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SENIOR ADVISOR – SPECIAL PROJECTS AND BOARD LIAISON
Other, FT Employee
Catholic Relief Services (Baltimore, MD)
Job Title: Senior Advisor for Special Projects and Board Liaison
Location: Baltimore, MD/Headquarters
Reports to: President and Chief Executive Officer
Catholic Relief Services carries out the commitment of the Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and vulnerable overseas. Our Catholic identity is at the heart of our mission and operations. We welcome as a part of our staff and as partners people of all faiths and secular traditions who share our values and our commitment to serving those in need.
The Catholic Relief Services’ Board of Directors, in carrying out its duties of loyalty and care effectively, must maintain strong and active interaction and communication with various groups within and affiliated with the Agency. The Senior Advisor for Special Projects and Board Liaison acts as chief liaison to the board and assists the President and CEO on special projects and events.
The Senior Advisor for Special Projects and Board Liaison supports the President and CEO, on all matters related to the CRS Board of Directors. S/he will be expected to, on a daily basis, remain in regular contact with the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and board members of the organization, keeping them informed of board and board committee activity. The Senior Advisor for Special Projects and Board Liaison will manage board logistics as they relate to committee and board meetings, board member trips, mailings and other important communications. In addition, the Senior Advisor for Special Projects and Board Liaison will work with the President and CEO on research projects, position papers, conferences, workshops and special outreach on an as-needed basis.
• Meet regularly with appropriate Board Committee staff. Ensure that board and committee work follows a calendar of annual activities to fulfill governance responsibilities, is well-documented and appropriately archived.
• Communicate regularly with the Board Chair and the President to ensure that they are kept informed and up to date on all board member initiatives.
• Coordinate submission of reports by the board chair to USCCB administrative committee.
• Within the goals outlined by the new strategic plan, work with leadership to craft roles and responsibilities of officers, committee chairs and at-large membership, ensuring that expectations are set and accountability for delivery of results is in place.
• Support leadership in the on-going review of board committee structure and make recommendations that build and support that structure to its greatest success.
• Working with the President and ELT, analyze current effectiveness of board committees, determining where additional support is necessary and where there may be redundancies.
• Support the President and Board Chair in evaluating current and projected composition of committees. Help to identify candidates for committee membership that ensure demographic balance and practical use of members’ skills.
• Working with the President and Nominating Committee, identify gaps in expertise, networks or reach and support the efforts to bring broader access within additional spheres of influence to the cause. Help build and maintain a list of board recruitment targets.
Logistics and Coordination:
• Support the President and the Leadership Team in developing and executing new member orientation and other related development programs for board members.
• Oversee planning, preparation, implementation and follow up for business meetings of the board. In partnership with the Board Chair, President and the Leadership Team, develop board/committee meeting schedule, agenda, and provides background materials for board deliberations. Confer with necessary stakeholders as needed to establish board meeting annual calendar.
• Oversee all planning and logistics around board support, including regular meetings, committee meetings and correspondence.
• Plan and direct the board affairs administrative functions and daily operations, developing board affairs annual budget and managing oversight and administration of budget.
• Develop white papers, internal announcement correspondence, talking points and other documents; may also be responsible for editorials or articles issued by the office of the President and CEO.
• Manage and organize conferences and events requested by CRS President and CEO.
• Assist in the planning and implementation of staff and/or board retreats.
• Conducts research for the President and CEO, on topics related to upcoming events and meetings including bios, backgrounds and publications.
• Provide leadership on other special projects as needed.
Agency-wide Competencies (for all CRS Staff):
These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.
• Serves with Integrity
• Models Stewardship
• Cultivates Constructive Relationships
• Promotes Learning
Key Working Relationships:
Internal: President and CEO, Executive Office colleagues, Executive Leadership Team, Senior Directors and Directors
External: Board of Directors, Vendors, Board prospects, USCCB
Supervisory Responsibilities/Financial Oversight:
• May supervise administrative staff and/or volunteers, interns, and temporary staff.
• May serve as delegated financial authority in a variety of areas, such as arranging for large meetings and committing funds related to such meetings and approving expense reports.
• MBA or Master’s Degree related to organization administration or law degree strongly preferred; Bachelors required.
• Minimum of eight years of experience in a high level support role, preferably in a development environment; experience with US Catholic Church preferred.
• Practicing Catholic strongly preferred.
• Strong financial management and organizational skills appropriate to the oversight of a broad range of projects and event contracts. A team player with exceptional communication skills along with interpersonal savvy.
• Outstanding planning, project management and logistical skills.
• Strong research and analytical skills
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated poise, diplomacy, tact and good judgment. Impeccable discretion above all else. Respect and maintain confidentiality.
• Excellent calendar management skills, including the coordination of meetings and Board related events.
• Able to multi-task and recognize priorities. Have the ability to prioritize and work with tight deadlines.
Foreign Language Required:
• Normal conditions for an office environment
• Willingness and ability to travel as needed (domestically & overseas)
This job description is not an exhaustive list of the skills, efforts, duties, and responsibilities associated with the position.
NOTE: All interested applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S. at the time of application.
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