- There are many types of remote C-level positions.
- Some companies choose to go fully virtual, while others offer remote executive positions.
- Remote employees should have specific traits to be effective in the remote environment.
Just because you're a boss doesn't mean you can't take advantage of remote work perks.
A report from FlexJobs highlighted many telecommuting positions at the top of the corporate ladder. The specific job titles include director, executive director, vice president and various C-level positions, such as CEO, chief operating officer and chief financial officer.
The research showed that remote work is not just for low-skilled, entry-level workers. In fact, FlexJobs found that three-quarters of employees who work from home earn at least $65,000 per year, which puts them in the 80th percentile of all employees, whether based in the home or the office.
"Director, vice president and C-level roles aren't typically associated with telecommuting, but they absolutely can be compatible with remote work, and these opportunities will continue to grow as more companies integrate remote workers into their regular business practices," said Sara Sutton Fell, founder and CEO of FlexJobs, said in a statement. "I encourage professionals with a good deal of career experience to research what executive-level jobs exist in their fields – people are oftentimes very surprised by what they find."
What kinds of companies can remote executives work for? Many companies offer remote opportunities. Some of the top companies that hire remote executives, according to , include Redox, PPC, Intuit and UnitedHealth Group.
Some companies are going totally virtual, meaning they have no central headquarters and every employee works remotely. According to CNBC, the top virtual companies include Toptal, Automattic and AnswerConnect.
The best industries for remote executive jobs are healthcare, customer service and education. Many nonprofit organizations offer remote executive positions as well.
What makes a good work-from-home employee?
Working from home can be a great option, and it has many benefits. However, it isn't for everyone. Working remotely requires a strong work ethic, self-motivation and an entrepreneurial spirit. This means you work well independently and can come up with your own ideas.
According to Inc., good communication skills are a must, especially for remote executives. You must be comfortable communicating through text, phone calls and video chat. Nonverbal cues make up most face-to-face communication, so you'll need to be able to communicate effectively without these subtle gestures.
Technical know-how is also required. You don't need an IT degree, but you do have to know how to use the technology you have and do some basic troubleshooting when things go wrong.
You also need to be able to self-evaluate. This skill is necessary for those in executive positions regardless of where they work, but it's more important in a remote environment.
Lastly, you need to know when to stop pushing yourself. Burnout is a common problem for remote workers. When your home is also your office, it can be hard to keep reasonable hours. You need to set boundaries that allow you to have some downtime and resist the temptation to spend all of your waking hours working.
Types of remote jobs for executives
To give professionals a better idea of the types of remote jobs that are available to company leaders, FlexJobs combed through its extensive job listings to highlight various executive-level positions that incorporate some form of telecommuting, either full or part time. Executive-level jobs are those with department head responsibilities, such as director, vice president and C-level titles. Many of these positions require at least five to 10 years of experience and higher education degrees. [See related article: Creating a work-from-home policy for your office? Here's what it should include]
Here are some of the upper-echelon positions that offer remote work options, according to FlexJobs:
- Chief financial officer: This position offers a part-time schedule with remote work options. Responsibilities include defining a schedule of financial and operational reporting, developing company financial reporting structures and creating budgeting systems.
- Chief operating officer: The COO works alongside the CEO to build systems and structures, implement the company's vision and manage leaders.
- Interim CEO consultant: This is a remote position in the health care industry that provides oversight and daily management of medical directors and practice managers.
- Chief development officer: Chief development officers build capacity to expand an organization's reach and impact, execute strategic plans and oversee staff members.
- Vice president next-gen experience lead: With a work-from-home option, this position develops and implements solutions, enforces requirements, promotes materials, transforms business and oversees operational responsibilities.
- Medical director: This a remote position for someone who has board certification, extensive clinical experience, strong presentation skills, and the ability to provide medical monitoring and consultation.
- Corporate vice president: This position manages and supports teams, grows sales, monitors performance, builds partnerships and resolves issues.
- Vice president of technology services: This is a full-time job with some telecommuting options. This person sets strategy, vision and goals; motivates and influences others; and is responsible for hiring and managing talent.
- Director of communications and operations: This is a full-time remote job that oversees critical strategic and operations support, provides project management, co-designs and executes strategies, and plans and executes conferences and retreats.
- Executive account director: This is a work-from-home executive who leads an account team, generates relationships with high-ranking customer decision-makers, and mentors account executives and solution architects.
- Regional director client executive: This remote position recruits and creates a team of client executives, generates strong relationships with larger clients and key advisers, and monitors quality indicators for a region.
- Assistant vice president of outside sales: This is a work-from-home job with a flexible schedule. The position identifies areas of growth for clients, cultivates opportunities for business, drafts and oversees pitches, and assists with contract negotiations.
- Executive director: This position handles overall management of staff, develops and executes policies, serves as an external liaison, and secures programmatic and general operating funds.
- Executive director/sales representative: This remote job sells memberships by utilizing warm leads and serves as a resource for members on key business issues, benchmarking data and various networking opportunities.
- Director of business process: The duties of this job include implementing activities, monitoring performance, developing business relationships and managing communications.