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Chief of Staff

St. Edward's University
Austin, TX, USA
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  • PRES - President's Office
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time
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    Chief of Staff

    Office of the President

    St. Edward's University of Austin, Texas invites applications for the position of Chief of Staff. The Chief of Staff is a key member of the President's Cabinet (senior leadership team) and provides leadership and operational oversight to the Office of the President in fulfilling the university's mission and strategic goals.

    Essential Responsibilities Include:

    • The Chief of Staff is responsible for a wide range of matters and activities, including but not limited to:
      • Partner with the President and senior leadership team and collaborate with individuals across campus through strong coordination and with a clear understanding of the university's mission, vision, and goals to actively drive the strategic plan forward
      • Actively participate in university cross-functional groups including the Budget Council and University Planning Council
      • Develop and deliver a framework for university strategic planning including Cabinet operations
      • Ensure the President has all of the information necessary to make informed decisions
      • Counsel and advise the President on day-to-day operations, ensuring efficiency, effectiveness and optimize resources, including the management of the budget for the Office of the President
      • Represent the President with the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and external stakeholders ensuring accurate and timely flow of information to and from the Office of the President
      • Provide program support activities for the Board of Trustees including scheduling and staffing three annual Board meetings, ongoing committee meetings, and correspondence
      • Represent the Office of the President and the university in local, state, and national organizations
      • Collaborate with the Marketing and Communications division to deliver executive communications
      • Demonstrate sensitivity, discretion, judgment, and negotiation in operations and communications for the Office of the President
      • Supervise the Executive Assistant to the President and other special projects staff
      • Performs other duties as assigned

    For consideration:

    Education and/or experience

    This position requires a Bachelor's Degree in business, communications, higher education, or a related field, with a minimum of five (5) years of experience at the executive leadership level. Strong managerial and team-building skills, and demonstrated ability to motivate and empower direct and indirect reports to achieve area priorities. Demonstrated experience exercising judgment, strategic project planning, and goal accomplishment with a wide degree of professional maturity and discretion expected. General understanding of the external environment and how it affects academia, including political, legal, environmental, educational, financial, and social influences are fundamental. The Chief of Staff must demonstrate a proven ability to work independently, take initiative without specific instructions, build consensus, delegate to and empower diverse stakeholders.

    Communication and writing skills

    Refined verbal, written, and interpersonal skills are necessary.

    Project management and planning skills

    Excellent project management skills, attention to detail, and collaboration with senior individuals throughout the university community. Proven expertise in originating and executing operational plans, budgeting, fiscal management, measurement, and analysis.


      Demonstrated knowledge of the current higher education landscapeDemonstrated knowledge of university organizational structure, policies, and practicesDemonstrated experience in data analysis, report writing, and presentation development

    For detailed information, please scroll to the bottom of the page to download the job description.

    The University offers an excellent TOTAL REWARDS package!

    United Healthcare Medical & Rx Coverage (HSA & FSA Available)

    Sun Life Financial Dental Plan

    Sun Life Financial Vision Plan

    Short Term Disability (STD) Insurance

    Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance

    Life & Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

    Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    Pet Insurance

    Annual Leave & Paid Sick Leave

    Retirement Plan (TIAA) Employee 5%/Employer Match 7%

    Tuition Benefits

    Paid Holidays

    Services & Discounts


    Interested applicants should submit an online application at; Please include a resume, cover letter, and three employment references. No Calls Please. Applications will not be considered if it is missing any of these three items.

    In your cover letter, please describe your lived experiences that prepare you to contribute to diversity and inclusion at St. Edward's University.


    St. Edward's University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


    Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 4,000 diverse students located in Austin, Texas. St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning, and exciting internship opportunities. The community atmosphere extends to the approximately 800 faculty and staff who work together to make the university a welcoming yet challenging environment for students. An overview of St. Edward's University employee benefits is available at;



    We are not offering sponsorship at this time.

    Background Checks:

    A criminal history background check is required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

    Reference #: J202015

    Posted: 06/08/2021

    Available: 07/01/21

    Full Job Description St Edwards University


    St. Edward’s University: One of America’s Best Colleges

    St. Edward’s is a dynamic, nationally ranked, Catholic university where teaching, learning, leadership and service come together to contribute to a better world. For more than a decade, we’ve been named one of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report. Located in the thriving city of Austin, Texas, with partner universities in 16 countries, our impact extends across the globe.

    An Education for Today and a Lifetime

    St. Edward’s offers an extraordinary educational environment that challenges, inspires and empowers students to make a difference in their world. Our academic community is dedicated to providing undergraduate, graduate and adult-learner degree programs that meet the demands of our times, preparing students to lead and succeed in a rapidly changing world.

    Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, our liberal arts education emphasizes critical thinking, ethical reasoning and multicultural understanding. Students enjoy the advantages of small classes and personal attention coupled with innovative facilities and advanced technology. And they benefit from valuable real-world experience through research, internships, service and study abroad. Through the abundant learning opportunities a St. Edward’s education provides, our students gain the knowledge and skills they need to pursue fulfilling careers and purposeful lives.

    Quick Facts About St. Edward’s

    • 13:1 Student-faculty Ratio
    • 18 Average class size
    • 50+ Undergraduate areas of study
    • 7 Graduate degree programs
    • 10 Adult undergraduate programs
    • 4,620 Students enrolled
    • 4,023 Undergraduate students
    • 54 Countries represented

    See more facts and figures.     

    Our Achievements Draw National Recognition

    A commitment to students, faculty and a stellar academic environment that’s second to none has placed St. Edward’s in the national spotlight

    • Since 2003, St. Edward’s has consistently been recognized in the top 25 of U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of “America’s Best Colleges.” Currently, we’re 13th among universities in the Western Region.
    • Forbes, Princeton Review and Washington Monthly include St. Edward’s on their lists of the best universities in the country.

    • We’ve recently been ranked one of the top 10 “Best Colleges in Texas” by two highly respected college assessment groups: College Factual (2015) and Niche (2016). 

    • St. Edward’s has been named the nation’s top producer of U.S. Fulbright Students among master’s-granting institutions in 2015–2016. For the last six years, St. Edward’s has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Students, with a record 13 finalists and 10 winners in 2015. Since 2004, our students have won 37 Fulbright grants.

    Strategic Planning Guides Our Success

    From 1999 to 2015, St. Edward’s increased overall enrollment by 25%. And our donors contributed more than $152 million during that time. This record generosity helped grow our endowment to more than $95 million and provided important funding for new buildings and capital improvements. See how we’re continuing the momentum of that success in the years ahead. Read about our strategic priorities for 2018.

    Learn more about St. Edward’s.

    We welcome your application. Apply now!

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