Chief of Staff

The Pat Tillman Foundation (PTF) unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. Inspired by Pat Tillman, who proudly put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve his country, family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation following Pat’s death in April 2004 while serving with the 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan. Over the last 17 years, the Pat Tillman Foundation has supported over 750 Tillman Scholars as they’ve furthered their education and increased their professional impact in the world.

PTF seeks an exceptionally organized Chief of Staff to support the CEO and the Executive Team. The successful candidate will be a strong communicator - verbally, in writing, and visually - who will take initiative to increase the efficiency of PTF’s executive leadership. The Chief of Staff will play a large role in board communication and presentations will help connect the dots between day-to-day tasks and strategic goals and will lead on special projects that are complex and hold strategic importance.

We understand that people gain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. If you believe you have the skills to succeed in this role, regardless of industry or formal education level, we encourage you to apply.

Who You Are

  • Detail-oriented and highly organized.  An effective systems thinker who can manage multiple projects and prioritize appropriately to produce high-quality results quickly and on time.  You are a natural forward planner who critically assesses your own performance. You do not miss deadlines.

  • Clear communicator.  Clear and effective written, verbal, and visual communicator, experienced in presenting to senior and/or strategic leadership. You can take complex and ambiguous concepts and communicate them to a diverse set of stakeholders. You pick up on nuanced tone and language and can model that for others.

  • Task master.  You have an airtight system to track tasks and can tactfully drive deadlines within an executive team. You know how to prioritize without always checking in, incorporating strategic goals and executive intent into day-to-day prioritization.

  • Relationship-builder.  You understand that your work depends fully on genuine relationships across the organization and with senior leaders on the Board of Directors. You go out of your way to connect even when it’s not expected, and will be consistent and relentless in your outreach.

  • Entrepreneurial spirit. You are a lifelong learner who is passionate about intellectual growth and committed to continuous improvement. You’re driven by innovation, creativity, and breakthrough thinking that challenges the conventional and fosters new ideas. As a self-motivated leader and teammate, you love brainstorming to come up with big, inspiring ideas but more importantly, you deliver on 100% of the ideas you or your team commits to.

  • Passionate. You care about making a difference in the world, and want to support veterans and their families working at an impactful level across sectors including health, law, business, policy, academia, government, and defense. You want to come to work and feel inspired every day. You want to change the world.

What You’ll Do

CEO & Executive Team Support

  • In support of the CEO and the Executive Team, facilitate communication and coordination with the Board of Directors and the to-be-launched Advisory Board of the Pat Tillman Foundation. 

  • Play lead role in quarterly Board of Directors presentation development.

  • Own CEO scheduling and administrative activities.

  • Attend Executive Team meetings, create the record thereof, and follow up on tasks & deliverables.

  • Assist in prioritizing effort of the CEO and Executive Team, with PTF’s strategic plan as the guide.

  • Provide decision support by gathering data, analyzing information, and presenting considerations to the CEO and other members of the Executive Team.

  • Support strategic communication in preparation for Board Meetings, executive updates in Quarterly Staff Retreats, and other similar events..

Cross Team Synchronization

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of initiatives that streamline the Executive Team’s work together or otherwise improves executive or cross-team efficiency.

  • Create a system to monitor, record, and communicate progress against strategic goals.

  • Monitor for and identify priorities that require senior leadership focus.

  • Track high priority initiatives for the CEO to identify existing or potential obstacles.

Special Projects

  • Lead cross-functional strategic initiatives as determined by the CEO. These initiatives will originate from the CEO, the Chief of Staff, or from members of the Executive Team.

  • Operate at a tactical, strategic, and operational level, handling oversight of projects that do not neatly fit within the org chart or that fall between departments or leadership areas of responsibility.

  • Additional responsibilities as periodically assigned.

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