Chief of Staff & Government Relations Officer


The Chief of Staff & Government Relations Officer is a key member of the President's leadership team and reports directly to the President. The position manages a wide range of matters of importance on behalf of the President and works collaboratively with the Executive Team and is a member of the President's Cabinet. The Chief of Staff is the lead staff member of the Office of the President.


The hiring salary range is $100,000-$125,000.

Type: Staff

Date Posted: July 3, 2018

Essential Duties

Works closely with the President and the University System of Georgia staff to review proposed policy initiatives, legislation, and advocates for the institution and System (30%).

  • Participates with the President and other senior officers in institutional planning, policy development, and problem resolution.
  • Recommends and participates in the development of University policies and procedures. May serve on University planning and policymaking committees.
  • Serves as the primary liaison for the University to facilitate partnerships with state and federal government entities.
  • Serves as the liaison to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia on matters not directly handled by the President or other Cabinet members.
  • Reviews, researches, and recommends new or revised policies and strategies as appropriate to the area of interest, and prepares reports and other communications on behalf of the President.

Coordinates activities for the Office of the President (50%).

  • Coordinates special projects on behalf of the President, frequently involving senior officers of the University.
  • Consults with the Executive Assistant to the President on scheduling of activities for the President.
  • Serves as an advisor on strategic direction to the President and Cabinet.
  • Assists in establishing priorities and agendas for meetings of the Cabinet.
  • Assists in providing briefing materials for the President as needed.
  • Coordinates special initiatives as determined by the President.
  • Provides background to the President on questions of faculty, staff, and student
  • Performs dotted-line management of assigned personnel within the President's organizational units.
  • Participates in ongoing review of all reports to the President for alignment with University policies, goals and mission.
  • Gathers and analyzes information affecting University-wide, interdepartmental, or intradepartmental operations.
  • Enhances professional growth and development through participation in educational programs, current literature, in-service meetings, and workshops.
  • Other duties as assigned by the President.

Manages the University's interactions with local, state, and national communities (15%).

  • Represents the University at events in absence of the President.
  • Coordinates activities of the University involving external stakeholders.
  • Works with elected officials and government agencies in providing information and research findings that may assist their policy work.
  • Serves as liaison between the Office of the President and internal and external   constituencies.
  • Assists with communications_ on behalf of the President with internal and external constituencies.
  • Provides Staff support to the University Advisory Council.

Performs budget management duties (5%).

  • Reviews and responds to all internal budgetary issues related to Government Relations.
  • Coordinates financial activities with the Executive Vice President for Finance & Operations.
  • Assists administration in various cost analyses, projections, reports, and fundraising efforts.
  • Reviews the Office of the President's budget reports and provides summaries to the President.

Knowledge, abilities, and skills required

  • Knowledge of national, state, and local issues related to post-secondary education.
  • Knowledge of related federal policies, procedures, regulations, and laws.
  • Knowledge of budget development and management principles.
  • Ability to collect and analyze data and information, draw conclusions, and produce reports and recommendations.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality with personnel matters and sensitive information.
  • Skill in the delegation of responsibility and authority.
  • Skill in collaborating with multiple constituents.
  • Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs.
  • Skill in decision-making and problem solving.
  • Skill in interpersonal relationships and in dealing with the public.
  • Outstanding written and verbal communications skills.

Minimum qualifications

  • Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or Bachelor's degree with professional equivalency of graduate degree.
  • Extensive executive leadership and government relations experience.
  • Demonstrated management skills in goal setting and staff supervision and evaluation.
  • Proven experience in relationship building and government relations practices.

Preferred qualifications

  • Knowledge of Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia policies, procedures, practices, requirements, and reporting structures.
  • Senior Administrative experience in higher education and/or public service.

Physical requirements

  • The work is typically performed while intermittently sitting, standing, walking, or stooping.
  • Lifting light objects is occasionally required.
  • The work is typically performed in a typical office environment.
  • Travel to the state capital and offices of community stakeholders is required.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain posted until filled.

TO APPLY: Application materials should be emailed as a Microsoft Word or Adobe.pdf attachment to: with the subject line “Chief of Staff.” Application materials are to include a resume, a MGA staff application; a letter of interest; and three professional references. Paper application materials will not be accepted.

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