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Chief of Staff
Date Posted 09/06/2018
Hiring Status Screening Applications
Location Twin Cities Campus
Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the President, this newly established position will lead key strategic initiatives and emerging priorities as an extension of the office of the President. The role provides executive oversight of the President’s key initiatives and interdepartmental coordination of the President’s cabinet. As a functional leader within this framework, the Chief of Staff supports and is supported by other senior level leaders committed to the Lasallian educational mission, vision, values, and strategic plan of the university.

Essential Skills and Abilities

We seek applicants who demonstrate the following attributes of leadership:

  1. A mission-oriented individual who understands and who is excited about and committed to the education mission of Saint Mary’s as a professional university integrated with the liberal arts and grounded in the Lasallian Catholic tradition.
  2. A professional history that includes a pattern of increasing responsibilities and significant achievements evidenced by a creative, team-oriented, approachable and effective leadership style, particularly in the areas of change management, organizational effectiveness, strategic planning, and project management.
  3. A broadly educated and experienced administrative leader who is prepared to work across the broad range of liberal arts and sciences programs that serve both traditional undergraduate students and non-traditional adult learners in graduate settings, both on-ground and online.
  4. A track record of success in strategic planning and execution, building consensus for key institutional priorities, using persuasive communication to foster strategic partnerships, and achieving results through collaboration and delegation.
  5. An engaging administrator who has demonstrated the ability to build and motivate effective leadership teams, to understand and earn the trust of others, and to work in diverse settings.
  6. A strong knowledge base around current changes, trends, and directions impacting higher education, including areas such as accreditation and assessment, government regulation, and public expectations of accountability.
  7. A gifted communicator who is able to serve as an effective public spokesperson for the President and the President’s cabinet, and who has the skills to relate effectively with others when working one-on-one, in small and large groups, and both on and off campus.
  8. A skilled administrator with experience in planning, finance and budgeting, personnel and human resource issues, and the multiple tasks of organizing and managing an executive administration in higher education.
  9. A “people person” who values others and enjoys the intimate setting of a small university, as well as the public leadership roles that this position will be expected to fill both on and off campus, as well as in the broader community.
  The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution.
Education and Experience
The ideal candidate has:
  • An earned Ph.D., similar terminal degree, or commensurate experience. 
  • 10 years of progressive academic leadership experience in higher education in a senior level/executive academic post, with proven experience influencing and collaborating with executive level leaders.
  • Experience successfully developing and executing academic and administrative strategies in a complex and comprehensive university
  • Competent financial literacy with fiscal skills and business acumen necessary to allocate resources effectively and efficiently among competing and compelling needs of the institution and its mission.

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Additional Required Materials Cover letter/statement of interest, resume/CV, transcripts for all degrees, 5 professional references
Application Review Date 09/28/2018
Starting Date
Contact Dave Miliotis, Director of Human Resources
Contact Email dmilioti@smumn.edu
Position Full-time
Contract Length 12 Month
Other Details / Information
Benefits Full
Work Sponsorship This position is not eligible for work sponsorship
  We encourage members of the protected classes as defined by the federal, state, and municipal law and those persons attracted to a university with a Lasallian Catholic identity to apply.
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