DIRECTOR OF THE BOARDS OF ADVISORS - Boards of Overseers - Tufts University in Medford Massachusetts

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Tufts University

Medford, Massachusetts 02155

United States

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Detailed Job Description

The Office of the Boards of Advisors is the component of the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President that administers the Boards of Advisors program, which includes boards for the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, and Dental Medicine, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, the Freidman School of Nutrition, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, the Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, and the Athletics program as well as the International Board of Advisors.

In 1986, the Board of Trustees of Tufts University established a network of Boards of Advisors to serve as an important resource to the senior administration and to the trustees as they work to guide the further development of the university and its schools, and to expand awareness of Tufts' excellence and contributions nationally and internationally.These boards comprise more than 230 people of national and international stature from business, health sciences, academia and other fields. The Boards of Advisors work with the deans, provost and president to address Tufts' needs and aspirations. While formal institutional governance and fiduciary responsibility for the university rests solely with its Board of Trustees, the Boards of Advisors bring their breadth of knowledge and experience to play a key role in the advancement of Tufts University's reputation and capabilities around the globe.

The Director of the Boards of Advisors will work with the chair of the Council of Boards of Advisors, the provost and the vice provost, the school deans, the vice president for university advancement, directors of advancement, the director of athletics, the advisor to the provost for the international board and their staff members to plan, orchestrate, and assure the high quality of all board meetings and functions. He or she will be responsible for regular and special communications with board members, for working with the provost and vice provost to steward board member relationships, and for working with other administrative offices to assure follow-up of any board decisions or projects. He or she will take a proactive and strategic approach to ensuring that the boards operate as a vital, adaptive, and cohesive program, and will play a key role in helping the boards meet the goals for the program set by the Provost in conjunction with the Chair of the Council of the Boards of Advisors. In addition, he or she will continue the implementation of relevant recommendations coming out of a recent review of the program. He or she will attend all board events and functions and will share information on best practices among the boards. He or she will pay attention to board membership development as needed to meet overall program goals and board diversity. He or she will work closely with individual deans as requested to address needs of individual boards. Additionally, this person will plan, orchestrate, and assure success of other special programs and social functions for the Provost and Vice Provost.
Job Requirements

Basic Requirements:

Must have a minimum of five (5) years of related experience.
Must have a Bachelor's degree.
Must be able to travel to local, domestic and international destinations as required.
Proficient in Microsoft Office and windows based computer programs.
Must have outstanding interpersonal skills that include a demonstrated ability to work collegially with school-based staff, deans and administrators, to make people from many different backgrounds feel comfortable and to assure the comfort and satisfaction of Advisors, Trustees, and invited guests at events.
Must have outstanding organizational skills that include an ability to meet deadlines, plan and execute complex events, and assure that all of the details that go into a successful event and a positive impression of Tufts and the Advisors board program are attended to.
Must have the ability to work with and understand the needs of a wide variety of administrative offices to assure follow-up of board decisions and projects, particularly international projects.
Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently without daily supervision, focus on customer service, hospitality toward Advisors and invited guests and collegiality with other offices.
Must be familiar with with protocol and etiquette and an understanding of and willingness to adhere to standards of excellence and quality in event planning and program presentation.
Must have the ability to think creatively, to explore alternatives, to solve problems.
Must possess the ability to understand issues and concerns of individual boards and schools and to work with deans to find creative solutions required.
Excellent oral and written communication skills are a must.

Preferred Requirements:

Master's degree preferred and at least five to ten (5-10) years of work experience desired.
Background in higher education, board management, and event planning is desired.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
Will vary with meetings, but generally Monday – Friday, 9 - 5 with about a dozen evenings per year for dinners, 1-2 meetings per year in international settings, and possible need to travel to off-site locations in advance of international meetings to plan logistics.

Tufts University is an AA/EO employer and actively seeks candidates from diverse backgrounds.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Bachelors
Experience: 5-7 years
Level of Job: Director
Salary: Not Specified
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume