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Executive Operations, Finance



Accounting & Finance, Operations
San Francisco, CA, USA · Denver, CO, USA · New York, NY, USA
Posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023

About Gusto

Gusto is a modern, online people platform that helps small businesses take care of their teams. On top of full-service payroll, Gusto offers health insurance, 401(k)s, expert HR, and team management tools. Today, Gusto offices in Denver, San Francisco, and New York serve more than 200,000 businesses nationwide.

Our mission is to create a world where work empowers a better life, and it starts right here at Gusto. That’s why we’re committed to building a collaborative and inclusive workplace, both physically and virtually. Learn more about our Total Rewards philosophy.

The Executive Assistant will work closely with the Head of Finance (external: CFO). This person will be responsible for managing key cross-company strategic initiatives and projects, ensuring that the operations of the Finance Team runs smoothly, and that the Finance and Biz Ops team has strong practices for coordination, execution, communication, and alignment.

This role serves as the primary partner to Gusto’s head of Finance and supports the team as a whole. You will be in a key partnership position, helping to drive Gusto forward and scale. You will also be a part of the Foundation ExecOps community, and partner closely with the Head of Gusto (external: CEO), Head of People and Head of Legal and their exec ops partners.

Here’s what we're looking for:

  • Master of ceremonies: strategically partner to prioritize and coordinate the CFO’s time. Make sure it aligns with priorities of the department, plus creating a system of accountability so that the time allocation can evolve and change as needed. The CFO’s time should be prioritized in an intentional and deliberate way. Ideally as proactively as possible, not reactively. Responsibilities include calendar management, including all internal and external meetings.
  • Meeting enabler: organize, attend, and track minutes plus action items with an eye on making every interaction productive and enjoyable. The magic here is in ensuring the right set of follow-up actions are taken, not all of them, and having the relationships in place to follow-up with the stakeholders 1-1 if necessary.
  • Special projects: May include research, analysis, presentation preparation, cross-functional company programs, etc. These projects should be executed with quality, but the goal is not to have them become a large percentage of your time. The CFO team must maintain time flexibility to adapt to the needs of the organization, ideally in a proactive way (not reactive way).
  • Project management: keep multiple teams and projects on track in parallel. Gusto is a 2000+ person organization and how we do planning, and organize x-functional work requires lots of moving parts at times. You will be a key enabler of things moving smoothly, or recognizing when they’re not and making changes to make it smoother.
  • Gifted communicator: represent the CFO well through phone, email, and chat with various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Culture carrier and community builder: Embody Gusto Values while planning team off-sites, team-building events, and connecting the dots between different parts of the Gusto organization.
  • Relationship builder: you’ll be getting to know hundreds of Gusties across the organization, as well as many external individuals. Creating meaningful and memorable interactions should be natural to you, and something that is a source of excitement.
  • Travel planner: flights, hotels, transportation, dining, etc. The CFO at Gusto travels about once a month, so the frequency isn’t very high, but attention to detail will matter to set an example to others.

Work Background:

  • 5-10+ years of work experience, with at least 3 years of administrative experience supporting one or more C-Level executives or General Managers of a Division. Ideally the organization the executive managed was 1,000+ people, and previous EA work involved working with multiple departments in an organization.
  • Career EA who loves the profession and wants to stay an EA for the long term.
  • Demonstrated ability to own large x-functional projects from end to end, ideally with visibility to an executive team and/or board of directors.
  • Experience organizing (in-person, remote and hybrid) team events with ~50 Gusties, such as an executive offsite.
  • Demonstrated ability to organize complex travel schedules with many moving parts, including multiple of briefings in one day, managing multiple stakeholders, etc.
  • Experience supporting scheduling with external parties as plus (eg. Investor Relations, Board Scheduling, etc.)

Characteristics & Skill set:

  • Organized and detail-oriented. Able to prioritize multiple assignments and stay calm under pressure, creating order of out chaos. The attention to detail bias must be an intrinsic mindset, and it will be connected to a strong desire to optimize and make things better. The ideal candidate will derive tremendous joy from improving something, and crafting the details. You should have an allergic reaction to inefficiency.
  • Structured Thinking, Structured Mindset. Must have developed a highly structured and efficient means of managing one’s own time, plus have the ability to explain this structure. Foundation should be based on intentional and deliberate prioritization.
  • Intellectual curiosity to discover new ways to make things better. This should manifest as a character trait, and include a compulsion to improve things, find new ways of doing things, and drive a desire for lifelong learning. When facing a complex situation, your bias should be to break it down into bite sized components. Relentless optimization and improvement drives you to learn new things and powers your attention to detail. This requires great memory, and also means that self-improvement is likely a big factor in your life (professionally and personally).
  • Excellent Communication Skills. Ability to communicate the priorities of the CFO to others inside the organization, whether it is by written verbal, or group communications.
  • Confidentiality. Demonstrated ability to maintain complete confidentiality on all business matters, including examples when this resulted in tension.
  • Excellence with major productivity suites, especially Google Apps, as well as a demonstrated ability to pick up new tools, evaluate them, weigh the pros/cons, and optimize one’s work style. Should have clear examples of recent productivity tools that were tested out and either kept or disregarded, plus ability to explain why.
  • Natural ability to connect the dots on different ways of communicating and collaborating. The right candidate will have high EQ, read people well, and have a warmth about them when working with people they know well, and also don’t know well. They should put people at ease, especially more junior members of the organization who might be intimidated to interact with the office of the CFO.
  • Attributes others will have said about you: constantly learning new things, high attention to detail, great memory, calm under pressure, easy to work with, deliberate & intentional with their actions, precise, level headed, calm and collected, cares about the details, crafts their work.

This role is to be based out of San Fransisco, CA.

Our cash compensation amount for this role is targeted at $116,000 - $144,000/year for San Fransisco, CA. Stock equity is additional. Final offer amounts are determined by multiple factors including candidate experience and expertise and may vary from the amounts listed above.

Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. If you share our values and our enthusiasm for small businesses, you will find a home at Gusto.

Gusto is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate in hiring or any employment decision based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), marital status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or other applicable legally protected characteristic. Gusto considers qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Gusto is also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at accommodations@gusto.com.