Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College

Bryn Mawr College has an opening for a Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College.


Bryn Mawr College invites applications for the position of Chief of Staff and Secretary of the College (CoS/ SoC).  Reporting to President Kimberly Wright Cassidy and serving as a member of the President’s Senior Staff, the CoS/ SoC provides high-level support to presidential priorities, institutional strategic planning, complex institutional problem solving, and presidential communications.  An officer of the College, the CoS and Secretary of the College also supports the Board of Trustees, working in close collaboration with the Chair of the Board.

The CoS/ SoC partners with the President to advance her initiatives, communicate her priorities to internal and external constituencies, support institutional strategic planning, and represents the President at meetings with a variety of groups.  The CoS/ SoC partners with other members of the Senior Staff to sustain progress on key projects and to resolve complex issues that come to the President.  This individual oversees the President’s Office staff, and works with the President’s Executive Assistant to coordinate the President’s calendar and to ensure her preparation for internal and external commitments.  The CoS/ SoC manages Presidential communications, in collaboration with the Chief Communication Officer, and provides leadership to major College events. 

The CoS/ SoC works with the Board of Trustees to support its roles as strategic partner to the President and fiduciaries of the College, including work with the Board Chair and President to advance Board priorities, coordinate meetings, and support effective Board governance; the CoS/ SoC also staffs the Board’s nominations and governance committee. 

The successful candidate will have deep knowledge of higher education and ideally of the aims of residential liberal arts education.  They will possess outstanding communications skills; a strategic orientation to analysis and problem-solving; the ability to work with a wide range of constituencies to advance institutional goals and projects; superb judgement; experience managing complex initiatives and major events; and appreciation of Bryn Mawr’s mission and values.  An advanced degree and a minimum of five years of senior professional experience is required. 


Bryn Mawr College (Bryn Mawr College Mission Statement) is a residential women’s college at the undergraduate level with co-educational graduate programs.  Bryn Mawr is deeply committed to women’s empowerment, to gender equity and to supporting all students who chose to study at the College. Bryn Mawr ranks among the top colleges and universities nationwide in the percentage of its graduates who go on to earn a Ph.D., and traditions of high expectations and academic excellence remain at the core of the College’s identity.  Bryn Mawr has been non-denominational since its founding, but it embodies many of the values of its Quaker founders, including a deep respect for individual differences and a commitment to social justice.  Bryn Mawr was the first institution in the country to grant its students responsibility for self-governance, and the experience of living under its Honor Code has a strong impact on students during their time on campus and throughout their lives.


Bryn Mawr is part of a Bi-College Consortium with Haverford College and also shares consortial ties with Swarthmore College that allow students to take classes at all three institutions and provides access to a wider range of majors.  Many social and co-curricular activities span consortial institutions.  Students may also take classes at the University of Pennsylvania. 


Bryn Mawr, which is regularly included in lists of the “most beautiful college campus,” is located 11 miles west of Philadelphia, PA, the nation’s sixth largest city and home to extraordinary cultural, historical, and educational resources.  The College is easily accessible by public transportation from Philadelphia and other areas in the region.

The College offers a very competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare coverage,  tuition benefits for employees and their families and a generous retirement contribution.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the College. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the College.

Bryn Mawr College is an equal opportunity employer.  Applications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability. All qualified people are encouraged to apply.


To express your interest in this role, please submit a letter of interest and resume through Interfolio:

Review of applications will begin March 15, 2023 and continue until a candidate is chosen.