Chief of Staff to the Founder & CEO

San Francisco, California, United States | Executive Office | Full-time

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Common Sense (commonsense.org) is the nation's leading independent nonprofit organization devoted to helping kids and families thrive in a world of media and technology. 

Every day, millions of families turn to Common Sense for trusted advice and unbiased ratings. We offer the largest library of independent age-based ratings and reviews for everything your kids want to watch, play, read, and learn. Our movie and TV ratings are available on Apple TV, Target.com, Xfinity, Vudu.com, and many other partner platforms, helping kids and families make smart media choices. Through our schools program, we provide educators with a curriculum that teaches the digital citizenship and literacy skills every student needs to succeed. We also work with policymakers, industry leaders, legislators, and concerned parents and teachers to improve the media, tech, and education landscape for kids, families, and schools.

ROLE OVERVIEW:

The chief of staff will directly support and partner with our founder and CEO, Jim Steyer. You will work across multiple levels of Common Sense to drive key organization-wide and external facing projects and manage the Office of the CEO, including staff.  The chief of staff is a highly visible role that partners with the CEO and our executive leadership team to foster communication across the entire organization, manage relationships with external stakeholders and executives, and lead impactful initiatives out of the Office of the CEO. 

We are seeking a high level of autonomy, leadership, creative thinking, exceptional organization, and discretion to advance priorities and effectively leverage the CEO's time. Particular focus will include driving advocacy work and public engagements across government, industry, and non-governmental communities at senior levels. The chief of staff will ideally bring ample experience, enthusiasm, and eagerness to lead in areas that advance the mission of Common Sense such as technology and media, policy and advocacy, communications, education, or related fields.

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

REPORTS TO: Founder and CEO

EMPLOYMENT TYPE: Full-time, exempt 

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serve as an advisor and trusted partner to the CEO and help manage organizational priorities.
  • Manage the Office of the CEO on a daily basis: 
    • Manage a team of support staff.
    • Oversee the CEO’s calendar, working closely with the special assistant to ensure all priorities are met and proactively planned for.
    • Ensure that the CEO is well-prepared for meetings and events.
    • Lead and/or coordinate responsibility for drafting the CEO's external communications and responding on behalf of the CEO to issues that arise, both internally and externally.
    • Develop and manage the strategy for the CEO's travel and public appearances to maximize efficiency and exposure.
  • Cross-functional leadership:
    • Serve as a point of contact or gatekeeper between top management and other stakeholders.
    • Partner with leadership and key staff across Advocacy, Development, Marketing & Communications, programs and other teams to help prioritize the CEO’s engagements. 
    • Effectively leverage the CEO's role and schedule for fundraising and revenue/resource development purposes.
  • External initiatives and engagements:
    • Lead projects of top importance to the CEO or highly visible initiatives driven out of the Office of the CEO, particularly at the intersection of government advocacy and media and tech. 
    • Drive projects that span Common Sense and other organizations, requiring cross-functional collaboration and resource allocation.
    • Manage the CEO's media strategy in coordination with the communications team and others at Common Sense.
  • Manage select consultants or advisors to maximize and elevate the CEO and the organization’s work.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Four-year degree required; graduate degree strongly preferred.
  • 7+ years experience in management consulting, public policy/advocacy, external relations, or communications-related roles. 
  • Background in government, technology, or education sectors is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent project management skills with an ability to balance high-priority initiatives.
  • Skilled verbal and written communicator. Ability to communicate complex information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Experience and comfort interacting across levels of an organization, including board members and senior executives.
  • An ability to work with a variety of personality types.
  • Ingenuity and ability to drive initiatives independently.
  • Demonstrated leadership; management experience preferred.
  • Sound discretion and judgment.
  • Proficiency in Spanish, or any other second language, is a plus.

 

Common Sense values the diversity of its employees and is an equal-opportunity employer. For more information on our values, please visit our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Common Sense will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. However, job offers are made on the condition that the applicant subsequently passes a criminal background check. If the background check indicates a prior criminal conviction, we will conduct an individualized assessment to determine whether the conviction should result in a denial of employment. 

 

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