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ProfileVP of Board Relations and Governance The candidate role has been created to support and develop the company national board of directors to be a best in class board within the non-profit sector. The VP will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of board development, including board and committee meeting preparation, director recruitment and nominating and board communication. This role, working with the President, will support the CEO and Governance Committee and work with key staff across the organization in order to ensure that the board is highly effective in carrying out its essential duties and governance responsibilities and is able to attract and develop the highest caliber candidates to serve as directors. Develop and coordinate the activities of a high level council as a means of engaging potential candidates for the board and furthering the mission. Work with the President and CEO to establish a plan for the board and its respective committees for each fiscal year, including focus areas and key decisions that will guide the design of each board engagement throughout the year. Support the work of a staff advisory committee in support of the board’s work. This will include, CFO, President and SVP of Development. Support the CEO and Board Chair in the development of board agendas for quarterly board meetings with an emphasis on generative discussion and clear board actions. Work with the President, CFO and SVP H.R. to incorporate the priorities and progress of various board committees into the design of board agendas. Periodically design and run strategic retreats to help the board reassess vision and mission, evaluate and establish outcomes, understand and help shape key strategies. Staff Governance Committee Meetings, supporting the Committee Chair as needed. Work with FANO colleagues staffing other committees to ensure ongoing high level functioning and participation of each committee. Coordinate production of all Board Meeting materials, working closely with the Executive Assistant to the CEO and members of the Executive Team as needed to ensure materials promote clarity in reporting to the board and stimulate generate discussion in the board room. Design, administer and analyze the annual board self-assessment survey with an emphasis on continuous improvement in board effectiveness. Utilize insights from the board self-assessment and best practices and trends in board governance, as well as outside expertise, to support the Governance Committee’s efforts to strengthen the board. Examine and explore alternative governance structures, committees, and councils that can be utilized to help the board optimize its effectiveness, raise the profile of the company brand and accelerate the resource development efforts and key strategic initiatives of the organization. Collaborate with the Philanthropy Department to meaningfully engage former directors through the Emeritus Board and to cultivate prospective directors and influential leaders through the development of a National Leadership Council. Facilitate the recruitment, director slate development, prioritization and nominations processes for the purpose of attracting diverse, wise and highly influential candidates to serve on the company board. Coordinate the onboarding of new directors. Develop a deep understanding of organizational bylaws and governance policies. Recommend and support changes to the bylaws, as needed, to strengthen organizational governance. Facilitate board monitoring of compliance with bylaws. Offer governance training and facilitate best practice sharing for network members. Coordinate the development and execution of the local board track within the company Annual Conference. Provide content development and delivery support to Network Development with respect to local board orientation, which takes place quarterly via webinar.
Qualification and Experience
The candidate should have Master’s degree in - administration or other related field required. Law degree preferred. Must have 8+ years of experience working with non-profit boards of directors. Should have demonstrated understanding of governance principles and best practices of high performing boards. Must have deep knowledge of legal responsibilities of non-profit boards and ability to apply legal principles to inform board discussion and decisions. Should have ability to think creatively and strategically, bringing ideas forward to the CEO and other senior leaders that add value and accelerate continuous improvement in effective governance and strategy. Must have excellent oral and written communication, listening, public speaking and executive level presentation skills. Should have ability to translate information into clear objectives and decisions for board discussion and deliberation. Must have demonstrated diplomacy and ability to offer dissenting points of view in consistently constructive and positive ways. Should have ability to generate respect and trust from staff while fostering cross functional collaboration and a strong sense of teamwork. Must be proficient in MS Office applications and ability to learn new technological applications.
Requisition Number 15-0056. Send Cover letter with resume.
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Chicago, IL 60601