UND is in the process of hiring a new chief of staff to work with President Andrew Armacost and the executive council.
The position, which helps coordinate various aspects of the president’s and executive council’s meetings and interactions, is open through mid-November.
Armacost said when he was preparing to take on the presidency in June that he would function without a chief of staff for at least the first three months before deciding if he felt the position was necessary. After that time, Armacost deemed it an “essential function” and decided the university needs to hire for the position.
“I felt for the good of not just the president, but also the entire executive council and the vice presidents, that having a person to help coordinate our strategic meetings, our strategic plan, our interactions in support of (Meloney Linder, vice president for marketing and communications) and in interactions with with the press and legislators, that this person would play a very important role on our campus,” he said.
The job description says that the chief of staff is a “key advisor to the president, providing counsel on strategic and operational issues.” The chief of staff also leads strategic planning efforts, manages projects and coordinates with the other members of the executive council, per the job description. A full job description is available on the UND website.
Application reviews begin Nov. 15 and the position will be open until filled. UND’s website lists the starting salary as $128,000. Internal and external candidates may apply for the position. The expected start date for the position is Jan. 4, according to the job description.
The chief of staff position has been empty since the spring of 2019, as former President Mark Kennedy was preparing to leave the university.
In February 2019, while still president at UND, Kennedy walked back a decision to allow his then-chief of staff, Angelique Foster, to work remotely from Texas. Under the original arrangement, Kennedy suggested that Foster could work from Texas and receive $114,000 per year salary and up to $25,000 in travel expenses.
The plan reversed a week later, though, after public reaction.
The decision also was the subject of questioning by news outlets in Colorado when Kennedy was the sole finalist for the president’s position at the University of Colorado. Foster later joined Kennedy within the University of Colorado system.