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Special Assistant to the President


Trinity Washington University seeks a special assistant to the president, a new professional-level position with significant responsibilities in research and analysis, constituent relations and office management.  Historically known as Trinity College, Trinity today is a small university with 2,700 students enrolled in four academic units, including more than 1,000 students in the full-time daytime undergraduate women’s college, and three coeducational professional schools offering a range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in evening, weekend and online formats.  Nearly 80% of Trinity’s students reside in the Washington, D.C. region, and about 90% are African American and Hispanic.

The special assistant to the president must be a versatile individual with strong communication talents who has the ability to manage multiple complex assignments across a broad range of institutional functions, including:

  • Managing the daily affairs of the President’s Office;
  • Interface with campus constituents including students, faculty, staff, trustees, alums and members of the Washington community;
  • Developing and maintaining a system for tracking constituent inquiries and comments;
  • Facilitating arrangements for board meetings and various events conducted under the aegis of the President’s Office;
  • In cooperation with the Development Office, facilitating donor relations and the president’s appointments for Trinity’s Second Century Campaign.
  • Undertaking specific institutional research projects in cooperation with the vice president for enrollment services, who is the chief officer responsible for research, and this role will require the special assistant to develop proficiency in the PowerCampus data system;
  • In cooperation with the president, provost, senior staff and faculty, providing support for strategic planning and analysis, including preparation for Trinity’s 2014-2016 Middle States comprehensive accreditation review;
  • Representing the president from time to time at various community meetings.

Candidates should be able to demonstrate experience that reveals strong abilities in exercising professional judgment; managing conflict; working with deadline pressures; engaging research and analysis; creating excellent analytical reports including incorporation of data displays in charts, graphs and tables; representing the president and Trinity in diverse environments.

Essential qualifications include at least 8-10 years of professional experience in a similar position working with a CEO or in constituent relations, along with demonstrable research and writing ability.  A master’s degree is preferred, baccalaureate required.  Upon selection for a campus interview, candidates must also submit writing samples and other work products addressing the research and analysis dimensions of the position.  Finalists will also provide at least three professional references.

 Letter of application (no more than two pages) addressing the candidate’s qualifications and a complete c.v. to  Please also indicate Special Assistant to the President in the subject line.

Trinity is an Affirmative Action/Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Employer dedicated to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its students, faculty and staff. Trinity is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive community and strongly encourages all qualified individuals to apply.

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