The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief of Staff. Reporting to the Chancellor, the Chief of Staff provides leadership and coordination for the activities of the Office of the Chancellor; represents the interests and priorities of the Office of the Chancellor and represents the Chancellor in various administrative matters across the university as delegated, including the overall management of the Chancellor's Office, overseeing major projects and initiatives, serving on committees and responding to internal and external concerns and constituents. The Chief of Staff will keep the Chancellor's office focused on the university's mission and initiatives and will prioritize the Chancellor's daily activities.
Serve as a member of UMKC's executive team, directs and/or coordinate high-level initiatives and programs initiated by the Chancellor. Serve as a liaison, and provides oversight to internal staff and/or external contributors to guide successful outcomes. Monitors and evaluates impact and results, and reports on progress to the Chancellor and executive team.
Perform research and policy review for projects and initiatives. Oversee transfer of projects to other stakeholders as appropriate.
Provide independent analysis and judgment in prioritizing situations needing attention and take steps to ensure projects are moved forward and tracked for progress through completion.
Proactively identify issues that may impact the successful execution of the Chancellor's initiatives commitments and actions. Identify and elevate key issues that the Chancellor should be aware of, while providing ideas to resolve such problems and mitigate the risk .
Oversee and coordinate the support, preparation, and tools needed in support of the Chancellor's schedule, events, and travel.
Manage the Office of the Chancellor. Supervise the Chancellor's support staff, including hiring, development, assignment of responsibilities, and performance management Develop, implement, and oversee professional administrative processes, office organization, and workflow to ensure optimum functioning of the Chancellor's executive office. Provide oversight of key staff functions such as:
Implementation of initiatives from the Chancellor's office.
Management of the Chancellor's schedule, including travel, logistical support, and meeting/event research and preparation.
Ensuring that the schedules of the Chancellor and spouse/significant other are coordinated for University commitments which require their attention and attendance.
Management of incoming and outgoing communications (email, mail, phone), to ensure proper routing, tracking, and dispensation.
Management of access to the Chancellor. Screens requests for time and attention and prioritizes situations requiring the Chancellor's involvement.
Participate in key constituent meetings to guide policy, ensure appropriate and responsive follow-up and accountability, and facilitate resolution of matters requiring the Chancellor's attention.
Independently handle high level or sensitive queries, concerns, and requests on behalf of the Chancellor. Utilizes university-wide resources as needed, to solve problems and mediate disputes.
Serve as the Chancellor's liaison with the Vice Chancellors, Deans and other Senior Directors and Administrators. Establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with the Vice Chancellors, across the University, as well as external constituents.
Within the scope of position duties, responsible for seeing that operations are effective and efficient, assets are safeguarded, reliable financial data is maintained, and applicable laws, regulations, policies, and procedures are complied with.
Represent the Chancellor and the University both locally and nationally. Keep abreast of community, regional, state, and national events and issues relative to the University's interests.
A Master's degree in a relevant area and at least 5 years of experience from which comparable knowledge and skills can be acquired is required.
Substantial work experience with an organization's chief executive and senior management team
Experience collaborating and communication with high profile external constituents
Proven ability to work in a dynamic, fast paced work environment
Excellent communication and editing skills in verbal, written and presentation formats
Experience with strategic planning, assigning project metrics, and the implementation and monitoring of key initiatives
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with diverse internal and external constituents
Demonstrated political savvy and discretion
Full Time/Part Time
Salary commensurate based on experience and education
Open until filled
Applicants must combine all application materials (cover letter, resume, and list of three references with contact information) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as a resume attachment.
Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB. Do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).
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Founded in 1929 as the University of Kansas City, UMKC has expanded to three campuses, which house 11 different schools and colleges. We are a great university in one of America’s “smartest cities.” Today, UMKC is Kansas City’s 24th-largest employer, with over 3,500 staff and faculty supporting our more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students.
As a UMKC employee, you’ll belong to an engaged, diverse community. You’ll also enjoy many competitive benefits, including health, dental, life and other insurance plans; a comprehensive retirement program; and significant tuition assistance and reimbursement programs for employees and their qualifying dependents. For more information, visit the Benefits page. With career options in numerous fields, both academic and administrative, UMKC could be just the opportunity you’ve been looking for.