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Chief of Staff, Office of the President

California State University, Long Beach

Last Updated: 6/14/22

Job Description

California State University, Long Beach
Chief of Staff, Office of the President

California State University Long Beach (CSULB) seeks a new Chief of Staff to serve as a thought partner to the President and as a senior leader within the executive team. The Chief of Staff provides leadership for the day-to-day operations of the Office of the President and is responsible for a diverse portfolio of executive initiatives. Ideally, the new Chief of Staff will take office no later than January 2022.

Located three miles from the Pacific Ocean, CSULB's urban campus spreads across 322 acres and has 84 buildings, 63 academic departments and programs, 24 centers, four institutes and four clinics.

CSULB is a diverse, learning-centered, globally engaged public university with over 39,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs across eight colleges. CSULB envisions being a force for good at the forefront of public higher education for California and the world. The University focuses on three missions: inclusive excellence for all who are there and want to be there; academic rigor that empowers graduates to leave as highly successful, well-trained professionals; and engagement in public good that directly benefits CSULB's neighbors and surrounding communities, as well as the people of this region and beyond. As recently as December 2020, three national rankings by place CSULB in the Top 1% of public universities in the nation. Read more at

In March of 2021, Long Beach's accreditation was reaffirmed for 10 years by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. The Commission's findings highlighted the academic excellence and commitment to student learning that defines CSULB.

President Jane Close Conoley, Ph.D., who officially took office on July 15, 2014, is the first woman to be appointed President of CSULB and the seventh President in the history of the campus, which was founded in 1949. Immediately prior to coming to CSULB, Conoley served as Dean and Professor of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.Under President Conoley's leadership, CSULB has witnessed significant growth in enrollment, major improvements in student success and graduation, strengthening of academic programs, and the implementation of university-wide initiatives in diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Leadership Opportunity

Directly reporting to the President, the ideal candidate will bring expertise in higher education, high-level management skills, a collegial and transparent leadership style, and the ability to generate, interpret, and distill data and information. The new Chief of Staff will foster an administrative environment that maximizes the effectiveness of decision-making, information flow, and communications to and from the Office of the President. Given the complexity and sensitivity of information the Chief of Staff will encounter daily, the successful candidate must demonstrate excellent judgement, the ability to exercise discretion as needed, institutional and situational intelligence, and the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct. In addition to the administrative duties, the Chief of Staff will have community relations and legislative responsibilities, and a portfolio of projects as assigned by the President.

Please see the full profile at for more information, including qualifications and application instructions.

Academic Search is assisting CSU Long Beach in this search. Please send inquiries, nominations, and applications electronically, in confidence, to Nominators and prospective candidates may arrange a confidential conversation about this opportunity with the senior consultant leading this search, Cynthia M. Patterson, at

The Search Committee will begin reviewing candidates immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Priority consideration will be given to materials received by September 17, 2021. To apply, a candidate should submit 1) a letter of intent addressing how the candidate's experiences match the position requirements; 2) a current CV/resume; and 3) contact information for at least five professional references, including email addresses and a brief note of the candidate's working relationship with each. (See more information in the profile.)

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, Vietnam era veteran status, or any other veteran's status. CSULB is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Company Details

Long Beach, California, United States
CSULB, one of the largest universities in the CSU system, is located in Long Beach on a beautifully landscaped, 320-acre campus near the ocean and the thriving downtown area. The school’s faculty and staff are engaged in a broad array of high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, significant research, in addition to a wide range of community and professional service organizations.