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Assistant Director, Board Development

Department Description: This position will work with the Beth Israel Lahey Health Philanthropy team.

Job Location: Boston, Massachusetts

Req ID: 44702BR

Job Summary: The Assistant Director, Board Development will report directly to the Assistant Vice President, Board Development. The primary responsibility is to provide staff support to board development efforts involving the BILH and BILH first-tier hospital boards of trustees, ancillary boards, and board committees.

Essential Responsibilities:
  1. Serves as a Board Development resource to local and system-service Philanthropy teams, as well as various hospital teams who interact with boards, on all matters relating to board relations. Provides templates, data, and guidance on best practices around board structures and processes. Conduct training sessions regarding board-related matters to Philanthropy team members.
  2. Supports the Chairs and Vice Chairs of the BILH and first-tier volunteer leadership boards and committees. For board meetings and events, prepares briefings, presentation content/slides, and remarks for board leadership, hospital and Philanthropy leadership, and any presenters. Conducts follow up, and works with other Philanthropy teams to produce a flawless program.
  3. Crafts and sends regular and special communications to board members regarding upcoming events, media alerts, and time-sensitive system, hospital, and board related news. Partners with Philanthropy Communications team to review and produce pieces and publications regarding boards and board members.
  4. Sources, tracks, and recommends board candidates for consideration across the BILH system, with a special focus on diverse candidates. Executes strategies to promote board diversity. Coordinates and conducts outreach to board candidates and designs and executes onboarding programs for incoming board members.
  5. Partners with board leadership to further diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts on all BILH boards and committees. This may include planning board educational programs, curating resource materials, and cultivating an inclusive and engaging board culture. Staffs the BIDMC Board Diversity Task Force.
  6. Organizes and facilitates various governance activities and efforts, such as the bi-annual board and committee self-evaluation processes, governance surveys, and other key activities that require volunteer coordination and direction.
  7. Serves as a system administrator for BoardVantage, the web portal used to store and distribute board and committee meeting materials, resource materials, and other documentation. Maintains up-to-date and accurate data in portal. Trains and provides technical support to board and staff users of the portal.
  8. Manages portfolio of board member prospects, including periodic visits and other outreach, to identify board member interests, ensure optimal engagement, and foster positive board experience.
Required Qualifications:
  1. Bachelor's degree required.
  2. 3-5 years related work experience required in Philanthropy/Development and/or volunteer management..
  3. Demonstrated ability to engage and successfully utilize volunteers in achieving fundraising goals.
  4. Experience with computer systems required, including web based applications and some Microsoft Office applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access.
Preferred Qualifications:
  1. 4+ years' experience in Development, preferably in a healthcare environment.
  2. Experience with, or knowledge of, non-profit governance structures and processes.
  3. Knowledge of Raiser's Edge.
  1. Decision Making: Ability to make decisions that are guided by precedents, policies and objectives. Regularly makes decisions and recommendations on issues affecting a department or functional area.
  2. Problem Solving: Ability to address problems that are varied, requiring analysis or interpretation of the situation using direct observation, knowledge and skills based on general precedents.
  3. Independence of Action: Ability to set goals and determines how to accomplish defined results with some guidelines. Manager/Director provides broad guidance and overall direction.
  4. Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats to internal and external customers.
  5. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to medical center staff, patients, families and external customers.
  6. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and policies with the ability to use them in complex varied situations.
  7. Team Work: Ability to lead collaborative teams for larger projects or groups both internal and external to the Medical Center and across functional areas. Results have implications for the management and operations of multiple areas of the organization.
  8. Customer Service: Ability to provide a high level of customer service and staff training to meet customer service standards and expectations for the assigned unit(s). Resolves service issues in the assigned unit(s) in a timely and respectful manner.

Physical Nature of the Job:
Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally in carrying, lifting, pushing, pulling objects. Sitting most of the time, with walking and standing required only occasionally
EOE Statement



As a health care organization, we have a responsibility to do everything in our power to care for and protect our patients, our colleagues and our communities. BILH requires that all staff be vaccinated against influenza (flu) and COVID-19 as a condition of employment.

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