Chief of Staff

New Britain, CT
Full Time
CT State Community College


Posted: Reopened March 13, 2024. 
Level: Management / Confidential (Executive 2)
Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week
Closing Date: The committee will begin reviewing applications immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, with materials submitted by Monday, April 15, 2024, receiving priority consideration.


CT State Community College
185 Main Street, New Britain, CT 06051
**This position is not remote**
For more information, please click on the college to be directed to their website.

CT State Community College Mission:

Connecticut State Community College provides access to academically rigorous and innovative education and training focused on student success. The college supports excellence in teaching and learning, makes data-informed decisions, promotes equity, and advances positive change for the students, communities and industries it serves.

CT State Community College Vision:

Connecticut State Community College is recognized for exceptional student success, educational leadership and transformative collaboration with business and industry, government, educational and key stakeholders while advancing diverse opportunities for Connecticut’s citizens and communities.

CT State Community College Equity Statement:

Connecticut State Community College commits to bold and disruptive change by actively identifying, naming, and dismantling structural racism, systemic poverty, and other barriers; establishing equitable and anti-racist policies and practices; and empowering students, faculty, staff, and administrators to advance racial, social, and economic justice. Our core collective responsibility is to continuously assess practices and policies and transform the world we live in by eliminating inequities.

Anticipated Start Date: 

July 2024

Position Summary:

The Chief of Staff serves as the primary support to the President, providing information, strategy, coordination, management, and oversight for a variety of activities in support of the CT State President and the college’s mission, values and goals. The Chief of Staff works to maximize operational efficiency and ensure timely completion and implementation of various directives, policies, processes, initiatives, and projects. Responsible for driving complex project-based initiatives across the College, organizes and facilitates the strategic planning and management process, formulates senior management presentations, coordinates and integrates the activities of the direct reports to the President, oversees all facets of the daily operations of the Office of the President, acts as President’s primary liaison with management, staff, committees and the community and directly handles matters of importance to the President. This position also serves as the strategic advisor to the Connecticut State Community College President and management team with respect to marketing and public relations.

Incumbents must possess proven ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student. They are expected to have excellent oral and written communication skills along with strong Information technology literacy skills such as Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.).

Example of Job Duties:

Under the direction of the Connecticut State Community College (CT State) President, the Chief of Staff is responsible for the effective performance in these essential duties:

  • Overseeing the daily operations of the Office of the President and serving as point of contact for internal and external constituencies related to the President and CT State matters. Counseling, advising, and updating the President on day-to-day operations, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness and optimizing resources, including the management of the budget for the President’s Office.
  • Partnering with the President’s Cabinet of executives and campus leaders and collaborating with individuals across campuses to actively drive strategic and operational priorities forward. Building an atmosphere of coordination and clear understanding of the President’s expectations and vision, the college’s mission, values and goals.
  • Ensuring proper application of CT State policies and procedures in collaboration with President’s Cabinet and institution leadership, as appropriate.
  • Representing the President with various constituencies, including the CSCU Board of Regents and committees, CSCU Chancellor’s Office, CSCU Labor Relations/Shared Services (Office of General Counsel, Human Resources, Government Relations), college management, college governance leaders, faculty, staff, students, alumni, foundations, and various external entities.
  • Responsible for cabinet level oversight of a comprehensive program of marketing and public relations for the college, consistent with college and system strategic planning goals and objectives. Responsible for the cabinet level oversight of marketing, communications – both internal and external. The position participates in high level, confidential discussions including bargaining unit strategies and collective bargaining contract negotiations.
  • Lead and drive the management of Presidential initiatives and projects that support the advancement of the college and value proposition including partnerships with business and industry, universities, and community-based organizations.
  • Facilitating clear communications and information flow and sharing among the President, CT State Cabinet, institution leaders and internal and external stakeholders in support of efficient and effective operations throughout the College, and timely decision making.
  • Working closely with the President’s Cabinet, extended Cabinet, and campus leadership to ensure fulfillment of goals and initiatives.
  • Partner with Institutional Research, Finance and Administration, Academic Affairs/Student Affairs/Workforce Development, and Enrollment Management to ensure college and student success metrics are readily available and updated for internal and external reporting.
  • Serving as the President's Office liaison to CSCU system office officials, government agencies, municipalities, K12 districts, universities, and federal/national/professional associations/organizations; ensuring the accurate, proper, and timely flow of information to and from the Office of the President.

This posting includes qualifications, experience and skills but is not limited to the full specifications stated in the job description.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution (or equivalent combination of education, training and experience). 

Incumbents are required to have demonstrated advanced knowledge and abilities in the following: 

  • A minimum of seven years of progressive experience in various functional areas of higher
  • Demonstrated record of detail-oriented, collaborative, and decisive leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, plan and manage change within an organization.
  • Sensitivity to and ability to work with individuals from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, including those with disabilities.
  • Ability to create and maintain strategic direction.
  • Success in building productive internal and external partnerships with community organizations, federal and state agencies and business and industry.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal, communication, and analytical skills.

Substitutions Allowed:

Applicants who do not meet the minimum qualifications as stated are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them for the responsibilities of this position and by providing appropriate references. Exceptions to the degree requirements may be made for compelling reasons.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree
  • Higher education experience at the management/executive level for a community college or university.

Starting Salary:

Anticipated Salary: $157,974 approximate annual plus excellent State of CT medical insurance, retirement, and related fringe benefits. 

We offer a comprehensive benefits package to help you stay well, protect yourself and your family, and plan for a secure future. Benefits include generous leave policies; several retirement plans; and many choices for comprehensive health insurance. You also have access to many additional benefits to save for retirement, protect your family & more with supplemental benefits. Tuition reimbursement may apply if applicable. 

Application Instructions:

To apply you must submit a cover letter and resume. The cover letter may be entered as text in the corresponding box, or it can be uploaded as a combined file with the resume.

Incomplete applications or those submitted after the closing date will not be considered and links to other sources to view resumes are not acceptable.

Selection Procedure:

Following the closing date, application materials will be evaluated by a selection committee. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants who are best qualified based on the minimum and preferred qualifications and who have submitted all the required documents by the closing date and time listed on the job announcement. Candidates who have been selected and approved to interview will be contacted, and finalists will be recommended for further consideration by the Hiring Manager for final selection and recommendation for employment. The selection process may also include practical exercises (i.e., teaching demonstration and/or other written, technical, manipulative, or simulation exercises) to evaluate candidates' qualifications.

Background Screening:

All employment, if offered, is contingent upon proof of citizenship or employability under the requirement of the Immigration and Control Act (IRCA) and the successful passing of a background check. CSCU is committed to providing a safe campus community. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check and, when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

Continuing Notice of Nondiscrimination

CSCC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or criminal record. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, PhD, MSW, Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, ([email protected]).



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