Add an executive assistant to your office

Powerhouse executive offices need rock star executive assistants. 

Executive Assistants are at the heart of an organization's operations, empowering leaders to create serious impact.

An ideal executive office is calm, efficient, and nimble. 

Somedays your office feels that way. But other days, when someone is sick or on vacation, it feels as if the wheels could come off at any moment. Whether you need a new or additional Executive Assistant, Prime Chief of Staff has a signature approach to get you the support you need. We ensure a high-match to your company culture and offer ongoing support as your new hire onboards. 

Need immediate relief? We can place interim support while we find you your next rock star.



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You deserve more good days at work.

As an executive leader, you have spent time in the trenches of office life. You've developed a personal style: how you write your emails, how you schedule your day, and what you make time for is deeply personal and important to you. You have an independent streak and know how you like things done. And that makes it hard to let go of certain tasks that you've always done for yourself. 

You keep trying to get more out of your time.

There are one million tasks and ideas bouncing around your mind. All the time. From new approaches to the strategic plan to making sure each board member gets a birthday card. While your intentions and inspiration are top-rate, your execution is hindered by a lack of time and capacity to do all the things you think about. As a result, small things can fall by the wayside and your best ideas get sidelined for the mundane must-dos.

The key to unlocking your time and effectiveness lies in having a top notch support system.

Prime has a 99% success rate placing administrative support professionals. Executive Assistants are able to pick up the tasks always on your mind but never on your calendar--things like putting together an SOP for managing your communications. Or remembering to order the specific kind of tea your board president loves ahead of a big meeting. Or scheduling a break in your day to work on your daily sudoku so you don't lose your mind. 

Executive Assistants take tasks directly from you and execute them the way you need. Stop wishing for more time and focus to do things with intention. Instead, delegate to an Executive Assistant who will complete things with the care, graciousness, and thoughtfulness you wish you had time for. 


How we deliver
our signature results. 

We know executive support roles first-hand because we are a team of former Chiefs of Staff and Executive Assistants in various industries and sectors. This insider knowledge allows us to achieve the best outcomes for your organization.


We assess your workflow and goals to determine the right placement requirements for you and your organization.


We curate a selection of high-performing Executive Assistant candidates representing diversity in race, gender, and experience who can build a close partnership with you and others in your organization. We source candidates for full-time and interim roles.


We design a comprehensive program to develop you and your Executive Assistant for optimal productivity and performance.

The most common Executive Assistant questions, answered.

What is an executive office?

An executive office is the ecosystem of processes, functions, and people dedicated to a principal's success. The Chief of Staff is often the leader of an executive office.

What background is ideal to be an Executive Assistant?

As with many roles, experience levels can vary and depend on a candidate's ability to perform the position's duties. Generally speaking, Executive Assistants gather lots of their training on the job. As such, there is no particular education pathway or degree that leads one to becoming an EA. Many EAs have some experience and/or education in administrative assistance and business. It is important to understand the right mix of experience and background necessary for your particular role before you begin a search.

What is the difference between a Personal Assistant and an Executive Assistant?

Both PA and EA roles require similar strengths, like a high level of organization, detail-orientation, expert people skills, and awareness of common business etiquettes. Both roles also require being an adept scheduler and having a strong relationship built on trust with the person they serve. The key difference in these two positions lies in what kind of work is done. A Personal Assistant performs tasks relevant to both their principal's professional and personal matters. An Executive Assistant typically focuses on matters just related to their principal's professional obligations and relationships. 

Does an Executive Assistant manage people?

The short answer: sometimes. Most of the management taken on by an EA relates to the operations, correspondence, and events for an organization's executive leadership. Some organizations have more than one EA, and in those cases, one EA may serve as the lead or director of the others. In other organizations, other roles like Office Manager or Deputy Director may manage EAs. Regardless of managerial duties, the EA role always works closely and collaboratively with a range of internal and external stakeholders.

What are the primary responsibilities of an Executive Assistant?

An executive assistant provides administrative support to members of an organization's executive leadership team. The main tasks of an EA are handling office-management and operational duties, making travel arrangements, managing correspondence, handling calendar events, organizing reports and documents, answering phone calls, setting up meetings, screening visitors, and other similar duties. Of course, more specific responsibilities will depend on your organization and your leader(s). 

What attributes do the best Executive Assistants embody?

The specific personalities, attributes, and skills we seek in EA candidates vary depending on the position, the leader, and the organization. In fact, our ability to pinpoint the behavioral traits to create lasting partnerships between an EA and leader is our bread and butter. We help your organization determine the right mix of technical and behavioral skills required for a successful relationship between the candidate and your leader.

What's the difference between a high performing Executive Assistant and a Chief of Staff?

We get this question a lot. We believe many executives need both and that they are two distinct positions--both of which add tremendous value. Below outlines a few key differences:

Executive Assistant:
Tactically focused
Executes details
Completes tasks provided
Specific understanding of his/her executive
Typically does not manage others
Carries out directives of the executive

Chief of Staff:
Strategically focused
Formulates and executes projects and priorities
Determines appropriate person to complete tasks
Comprehensive understanding of entire organization
Typically manages others directly or indirectly
Works on behalf of the executive or organization

Can a junior-level person like an EA be developed into a Chief of Staff?

Yes, depending on your needs. We believe pinpointing superstar, high-potential employees for a future Chief of Staff role is a great way to develop talent and provide them with exposure to your leadership and business. However, we think the Chief of Staff title should be reserved for those who fully perform the role’s key functions above. That doesn't mean, however, that a more junior person cannot be Chief of Staff.


Develop your current Executive Assistant into the rock star you need. 

Prime offers coaching specifically for roles that support executive leadership, such as Executive Assistants. Our certified coaches are experienced in coaching Chiefs of Staff, EAs, and deputy directors. They understand the breadth and rigors of these positions and can offer role-specific advice while also coaching you towards the growth you imagine for yourself. In fact, our coaching program is one of the hallmarks of the Prime brand. Because we want your direct reports to find their A-game, too. 

Coaching Benefits

Get an objective sounding board and accountability partner.

Address any skills or training gaps

Find more balance – personally and professionally

Promote your own development and growth

Stay committed to continuous self-improvement

Coaching Results

Enhance your confidence, your credibility, and focus.

Increase resilience, reduce self-pressure and stress

Heighten your professional command in any situation

Discover your development plan of action

Elevate your self-awareness

Meet our coaches.

We partner with certified professional coaches to provide the highest quality coaching services to our clients. Learn more about our coaches below. 

Chris Hagood
Coach and Advisor

Trishia Lichauco

Katrina Lempenski

Myla Skinner
Coach and Advisor


The Executive Office Effectiveness Diagnostic

Prime Chief of Staff's Effectiveness Diagnostic is a tool used by executive offices to discover, develop, and measure the strengths of their team.

The diagnostic is performed each quarter, providing a picture of where your team currently excels, areas for growth, and an opportunity to measure how your strengths develop over time. 

Your first Effectiveness Diagnostic and results meeting are complimentary.


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"As a former Chief of Staff, I've built Prime to support the specific needs of this role. It's rewarding and demanding, so having a support system behind you is hugely helpful to your long-term career success."



Download these resources.

Wondering how a Chief of Staff can enhance executive effectiveness?  Download this free eGuide to learn how the Chief of Staff role can amplify your A-game.

The State of the Chief of Staff is created in partnership with the University of Colorado offering insights into the demographics and impact of the Chief of Staff role.

With more than 200 Chiefs of Staff participating, we have gathered thought-provoking results about the impact of the Chief of Staff role post-pandemic. 

Are you a current EA?

Participate in research to receive the latest updates and insights into the role. Check out our development services as well to get connected with other Chiefs.

Looking for EA coaching?

Our coaches are experienced in guiding you through the rigors of the position to offer role-specific advice while also coaching you to become the leader you want to be.


Ready to throw your hat in the ring?

We love placing ambitious people ready to take their career to new levels. Put the power of Prime to work for you by finding your once-in-a-lifetime Executive Assistant role.