PRIMARY JOB FUNCTION SUMMARY:
The University's Chief of Staff provides support and strategic,
consultative direction to the President. Facilitates the ability of
the President to manage executive functions by assisting the
President in prioritizing work schedules and coordinating projects
and Initiatives. The COS serves as a senior adviser to the
University President and reports directly to the President on a
variety of initiatives, administrative responsibilities and special
projects that contribute to the forward momentum of the
institution. The COS also acts as a spokesperson in the absence of
the President and also manages executive, crisis and emergency
communications for the President's Office and the University. The
COS serves as a liaison between the President and key groups to
advance strategic and effective decision-making.
The position will frequently require attendance at evening and
weekend meetings and events.
Position reports to the President. The position supervises the
Executive Assistant to the President and Office Administrator.
DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Oversees the management of strategic initiatives out of the
Office of the President that ensure the achievement of strategic
planning goals and other endeavors. Works with members of the
University Community across all programs, units and colleges to
ensure the advancement of the strategic plan.
- Ensures that senior administration is aware of a public
relations and communication importance.
- Promotes a positive image of the University and may represent
the University in local or state activities.
- Plans and directs administrative, financial, and operational
activities of the Office of the President.
- Oversees scheduling of the President's calendar.
- Participates in key meetings as needed with faculty, members of
the administration, partners, governmental agency and media as
needed and delegated.
- Facilitates strong relationships with key internal constituents
and the President, and serves as a resource to the President when
resolving complex issues and matters with those constituents.
- As assigned by the President, participates in all aspects of
the administration of the University, and promotes and
engages in the spirit of shared governance.
- Minimum of 10 or more years of experience working in complex
organizations with a preference for experience In Institutions of
- Minimum of 10 or more years of experience with public affairs,
external relations and strategic communications
- Minimum of 10 years working with executive-level leaders in
progressively responsible positions
- Master's degree in Business Administration, Communications or
- Experience with communications strategy and planning with an
emphasis on public relations and internal communications
- Knowledge of state legislative and budget development
- Strong organizational and analytical skills
- Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
- Working knowledge of campus and organization reporting
structures, as well as an understanding of the interactive roles of
administration, faculty, staff and students throughout the
About Northeastern Illinois University:
Founded in 1867, Northeastern Illinois University enrolls about
7,200 students through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Daniel
L. Goodwin College of Education, the College of Business and
Technology and the College of Graduate Studies and Research.
Northeastern is regarded as the most diverse public comprehensive
university in the Midwest and is designated by the U.S. Department
of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and Minority-Serving
Institution. Northeastern offers more than 40 undergraduate degree
and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree,
certificate, licensure and endorsement programs.
Northeastern’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a
residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago with additional
locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center
for Inner City Studies and El Centro. Northeastern also is a
founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium
campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision
benefits, sick and vacation days, and participation in the State
Universities Retirement System. This is a full-time, continuing
(Each position requires a background check.)
In order to be considered for the Chief of Staff position by
Northeastern Illinois University, you must submit the following
online forms (see link below) and send the remaining documents
within one PDF document to ChiefOfStaffSearch@neiu.edu.
Copies of unofficial transcripts are accepted; however, official
transcripts for all earned degrees will be required of candidates
selected for final interviews.
Review of applications begins immediately and continues until
the position is filled.
Northeastern Illinois University is an equal
opportunity/affirmative action employer and invites applications
from women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities, as
well as other qualified individuals. Northeastern Illinois
University’s positions are contingent upon the University’s receipt
of its State of Illinois appropriations.