It’s hard to imagine a company without a chief executive officer, isn’t it?
If there’s no standing CEO, who’s calling the shots? Establishing the company vision? Or basically, you know, leading the company?
Believe it or not, companies find themselves in this position quite a bit. Maybe it’s time for their current CEO to retire, or a co-founder who had been serving as CEO decides to pursue another leadership role. Maybe (but hopefully not), the CEO had a bit of a PR crisis and was asked to step down. No matter how it happens, sometimes your company will find itself seeking a new fearless leader.
If this time comes, writing the job description can be especially trying. How, exactly, do you identify the responsibilities of the person responsible for, well, everything?
It’s not easy – luckily, we’re here to help with our CEO job description. But, before we get there, let’s take a moment to cover the responsibilities of your typical chief executive officer.
Your CEO, sometimes referred to as the company president, is the highest-ranking executive member of an organization. That means they’ll have eyes on everything, including day-to-day operations like purchasing software tools and employee reviews, as well as high-level tasks like determining annual budgets, establishing company culture, and more.
Your CEO will serve as the highest-ranking executive within your organization. They’ll serve as the main point of contact between your company and its board of directors, as well as provide the overall direction for the organization as a whole. They will manage operations, develop and implement company culture, and work to maintain your mission and vision. They will work closely with their fellow executives and report to the board of directors.
Because your chief executive officer will take on so many responsibilities, the job description itself is critical. This isn’t a simple hire by any means. Not only will you be taking a risk by hiring them (it’s a lot of time and money spent), but they’ll also be taking an equal risk on your company!
That’s why ensuring your job description clearly communicates expectations is critical. Missing out on key points or failing to be explicit in your requirements may lead to incomplete expectations from both your hiring team and the candidate.
That’s why we’ve compiled this basic CEO job description for you. When it comes time to seek out this essential new employee, the following description and three industry examples can be a helpful starting point.
Keep in mind that due to the seniority and responsibilities of an executive position, you’ll likely beef it up with company-specific responsibilities and desired requirements.
Title: Chief Executive Officer
With more than 400 percent growth since 2015, ACME Corporations is North America’s leading energy provider, with the single largest retail customer base nationwide. Since its founding in 2007, ACME Corporations has strived to meet the highest standards of energy delivery, customer service, and cost efficiency. Our mission is to be the top-tier energy provider while fostering a collaborative, diverse, and inclusive workplace.
ACME Corporations is looking to hire an experienced Chief Executive Officer to oversee the executive team and manage ACME’s day-to-day operations. This individual should have a successful track record of building and scaling a company, establishing company culture, and providing leadership to fellow executives. The ideal candidate has significant expertise in high-level decision making, fostering relationships with key stakeholders, and building senior management teams, and is personable and an industry thought-leader.
To see how real employers are writing their CEO job descriptions, check out the examples below!
San Francisco, California
Arrowroot Capital, a global growth equity firm, is looking for a growth-stage CEO to lead one of our portfolio companies towards an exit. The ideal candidate will have 10+ years’ experience growing revenue ($50M +) and profit in a B2B Enterprise SaaS company; in a founder led organization.
Reporting to the BOD, you will have overall responsibility for creating, planning, implementing and integrating the strategic direction of the organization including responsibility for all departments of the business. You will ensure that the organization's leadership maintains constant awareness of both the external and internal competitive landscape, opportunities for expansion, customers, markets, and new industry developments. Additionally, you will assess potential acquisitions, focus on new business development, participate in industry-related events or associations, and lead the team and company towards a successful exit.
Compensation is competitive with the position’s requirements. In a performance-based environment, this will include base salary, bonus structure based on corporate qualitative and quantitative strategic KPIs, and a significant stakeholder position in the Company.
The search is being conducted by Arrowroot Capital. Arrowroot Capital is a global growth equity firm based in Santa Monica, CA focused on minority, majority, and buyout investments in B2B software companies. Company info can be found at www.arrowrootcapital.com
Arrowroot Capital is not working with external agencies currently; any unsolicited resumes or information from agencies or recruiters shall become the property of Arrowroot Capital.
Arrowroot Capital is a global growth equity firm based in Santa Monica, CA focused on minority, majority, and buyout investments in B2B software companies. The firm serves as a catalyst for growth-related initiatives by partnering with management and leveraging its deep enterprise software expertise to deliver meaningful, tangible value. Arrowroot targets initial equity investments in the range of $5 million to $25 million and has the flexibility to pursue larger opportunities as well as a broad range of transaction types. Arrowroot also targets add-on acquisitions for its portfolio companies with a wider range of size and general criteria.
United Way of the Quad Cities Area
The United Way of the Quad Cities Area, a bi-state community of 325,000 residents in Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, seeks an inspirational, strategic and operational leader to galvanize community support for its mission to improve lives in the community. The successful candidate will provide leadership of the United Way and serve as a convener and collaborator with other nonprofit, civic, community and business groups to achieve positive community impact. As the leader of a major community organization, the CEO will engage effectively with other community leaders and donors to address community priorities and to help advance the community’s collective agenda, including its Q2030 regional vision of building a cool, creative, connected and prosperous community.
Provides inspirational, strategic and operational leadership for the United Way of the Quad Cities Area in pursuit of its mission: to mobilize people and resources to improve the lives in the community. Serves as a key leader in the nonprofit community, and engages with and builds strong relationships with community leaders in the nonprofit, civic and business sectors. Serves as a champion for philanthropy and volunteerism in the community, and effectively leads fundraising for the United Way and its funded agencies.
Competitive salary and benefits
Welcome America, Inc.
Welcome America, Inc. is a 501c3, non-profit organization engaged in a public-private partnership with the City of Philadelphia. Welcome America, Inc.’s mission is to promote American history, education and Philadelphia. The organization seeks to enhance the resident and visitor experience through city-wide signature events including the Wawa Welcome America Fourth of July celebration and the Philly Holiday Festival. All events are free to the public with the goal to enhance the city’s image, improve the resident experience, attract visitors, provide an economic boost to the local economy, and boost civic pride. Welcome America, Inc. produces and assists in the growth of select city events year-round to increase awareness of Philadelphia as an event destination.
Welcome America is seeking a dynamic results driven President and CEO to provide strong leadership to the organization and who has a passion for the City of Philadelphia, its residents and visitors. This is a hands-on position who is curious and feels comfortable both relying on others for expertise while asking smart questions. The CEO must be able to bring people together and build effective and diverse teams who can help drive success. No job to big or too small in the context of getting the job done.
The position is responsible for managing an annual budget of close to $3 million and an annual staff of six, however headcount that can expand to 100 seasonal team members to support Welcome America, Inc. events. Approximately 60% of the budget is raised through private sources and corporate sponsorships and we are proud that administrative costs are less than 18%. Welcome America, Inc. has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. The organization has achieved an average 40-50% minority participation rate in discretionary contracting, hiring, and staffing.
Welcome America, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status.
Claire is a Senior Marketing Manager at Blueprint and a former growth marketing team manager at G2. Born and raised in the Chicago area, her brief stint in Ohio (University of Dayton) gave her a new appreciation for deep-dish pizza, but left her well-versed in Cincinnati-style chili and "cities" with a population fewer than 400,000. While not writing, Claire can be found practicing calligraphy, seeking out the best dive bars in Chicago, and planning her next trip. (she/her/hers)
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