Talent Leadership

Senior Director, People Strategy & Engagement

Job Grade

The Senior Director, People Strategy & Engagement is a grade 11.

Sr Director, People Strategy & Engagement Responsibilities

  • Own and maintain People Group strategy documentation and enablement, working across the People Group to ensure strategy and direction is understood and departmental priorities match with divisional goals/OKRs.
  • Align all key team member touchpoints and communications across the team member journey with various teams within the People Group for consistency in messaging and assurance that they are in line with our culture and values.
  • Explore new ways to keep team members informed and engaged, recommending solutions to enhance the team member experience and contribute to establishment of a high-performance culture.
  • Engage with appropriate cross-functional teams and external partners to help bring People Group programs to life in creative and innovative ways to maintain high levels of internal engagement.
  • Oversee teams responsible for People Communications & Engagement, Talent Brand, and other team member touchpoints to ensure alignment across teams.

Sr Director, People Strategy & Engagement Requirements

  • Experience working across different hiring cultures and communities and comfortable working in a truly global role
  • Leadership experience (both direct and indirect)
  • You share our values, and work in accordance with those values
  • Excellent organizational, task, and time management skills, with an emphasis on detail and follow up, plus the ability to prioritize tasks and requests from multiple stakeholders and audiences
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and collaborate with individuals at all levels of the organization with excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple projects/initiatives simultaneously while meeting deadlines and business objectives
  • Exhibit strong data skills and ability to influence using data
  • Ability to use, or willingness to learn, GitLab
  • Comfortable in a spokesperson role, ideally with media training/ coaching abilities
  • Experience working with various virtual meeting management tools such as Zoom is a plus
  • Experience in successfully prioritizing, managing multiple projects, and working in a team environment

VP, People

Job Grade

The VP, People is a grade 12.


  • Oversees Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Talent Development, People Strategy and Engagement, and Risk and Resilience teams.
  • Owns company-wide cultural initiatives and all key team member touchpoints and communications across the team member
  • Drives alignment of People Group priorities with company strategy as well as Leadership and Cultural needs


  • Demonstrated success in a range of strategic HR roles with a track record of building and optimizing teams, driving company wide talent strategy, and building and scaling talent programs that drive business results
  • Experience driving cultural intiatives across a complex, global organization
  • Strategic and innovative thinker; able to prioritize in alignment with business strategy
  • Track record of excellence owning, executing, and delivering on complex short- and long-term programs across multiple functions
  • Success building and alignging executive stakeholders in strategic talent decisions including hiring, talent management, talent development, and engagement strategies.
  • You share our values, and work in accordance with those values.
  • Leadership at GitLab
  • Ability to use GitLab

Career Ladder

The next step in the People Leadership job family is to move to the Chief People Officer job family.


About GitLab

GitLab Inc. is a company based on the GitLab open-source project. GitLab is a community project to which over 2,200 people worldwide have contributed. We are an active participant in this community, trying to serve its needs and lead by example. We have one vision: everyone can contribute to all digital content, and our mission is to change all creative work from read-only to read-write so that everyone can contribute.

We value results, transparency, sharing, freedom, efficiency, self-learning, frugality, collaboration, directness, kindness, diversity, inclusion and belonging, boring solutions, and quirkiness. If these values match your personality, work ethic, and personal goals, we encourage you to visit our primer to learn more. Open source is our culture, our way of life, our story, and what makes us truly unique.

Top 10 Reasons to Work for GitLab:

  1. Mission: Everyone can contribute
  2. Results: Fast growth, ambitious vision
  3. Flexible Work Hours: Plan your day so you are there for other people & have time for personal interests
  4. Transparency: Over 2,000 webpages in GitLab handbook, GitLab Unfiltered YouTube channel
  5. Iteration: Empower people to be effective & have an impact, Merge Request rate, We dogfood our own product, Directly responsible individuals
  6. Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging: A focus on gender parity, Team Member Resource Groups, other initiatives
  7. Collaboration: Kindness, saying thanks, intentionally organize informal communication, no ego
  8. Total Rewards: Competitive market rates for compensation, Equity compensation, global benefits (inclusive of office equipment)
  9. Work/Life Harmony: Flexible workday, Family and Friends days
  10. Remote Done Right: One of the world's largest all-remote companies, prolific inventor of remote best practices

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Last modified May 21, 2024: Update VP, People job family (05fc6208)