Chief of Staff - President's Office Job Description

Job Summary

The Chief of Staff provides overall support for the operation of the President’s office. The Chief of Staff serves as a senior advisor to the President and reports directly to the President on a wide variety of administrative and executive duties, special projects, and initiatives involving the President’s office and its priorities. The Chief of Staff with the support of the Executive Assistant and Coordinator, coordinates the execution of College-wide projects undertaken by the President as well as handling questions, concerns, issues and requests on the President’s behalf. Other important duties include:

Essential Duties/Responsibilities

  • Helps to facilitate strategic management processes, provide expertise, and program management for specific strategic initiatives out of the President’s office that are critical in meeting the institutions strategic planning goals. Responsible for interacting with colleagues across the college to ensure institutional alignment and synergy with the strategic plan.
  • Interacts with members at all levels of the College community for the purpose of defining, advancing and assessing the work of the Office of the President to ensure its continued effectiveness.
  • Liaison to the Board of Trustees on key executive matters as delegated by the President. Works in collaboration with administration liaison to the board.
  • Exercises considerable judgment in his/her capacity with the responsibility for analyzing policy issues, identifying College-wide impacts and coordinating responses to the President on strategies and alternatives for dealing with the issues.
  • Coordinates and plays a lead role in government relations with the President’s office and the College.
  • Prepares and/or contributes to the preparation of reports, proposals, briefings, and presentations, responses on institutional and strategic issues.
  • Assists the President with correspondence dealing with issues and subject matter in ways that sometimes requires considerable sensitivity, discretion, judgment or negotiation.
  • Builds and nurtures relationships to serve as a resource for the President and point of contact as designated for key constituents to resolve complex issues and help move forward strategic priorities.
  • Participates in key meetings with faculty, administrators, and others as needed and delegated. Accurately represents the President's position in internal meetings and discussions to help drive understanding and move decision-making forward.
  • Facilitate needs of senior staff to raise critical issues with the President and receive needed responses, guidance and decisions.  
  • At the direction of the President, assists in all aspects of College administration.
  • Handles and directs special projects as assigned by the President.
  • Other duties as assigned by the President.

Education & Experience Required

  • 10+ years of experience working in complex organizational environments, preferably higher education.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience influencing and working closely with executive level leaders.
  • Proven track record of developing effective partnerships across disparate groups to organize and facilitate decisions and ensure implementation.
  • Experience with government relations and external relations
  • Experience balancing strategic leadership with detailed involvement in support of accountabilities.
  • Exceptional written, presentation and verbal communication skills that can be applied across levels.
  • Excellent demonstrated judgment and diplomacy in working with diverse groups to address complex issues.
  • Highly regarded people management skills.
  • Unquestioned integrity.
  • Experience
  • BA/BS required.

Skills & Knowledge Required

Successful candidate will have experience making independent judgments; ability to coordinate office detail in conjunction with policy; proven experience handling highly confidential and sensitive materials and situations. Ability to master a wide range of relationships, tasks, and perspectives required; increasing responsibility working with higher education executives at an academic institution is preferred. Must have exceptional organizational and analytical skill; demonstrate strong problem-solving skills; be competent in a variety of Windows-based computer programs including MS Word and Excel. Must be able to work independently, prioritize work, and independently manage multiple and competing priorities while meeting deadlines.

Physical Effort Required 

Ability to lift up to 10 lbs.


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