The Chief of Staff to the President-Elect is instrumental in supporting the President-Elect in realizing Northwestern University’s vision and mission. The role is a trusted aide, thought partner, and advisor to the President-Elect, facilitates and guides university-level initiatives, and provides operational leadership to the Office of the President-Elect. The Chief of Staff reports to the President-Elect and serves on their cabinet.
The Chief of Staff liaises with university leaders to facilitate initiatives with university-wide impact. An important function of the Chief of Staff position is to be a key aide to the President-Elect in driving the effective communication and implementation of presidential decisions and initiatives. This includes providing follow-up, support, coordination, and guidance as necessary for presidential initiatives and highly complex strategic matters in close partnership with university leaders and their teams. This is especially critical for matters that involve many stakeholders across key constituencies and schools/units. The Chief of Staff collaborates in policy and strategy development with the President-Elect and the President-Elect’s cabinet. This position coordinates agendas for the President-Elect’s cabinet in consultation with the President-Elect and may lead or sit on university committees to represent the Office of the President-Elect.
The Chief of Staff is also a connector between the Office of the President-Elect and Northwestern’s community and its external stakeholders. In doing so, the Chief of Staff creates bandwidth and provides crucial support to advance the university’s goals. A core part of this role is exercising outstanding judgment in triaging issues, decisions, actions, and initiatives to determine which need to be referred to the President-Elect, other staff in the Office of the President-Elect, or other campus leaders. This position also manages proactive preparations and reactive follow-up on presidential initiatives, issues, and engagement. The Chief of Staff leads the development and collection of information to support the President-Elect and their response to key issues. The role must be able to effectively communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including trustees, alumni, donors, senior leaders, university groups, and students in order to serve as an effective resource in the Office of the President-Elect.
The Chief of Staff provides operational support to the president and to the Office of the President-Elect, including supervising administrative staff. The position manages internal operations for the office and has oversight over the office budget. Functions led by staff reporting to the Chief of Staff include the President-Elect’s schedule and travel, day to day financial activities, event planning on campus and at the President-Elect’s residence. The role also supervises operations and staff at the President-Elect’s residence. Overall office reporting structures may continue to evolve to best fit the needs of the President-Elect’s operations. The Chief of Staff works closely with other staff in the Office of the President-Elect with leadership over presidential communications/speechwriting and special projects.
Note-The title will be updated when the President-Elect takes office as President
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