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Board Relations Liason

Washington, DC · Marketing/Public Relations

International Economic Development Council - Board Relations Liaison

Title: Board Relations Liaison
Reports to: President & CEO
Classification: Exempt

Position Description
The Board Relations Liaison will be the primary point of contact for all IEDC board related work alongside the President & CEO. They will drive board activities, logistics, agenda and board packet development and be the main point of contact for board members to get information on upcoming events or activities

The Board Relations Liaison will coordinate with the IEDC Executive Office and Leadership team to ensure administrative and logistical support is provided in preparation for any board activity, and ensure that materials are created in a timeline and accurate fashion.  

This position is eligible to be located outside commuting distance of IEDC’s Washington, DC, office, and applicants from throughout the United States are encouraged to apply. IEDC seeks to model the diversity of the communities we serve, and as such, we strongly urge applications from all interested people without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.
Specific Duties and Responsibilities
  • Reports directly to the President and CEO and serves as the primary point of contact for all Board members, Executive Committee members and Board related matters;
  • Works closely with the President and CEO and the organization’s senior leadership team on all Board communication and planning;
  • Maintains discretion and confidentiality regarding all Board matters;
  • Provide administrative and strategic support regarding Board matters; and
  • Attend all Board Meetings, record notes, prepare minutes, agendas and board packets.
Board Leadership Support
  • Provide high-level administrative support as needed to the Board of Directors and Executive Committee including drafting agendas, composing correspondence, arranging itineraries, compiling meeting documents, completing expense reports, creating, organizing and maintaining accurate electronic and hardcopy Board-related files and folders, and other administrative tasks, as needed; and
  • Help maintain up to date contact information for all Board members in all relevant databases, listservs and address books.
Logistics and Coordination
  • Responsible for all aspects of planning Executive Committee and Board meetings, calls, convenings, retreats and other gatherings including drafting agendas, preparing and distributing Board Books and other relevant materials, setting meeting dates, drafting and sending out calendar invitations, and managing all meeting logistics;
  • Coordinate with staff committee liaisons for all board committees, advisory committees and task forces;
  • Provide day-of meeting support to ensure successful execution of all meetings for the Board, Executive Committee, and other Board Committees; and
  • Communicate all decisions, actions, directives, and important information following board and committee meetings to the appropriate individuals or stakeholders. Anticipate and follow up on outstanding agenda items, taking action to ensure information is provided to the board and committee members in a timely manner.
Board Member Engagement
  • Assist CEO in the development, implementation and coordination of a Board engagement strategy;
  • Help ensure ongoing leadership development of all Board Members;
  • Manage onboarding and orientation of all new Board Members;
  • Plan events, conference calls, briefings and other opportunities for Board members to hear about our work or share information with other Board Members;
  • Utilize best practices for tracking, acknowledgment and reporting progress on Board engagement including tracking individualized participation and records for each board member (including onboarding, committee placement, coordinating impact tour attendance, volunteer opportunities, recognition, etc.); and
  • Manage outreach to Board Members around sign on letters, RSVPs for meetings and events, membership on committees and subcommittees, and other Board communication; and
  • Assist CEO in organizing regular outreach to members of the Board.
  • Plan and manage the Board nomination process;
  • Work with CEO and Board to review and maintain by-laws and other governance documents;
  • Stay up-to-date on current trends and best practices in board governance to provide recommendations when appropriate; and
  • Support leadership in the on-going review of Board committee roles, responsibilities and structure, ensure clarity and accountability, and make recommendations to ensure effectiveness of all board activities and identify areas for additional support or change.
Support of other IEDC Initiatives and Projects
  • Travel to three yearly conferences and support the Board meetings, any President and CEO-related meetings, conference registration, and other on-site efforts;
  • Work closely with the Executive Office and Leadership Team to ensure administrative and logistical support is provided to all organization departments as needed; and
  • Assist with special projects and other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements and Competencies:
  • Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education and experience;
  • Graduate Degree desirable,
  • Strong diplomacy and interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and demonstrate a high level of service and responsiveness;
  • Experience working in a professional environment with high-level executives;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong research and analytical skills;
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect the ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly in a fast-paced environment with excellent attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Highly resourceful team-player, with the ability to be effective independently;
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and work well under pressure, demonstrating persistence, perseverance, integrity and patience along the way;
  • Proven ability to handle and maintain sensitive and confidential personal and financial information with discretion and high ethical standards;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point)
Fringe benefits include paid health, dental, vision, term life, and disability insurance, plus sick and annual leave, federally recognized holidays, cell phone benefit, and a 401(k) plan. Career development is encouraged.

Organization Description
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit, non-partisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,800 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public-private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.

IEDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender, age, religion, national origin, veteran/military status, ancestry, or disability.

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