Deputy Chief of Staff

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland
May 18, 2018
Jun 22, 2018
Executive, Chief
Full Time

Deputy Chief of Staff


Job Req ID:  10562


The Deputy Chief of Staff (DCoS) is a senior staff position responsible for coordinating and advancing the work of the Office of the President under the direction of the Vice President/Chief of Staff (VP/CoS).  The role is critical to ensuring the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Office of the President; serves as a trusted adviser to the VP/CoS and other senior administrators; and manages and oversees projects and initiatives to achieve the University’s priorities and objectives.  The DCoS position requires strong alignment with Johns Hopkins University’s mission, values, and strategic vision, as well as demonstrated success, sound judgment and flexibility working in a complex, fast-paced environment.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

• Manage high-priority projects in the Office of the President.

• Research, write, edit and/or coordinate preparation of special reports, briefings and presentations. 

• Work closely with the Directors of Speechwriting and Strategic Communications to conceive, craft and edit messages, letters and other communications.

• Anticipate, identify and troubleshoot issues of concern or significance; exercise discretion to provide timely information and necessary updates across multiple stakeholders.

• Ensure that matters requiring the attention of the President and VP/CoS are thoroughly developed, researched and evaluated.

• Help to lead and sustain a culture of service, professionalism and continuous improvement in the Office of the President.

• Build and maintain successful working relationships and coordination with a wide range of offices, staff, and stakeholders, internal and external to the University. 

• Supervise the preparation, accuracy, and timeliness of presidential materials, briefings and correspondence.

• Manage the review and oversight of office finances and executive expenses.

• Oversee university-related operations at Nichols House, the campus residence of the President.

• Participate in strategic scheduling of events, meetings and other requests to balance and address key objectives.

• Recruit, train and jointly supervise members of the research, writing and administrative staff, day-to-day and on a project-specific basis.

• Prioritize workflow and align staff resources within the Office of the President.

• Perform other duties as assigned.



• Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred.

• At least five years of relevant professional experience, preferably including work with senior or executive level leadership, in higher education, non-profit or public sectors.

• Superior research, writing, and oral communication.

• Mature judgment and demonstrated ability to work independently, exercise discretion and manage multiple priorities at once.

• Strong interpersonal, organizational and critical thinking skills; adaptability to meet changing demands.

• Ability to identify, analyze and address a wide variety of issues and problems in a high-intensity environment.

• Collegiality, approachability and diplomacy at all levels of an organization.

• Demonstrated supervisory skills and ability to motivate and engage others.

• Stellar professional reputation, personal integrity and ability to maintain confidences.


The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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The following additional provisions may apply depending on which campus you will work.  Your recruiter will advise accordingly.


During the Influenza ("the flu") season, as a condition of employment, The Johns Hopkins Institutions require all employees who provide ongoing services to patients or work in patient care or clinical care areas to have an annual influenza vaccination or possess an approved medical or religious exception. Failure to meet this requirement may result in termination of employment.

The pre-employment physical for positions in clinical areas, laboratories, working with research subjects, or involving community contact requires documentation of immune status against Rubella (German measles), Rubeola (Measles), Mumps, Varicella (chickenpox), Hepatitis B and documentation of having received the Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis) vaccination. This may include documentation of having two (2) MMR vaccines; two (2) Varicella vaccines; or antibody status to these diseases from laboratory testing. Blood tests for immunities to these diseases are ordinarily included in the pre-employment physical exam except for those employees who provide results of blood tests or immunization documentation from their own health care providers. Any vaccinations required for these diseases will be given at no cost in our Occupational Health office.


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Classified Title: Deputy Chief of Staff 

Role/Level/Range: ATP/04/PH 

Starting Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Employee group: Full Time 

Schedule: M-F 8:30 - 5:00 

Employee subgroup: Exempt

Location: 01-MD:Homewood Campus 

Department name: 10000002-President Office of 

Personnel area: Johns Hopkins University


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