Chief of Staff

Committee for Children - Seattle, Washington - Full time

Committee for Children is on a mission to ensure that children everywhere can thrive. Since 1979, we’ve championed the cause of educating the whole child through advocacy, leadership in the field, and social-emotional learning (SEL) and child safety programs.

In our pursuit of positively transforming the social-emotional well-being of 100 million children annually by 2028, Committee for Children is looking for an experienced chief of staff to join our team! Under the direction of the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer, the Chief of Staff will work closely with the CEO as a trusted strategic advisor, thought partner, and special projects manager. This position will also work closely with the board of directors, the chief operations officer, and the executive leadership team (ELT) in a key support role to ensure alignment between CEO, board, and ELT actions and decisions. The chief of staff will have a positive impact on our productivity, strategic initiatives, and interdepartmental collaboration and communication by providing ongoing organizational, administrative, and project management support.

Primary Responsibilities Include

Support for the CEO

  • Serve as advisor and thought partner to the CEO, including assisting with identifying strategic priorities, developing metrics for success, and evaluating ongoing progress
  • Strategically manage CEO’s time, both internally and externally, to ensure it aligns with and supports priority areas and provides adequate involvement and input into key decision-making processes
  • Manage CEO’s internal and external communications, for example drafting ongoing correspondence, monthly updates, reports, speeches, op-eds, presentations, pitch decks, and social media posts in coordination with the PR/communications team
  • Provide briefs, as needed, for all internal and external CEO meetings utilizing research, data/information analysis, and professional insight
  • Support the CEO’s goal setting and evaluation with the board of directors
  • Lead strategic initiatives and special projects, including facilitating an organization-wide focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion and assisting in creating a multiyear development strategy to garner external funding
  • Develop processes for periodic check-ins with employees in all departments to gain insight into existing operations and assess overall organizational culture and climate
  • Manage CEO’s calendar, conference/special event attendance, and travel logistics in coordination with executive administrative assistant; maintain and update contact database
  • Other duties as assigned by the CEO to fulfill the mission of the organization

Support for the COO and Executive Leadership Team

  • Meet regularly with the COO and ELT to support improvement of current processes and coordinate organizational processes and procedures for optimized efficiency, productivity, and communication
  • Coordinate and oversee the support functions across all executive administrative and assistant roles, ensuring that key responsibilities are distributed equitably
  • Coordinate logistics and provide support for internal and external meetings and events as requested
  • Manage and maintain the ELT’s internal SharePoint site, ensuring that secure access protocols are maintained

Board and Committee Management

Support the CEO and COO in ensuring organizational compliance with board-approved policies and procedures by providing accurate and timely implementation of board resolutions

Develop annual slate of meeting calendars for full board, board committees, and task forces ; organize and coordinate calendars for these meetings as well as board-focused webinars and recorded sessions

Staff the BOD Governance Committee to manage and support meeting planning, note-taking, and following action items through to completion

Organize and support the logistics for all board meetings, for example preparing materials and read-aheads and coordinating remote access as needed; in conjunction with the CFC general counsel, monitor and manage attendance for quorum, take minutes, and ensure all action items are managed to completion

Provide support for executive leadership team’s work with board committees as needed (such as meeting logistics, read-ahead documents, reminders, and minutes)

Maintain board of directors filing and retrieval systems for all resolutions, board actions, and meeting minutes

Organize and support the recruitment, onboarding, and orientation of new board members


● Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred (e.g., MBA, MPA)

● 7+ years of demonstrated progressive leadership experience, preferably in a business or executive management role; experience supporting C-level executive(s) a plus

● 3+ years of experience supporting the duties and responsibilities of a board of directors

● Excellent computer skills and experience using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Outlook, WebEx, and Skype or other conferencing software

● National or international work experience; and bilingual/biliterate a plus


  • Strong organizational management skills, including solid decision making and exceptional time management and prioritization skills
  • Strategic, analytical approach combined with interpersonal professionalism, emotional intelligence, and charisma
  • Exceptional critical thinking and problem-solving skills; willingness to challenge the organization with new ideas, approaches, and solutions in a respectful and positive manner
  • Proven ability to build strong and trusting relationships across an organization, as well as with external partners and clients, with professionalism and an “in service of” approach
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills, including outstanding facilitation and presentation skills; ability to distill and convey complex information in a compelling manner
  • High degree of productivity in a flexible, team-oriented work environment where a high level of initiative, creativity, and accountability is expected
  • Successful experience planning and leading strategic initiatives
  • Deep understanding of the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity and its impact on helping an organization achieve its goals and outcomes
  • Highest degree of integrity and trustworthiness with absolute commitment to confidentiality and discretion
  • Familiarity with the challenge of fundraising and increasing revenue while maintaining a comprehensive and cohesive brand and identity
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in social emotional learning and development, education, policy, advocacy, and nonprofit management
  • Highly organized, with excellent attention to detail; ability to manage multiple projects and complete tasks by meeting timelines and goals
  • Strong track record of project and team management
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively with a team
  • Strong interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills

About Committee for Children

For 40 years, Committee for Children has been helping children learn, grow, and thrive by teaching them how to understand emotions, build meaningful relationships, and resolve conflicts. We believe that if you make a positive impact on enough children through social-emotional learning, then the ripples will help a family, a school, a community, and ultimately, the world. We call it the Empathy Effect, and it’s what we’ve worked toward since 1979. And we’re just getting started—this year, we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary by setting an ambitious goal for the future: to positively transform the social-emotional well-being of 100 million children annually by 2028. Come join the effort. And let’s grow kinder together.

We have excellent employee tenure because we take great care of our most valued assets—our employees and clients. This role will offer some amazing opportunities to add value, contribute, and make a difference while enjoying new challenges, a collaborative and diverse team, professional development opportunities, and work/life balance.

Committee for Children is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, disability, gender, marital status, national origin, genetics, religion, sexual orientation, gender expression, political affiliation, gender identity, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics and all are given every opportunity to succeed.

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