Chief of Staff

Chicago, IL

Posted: 12/4/20
Deadline: 1/15/21
Reference Number: N13925

About This Organization

Adler University

Adler University, an institution that is a fierce champion of social justice, seeks a chief of staff to provide support and counsel to the President and other key leaders of the University.

Adler University educates students to engage the world and create a more just society. Established in 1952, it enrolls more than 1,800 students in master’s and doctoral programs for social change through its campuses in downtown Chicago and Vancouver, as well as an online campus. Adler University’s mission is to continue the pioneering work of Alfred Adler, the first community psychologist, by graduating socially responsible practitioners, engaging communities and advancing social justice.

Job Duties

The chief of staff reports to President Raymond E. Crossman, Ph.D., and partners with the senior management team of the University to realize its vision of advancing socially responsible practice, healthy communities, and a more just society. The chief of staff drives institutional-wide and cross-functional projects, functions as a liaison for internal constituencies and ensures clear and consistent communications from the president’s office. It is expected that the chief of staff will exercise considerable discretion and judgment on a regular basis.

The ideal chief of staff will be a leader with the confidence and experience to set priorities and assume responsibility for a broad and complex set of initiatives related to the president’s agenda. The University seeks candidates who possess outstanding critical thinking skills and judgment and the leadership and managerial acumen to build effective and inclusive working partnerships with individuals from diverse educational, cultural and professional backgrounds, both internally and externally.

Required Qualifications

The chief of staff will bring to the position a minimum of five years of executive-level experience. Considerable diplomacy coupled with the intellectual inclination to think both broadly – understanding institutional issues and priorities, and operationally – grasping and pursuing the steps needed to bring ideas to fruition is required. Work and civic engagement experiences which demonstrate a commitment to social justice as well as to the values of the University – social interest, pluralism, courage, excellence, pragmatism – are highly desired.

Other Info

WittKieffer is assisting Adler University in this recruitment. A comprehensive leadership profile for the position can be found at Application materials should include a letter of interest addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements and a current CV or resume. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 15, 2021.

Application materials can be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal. Confidential nominations and inquiries can be directed to the university’s consultants, Oliver Tomlin and Christine Pendleton at

Adler University offers equal employment opportunities to all persons without regard to race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, parental status, housing status, genetic information, arrest or criminal record, source of income, or military status, in accordance with applicable federal, provincial, state, and law equal employment opportunity laws.