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Director of Board Engagement

School of International and Public Affairs

Director of Board Engagement

  • 528749
  • Morningside
  • School of International and Public Affairs
  • Full Time
  • Opening on: Aug 17 2022
  • Grade 13
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: commensurate with experience

Position Summary

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) and working closely with its Board Chair, the Director of Board Engagement will serve as a communications conduit for board members and lead, shape, and manage the advisory board. The incumbent will develop and manage all related processes, strengthening board member engagement and organizing related functions, meetings, and associated programs.

The Director of Board Engagement will also act as the primary staffer to the Founding Director of the Center on Global Energy Policy at meetings and conferences. As a member of the Director’s Office, the Director of Board Engagement will coordinate briefing materials for domestic and international conferences, including traveling with the Founding Director and attending all meetings, as appropriate. The position will also manage any follow up from the conference and meetings, coordinating with other departments when appropriate to ensure tangible results from each engagement.

The Director of Board Engagement will require excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to exercise discretion, independent judgment, strategic thinking, and trusted handling of confidential information. Interest in the mission of the Center and Columbia/SIPA is key. Knowledge of the global energy system and issues related to energy and climate policy is preferred.


Advisory Board:

  • In close coordination with the Founding Director, Executive Director, Board Chair, and Senior Director of Development, lead, shape, and manage relations with the Advisory Board. Develop and manage all related processes, strengthening member engagement and communications.
  • Plan and execute biannual Advisory Board meetings, and quarterly Executive Committee meetings, ensuring objectives are achieved. Develop agendas, timelines, logistics, presentation decks, and talking points for the Founding Director, Executive Director and Board Chair, as well as pre-read materials. Brainstorm and select topics and speakers for content presentations within meetings. Prepare meeting minutes and follow up on next steps
  • Lead and oversee policies and processes for board appointments, including onboarding, orientation, and renewal and end-of-term materials.
  • Conduct outreach to former board members, developing a cycle and structure of engagement opportunities.
  • Oversee board member participation, liaising with their support staff to confirm details of their participation for associated meetings and events. Monitor and track engagement.
  • Contribute to strategic briefings, presentations, talking points, and strategy for the Founding Director, Executive Director and Board Chair in relation to board agenda items.
  • Collaborate with the Founding Director, Executive Director and Board Chair regarding board-term strategy, reviewing and strategizing board terms and following through on execution.
  • Conduct background on prospective board members and coordinate meetings and review with the nominating committee, keeping an eye for diversity and driving decision-making. Cultivate new relationships for future prospects.
  • Roll out subcommittees on specific research areas and strategic planning, setting agendas, meeting cadence, and member selection.
  • Cross-functionally work with teams across the organization to identify new opportunities that would benefit from board participation and liaising with members’ offices to facilitate their engagement across programs and strategic events.
  • Develop a board portal, uploading materials and the forthcoming meeting calendar and communicating to members.
  • Draft monthly newsletters that showcase the work of the Center, garnering feedback across teams and working with the Founding Director’s office for dissemination.
  • Organize and lead quarterly expert briefings on timely energy topics.
  • Serve as a conduit for board input, hosting individual meetings with members.
  • Provide analytical, tactical, and specialized administrative support and strategic planning to relieve the Founding Director and Executive Director of and/or assist with complex details and administrative duties. Keep abreast of the Founding Director and Executive Director’s plans with board members, identify conflicts, flag problems for intervention and correct course as appropriate.
  • Lead with integrity and maintain the highest standards of confidentiality.
  • Generate additional materials and outputs for the board as needed.


  • Coordinate agenda and briefing materials in advance of conferences including: WEF Annual Meeting, COP, Aspen Global Energy Forum, etc.
  • Attend meeting and events with the Founding Director, as appropriate.
  • Follow up on contacts made by the Director and supports the cultivation of ongoing relationships.
  • Facilitate and manage follow up from conferences and meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 4-6 years of directly related professional experience working with VPs, Executives, and Board Members.
  • Significant project management experience alongside demonstrated ability to plan and organize high-level meetings.
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail.
  • Strong research, writing, and communication skills.
  • Superior interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Strategic planning and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and handle confidential information.
  • Ability to work under pressure on competing responsibilities with resilience, discretion, and diplomacy.
  • Ability to streamline and implement new systems and processes.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team in a hybrid work environment.
  • Ability to utilize computer technology for communication, data gathering and reporting activities, including Microsoft Office Suite, Google platform, Slack, etc.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in policy, economics, international relations or a related field.
  • Additional years of directly related professional experience.
  •  Previous experience with organizations focused on energy, climate change and/or geopolitics.
  • Previous experience in higher education, non-profit or NGO’s.
  • High energy, hands-on, action-oriented, relationship-focused personality that will drive for results.
  • Strong orientation towards data analytics.
  • Exposure to international development.
  • Familiarity with corporate sustainability or social responsibility programs.
  • Strong experience with Salesforce or other CRM systems.
  • Ability to travel domestically as needed

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