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Corporate Secretary/Director of Governance - Linked Learning Alliance

The Linked Learning Alliance is the statewide coalition of education, industry, and community organizations dedicated to preparing students for success in college, career, and life.

 

The Alliance has an immediate opening for its Corporate Secretary/Director of Governance, who will be responsible for administration of the Alliance’s accounting, corporate and association governance, grant administration and compliance, audit, and legal affairs, and administrative oversight of the Alliance’s professional services contracts. The Corporate Secretary reports directly to the Board of Directors and works closely with the President and professional staff who report to the President.  It is anticipated that the Corporate Secretary will become an officer of the nonprofit corporation, elected by the Board. 

 

The Corporate Secretary is a management-level employee who personally performs the following four primary functions:

  1. Custodian of official corporate records of the Alliance, and executes or attests to certain documents which have been executed on behalf of the Board.
  2. Executive Secretary to the Board, including responsibility for:
  • Planning and supporting all meetings of the Board and its subsidiary and affiliate governance bodies, and giving legal notice of all meetings.  The Board currently has four standing committees, three affiliated panels, and five stakeholder leadership councils.
  • Recording and keeping the official minutes of the Board and other governance meetings.
  • Providing logistics and administrative support for Board governance, and designing and implementing the orientation of new Board members and other governance leaders.
  • Administering the operating budget for the Board and its governance bodies within the overall budget proposed by the President and approved by the Board.
  • Providing the full range of general administrative support to the Board and its governance bodies.
  1. Corporate officer responsible for governance coordination, compliance, audit, and ethics, including:
  • Managing the Alliance 501(c)(3) and state nonprofit status, and adherence to rules and regulations required to protect nonprofit status.
  • Building and maintaining master calendar work plan to coordinate the Board of Directors and its committees, councils, panels, and other governance structures of the Alliance with the policy agenda and workplan of the President.
  • Assuring compliance with all rules, regulations, and filing and reporting requirements of government agencies, grantors and contractors, and the Alliance’s bylaws and operating procedures.
  • Providing independent and objective review and evaluation of compliance, audit, ethics, and related issues to the Board.
  • Managing reports and compliance in accordance with contract and grant requirements.
  • Coordinating with Board audit committee and ensuring annual audits are conducted and reported to the audit committee and executive committee of the Board.
  1.  Accounting and contracts administrator
  • Overseeing and administering the contracts of the Alliance, and providing independent review and administration of the Alliance’s management services contract with the President on behalf of the Board working with the officers and executive committee.
  • Managing the day-to-day accounting of the Alliance, ensuring that all ledger accounts, expense statements, and cost control policies are in place, assigning revenues and expenditures to appropriate grant and contract sources, and providing appropriate financial reporting to the President, the Treasurer, executive committee, and Board.

 

The Corporate Secretary is the first direct employee of the Linked Learning Alliance, which secures its executive, leadership, programmatic, and professional services through a management services agreement and other contracts. 

 

Corporate Secretary Core Competencies (source: Society of Corporate Secretaries & Governance Professionals)

  • Understanding the Alliance’s organization, legal and tax status, and mission thoroughly
  • Having at least a basic knowledge of nonprofit corporation law
  • Demonstrating an “executive presence,” backed up with solid communication skills
  • Being sensitive and intuitive to what the President and directors are thinking and feeling
  • Being able to read signals on the horizon and provide early warning to management and board
  • Being able to lead and work within a multi-disciplinary setting to achieve consensus
  • Knowing how to overcome bureaucratic thinking
  • Being detail-oriented
  • Being flexible and creative
  • Maintaining the appropriate perspective no matter how pressured a situation

Screening Criteria

  1. At least one year of experience in each of at least two of the following roles for one or more nonprofit organizations, public agencies, private companies, or other organizational entities:
  • Operations manager, financial officer, or contracts administrator
  • Executive secretary and/or governance director for a board of directors
  • Compliance and ethics officer, and/or auditor
  • Attorney or corporate paralegal
  1. Competency and experience using QuickBooks, Excel, or equivalent fiscal management tools on an organizational basis and Project, Trello, or equivalent project management tools.
  2. Ability to handle numerous tasks concurrently with a minimum of supervision, and adapt to a fast-paced environment.
  3. Ability to work independently and work as part of a diverse team in a complex governance and management environment.
  4. Experience with working for a board of directors.
  5. Strong quantitative, data analysis, evaluation, and performance measurement skills.
  6. An Associate Degree or combination of industry-recognized certifications, or higher, in business, accounting, nonprofit or public management, public administration, budgeting and finance, or corporate governance.
  7. Availability for travel to meetings and to work as part of a Sacramento-based team.

 

Preferred Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience as a corporate secretary, chief financial officer, or similar responsible position for a nonprofit organization or small business.
  • Background working with startup or entrepreneurial organizations.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS
$48,000 - 60,000 annually, depending on education and experience, plus a benefits package that will include health, dental, and vision coverage as well as 401(K) matching.

Capitol Impact is recruiting candidates for this position on behalf of the Linked Learning Alliance.

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