Mount Holyoke College | Chief of Staff
and Secretary of the College
South Hadley, Massachusetts
Mount Holyoke College seeks a skilled Chief of Staff and
Secretary of the College (COS) to support the operations of the
Office of the President, serve as a strategic partner to President
Sonya Stephens, and be the bridge between the Board of Trustees and
the College. Reporting directly to the President, the COS will
partner closely with the Cabinet and campus constituents to move
forward strategic priorities and special projects.
The Chief of Staff will oversee the administrative, operational,
and financial affairs of the Office of the President with the
expectation of an efficient and highly professional level of
service. This includes the hiring and training of (currently two)
office staff, directing their activities, supervising them, and
assuring their professional development. The COS will
collaborate closely with the vice presidents and play an integral
role in staffing leadership meetings, developing and coordinating
special projects, drafting briefings and agendas, and contributing
to communications and preparing special correspondence on behalf of
the President and Board.
The successful candidate will demonstrate a deep commitment to
diversity, equity, and inclusion and excellent organizational,
communication, and interpersonal skills. The successful candidate
will demonstrate curiosity and insight, as well as initiative, in
pursuing opportunities and in defining and solving organizational
and managerial challenges.
A skillful written and verbal communicator and proactive problem
solver, this person is strategic, thoughtful, and committed to
advancing the vision of the President as well as advancing the work
of the Board. This person excels at building trust and confidence
with constituents through thoughtful decisions and follow-up. The
ideal candidate will serve as a trusted sounding board and project
leader and will play a critical role in advancing the mission of
Mount Holyoke College.
In addition, strong candidates will offer:
- a bachelor’s degree is required, and an advanced degree is
- at least five years of relevant experience in a complex,
- demonstrated deep commitment to diversity, equity, and
- strong interpersonal skills.
- the ability to operate proactively, effectively, tactfully,
flexibly, and consistently in working with the President and all
- experience with, interest in, or an ability to learn Rules of
Order, serving as a resource to the Board Chair, Vice Chair(s),
Nominating and Governance Chair, and Committee Chairs.
- the ability to maintain strict confidentiality with sensitive
information and personnel matters.
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Amy Sugin, Charlotte Harris, and Holly Bogo of Koya Partners
have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your
interest in this role please submit your materials
here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly
Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender
diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and
opportunity in employment and education to all employees and
students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke
College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity,
color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin,
religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status,
sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression,
ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally
protected status under federal, state, or local law. The College
does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and
admission of students to its graduate program.