As far I can tell, there was only one “Head of Remote” in the world before 2020 (when the entire world went remote, as we know).
That would be Darren Murph of Gitlab, the original Head of Remote.
You could argue that anyone operating a fully remote small business or heading up HR or culture at a larger company would be the de-facto Head of Remote, but none of them actually held the actual title. It’s really just since 2019 or 2020 that companies started hiring for the dedicated position.
As leaders at major companies get their heads around having thousands of remote employees, it’s likely the number of Head of Remote positions will grow exponentially. This post is for you–people who will fill the positions coming in 2022 and beyond.
Below, you’ll find a quick overview of the position, followed by a list of current Heads of Remote to follow for advice, and finally where to find these remote jobs online.
What is a Head of Remote anyway?
As defined by Gitlabs
Since the purpose of this article is to highlight some great Heads of Remote to follow (and since there are already great resources about the position), I’m going to use Gitlabs’ fantastic resource to set the stage. This is how Darren Murphy summarizes his duties in the role:
“A Head of Remote exists to achieve the following.
- Audit and pressure test all existing workflows, policies, and cultural underpinnings to ensure that they are adapted for remote-first
- Serve as a trusted advisor and steerer to existing workstream leads, ensuring that their work is inclusive of geographies and time zones and accelerates the mission of all work being achievable regardless of one’s physical location
- Advise existing executives on proven remote work practices and lead a systematic unlearning process to replace old habits (e.g. defaulting to a meeting, forgoing documentation, working in silos vs. transparently, etc.) with more progressive ones
- Evolve thinking and operations to suit the modern-day reality of workplace expectations
- Deconstruct colocated office norms and rebuild workflows/culture to suit a vastly more opportunistic virtual work environment”
As defined by T3 Advisors
In a report about remote work Trends, T3 Advisors outlined the skills and work experience required to perform the role well:
If you’d like to see more Head of Remote resources, visit this site.
Heads of Remote: Who To Follow
Former Heads of Remote
This brand new role will quickly evolve in the coming years. In our research, we found some people who had previously been Heads of Remote but have since changed roles. You may be able to learn as much or more from these people, so we kept them on the list.
Head of Remote Work Jobs
Looking for flexible, remote leadership positions? I always recommend Flexjobs.
There are bigger job boards out there, but FlexJobs is the leading one for remote, part-time, freelance, and otherwise flexible job listings.