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Chief of Staff

Allegheny College
Meadville, PA

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Chief of Staff July 8th 2021

Allegheny College, a small selective national liberal arts college, invites applications for the position of Chief of Staff. The position is a full-time exempt position reporting to the President. The Office of the President administers all aspects of the Allegheny community through direct reports from the senior leadership and reports directly to the Board of Trustee.

The Chief of Staff reports to the President and serves as a member of her senior staff and trusted advisor and contributes to strategic institutional discussions and planning. They provide thoughtful partnership, input, and resources to the president and senior leadership team, in addition to serving as a liaison for the president with other administrative leaders and staff. The Chief of Staff plays an active role in moving the president’s strategic priorities forward and also helps manage essential projects and initiatives across campus and with outside communities and agencies to ensure they are completed. The Chief of staff will be a strategic and innovative thinker who must also be a collaborative leader within the president’s executive team.

The Chief of staff will work under the direction of the president, provide comprehensive and confidential project management in support of the College’s mission and more specifically the president’s priorities, and work with campus leadership as required to oversee the successful completion of complex, high-priority projects. Represent the views of the president with internal and external constituents, including but not limited to students, parents, alumni, friends, community foundations and local government. Respond on behalf of the president when designated to inquiries from, and/or issues involving, the above constituencies. Act as a designee in the absence of the president to represent Allegheny College as needed. Develop and review strategies to ensure College projects align with the strategic plan and desired outcomes. Oversee future campus-wide strategic planning process and implementation of the finalized strategic plan; establish and maintain dashboard of key metrics for informing faculty, staff, and Trustees. Prepare annual report card on progress of the plans goals. Conduct research studies on college management practices, assemble and analyze benchmarking data and make recommendations for improving college operations. Coordinate communications and events for the President with various units. Play a major role in ensuring that the administrative leaders are aligned with one another and communicating both amongst themselves and with the community. Work with the president to strategically manage her time. This includes acting as a gatekeeper to ensure her involvement in projects or decision-making takes place at key times where input and authority are needed.

Relevant post-baccalaureate degree required, doctorate preferred with a minimum of 10 years of related professional experience required with special consideration for experience in higher education administration. Must have demonstrated success in working in a team management system. Committed to the liberal arts mission. Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and politically sensitive environment. Adept interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with a broad range of individuals internally and externally, to work under pressure and to manage multiple deadlines/projects.

As one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Allegheny College celebrated its bicentennial in 2015. A selective residential college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, north of Pittsburgh near Lake Erie, Allegheny is one of 40 colleges featured in Loren Pope’s “Colleges That Change Lives.” Allegheny also is one of the few colleges in the country that requires students to choose both a major and a minor, helping to cultivate intellectual growth and the creative, big-picture thinking desired by employers and graduate schools. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News & World Report recognized Allegheny in the top 20 among all national liberal arts colleges for best undergraduate teaching.

The Chronicle of Higher Education ranks Allegheny as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, specifically in the areas of compensation and benefits. Allegheny has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 1,800 with students from 47 states (plus AE, DC, PR, and VI) and 70 countries. The College’s picturesque location is ideal for outdoor recreation, with eight freshwater lakes, ski areas and recreational opportunities all within easy reach.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and provide contact information for three references to the Office of Human Resources, Allegheny College, 520 N. Main Street, Meadville, PA 16335 or by e-mail to [email protected] Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. An offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Allegheny College is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Allegheny does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

Posted 7/8/2021


Working at  Allegheny College

Our Mission

Allegheny’s undergraduate residential education prepares young adults for successful, meaningful lives by promoting students’ intellectual, moral, and social development and encouraging personal and civic responsibility. Allegheny’s faculty and staff combine high academic standards and a commitment to the exchange of knowledge with a supportive approach to learning. Graduates are equipped to think critically and creatively, write clearly, speak persuasively, and meet challenges in a diverse, interconnected world. 

Statement of Community

Allegheny students and employees are committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe residential learning community that will actively confront and challenge racism, sexism, heterosexism, religious bigotry, and other forms of harassment and discrimination. We encourage individual growth by promoting a free exchange of ideas in a setting that values diversity, trust and equality. So that the right of all to participate in a shared learning experience is upheld, Allegheny affirms its commitment to the principles of freedom of speech and inquiry, while at the same time fostering responsibility and accountability in the exercise of these freedoms. This statement does not replace existing personnel policies and codes of conduct.

History - 200 Years

Founded in 1815, Allegheny College ranks among the oldest 1% of colleges and universities and is the 32nd oldest college in the United States. Perhaps as many as 100 colleges were established and failed before the Civil War. Allegheny is one of the hardy survivors that testify daily to the determination and vision of those early pioneers of higher education in America.

Allegheny is situated in Meadville, Pa., which was established in 1788 in the French Creek Valley, astride the route traversed by George Washington on his journey to Fort LeBoeuf a generation earlier. In 1815, Meadville was still a raw frontier town of about 400 settlers, of whom an unusually large number had come from Massachusetts and Connecticut. They dreamed of a college that might bring the educational opportunities of New England to the frontier. The Rev. Timothy Alden was recruited to take on the task, and two months after his arrival in April 1815, Allegheny was established-with Alden as its first president. 

Within half a dozen years, Alden succeeded in attracting sufficient funds to begin building a campus, having traveled throughout the eastern states seeking support for a planned library and classroom building. The need of a building to house a library led to the construction, in the 1820s, of Bentley Hall, today a leading example of early American architecture. Designed by Alden, this handsome structure still crowns the hill on which the campus is located. It is named in honor of Dr. William Bentley, who donated his outstanding private library to the College.

Each year, as part of the Commencement ceremony, seniors march through the doors of historic Bentley Hall toward the adventures that await them. In 2015, Allegheny will celebrate its 200-year history and the extraordinary futures of the graduating Bicentennial Class of 2015.

[Contains excerpts from "Through All the Years: A History of Allegheny College"
by Jonathan E. Helmreich, Emeritus Professor of History and College Historian]

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