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Opening: Executive Coordinator and Secretary to the Board

Publication date: 
April, 2022

Position: Executive Coordinator and Secretary to the Board
Organization: Philanthropy New York
Location: New York, NY

Summary

Philanthropy New York is a trusted community of nearly 300 grantmaking organizations that develops forward-thinking guidance and programming to address the unique challenges of philanthropy and convenes funders to strengthen ties across the sector. We bring together funders from within and across sectors to form networks, develop and share knowledge and nurture crucial skills to make the work of each grantmaker - and the sector as a whole - more meaningful and more effective. For more information, visit www.philanthropynewyork.org

Philanthropy New York seeks candidates aligned with our Vision, Mission and Values.

The Office of the President and CEO is responsible for all of Philanthropy New York’s external facing member relationships, engagement with Philanthropy New York’s sector and governmental partners, and the organization’s board governance.

Summary of Responsibilities

The Executive Coordinator provides direct support to the President and CEO and coordinates the day-to-day activities of the Executive Office. The Executive Coordinator works in close collaboration with PNY’s membership, finance, learning, policy and communications departments to plan and manage organization-wide projects and reports, member and board events and meetings, and draft communications from the President and CEO. The ideal candidate enjoys building and maintaining relationships and working across an organization. They will be a skilled organizer who can provide the administration and communication necessary to run a busy office and the discretion needed to work with on critical governance and organizational issues. Essential skills include strong written and verbal communications, database and technological savvy, a love of multitasking, and event coordination. 

The Executive Coordinator is responsible for the following day-to-day activities, among others:

Project and Administrative Management

  • Provide support to the President in all administrative and project management needs, including:
    • Manage key functions including scheduling meetings and managing the calendar, coordinating travel arrangements, expense reporting, and filing
    • Compile all necessary information and documents to support successful appointments and upcoming deadlines
    • Draft and distribute correspondence
    • Liaise with other departments and committees to coordinate special projects

Coordination of the Board of Directors

  • Serve as Secretary to the Board of Directors. Schedule and manage board and committee activities, including:
    • Prepare board and committee agendas, meeting materials, regular quarterly board reports and meeting minutes
    • Attend, schedule, and provide logistical support for all board meetings
    • Organize an annual gathering for alumni of the PNY Board
  • Steward the Board nominations process including preparing reports on board composition, scheduling interviews and collaborating with Senior Leadership to produce the annual board orientation.

Support Member Engagement and Professional Networks

  • Collaborate with Member Services to chart progress on member engagement and identify outreach for the CEO
    • Schedule meetings with member foundations and ensure the President and CEO is routinely in touch with members
    • Record meetings, conversations and visits in PNY’s database and generate engagement reports
  • Manage Philanthropy New York’s bi-annual Trustee Salon
    • Serve as the event manager including overseeing the invitations, RSVPs, coordination of the event location and support for speakers/presenters
  • Coordinate Philanthropy New York’s CEO Roundtables
    • Schedule quarterly meetings, secure locations and manage event logistics, support the development of agendas and send reminders to CEO’s.
  • Organize key aspects of the organization’s Annual Meeting of the Membership:
    • Prepare invitation and supporting materials such as proxy votes and draft remarks for board members and President and CEO
  • Support membership driven networks and collaboratives, especially the Philanthropic Administrative Coordinators Network (PACNET)
  • Other duties as assigned, including assisting co-workers in programming, facilitation, and administrative tasks as needed

Skills and Knowledge

  • Strong project management, time management and organizational skills required. The ability to manage multiple priorities, take initiative, and pay attention to accuracy and detail is critical.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication
  • Understanding of structural racism and willingness to name and negotiate the ways that white supremacy culture shows up in institutional settings.
  • Commitment to personal growth and development on issues of racial equity.
  • The ability to work with diverse constituencies, maintain diplomacy, and negotiate successfully is
  • Strong problem solving and analytical
  • A desire to work collaboratively across teams, manage diverse constituencies and develop relationships necessary.
  • Proficient in Microsoft systems, e.g., Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint. Knowledge of Salesforce or prior work with a database is a plus.
  • Demonstrated high ethical standards and discretion. The role routinely accesses highly sensitive and confidential information.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 4+ years of related professional experience
  • Experience managing a Board of Directors, committees or other groups on behalf of an organization
  • Experience coordinating a busy meeting schedule
  • Events management experience a plus
  • Customer service experience a plus
  • A four-year bachelor’s degree or equivalent writing, analytical and time management skills and professional experience

Salary Range

$65,000 - $70,000 depending on previous professional experience. Generous holiday and vacation leave, medical, dental and vision benefits and retirement plan provided. All necessary equipment for remote work is provided by Philanthropy New York, and every employee receives a one-time stipend to purchase necessary work from home equipment. 

TO APPLY

Please send a resume and a cover letter via email to employment@philanthropynewyork.org. We will not consider applications without a cover letter. In your cover letter, please address the skills, competencies and experience you would bring to the role and tell us what appeals to you about working at Philanthropy New York.

Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we are unable to respond to all candidates. We will be accepting submissions on a rolling basis and directly reach out to candidates for first round telephone interviews.

Philanthropy New York is committed to creating a more equitable workplace. We are dedicated to the recruitment, inclusion, retention and advancement of people of color, LGBTQ, women, trans and gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities; and/or formerly incarcerated people. 

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