Chief Advisor to the Board of Trustees
City Colleges of Chicago
District Office
3d ago

Duties and Responsibilities

Chief Advisor to the Board of Trustees District Office City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), the largest community college system in Illinois, is made up of seven colleges and five satellite sites, providing more than 70,000 students each year access to a quality, affordable education.

CCC supports students in meeting their goals whether that is pursuit of a credential to head into or advance in the workforce, an associate degree with the intention to transfer to a four-year college, free GED or ESL courses, or continuing education.

CCC seeks candidates committed to our students’ success and offers a unique opportunity for faculty and staff to have a lasting impact in our students’ lives.

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of City Colleges of Chicago Community College District No. 508. The City Colleges of Chicago Board of Trustees is comprised of seven voting members serving three-year terms as appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Council of Chicago.

The Board includes one student trustee elected from one of the Colleges through a campus-wide election. PRIMARY OBJECTIVE Reporting to the Board Chair, the Chief Advisor to the Board of Trustees, serves as the primary contact between the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and other District Officers liaison, facilitating the day-to-day operations and business between the Board of Trustees and the management teams of the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC).

As the Chief Advisor to the Board of Trustees, the position performs administrative functions that require a thorough knowledge of the Board Bylaws, Board Policies and Procedures for Management and Government, Illinois Open Meetings Act, Public Community College Act and an of CCC’s role within the community.

Performs related duties as required. ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Functions within a framework of confidentiality and serves as a liaison between the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor and other District Officers on district strategy, policy and performance management efforts.
  • Provides substantive replies to inquiries from the Board requiring research and expert knowledge of CCC policies and strategic goals.
  • Manages the implementation of strategic board governance and operational processes, including the regular board meetings, preparatory internal review processes for board agenda actions and development and implementation of processes for Board Committees to review relevant topics.
  • Communicates CCC information to the Board of Trustees, to increase the Board’s knowledge and understanding of issues under consideration.
  • Assists the Chancellor and individual members of the Board of Trustees in preparing for discussions and decisions on a range of topics, including long-range strategic planning, budgeting, financial planning and other relevant topics.
  • Ensures that internal communications among the Chancellor, senior staff and the Board of Trustees is strong and that the lines of communication are kept open.
  • Supports the Board of Trustees in all communications and logistics for meetings and / or visits with external and internal constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, other government agencies and interested members of the public.
  • Manages Trustees contacts with and memberships in external organizations including, but not limited to, the Illinois Community College Trustee Association (ICCTA) and other national organizations.
  • Collaborates with district communications staff on media relations, press releases, letters to the editor, public remarks as it relates to the Board of Trustees.
  • Manages staff, finances and operations of the office of the Board of Trustees.
  • Required to adhere to CCC Customer Service Excellence standards.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • REPORTING RELATIONSHIPS Reports To : Board Chair, Board of TrusteesDirect Supervision : Assistant Board Secretary


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Master’s degree or higher preferred
  • Capable of functioning in a high-level position requiring utmost confidentiality, discretion, tact, and judgement
  • Five years of management or administrative experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent organizational, management, and decision-making skills
  • Strong knowledge of public policy principals, as well as corporate, government and civic leadership infrastructure in the City of Chicago, Cook County and State of Illinois
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Ability to build relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders
  • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and multiculturalism
  • Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6 months of hire.

    We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

    Thank you for your interest in City Colleges of Chicago.

    The intent of this job description is to provide a general description of the duties and responsibilities of this position.

    It is not intended to be an exhaustive set of the duties and responsibilities, nor all of the necessary qualifications to perform the work.

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