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Deputy Chief of Staff

Trinity College
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 1, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officers & Vice Presidents, Business & Administrative Affairs, Chief Business Officers & Vice Presidents, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Executive, Chancellors & Presidents, Other Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
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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.
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