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Chief of Staff

University of Rochester
Rochester, New York
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Aug 19, 2022

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Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Other Business & Administrative Affairs, Executive, Executive Directors, Other Executive
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Full Time
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As a community, the University of Rochester is defined by a deep commitment to Meliora - Ever Better. Embedded in that ideal are the values we share: Equity, leadership, integrity, openness, respect, and accountability. Together, we will set the highest standards for how we treat each other to ensure our community is welcoming to all and is a place where all can thrive.

The President’s Office is seeking a Chief of Staff. The Chief of Staff is charged with maximizing the effectiveness of the Office of the President with respect to operations, budgets, communications and interactions with key internal and external constituencies.

This is achieved through the following key areas:


  • Serves as a member of the President’s Senior Leadership Group, Cabinet, and University Management Team. In doing so, works closely with the President, Cabinet, and other senior administrators to support the President’s institutional responsibilities.
  • Hires, supervises and trains Office of the President staff, creating workflows and projects that anticipate or respond to needs of the President.
  • Convenes the Policy Against Discrimination, Harassment, and Discriminatory Employment/Service Practices appeal review panel, as part of the University’s third-step grievance process.

Relationship Development:

  • Manages presidential engagements; advises the President on strategy and briefing materials, to prepare for delivering messages to various stakeholders.
  • Strengthens relationships Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and other campus units in support of the President, ensuring alignment with the Office of the President.
  • Serves on various cross-functional teams and programs to promote the vision and direction of the President and University.

Institutional Planning:

  • Participates with the President and other senior officers in institutional planning, policy development and problem resolution. Provides advice and insights to the President for decision-making.

The ideal candidate for the Chief of Staff will bring over 7 years of experience leading teams and effectively managing multiple programs and projects, often with competing priorities. This individual will also have experience networking and cultivating relationships, partnerships and alliances.


Having worked within a large, matrixed organization is helpful, as well as an understanding of complex budget systems and financial models. Candidates will also need to demonstrate their experience, or commitment to, fostering a diverse faculty, staff and student environment.


Job ID: 237776




The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s Mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, create – and Make the World Ever Better. 


In support of our values and those of our society, the University will select faculty and staff without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law.  This commitment extends to non-discrimination in the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.


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