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Chief of Staff (Los Altos, CA)

Contrast Security

Contrast Security

People & HR, Operations
Los Altos, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, April 14, 2023
Contrast Security is the world’s leading provider of security technology that enables software applications to protect themselves against cyberattacks, heralding the new era of self-protecting software. Contrast's patented deep security instrumentation is the breakthrough technology that enables highly accurate assessment and always-on protection of an entire application portfolio without disruptive scanning or expensive security experts. Only Contrast has sensors that work actively inside applications to uncover vulnerabilities, prevent data breaches, and secure the entire enterprise from development to operations to production.
About the Position
At Contrast, we pride ourselves on being the best, which requires hiring the best. We are seeking a talented Chief of Staff (COS) to support our Chief Executive Officer.
As the Chief of Staff, you will become a vital extension of our CEO. You will help drive, streamline, operationalize, and apply accountability on executive-level strategic projects in the company. Provide leverage to the CEO and leadership team, driving company operating rhythm and progress against corporate goals via quarterly business reviews, board meetings, and leadership communication. In a fast-paced and rapid-growth start-up like Contrast, you will provide the extra hands and intellect for our CEO to be 2x as productive. This is a rotational assignment for one year. After completing the role, the COS will move into a functional leadership position within Contrast.
This is an on-site position at our headquarters in Los Altos, California.


  • Spend significant time in a broad set of meetings with the CEO
  • Act as a sounding board and source to the CEO for new ideas and initiatives
  • Develop investor communication/updates, group conversations, pitch decks, speeches, conference submissions, and presentations on behalf of the CEO
  • Manage agendas and relevance for upcoming meetings and ensure they are thoughtfully structured with the right participants and preparation
  • Confirm, document, and assign action points from meetings and ensure follow-through and completion
  • Act as the communication arm for the CEO with team members, clients, investors, community members, and other stakeholders
  • Serve as a proxy for the CEO by attending meetings in place of the CEO and help with decisions with sound business analysis and intelligence
  • Brief CEO visitors on Contrast Security before they visit and start meetings


  • BA/BS in Business or relevant field, MBA preferred
  • Management experience preferred, including staff and budget responsibility
  • Experience at a tech start-up as Chief of Staff
  • An activator, action-oriented and results-driven
  • Strong influencing skills; comfortable negotiating and driving timely decisions
  • Skilled diplomat with high levels of professional confidence and business acumen
  • Strong leadership skills with proven ability to influence and garner support for objectives
  • Proven, applied data-driven, decision-making skill set
  • Demonstrated success in formulating strategic direction, skillful negotiation, & implementation
  • Experience and interest in internal and external communications
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, and Social Media web platforms
  • Problem solver, and thinks of addressing the root cause, not applying temporary (bandaid) solutions
  • Runs toward problems
  • Intelligent, collaborative, high energy, communicative, you get stuff done
  • Excellent data gatherer who could collect the relevant data and turn it into meaningful information for the Executive Leaders to make business decisions
  • Strong organizational and program management skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • High sense of emotional intelligence and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, investors, consultants, and, occasionally, the media
  • Strong business acumen, operational skills, and ability to operationalize company goals and objectives for optimal results
  • Expert written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrate a proactive approach to problem-solving with solid judgment and decision-making capability
  • Highly resourceful team player across different functions and can be extremely effective independently
  • Proven ability to handle confidential information discretely (be the vault), adapt to competing demands, and demonstrate the highest customer/client service and response level
  • Achieve high-performance goals and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • A forward-looking thinker who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions
  • Confident and positive energy
  • We are focused on building a diverse and inclusive workforce. If you’re excited about this role, but do not meet 100% of the qualifications listed above, we encourage you to apply.
What We Offer
Salary and Other Compensation
This position's standard base pay range is $160,000 - $240,000 annually. This position is also eligible for a VCP and equity package subject to the terms of the Company’s applicable plans. When determining a candidate’s compensation, we consider several factors: geography, skill set, experience, job scope, and current market data.
Contrast Security offers the following benefits for this position, subject to applicable eligibility requirements: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401(k) Retirement Plan with Employer Match, Life Insurance, Long Term Disability Insurance, Short Term Disability Insurance, Transit, and Commuter benefits, Flexible PTO, 56 hours of Annual Sick time, Paid Parental Leave and Paid Holidays.
The salary, other compensation, and benefits information are accurate as of the date of this posting. The Company reserves the right to modify this information at any time, subject to applicable law.
We are changing the world of software security. Do it with us.
We believe in what we do and are passionate about helping our customers secure their business.
If you’re looking for a challenge and want to enjoy where you work, you’ll love Contrast Security.
Contrast Security is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. We are an equal-opportunity employer, and our team is comprised of individuals from many diverse backgrounds, lifestyles, and locations. At Contrast, we strive to build diverse teams that reflect the people we want to empower through our products. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. Equal Opportunity is the Law, and Contrast is proud to be an equal-opportunity workplace. If you have a specific need that requires accommodation, please let a member of the People Team know.
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