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Chief of Staff

Georgia State University
Atlanta, GA

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C-Level & Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Georgia State University is an Enterprising Public Research Institution in the Heart of Atlanta. Blending academic rigor with a rich college experience since 1913, Georgia State University transforms the lives of students, advances the frontiers of knowledge and shapes future leaders. Enrolling one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation, the university provides associate-to-graduate-degree-level educational opportunities for tens of thousands across its downtown Atlanta Campus and five Perimeter College campuses. Graduating students from all backgrounds at equal, high rates, Georgia State is the national model for student success.

The President’s Office at Georgia State University is seeking to hire a Chief of Staff. Reporting directly to the President of Georgia State University, the Chief of Staff will play a critical role in assisting the President to achieve maximum impact in the president’s role. This will include providing strategic and analytical support to the President and executive leadership, helping the President to prioritize and make efficient use of time, managing certain special projects to completion, and helping the President’s Office and extended Leadership Team (including Cabinet members, Vice-Presidents, and Deans) to function as effectively as possible. The Chief of Staff must be highly organized and is an individual who is strategic and action-oriented, enjoys working in a fast-paced environment, be available to support an active and visible President, and wishes to have a positive impact on a dynamic institution of higher education. The Chief of Staff has oversight of and collaborates closely with all President’s Office staff, including direct supervisory responsibility for staff in the Office of the President.


  • Flexible work environment. 
  • Generous benefits, including health, dental, vision, tuition assistance, retirement, etc.
  • A knowledge-sharing organization that works collaboratively with diverse partners.
  • Professional development opportunity and mentorship.
  • A rapidly growing center within an academic setting.


This Chief of Staff will provide strategic and analytical support to the President's Office at Georgia State University.


  • Assists the President to prioritize and make the most efficient use of time. Assists with fielding incoming requests, issues, and decisions, helping the President to prioritize which responses and actions are needed when, and tracking and coordinating the various on-going priorities and initiatives.
  • Creates and manages various tracking systems that will enable the President to do their work with economy of effort and time – including maintaining and regularly following up on a primary action list, among other approaches.
  • Assists the President in making the most effective use of time during meetings. Efforts may include helping to create and circulate meeting agendas and any other materials ahead of key meetings and to assist attendees with follow-up and a clear understanding of deliverables.
  • Manages the overall rhythm of key operations and recurring leadership meetings in which the President regularly participates. In advance of key meetings, gathers, organizes, and synthesizes or analyzes key information for the President.
  • Accompanies the President to meetings, both on and off campus – during regular hours and outside regular hours, appropriately as needed and in partnership with other support staff.  
  • Participates as a member of the President’s Cabinet, at the pleasure of the President. Attends many internal meetings in which the President participates and oversees the setting of agendas and preparation for Cabinet and other key meetings.
  • Joins certain meetings to capture notes and follow up on key action items or supervises others in so doing.
  • Facilitates conversations as needed and/or as requested with the University System Georgia, with USG institutions, Board of Regents, and other constituencies.
  • Works closely with the President’s support team, Executive Assistant, public relations and communications staff, and Advancement staff to proactively assist the President to plan for and monitor relationship-building and stakeholder engagement.
  • Provides strategic and analytical support for the President. Gathers information and completes analysis to prepare potential solutions and specific recommendations for the President’s consideration. Anticipates needs, challenges, and potential outcomes.
  • Provides an independent perspective, including providing observations regarding key dynamics during meetings, challenging assumptions, or sharing relevant information to ensure awareness and appropriate approval.
  • Builds relationships throughout the University and serves as a key information facilitator for the President – organizing and synthesizing information for the President.
  • Helps the President to monitor alignment between the University’s mission and strategy and how day-to-day operations unfold.
  • Provides guidance to members of the President’s Cabinet.
  • As required, assists the President communicate regularly with key stakeholders (e.g., in some cases, conducing meetings on behalf of the President or help move interactions forward between key meetings and discussions that are directly with the President).
  • Works to keep the President’s Office operating at maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Supervises the management of the President’s Office budget, travel, etc.
  • Owns, manages, and completes projects for the President.  May lead specific initiatives or projects for the President, managing them end to end.
  • Seeks to help others solve challenges before they become a problem.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in Business, Communications, or related field, and eight (8) years of progressively responsible related work experience.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Leadership and/or executive experience in a higher education and/or public sector work environment.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting leadership in managing complex projects and issues.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with multiple constituents.
  • Demonstrated technical skills using and presenting Microsoft Office Suite, collaboration and presentation systems, etc.
  • Doctoral degree in related area is preferred.

College/Business Unit
Open until filled

College/Business Unit: President
Location: Atlanta Campus
Job Posting: 09/22/23, 3:39:22 PM


Founded in 1913 in Atlanta, Georgia State University is the second-largest and one of four research institutions in the University System of Georgia. The University serves one-fourth of the graduate students in the university system; it is within a one-hour commute of more than one-third of the state’s population. Approximately 80 percent of all Georgia State alumni live and work in Georgia.georgia_state_university1.jpg

Georgia State’s main campus is located on 34 acres in downtown Atlanta. University centers in Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Buckhead and Henry County offer students convenient suburban locations for graduate courses in business and education.

More than 50,000 students annually attend Georgia State University. While 90 percent of the students are from Georgia, students also come from all 50 states and 160 countries. More than 1,400 international students attend Georgia State and graduate students comprise 31 percent of the student population.

georgia_state_university2.jpgThe University offers more than 52 degree programs in more than 250 fields of study – from public policy and African-American studies to biology and health sciences. Degrees are offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels through six units: the College of Arts and Sciences, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, College of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences, College of Law and Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. In addition to the numerous degree programs, Georgia State offers full- and part-time programs and day, evening and weekend classes.

Students have many choices in extracurricular activities including more than 22 fraternities and sororities; and some 250 chartered student groups, including 60 degree-related student groups, seven religious, 24 law-oriented and 22 multicultural/international groups; and 10 honor societies. There is also an active student government association which includes the student senate and the judicial board.

The Georgia State Panthers are members of the Colonial Athletic Association and compete in 16 NCAA Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports, including basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, track and volleyball. The university announced in April 2008 that is will begin Division I-AA football in 2010.

The university’s innovative Touch the Earth program brings outdoor recreation ranging from backpacking, rock climbing, sailing, kayaking, rafting and water-skiing to out-of-state snow-skiing and snorkeling trips. And WRAS, Georgia State’s popular 100,000-watt radio voice, is the most powerful student-run radio station in the United States.


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