Chief of Staff at Manhattan School of Music in New York, NY

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Manhattan School of Music Position Description


Title:                            Chief of Staff

Department:               Office of the President

Reports To:                 President

Supervises:                  Administrative Assistant, Office of the President

Internal Contacts:       Board of Trustees, members of various Advisory Boards, President’s direct reports, members of President’s Council, faculty, staff, alumni, students, donors

External Contacts:      Local/State/Federal elected officials’ offices; Local/State/Federal lobbying firms supporting the arts, non-profit sector, and/or higher education; Local/National/International arts institutions, institutions of higher education, and non-profit organizations

Expected Start Date:  July 2018



  • Staff liaison to the Board of Trustees.
  • Member of and liaison to the President’s Council and Executive Council.
  • Provides oversight of the School’s Strategic Plan. Helps to facilitate strategic management processes for specific initiatives that are critical in meeting the goals.
  • Interacts with members at all levels of the School community for the purpose of defining, advancing, and assessing the work of the Office of the President to ensure its continued effectiveness.
  • Exercises considerable judgment in his/her capacity with responsibility for analyzing policy issues, identifying School-wide impacts, and coordinating responses to the President on strategies and alternatives for dealing with the issues.
  • Coordinates key School events in collaboration with VIPs, including, but not limited to, Commencement Ceremony and Annual Gala.
  • Organizes and/or contributes to the preparation of reports, proposals, briefings, and presentations on institutional and strategic issues.
  • Prepares and facilitates President’s internal and external meetings.
  • Builds and nurtures relationships with key constituents to serve as a resource and point of contact for the President, including oversight of and liaison to the School’s government contacts and relations. These include, but are not limited to, federal, state, and city elected officials, and associated higher education and arts lobbying groups.
  • Participates in key meetings with faculty, administrators, and others as needed and delegated. Accurately represents the President’s position in internal meetings to help drive understanding and move decision-making forward.
  • Develops, implements, and oversees special projects and strategic initiatives as assigned.
  • Manages office and authority for day-to-day operations and oversight.




Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • Three years relevant work experience required.
  • Proven track record of developing effective partnerships across disparate groups to organize and facilitate decisions and ensure implementation.
  • Experience balancing strategic leadership with detailed involvement in support of accountabilities.
  • Knowledge of performing arts fields aligned with the School’s vision strongly preferred.
  • Knowledge of School and key stakeholders desirable, but not essential.
  • Highly-developed communication skills and interpersonal awareness.
  • Excellent demonstrated judgment and diplomacy working with diverse groups to address complex issues.
  • Experience/adeptness in project and personnel management.
  • Ability to creatively and quickly solve problems and resolve conflicts.
  • High degree of integrity with experience handling highly confidential and sensitive materials and situations.
  • Must have exceptional organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently while managing multiple and competing priorities.



Contact Information:

Send letter of application and resume via email to:


Carol Matos, Vice President for Administration and Human Relations



Equal employment and equal educational opportunity have been and will continue to be fundamental principles at Manhattan School of Music, where employment and enrollment are based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination or harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship or veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. Manhattan School of Music does not permit retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice or participate in an investigation.



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