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Vice Chancellor, Chief of Staff

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For best consideration, please send all confidential nominations, inquiries and expressions of interest to:

Applications submitted through the DUJobs website will NOT be considered.

The University of Denver seeks nominations and applications for the position of

Vice Chancellor, Chief of Staff.


Reporting to Chancellor Chopp and supervising office staff which at present includes: the Special Assistant to the Chancellor, the Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, the Administrative Assistant, the Project Manager, the University Ombuds, and the Research Fellow, the Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff will:

  • Provide counsel and assist the Chancellor in overseeing the strategic direction and momentum of the University.
  • Serve as a Secretary to Board of Trustees; attend all meetings of the Board of Trustees, preview full Board materials, and staff the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board.
  • Serve as a liaison between the Chancellor and DU's many stakeholders and constituents.
  • Plan and direct all administrative, financial, and operational activities for the Chancellor's office.
  • Facilitate coordination of senior staff as a team, collaborating with senior staff to align operations as well as special projects in administrative units.
  • Oversee communications from the executive office and help coordinate crisis response and other institutional communications, in close alignment with Communications and Marketing and other relevant units or departments.
  • Vet information to ensure timely resolutions to problems and help determine what information or subjects should be elevated to the Chancellor.
  • Organize and prioritize critical issues and required information for the Chancellor to facilitate efficient decision making.
  • Develop and monitor key University policies, working closely with the General Counsel and other key stakeholders.
  • Where strategically appropriate, will supervise additional direct reports or offices that serve the common good of the University.
  • Provide strategic oversight of the Chancellor's calendar.
  • Manage special projects as assigned by the Chancellor.


  • Experience in a high-energy environment with an innovative leadership agenda.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully managing up and down and a proven track record of responding in a timely and flexible manner.
  • Familiarity with academic culture, including shared governance and an understanding of contemporary issues in higher education.
  • Experience with and understanding of diversity, inclusion, internationalization, and university-community partnerships.
  • Demonstrated success in developing institutional policies.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • At least 10 years' related experience, preferably in a higher education setting.
  • Advanced degree preferred.


  • Outstanding critical thinking and judgment, strong organizational skills, and the ability to be both confident and diplomatic in a complex environment.
  • Managerial acumen to build effective and inclusive working partnerships with individuals from diverse educational, cultural, and professional backgrounds, both internally and externally, to effectively advance DU's mission, vision, and strategic initiatives.
  • Strong interpersonal and listening skills to communicate with a wide range of constituents.
  • Ability to give honest and candid feedback.
  • Intellectual and organizational curiosity.
  • A sense of humor.


Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Review of applications has begun and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should provide a cv/resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the position specification. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to DU's consultants at




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Job No: 80000
Posted: 2/16/2018
Application Due: 4/17/2018
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable