St Edwards University
  • PRES - President's Office
  • Austin, TX, USA
  • Full Time

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 landscape
  • Demonstrated knowledge of university organizational structure, policies, and practices
  • Demonstrated 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

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