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Deputy Chief of Staff

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Deputy Chief of Staff


Regular or Temporary

Hours Per Week

FLSA Determination

Weeks Per Year


Open Date

Full or Part Time
Full Time

Position Summary

Trinity College seeks a staff that reflects the changing demographics of our student body. Our student body is diverse, representing 48 states and 71 countries, with 23 percent U.S. students of color. More than 90 percent of students live on campus. Trinity is a highly selective, independent, nonsectarian liberal arts institution located in the capital city of Hartford, Conn. With more than 2,100 full-time undergraduate students and 91 graduate students, the college maintains a rigorous academic profile complemented by a vibrant and diverse co-curricular program. We consider our location in a culturally and socioeconomically diverse capital city to be among Trinity’s most distinctive assets, and we cultivate strong connections with our surrounding neighbors and with institutions and organizations throughout Hartford and the region. As a preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives.


The Office of the President provides executive leadership for the college’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals and initiatives ensuring sustained commitment and accountability across shared governance groups including the Board of Trustees. The Office of the President has sponsored major initiatives to foster understanding and inclusion. Bridging Divides sought to bring together the Trinity College community in creating an environment that invites dialogue and promotes understanding across differences. Trinity’s Campaign for Community was a student-led initiative to build the community we wish to be: one characterized by respect, inclusion, and collaborative partnership. The Office of the President ensures that the senior leadership of the college is comprised of individuals who are reflective of the community they are responsible for providing leadership to. Executive leadership is essential to ensuring institutional commitment to systemic change and outcomes.

The Deputy Chief of Staff will work closely with the Chief of Staff to provide leadership, direction and operational management of the Office of the President. The DCoS will work directly with the President and provide support in communications, constituent management, calendar management and other executive level administrative task.


· Reports to the Chief of Staff/Associate Vice President for External Affairs;
· Serves as liaison from the president’s office to academic and administrative department staff;
· Serves as liaison from the president’s office to internal and external stakeholders, including Trustees, individuals in higher education, government, civic and community affairs and business, as well as members of the Hartford and regional community. [DAA1]


· Exercise executive-level communication skills, both written and verbal; preparation of concise and impactful emails, talking points, briefings, pre-read and presentation materials
· Manage presidential mail, letters, email and other related correspondence with multiple constituent groups including sensitive personal matters involving student and families
· Support President with development of and preparation for major speaking engagements.
· Help manage the day-to-day organization of the president’s exceedingly complex schedule
· Assist with CoS in monitoring and coordinating critical tasks that other senior leaders are responsible for acting as a nexus in a highly networked leadership team
· Support the productivity of leadership meetings with meeting planning, agenda setting and maintaining meeting minutes and notes
· Attend meetings and events on behalf of the President’s Office
· Performs research and analysis of key issues for the president’s office
· Willingness to be available at any time, including weekends and evenings, during the academic year with greater flexibility when classes are not in session
· Partners with the Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for External Affairs as assigned for planning and implementation of new projects including, but not limited to, managing and/or facilitating various special committees or initiatives for the President or Board of Trustees;
· All other duties as assigned


· A Master’s degree in higher education or another related field or a recent doctoral degree
· Minimum of 2 years’ experience in higher education or related non-profit work
· Experience in crises management or work in a high-pressure work environment
· Exceptional written, presentation and communication skills

Special Instructions to Applicants

All applicants must apply online by submitting their resume and cover letter as well as 3 references. Please also address how you would foster and promote an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion in your cover letter and/or application question.

Review of applications will begin three weeks from the position posting date.

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Trinity College is an independent, nonsectarian liberal arts college for men and women, with approximately 2,200 undergraduate students and 200 faculty members, located in Hartford, Connecticut. Our Mission is “Engage. Connect. Transform.” As the preeminent liberal arts college in an urban setting, Trinity College prepares students to be bold, independent thinkers who lead transformative lives. Trinity is an actively engaged community of students, faculty and staff who work together to develop and sustain the intellectual and creative opportunities central to a first-class liberal arts education. Hartford, the state capital, provides many opportunities for cultural and social engagement.

The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. Trinity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Applicants with disabilities should request, in advance, any needed accommodation in order to participate in the application process.

For all faculty positions, completion of the Ph.D. or appropriate equivalent is expected. Candidates should have a strong commitment to undergraduate and interdisciplinary teaching in a liberal arts context, and a well-articulated plan for sustained research. Trinity is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service.


Trinity College

Intellectually impressive. Fiercely determined. Unquestionably accomplished.


Since its foundation in 1823, Trinity College, located in the heart of Hartford, Connecticut, has been educating students in the liberal arts with the educational and experiential foundations they need to succeed as informed global citizens. Trinity is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and the Consortium On Financing Higher Education (COFHE). Faculty and alumni include recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, the MacArthur award, Guggenheims, Rockefellers, and other national academic awards.

While Trinity has enjoyed a long, prestigious history, the college finds itself poised in transition as the landscape of higher education across the country undergoes a fundamental shift. Under the leadership of Joanne Berger-Sweeney, who was inaugurated on October 26, 2014 as Trinity’s 22nd President, Trinity is looking forward to a bold future that will require innovation borne out of long-term strategic planning that will make the college even more visible and competitive. Among the strategic plan’s broad goals is to design a distinctive, relevant liberal arts education that positions Trinity increasingly as a first-choice destination for students, faculty, and staff.

At Trinity College, we’re known for getting things done—and for doing them in a way that creates lasting meaning. Students come here to engage in a challenging liberal arts education, live as part of a tenacious community, explore what’s possible, and find answers to the challenges of tomorrow.

On our 100-acre campus in Connecticut's state capital, you can take advantage of all that our thriving city has to offer, including diverse perspectives, experiential learning, and an energetic culture. And with the knowledge, resources, and partnerships we’ve cultivated at Trinity, we’re an active part of driving Hartford forward as well.

We are committed to providing the best possible service to our employees and the college. We recognize the diverse composition and needs of our community of employees and strive to respond to those needs in a professional, caring and equitable manner by:

  • Recruiting and promoting the best-qualified people – while recognizing and encouraging the value of diversity in the workplace.
  • Providing a competitive salary and benefits package for our employees.
  • Establishing, administering and effectively communicating sound policies and practices that treat employees with dignity and equality, while maintaining compliance with employment and labor laws and College directives.
  • Promoting a work atmosphere that is safe, healthy, secure and conscious of family and community relations.

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