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Board and Legal Projects Manager Legal & Board Operations

Summary of Position:
The Board and Legal Projects Manager provides projects management and logistical professional support with an emphasis on planning and operational efficiency and effectiveness under the direction of the General Counsel and supporting other department members.  
The Board and Legal Projects Manager will track, monitor and prioritize board operations and legal organizational initiatives, ensuring timelines are set and deadlines for strategic initiatives and urgent action items are met.  The Board and Legal Projects Manager acts as a trusted advisor to the General Counsel and is key in driving project performance, metrics development, efficiency evaluations, process implementation, and communication methodology recommendations. The Manager Corporate Governance Projects will evaluate current needs and resources, plan requirements with internal and external customers, and usher projects through the entire project lifecycle. This includes managing project schedules, identifying risks and clearly communicating goals to project stakeholders.
Principle Duties:
Assists General Counsel in establishing, tracking, measuring, and accomplishing the projects of the Legal and Board Operations departments.
Supports all internal team members and departments following the Association mission and values while promoting Association culture.
Assists in the coordination of the General Counsel’s objectives to monitor and track organizational projects, goals and benchmarks
o Develop, coordinate, prepare and help implement project plans and applications designed to improve and support organizational initiatives
o Oversees the entire project life cycle of detailed project plan using standard project methodology
o Establish and adhere to project timelines, outline resources required for successful implementation of initiatives, and monitor results to ensure goals are met
o Assists with the creation of and maintenance of documents related to organizational initiatives, check-lists and procedures
o Monitors project progress and establish milestones as needed for reporting to appropriate management levels 
Conducts analysis to support planning and implementation of initiatives. This includes gathering data, organizing and analyzing data and developing recommendations/options for the General Counsel.
o Provide operational metrics with appropriate drill-downs, through reports and dashboards
Board Operations 
Develop and track project plans and timelines, in coordination with the Director, Board Operations 
Assist in orientation of incoming Chairs and Vice Chairs
Develop surveys and results presentations
Manage Board Papers application upload and permissions
Manage quarterly reporting on board member contributions (i.e. giving reports)
Review and proofread all communications and materials for the board, including managing production of Board Directory and board meeting Program Guides
Lead on special projects with an emphasis on technology
Coordinate with Conventions team on board meeting registration process
Corporate Governance
Maintain master calendar of governance activity
Understand and monitor ongoing compliance to Bylaws and other governance requirements
Work with various departments (Executive Office, Government Relations, Foundation Information Technology, Marketing) on reporting and required deliverables needed from the board
Secondary Duties:
Works on special projects and other duties as required by the General Counsel.
Position Specifications:
Knowledge of project management methodologies and tools
Essential Training/Certifications: 
5-7 years successful project management experience, management consulting experience a plus
Previous experience managing legal projects – highly desirable
Board management and/or governance experience desired but not required.
Bachelor’s degree required 
Essential Skills/Knowledge: 
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
Ability to maintain accurate data/information
Advanced knowledge and use of MS Office, document management systems and portals
Intermediate to advanced knowledge and use of modern project collaboration and management tools (e.g., Office 365, Basecamp, TeamGantt, Asana, Smartsheet, and/or Huddle)
Intermediate to advanced knowledge and use of presentation tools (e.g., PowerPoint, Keynote)
Understanding of operating policies and procedures. 
Knowledge and understanding of association governance and operations. 
Ability to maintain confidentiality of work records
Strong organizational, time-management and problem-solving skills
Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills 
Demonstrative abilities in collaborative team building and consensus
Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills
Significant business and stakeholder relationship building experience
Responsiveness to change and leads as a change agent
Significant communication skills in written and verbal formats; showcases clear and concise manner
Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently; a self-initiator, versatile and assumes risk with responsibility
Essential Mental Requirements:
Must be able to work as an integral part of the Legal & Board Operations Team
Must be able to maintain good rapport with all departments
Be on time and with a minimal amount of absence
Must be able to make complex decisions for tough problems
Must be able to cope within a fast-paced work environment; perseveres with tenacity
Must be able to manage multiple projects; separating mission critical from the non-strategic; with minimal supervision 
Must be fearless in tackling issues and challenges as they arise; doesn’t avoid confrontation 
Must be able to understand the importance of the position for the success of the business
Ability to accept change and be flexible; focusing on action and outcomes
Must be able to act with honor, character and integrity

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