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Chief of Staff


Toronto Posted Jan 0310882-1554220

Company Information

York University is known for championing new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our 53,000 students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-discipline programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 24 research centres have partnerships with 200+ leading universities worldwide.

Job Description

The Chief of Staff (COS) is a key member of the President’s Leadership team. Under the direction of the President and on his/her behalf the COS manages and responds to a wide range of matters/issues of importance often high profile and /or critical. He/she advises and supports the President on strategic pan-university initiatives and is a member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Government Relations, Advancement, Communications and Events (GRACE). In that capacity, he/she maintains effective relationships with the offices of the Vice-Presidents and members of the Senior Administration, working across all areas of the organization and playing a key role in ensuring that York University achieves its mission, vision and priorities. The COS also serves as a member of the President's President-Vice-President (PVP) committee and the University Executive Committee (UEC) and is responsible for helping direct attention to priority matters and ensuring effective leverage of the President and senior management team’s time and attention.

Operationally, this role is responsible for direction and oversight of the management of the administrative, financial, human resources, facilities and planning functions for the Office of the President. Also, responsible for oversight, resource utilization, and budget management throughout the Division (Communications & Public Affairs; the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion; and University Secretariat and General Counsel). Plays an active role on the team to support the President and manage sensitive issues that may impact the University’s reputation.

The successful candidate will possess 10-15 years professional experience in a university setting or non-profit setting with sustained exposure to University decision making processes, strategic planning, building strategic relationships and project management. A Master’s degree is required.


To apply to this exciting opportunity or for full position details, qualifications and application procedures go to www.yorku.ca/jobs and refer to posting# CPM-10882.

We offer comprehensive benefits and access to superb educational and recreational facilities. For more information on what York has to offer U please visit: http://hr.info.yorku.ca/benefits/


York University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University's employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities and aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.  York University is committed to employment equity and diversity and a positive and supportive environment.

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Contact Information

Lisa Tomassi
Manager TA, HR Services