chief of staff resume example with 9+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Executive Profile

Highly motivated professional with expertise in government and political affairs. Brings over 15 years of solid experience managing all levels of multiple projects including budgeting and administration and over 10 years working in the non-profit sector. Possess strong understanding of strategic planning, policy and fiscal analysis.

Skill Highlights
  • Inter-governmental and legislative relations
  • Financial, community and education policy development
  • Polished communication skills
  • Bilingual in Spanish: written and verbal
  • Staff leadership and development
  • Media relations
  • Master trainer
  • Creative problem solver
Core Accomplishments
  • Co-founded and operated non-profit for early childhood training and youth services.
  • Enlisted to undertake additional position as Interim Executive Director for 27 member Caucus, within first year as Budget Director.
  • Promoted to Chief of Staff after 2 years in city government.
  • Spearheaded negotiations with city agency resulting in successfully saving more than 150 child care slots proposed for elimination in fiscal year 2013.
  • Secured Universal Prekindergarten contract in competitive market for non-profit in 2005.
  • Served as key panelist on the future of MWBE contracts, procurement process and capacity building at ABENY's 2012 conference in Albany
  • Mentored by City Council Chair of Education, former Chair of Contracts and lead plaintiff for landmark lawsuit, Campaign for Fiscal Equity
  • Elected to School PTA, Vice President of Elementary School
  • Elected to Executive Board, Barack Obama Democratic Club of Upper Manhattan
  • Earned Progressive Women's Award, November 2012
Professional Experience
Chief of Staff, 07/2009 - 11/2013
Albany Charter School Network Alameda, CA,
  • Defined office's vision, strategies and budgetary, legislative and community priorities representative of Chair of Education, Member of Budget and Negotiations Team, and Co-Chair of Black, Latino and Asian Caucus.
  • Oversaw operations of three offices.
  • Spearheaded 5 budget cycles leading to stability, development and improvement of services in areas of education, affordable housing, youth and senior services and more.
  • Analyzed federal, state and city budgets and advised on potential impacts on delivery of local services.
  • Directed public relations, media relations and crisis communications campaigns.
  • Acted as chief spokesperson in negotiating land use, agency services and budget items.
  • Built and retained high performance staff by hiring, developing, and motivating skilled professionals.
  • Directed 6 community presentations on City's Adopted Fiscal Budget.
  • Strengthened elected official's public access by implementing series of 12 "Council Member in Your Corner" events.
  • Created strategic alliances with organization and elected leaders to effectively align with and support key policy initiatives.
  • Increased efficiency of operations by creating 4 key positions: communications, budget, policy and community affairs.
  • Assisted in negotiating contract with private university for increased and enhanced public access to local park and waterfront.
  • Streamlined the chain of command and internal structural roles, relationships and responsibilities.
  • Aligned work schedules to meet performance goals and budget, making adjustments where needed.
  • Wrote and revised budgetary documents, testimony, speeches, and newsletter.
Senior Advisor, 2012 - 08/2013
Columbia University New York, NY,
  • Developed strategic and financial plan jointly with campaign consultants.
  • Assisted candidate in hiring of consultants, campaign manager and field coordinators.
  • Developed policy positions.
  • Approved estimated project costs and monitored budgets with treasurer.
  • Prepped candidate for public appearances, forums and interviews.
  • Contributed to expanding volunteer and donor base.
  • Worked on plan for field operations and GOTV.
Director of Budget and Legislative Affairs, 07/2009 - 05/2012
Trilogy Health Services Eaton Rapids, MI,
  • Managed Expense and Capital Budget estimating $30 million a year.
  • Prepared fiscal response to city's budget report for distribution to staff and community members.
  • Recommended funding allocations to over 200 community based organizations each year.
  • Worked in concert with Finance Division and other contracting city agencies to ensure organizations' compliance with city's procurement process.
  • Researched and advised council member on pending legislation and hearings.
  • Garnered support from other offices, advocates and community leaders for legislation and hearings.
  • Oversaw enactment of legislation, including but not limited to School Safety Act, True Book Bill and Arts Tracking Bill.
  • Supervised and expanded City Hall/legislative staff and operations.
Interim Executive Director, 04/2010 - 11/2011
New York City Council Black, Latino And Asian Caucus City, STATE,
  • Managed all activities supporting caucus comprised of 27 council members.
  • Centralized ranking and administrative process resulting in equitable budget representative of membership.
  • Negotiated with Speaker's office to maximize funding opportunities of membership's budget priorities.
  • Established and maintained cooperative relationships with representatives of community, public interest, and labor groups.
  • Directed all media, press and public relations issues.
  • Facilitated executive leadership's decision-making on key policies representative of membership's minority constituencies.
  • Led effort for caucus to pass resolutions including support for legislation mandating diversity in FDNY, living wage bill, ICE immigration bill, and MWBE contract compliance.
  • Coordinated legislative body's retreat with State counterpart to strengthen coalition building and align priorities between city and state elected officials.
  • Implemented member-driven committees resulting in Caucus' first Small Business and Employments Expo and restructuring of governance.
  • Mentored new director through first 6 months of hiring and budget cycle.
Co-Founder/Executive Director, 03/2003 - 04/2008
Initiatives For Community Development City, STATE,
  • Accountable for program development, operations and fiscal management.
  • Trained over 600 early childhood and school age providers for state mandated certification and national credential.
  • Managed stated-funded Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Services program for teens.
  • Wrote proposals, training modules and financial reports.
  • Responded to state financial and program audits with positive results.
Bachelor of Science: Applied Psychological Sciences, Expected in
New York University - New York, NY
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GPA: 3.7

Officer of Black and Latino Students Business Association

Dr. Eddie L. Jones Academic Achievement Award

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  • Senior Advisor
  • Director of Budget and Legislative Affairs
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