Chief of Staff
Located in the historic community of Walla Walla
, Whitman's vibrant and
beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse,
dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and
faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region
and across the globe. With exceptional students, accomplished
faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of
engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national
reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts
colleges in the country.
is cultivating a
community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value
of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives
and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge,
and insights from lived experience can add to the college's working
and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment
Opportunity employer (EEO) .
The Chief of Staff is a strategic partner to the President,
providing oversight and support on institutional planning,
communication, policy development, community relations and problem
resolution. Under the supervision of the President, the Chief of
Staff facilitates the business of the Board of Trustees to ensure
the efficient functioning of the Board and to promote cooperative
and supportive relations among trustees, college officers, faculty,
staff and students. Manages and supervises staff members and
student interns working in the Office of the President.
- Participates as a member of the President's cabinet.
- In collaboration with the President and other cabinet members,
identifies key issues for discussion and develops agenda for
regular cabinet meetings; responsible for communication and
implementation of decisions made by that body. Plans and
coordinates the annual senior staff retreat.
- Serves as the main cabinet liaison with the Board of Trustees:
working closely with the Board Chair and President in setting Board
priorities and programs to achieve them; overseeing Board
scheduling, compiling the agenda, minutes and materials for Board
meetings, following-up on trustee action.
- Collaborates with the President in strategies to strengthen the
College's connections with the local regional community.
- Works with the President and senior officers to develop the
President's calendar key events on and off campus, ensuring
appropriate balance of support and engagement with all
constituencies; leads development of schedule of events for the
- Works with the Offices of Development and College Relations to
promote College and presidential visibility.
- Supervises the Office of President.
- Receives assignments and special projects from the President.
Exercises initiative to seek out and convene appropriate parties,
gather information, brief and advise the President as
- Serves as a liaison between the Office of the President and a
wide variety of constituents, including other offices for the
development and editing of materials for internal and external
- Represents the Office of the President on College working
groups/committees as assigned.
- Serves as a senior administrative liaison to offices planning
major campus events as assigned.
- Leads the campus-wide calendar group in developing an annual
calendar for key events.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Individuals must be able to explain and demonstrate that they
possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to safely perform the
essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable
- A strong advocate, who brings insight to the ways we articulate
and celebrate the mission and impact of Whitman College.
- An effective ambassador, able to build key relationships on
campus and in the larger community, effectively representing the
College and the President.
- Excellent project management skills.
- A strategic, thoughtful and proactive approach to communication
and collaboration; the ability to plan communication and
consultation around key decisions.
- Demonstrated ability to advance the College's core values of
diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism.
- Capable of working with highly sensitive and confidential
- Ability to manage effectively and foster an inclusive,
collaborative and cooperative work environment.
- Ability to undertake multiple assignments concurrently and
independently while meeting critical timelines.
- Five or more years of related experience with increasing levels
- Excellent writing skills, detail-oriented with attention to
- BA degree
- Experience in a higher education setting or demonstrated
experience to understand and meet the needs of diverse groups, such
as students, employees, parents, alumni and the broader
- Higher education/academic administrative experience or
knowledge of college operations preferred
- Experience working with non-profit governing boards
Whitman offers competitive employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision
and life insurances
, a generous 10% matching contribution to
the Whitman College 403(b)
Defined Contribution Retirement Plan
, and paid time off
including 13 paid holidays
full-time staff vacation
more about benefits eligibility here
At Whitman College, we take seriously the safety of our community.
Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus, requiring all employees and
students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have
an approved exemption. More information can be found here
DISABILITY ACCOMMODATION FOR JOB CANDIDATES
Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability
accommodation in the employment application process.
Application review will begin on November 1, 2022 and will continue
until the position is filled.
January 1, 2023 or sooner
For full application instructions and position description,