A global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, Northeastern University seeks a self-directed, pragmatic, and highly organized executive to serve as its full-time Board Secretary. In addition to astutely facilitating the governance of the university, the Board Secretary will provide a sophisticated level of hands-on support to university leadership, the Board Chairman, and the Board of Trustees as a whole. The Board Secretary will work diligently to ensure the initiatives of each Trustee ultimately reach successful outcomes, and communication between the Board and the university is consistent and transparent.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President for University Advancement, Diane MacGillivray, and the Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Ralph Martin, the Board Secretary will advise the Board of Trustees, the President, and the senior leadership team on all issues relating to corporate governance; ensure that the initiatives of each Trustee member are advanced and made successful; provide effective and thoughtful support to the University’s senior vice presidents, particularly in their respective efforts preparing for Board and committee activities; and personally engage in the work of the two-person Office of the Trustees, which coordinates the meetings of the Board and its various committees, as well as communications with board members. As the University continues to expand its footprint, the Board Secretary will be a key opinion leader and facilitator of enterprise-wide board development and governance, coalescing leadership priorities across Northeastern’s network of campuses.
The Board Secretary will serve as the consummate advisor, facilitator, and coordinator, able to anticipate and resolve challenges and business needs, and gently influence peers to reach appropriate conclusions about the work at hand. They will often deal with complex matters requiring flexible and creative thinking and collaboration – notably during this time of virtual relationship building – and which must be executed with the utmost integrity.
About Northeastern University
Classified as a top-tier research institution and listed at #40 according to the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best National Universities Rankings, Northeastern has elevated itself into a powerhouse on par with the nation’s elite research colleges and universities. These achievements build upon Northeastern’s unprecedented momentum, which includes continued investments in research and faculty recruitment, record-high student applications, and momentous fundraising success, and are highlighted in the university’s 2019 institutional accomplishments.
President Joseph Aoun, an internationally respected voice on the value of global and experiential education, has led the expansion of experiential learning—centered on Northeastern’s signature co-op program—to offer opportunities for work, research, service, and global study. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate level through nine colleges and schools based in Boston, and select advanced degrees at regional and global graduate campuses in Charlotte, London, Portland, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Toronto, and Vancouver. Northeastern’s global comm...unity continues to thrive during unprecedented and challenging market conditions and has shown tremendous dexterity and resilience during the current pandemic. Quickly transitioning to remote learning, the institution continues to educate its students and advance the frontiers of knowledge through its research.
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