, and will gain incredible context around how to make decisions and run a fast-growing startup.
This is a role for a strong generalist. The Chief of Staff will run and set the agenda for all executive-level meetings, and help make the meetings more productive. They will lead many initiatives for improving internal comms, especially those related to strategy, company priorities, and key metrics.
From time to time, they will lead urgent or important cross-functional projects. Such projects may span categories as wide as:
• For topics the management team would like to know more about, doing an audit of all of the seminal literature and main actors, understanding the most active areas of research and commercialization, synthesizing highlights, knowing where to look to stay abreast of the latest information, papers, data, etc., compiling an internal resource page, making a calendar of reading that fits into a budget of time we have allocated every week, drafting a sample agenda and discussion questions, and convening groups of people to discuss and debate.
• Leading the research to build a new team or enter into a new type of contract. Examples of this may include establishing a writers’ room at Brilliant, or hiring EAs/PAs for the first time. The project would kick off with the CoS being provided a few bullets of what is generally desired. The CoS would conduct research to understand the market for top talent and the profiles of different types of hires, write a JD, figure out where potential candidates exist and how to get the opportunity in front of them, and understand what their other opportunities may be and what career growth in that domain looks like. They would then market the role and work with the recruiting team to design an interview and start meeting candidates.
• Organizing leadership development, manager training, and professional growth opportunities. The CoS would collaborate with internal and external people as appropriate to categorize and present learning opportunities, and make them happen.
The key skill is being able to take a short, general description and materialize a high-quality, finished project, checking in with stakeholders along the way and providing drafts. The goal is to free up the CEO’s time to review information and make decisions.
Over time, the Chief of Staff may grow responsibilities by remaining in the office of the CEO as a Chief of Staff, or transition into a GM role in a specific domain of interest.
- Organize cross-functional strategic planning for determining company priorities
- Run and set the agenda for all executive-level meetings
- Lead initiatives to improve internal comms
- Lead complex special projects
- Self-starter with high ambition and drive
- Comfortable operating autonomously through ambiguity, exercising personal judgment as appropriate to generate proposals, rather than requiring specific direction
- Exceptional oral and communication skills – in this context, communicating clearly and succinctly, not like Shakespeare (although if you can do both, we’ll be very impressed)
- Excited to join the adventure of a fun, fast-paced startup environment, and specifically excited about Brilliant’s mission
- Strong computer skills, including the ability to use automation and data tools
- Previously worked autonomously on significant projects. We don’t have a formulaic profile – this could be any of the following, or something not on this list:
*Had significant, autonomous responsibilities in product management or business operations, especially in a high-performing tech startup environment
* Led a campus group or volunteer group in executing large-scale projects that involved organizing at least several dozen people
* Founded an early-stage company that was able to attract a strong team
* Assisted with a family business, taking ownership of multiple domains
* Pulled off a sophisticated, large-scale prank that entertained many people
* Organized a large group of people to successfully lobby for a change to an institution or administration
Why join Brilliant?
Brilliant has a mission you can get behind. We’re a company that’s inspiring and developing people to achieve their goals in STEM – one person, one question, and one small commitment to learning at a time.
We also offer:
• Competitive compensation
• Medical, dental, and vision benefits – we pay 100% of the premiums
• Equipment budget for computer and peripherals
• Free lunch in the office
• Weekly happy hour (virtual for now!)
• Flexible vacation time
• Fully-stocked pantry and refrigerator with snacks and drinks
• Sponsorship for conferences and professional development
• A stimulating work environment and a chance to change the world
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