Chief of Staff

San Francisco, CA
Mar 29, 2021
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About Ancestry:

When you join Ancestry, you join a human-centered company where every person’s story is important. We believe that by discovering the struggles and triumphs of our past, we can foster deeper bonds and more meaningful connections among families and communities. Our talented team of scientists, engineers, genealogists, historians, and storytellers is dedicated to empowering customers around the world from all backgrounds on their journeys of personal discovery.

With more than 27+ billion digitized global historical records, 100 million family trees, and 18 million people in our growing AncestryDNA database, Ancestry helps customers discover their family story and gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Passionate about dedicating your work to enriching people’s lives? You belong at Ancestry.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the CEO and collaborating with the Senior Leadership Team, the Chief of Staff will drive the strategic planning process and manage ongoing day-to-day activities in support of Ancestry’s goals to continue to provide best-in-class Family history and consumer genomics products. The successful candidate will build team systems and processes in order to ensure efficient and effective business operations and drive the strategic direction outlined and agreed upon by the SLT and the BOD. We are looking for a self-starter who enjoys working with a dynamic, fast-paced team who approach their work with passion and dedication.

What you will do

Drive the process for creation and implementation of strategy Lead the ongoing strategic planning process, including corporate strategy, corporate development opportunities, and competitive analysis Support the CEO and senior leadership team on special projects Manage the Board meeting preparation process, including the development of the board meeting materials and strategy documents, and gathering feedback from Board members before and after the meetings Work with the team to ensure that we maintain our core values and an entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative environment Manage day-to-day activities in support of strategic goals Monitor progress against deadlines and milestones (e.g. board meetings, quarterly business reviews, strategic planning, etc.) Oversee budgetary planning and cost management Manage staff meetings and draft meeting agendas with input from other team members Implement and maintain programmatic frameworks and OKRs

Who you are

Minimum of a BA or BS; MBA or equivalent a plus 5+ years of experience and successful track record setting priorities and ensuring strategic execution Demonstrated success in a collaborative, entrepreneurial and dynamic work environment where team members are open, flexible, and adaptable to the needs of the organization Keen analytic, organizational, problem-solving, strategic thinking, and project management skills often found in management consulting and investment banking roles Excellent communication, story-telling, writing and relationship-building skills, with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders Intellectual curiosity, integrity and ability to succeed in an entrepreneurial environment essential Experience in consumer business required, experience in a regulated environment is a plus Proven ability to create, implement and improve processes

Helping people discover their story is at the heart of ours. Ancestry is the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, harnessing a powerful combination of information, science and technology to help people discover their family history and stories that were never possible before. Ancestry’s suite of products includes: AncestryDNA, AncestryProGenealogists, Fold3,, Find a Grave,, and Rootsweb.

We offer excellent benefits and a competitive compensation package. For additional information, regarding our benefits and career information, please visit our website at 

Additional Information:

Ancestry is an Equal Opportunity Employer that makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, mental or physical disability, medical condition, military or veteran status, citizenship, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  In addition, Ancestry will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

All job offers are contingent on a background check screen that complies with applicable law. For San Francisco office candidates, pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, Ancestry will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. 

Ancestry is not accepting unsolicited assistance from search firms for this employment opportunity. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Ancestry via-email, the Internet or in any form and/or method without a valid written search agreement in place for this position will be deemed the sole property of Ancestry. No fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Ancestry as a result of the referral or through other means.

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