Chief of Staff

President's Office

Full Time - Benefit Eligible

Grade E4 - Salary Commensurate with Experience


The President’s Chief of Staff is a senior administrative position responsible for all manner of assistance to the President. Responsibilities include: maintaining effective relationships with both internal and external constituencies; interacting on a regular basis with Trustees of the College, alumni, faculty and staff, senior college officers, legal counsel, students, elected officials, donors, and representatives of foundations, companies, and other colleges and universities; functioning as a key member of the presidential team and working with other team members to ensure maximum support for the President; managing the President’s office budget; and arranging/managing the President’s schedule and travel arrangements, supporting speaking engagements, and assisting the President’s fund-raising efforts.

The President’s Chief of Staff will help advance the strategic priorities of the College and is expected to be familiar with the College’s Strategic Plan, other major policy documents, and with the vision, goals and objectives of the President. The President’s Chief of Staff will keep abreast of local and national issues and bring pressing matters to the attention of the President.

The President’s Chief of Staff serves as Assistant Secretary to the Board of Trustees and will be expected to organize and attend regular meetings of the Board’s Executive Committee and the full Board plus oversee preparation of Board materials and minutes. Additionally, the President’s Chief of Staff will be expected to accompany the President to the Faculty Meeting(s), meetings of the College’s Planning and Priorities Committee, and other key meetings. When assigned, the President’s Chief of Staff will represent the President at campus and off-campus events and meetings.

As a member of the President’s Senior Staff (which includes five Vice Presidents and the Chief Diversity Officer), the President’s Chief of Staff will participate in discussions intended to advance the strategic priorities of the College. As such, it will be important that the President’s Chief of Staff become familiar with the College’s Strategic Plan, other major policy documents, and the vision, goals, and objectives of the President. The President’s Chief of Staff is expected to prepare the agenda for meetings of the Senior Staff and ensure that institutional research supports the work of the Senior Staff and informs strategic decisions.

Supervisory responsibilities: The President’s Chief of Staff supervises the Director of Institutional Research and other President’s Office staff members, supervises specific projects as assigned by the President, and is tasked with ensuring that all members of the President’s staff work in an effective, coordinated, and efficient manner.


Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 3-5 years of higher education experience is required. An advanced degree is preferred.

Skills and competencies: • Loyalty • Ability to keep absolute confidentiality • Superb interpersonal and organization skills • Ability to work effectively as a member of a team • Problem solver • Innovative self-starter • Polished written and oral communication • Ability to gather, analyze, and present complex information • Working familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite, social media, and emerging technologies • Ability to edit documents • Understanding of financial and budgetary matters

Submit cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference. Applications requested by July 31, 2014 with applications accepted until the position is filled Anticipated starting date: early September


Please apply in person, via fax, U.S. Mail or email:

Human Resources
Req. # 7128
Union College
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308

Telephone: (518) 388-6108
Fax: (518) 388-6529

Please submit all electronic application materials as a single pdf or doc file.

Union College, founded in 1795, is a highly-selective, independent college of 2,000 undergraduates. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is known for its distinctive blend of the liberal arts and technology. Union College offers its full-time employees an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous retirement plan and tuition remission.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity.

Union College is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its application process for individuals with disabilities and encourages applicants with disabilities to request any needed accommodation(s).

Union College’s strategic plan highlights the role of diversity in providing an effective education for the 21st century at the heart of our mission and vision for the College. Diversifying the student body, the faculty, the administration, the staff and the curriculum requires a commitment to honor our mission and advance our goals. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, ability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and national origin.