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Working As A Chief Of Staff

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $122,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Of Staff Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become A Chief Of Staff

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Average Length of Employment
Chief Of Service 4.3 years
Deputy Director 3.3 years
Chief Of Staff 3.0 years
Chief Of Planning 2.9 years
Top Careers Before Chief Of Staff
Director 9.9%
Internship 8.5%
Consultant 4.7%
President 4.5%
Manager 4.1%
Top Careers After Chief Of Staff
Director 10.7%
Consultant 7.9%
President 7.7%
Internship 4.5%
Principal 4.3%
Manager 3.5%

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Chief Of Staff Demographics

Gender

Male

54.5%

Female

35.2%

Unknown

10.3%
Ethnicity

White

59.3%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

13.7%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

4.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.9%

French

15.8%

German

8.4%

Russian

5.2%

Italian

3.9%

Chinese

3.9%

Arabic

3.2%

Mandarin

2.9%

Hebrew

2.9%

Portuguese

2.6%

Cantonese

1.3%

Carrier

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Dutch

1.0%

Bosnian

1.0%

Serbian

1.0%

Dakota

1.0%

Hindi

0.6%

Thai

0.6%

Latvian

0.3%
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Chief Of Staff Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.7%

George Washington University

7.2%

Webster University

7.2%

U.S. Army War College

6.9%

New York University

6.7%

Harvard University

6.4%

U.S. Naval War College, The

5.3%

Michigan State University

5.1%

Georgetown University

5.1%

Naval Postgraduate School

5.0%

University of Texas at Austin

4.7%

American University

4.4%

University of Maryland - University College

4.0%

University of Southern California

3.5%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.5%

Strayer University

3.5%

Columbia University

3.4%

Florida State University

3.3%

Syracuse University

3.2%

Troy University

3.0%
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Majors

Business

24.8%

Political Science

12.2%

Law

8.3%

International Relations

6.5%

Management

5.5%

Public Administration

5.5%

Finance

4.5%

Communication

3.9%

Criminal Justice

3.3%

Psychology

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Marketing

2.8%

Human Resources Management

2.6%

Accounting

2.6%

History

2.2%

Medicine

2.2%

English

2.1%

Economics

1.9%

Project Management

1.7%

Health Care Administration

1.7%
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Degrees

Masters

37.6%

Bachelors

32.5%

Other

13.5%

Doctorate

9.5%

Associate

3.2%

Certificate

3.1%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$79,000
Min 10%
$122,000
Median 50%
$122,000
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$122,000
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$122,000
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$122,000
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$190,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Citi
Highest Paying City
Minneapolis, MN
Highest Paying State
Minnesota
Avg Experience Level
2.8 years
How much does a Chief Of Staff make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Chief Of Staff in the United States is $122,944 per year or $59 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $79,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $190,000.

Real Chief Of Staff Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chief of Staff Chenmed LLC Miami, FL Jan 16, 2016 $306,000
Chief of Staff Chenmed LLC Miami, FL Apr 22, 2016 $306,000
Chief of Staff Chenmed, LLC Miami, FL Jan 15, 2015 $300,000
Chief of Staff New Relic, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 15, 2015 $260,000
Chief of Staff, International Oracle America, Inc. CA Oct 01, 2013 $240,614 -
$440,573
Chief of Staff Global Poverty Project, Inc. New York, NY Jul 03, 2016 $225,000
Global Technology Chief of Staff Blippar LLC Mountain View, CA Sep 16, 2016 $225,000
Chief of Staff Crosby Company of New Hampshire Salem, NH Jan 06, 2011 $213,096 -
$235,000
Chief of Staff Paypal, Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 01, 2011 $210,000
Chief of Staff Daniel J. Edelman, Inc. San Francisco, CA Nov 02, 2015 $205,917
Chief of Staff Daniel J. Edelman, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 11, 2015 $205,917
Chief of Staff/In House Counsel Ardan Properties Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2016 $204,000
Chief of Staff HHS Texas Management, LP Houston, TX Dec 16, 2016 $162,369
Chief of Staff-Finance Zelis Network Solutions, LLC Atlanta, GA Nov 21, 2016 $160,000
Chief of Staff HHS Texas Management, LP Houston, TX Nov 04, 2016 $159,185
Chief of Staff (Investor Relations) Flodesign Wind Turbine Corp. Waltham, MA Jun 01, 2012 $159,000
Chief of Staff-Product, Marketplaces EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA Jun 15, 2015 $157,000
Chief of Staff-Product, Marketplaces EBAY Inc. San Jose, CA May 26, 2016 $155,418 -
$157,000
Chief of Staff Aliphcom San Francisco, CA Sep 06, 2012 $155,000
Chief of Staff The Experience LLC New York, NY Sep 10, 2013 $150,000
Veterinarian Chief of Staff Medical Management International, Inc. Fairfax, VA Feb 13, 2015 $117,000
Veterinarian Chief of Staff Medical Management International, Inc. Herndon, VA Feb 13, 2015 $117,000
Veterinarian Chief of Staff A Caring Doctor (Texas), P.C. Houston, TX Aug 01, 2014 $115,300
Veterinarian Chief of Staff Medical Management International, Inc. Fairfax, VA Sep 08, 2013 $115,000
Veterinarian Chief of Staff Medical Management International, Inc. Reston, VA Sep 15, 2015 $115,000
Veterinarian Chief of Staff Medical Management International, Inc. Manassas, VA Sep 22, 2013 $115,000

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Top Skills for A Chief Of Staff

  1. Civilian Personnel
  2. Policy Development
  3. Strategic Plan
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  • Supervised 40 military and civilian personnel from mid to senior level seniority.
  • Developed, implemented and evaluated operational systems related to fiscal management, strategic planning, resource allocation and policy development.
  • Served as assistant executive director for the organization and assisted in developing strategic plans and staffing requirements.
  • Provided oversight for a communication security inspection program designed to train personnel on mission readiness and accountability.
  • Maintained negotiations/communication with facility owners association and local and state government agencies regarding regulatory compliance issues..

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