Chief of Staff

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Hyde Park Campus

32370 Law School

About the Unit
The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, Chicago offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. The Law School opened its doors in 1902, twelve years after the founding of the University of Chicago. It has been an innovator in legal education ever since. For more information on the law school,

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Job Summary:

The University of Chicago Law School seeks a dedicated professional with an appreciation for academia to serve in a new position of Chief of Staff (COS). The COS will lead various strategic projects and initiatives, with management of efforts to maximize effectiveness of the Office of the Dean and Law School. The ideal candidate must be comfortable working on cross-functional priorities at a strategic and operational level, thriving in an intellectually engaging role that demands an elite level of excellence.

Reporting to the Dean, the COS will engage with administrators, faculty, and alumni of the Law School as well as key stakeholders from the broader community. The COS will need exceptional interpersonal skills for navigating and influencing within a complex environment with varying demands and considerations. Success in this role will require an ability to quickly gain in-depth knowledge of the school and university while building trust with the Dean, staff & faculty, University leadership, and other constituencies.

The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools, offering a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to academic inquiry in law. For more information, please visit:


Administration of the Office of the Dean:

  • Lead the Dean's office projects and initiatives that advance the institution's academic and administrative effectiveness, engaging the right resources and holding parties accountable for deadlines
  • Create systems and processes for various inquiries and needs to ensure the Dean's time remains focused on highest priority activities
  • Partner with the Dean's Executive Assistant to ensure proper management and time allocation of the Dean's calendar and general support for day-to-day operations
  • Develop and implement systems to organize, communicate, and manage key priorities and projects on behalf of the Dean

Communications & External Relations:
  • Respond to inquiries, requests, and issues on behalf of the Dean with thoughtful correspondence, engaging other leadership members as needed for resolution
  • Prepare communications on behalf of the Dean, including but not limited to briefings, talking points, speeches, pre-read materials, memoranda, letters, emails, and presentations; ensure communications reach the proper channels for input and awareness
  • Represent the Dean and Law School with any campus and community interactions with the highest level of professionalism and integrity, extending the reach of the school through participation in events, meetings, and other affairs

Project Implementation & Stakeholder Engagement:
  • Partner closely with Associate Deans, Deputy Dean, and administrators within the Law School and across the University to ensure successful operations and activities under each leader's purview; provide updates to the Dean, as necessary
  • Facilitate meetings with administrators; establish cadences, prepare agendas, circulate pertinent information, and follow up on necessary matters to accelerate completion
  • Lead implementation and change management efforts of strategic objectives, partnering with appropriate leaders and staff to achieve goals
  • Act with diplomacy in an academic environment

Strategic Advisory:
  • Serve as an advisor and sounding board to the Dean
  • Listen to opinions and perspectives from a broad range of constituents; draw on implications across various stakeholders to inform decision-making
  • Collect, analyze, synthesize and report on data from departments and external sources to inform Dean on pertinent information related to Law School administration

  • Proven project management skills with experience managing to deadlines, ability to understand and address interdependencies and competing preferences, manage various stakeholders, and familiarity with efficient systems and processes
  • Strong communication graphic representation of data
  • Solid financial acumen; experience making decisions on financial budgeting, forecasting, and reporting
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills with an aptitude for working with quantitative data and interpreting/translating findings into meaningful narratives
  • Exceptional emotional intelligence, interpersonal skills, and diplomacy
  • Naturally resourceful with the ability to identify needed information; persistence in working with diverse systems and people
  • Experience with change management principles; capacity to learn quickly and adapt
  • Demonstrated commitment to high standards of excellence and ethics

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience and Certifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required; JD preferred

  • Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in a related field, preferably with some experience in higher education required

Required Documents
  • Cover letter and resume

NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application

Benefit Eligibility

Pay Frequency

Pay Range
Depends on Qualifications

Scheduled Weekly Hours


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The University of Chicago is an urban research university that has driven new ways of thinking since 1890. Our commitment to free and open inquiry draws inspired scholars to our global campuses, where ideas are born that challenge and change the world.

We empower individuals to challenge conventional thinking in pursuit of original ideas. Students in the College develop critical, analytic, and writing skills in our rigorous, interdisciplinary core curriculum. Through graduate programs, students test their ideas with UChicago scholars, and become the next generation of leaders in academia, industry, nonprofits, and government.

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Job No:
Posted: 12/22/2018
Application Due: 2/20/2019
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