The Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs have a unique employment opportunity for a Chief of Staff at our campus in Smithtown, NY. Our organizations are distinctive in the assistance dog industry providing both guide and multiple types of service dogs. 

With the ongoing growth of the Organization, the Chief of Staff is a newly created role, designed specifically to serve as the primary strategic partner to the leadership team. The Chief of Staff position has been created to add to the size and scope of the senior leadership team, to improve bandwidth and to increase organizational effectiveness. The Organization has very ambitious plans and seeks a talented senior executive to join an accomplished team to assume responsibility for a large and growing portfolio. 

The Chief of Staff will ensure the efficient and effective execution of organizational priorities, while managing the day-to-day internal operations. This new role will provide additional time for the CEO to be externally facing and focus on organizational growth. 

Working from the organization’s campus in Smithtown (Long Island, NY) the Chief of Staff reports to the President and CEO and will collaborate closely with the executive leadership team to drive innovation and operational excellence. 

This role requires a dynamic individual with exceptional leadership, communication, and analytical skills, capable of driving cross-functional collaboration and supporting complex initiatives and a high performing team. S/he/they are tasked to deliver a full, objective view of the entire organization to provide communication, support, visibility, engagement, responsiveness to decision making, and overall accountability for smooth, seamless workflow. 

The Organization operates with a team of dedicated professionals who are committed to providing outstanding services. It is expected that the Chief of Staff will be proactive in assessing organizational administrative capacities and needs and in devising and implementing process improvements. After a successful onboarding process, inclusive of fully understanding the organizations and relationship building with the leadership team, it is expected that the Chief of Staff will take on the responsibility of day-to-day management of the leadership team. 

Immerse self in the organization and build relationships to maximize impact on culture and programs. 
Oversee the day-to-day management of the organization under the guidance of the CEO. 
Serve as liaison between the CEO and executive leadership team regarding decision-making, initiative implementation, organizational culture, project updates, proposals, etc. 
Promote a culture of open communication and trust among staff members, encouraging collaboration and shared goals. Develop and build on relationships with all employees for increased efficiency and responsiveness of existing operations. 
Help to define new operational strategies by working with CEO and leadership team members. 
Support the executive leadership team on special projects. 
Interact closely with the leadership team, identifying and addressing any issues that may arise. 
Serve as a subject-matter expert, handling inquiries, developing action plans, and assisting with preparation and dissemination of communications. 
Liaise closely with the Board and staff Board committees. 

Ideal candidates will have a minimum of ten [10] years of substantial experience in a senior management role responsible for creating and executing policies and procedures within administration, project management, financial operations and fundraising. 
A desire to help people with disabilities and support the mission and vision of the Guide Dog Foundation and America’s VetDogs. 
Demonstrated experience of at least 8 years in executive-level advising and interdepartmental collaboration 
Extensive project management experience. 
Strong understanding of financial management and fundraising. 
Experience working with nonprofit Boards. 
Exceptional communication, writing, and interpersonal skills, adaptable to various audiences and experience building executive level relationships. 
Proficient in analytical thinking and problem-solving, adept at handling complex issues and crafting strategic solutions. 
Possesses a strong work ethic, meticulous attention to detail, creativity, flexibility, self-motivation, and resourcefulness. 
Strong project-reporting skills, with focus on interdepartmental communications 
Ability to work under pressure and prioritize tasks. 
Bachelor’s degree. 

The expected salary range for the position is between $135,000-$165,000 per year. The salary offered will take into account internal equity and may vary depending on the candidate's geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience, among other factors.

For more information, to refer a candidate, or to apply in confidence, please contact: 
David Hinsley Cheng, Managing Partner 
Jennifer Thorne, Search Consultant 
DHC Search 
(203) 307-0120