Vice President of Board Governance

Vice President of Board Governance

  • Full Time

Website The Greater Boston Food Bank

GBFB Overview

Through the compassion and commitment of our supporters, staff, partners and volunteers, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) takes a bold, innovative and multi-pronged approach to achieve our mission to end hunger here. GBFB is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. We are committed to increasing our food distribution to provide three meals a day to every person in need in Eastern Massachusetts while supporting healthy lives and healthy communities. Our progress toward this goal is documented by town on our interactive map.


The Greater Boston Food Bank is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization.  Through compassion and action, together we can create a hunger free Eastern Massachusetts. GBFB Team Members will support the Mission to End Hunger Here. They will live our Team Member Values of Team Member Wellbeing, Teamwork, Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Respect, Trust and Our Eastern Massachusetts Community.


GBFB Core Competencies 

GBFB Core Competencies summarize the capabilities that are important across all jobs and that we believe collectively contribute to GBFB’s overall success. We believe they support our mission and our values.  At the same time, the expected behaviors as they relate to Core Competencies may vary according to the specific job duties, requirements, and level within the organization.  Core Competences are usually interpersonal and strategic and are at the heart of how we do our work.


The GBFB Competency Framework focuses on six Core Competencies: 

Contributes to a High Performing Team
Builds a Shared Commitment
Empowers Others
Drives Continual Improvement
Communicates Collaboratively
Displays Authenticity and Transparency

Affirmative Action/EEO statement

GBFB provides equal employment opportunities to all Team Members and applicants for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, handicap, genetic information, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, and local laws. This applies to all terms  and conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, benefits, and training.


No Team Member or applicant will be subjected to harassment, intimidation, threats, coercion or discrimination because they have engaged in or may engage in any of the following: (1) filing a complaint of employment discrimination; (2) assisting or participating in an investigation, compliance review, hearing, or any other activity related to the administration of any federal, state or local law requiring equal opportunity; (3) opposing any act or practice made unlawful by any federal, state or local law requiring equal opportunity; or (4) exercising any other right protected by any federal, state or local law requiring equal opportunity.


Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
Company policy requires that all employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and all new hires must be fully vaccinated by the time they start employment. The Company will make reasonable accommodations in accordance with applicable law for qualified individuals to enable them to perform the essential functions of the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship for the Company.


Other duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


GBFB is considered an essential response organization in times of disaster. As such, Team Members are expected to report to GBFB locations as required, after securing the safety of their families, and may be asked to perform duties that are critical (but outside of their regularly assigned duties) in times of disaster.


FLSA Status: Exempt 

Hours/Week Category:  Regular Full Time

Reports to: President and CEO


Position Summary 

The Vice-President of Board Governance works at the direction of the President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to manage the corporation’s work. This includes responsibility for the engagement of and work required from the Board of Directors, Committee and Council Chairs, and all its Committees and Council members. Including yet not limited to the Board of Advisors, and the Emeriti Board. This position works as an integral partner with the President and CEO to advance the Vision, Mission, and Values of the corporation. It requires strong organizational and administrative skills, critical thinking, knowledge of corporate governance, and strong and effective communication. This position requires the ability to take direction yet also take initiative and operate in a highly professional manner across the organization. The Vice President of Board Governance must be able to manage work independently, manage confidential information, work collaboratively across departments with executive leaders, senior leaders, and administrative and program support team members, and review and edit content while achieving the annual Key Performance Indicators set by the Board of Directors.  


Position Responsibilities

Work with President and CEO to manage the work of the Corporation through the Board of Directors, the Board of Advisors, the Emeriti Board, all Board Committees and Councils, and the GBFB Realty Corporation.   
Serves on the Senior Leadership Team.
Work with the Executive Leadership Team, the Senior Leadership Team, support staff, and department leads responsible for providing content for board and committee meetings. 
Supervise the Senior Manager of Corporate Governance, as outlined, including the maintenance and user interface of BoardEffect, oversight for the creation of meeting books, surveys and polls and updating of multiple corporate documents. Also, oversee volunteerism and social and educational gatherings of our boards and committee members designed for engagement. 
Responsible for oversight of all corporate records. This includes directing, managing and storage of the corporation records from all activities of the 
Board of Directors and its Committees and Councils, as well as the Board of Advisors, the Emeriti Board and the GBFB Realty Corporation. 
Responsible for managing and final approval of CEO communications to the Board of Directors and all its Committees and Councils as well as the Board of Advisors, the Emeriti Board, and the GBFB Realty Corporation. This includes working with other team members who may be assigned as lead staff to develop content, as directed by the President and CEO.
Responsible for maintaining confidentiality with all information, and internal and external communications.
Work with the President and CEO to prepare, track, and monitor the budget of the Board of Directors and its committees and councils. Work with other team members where needed, including Events Team, for support of in-person board and committee meetings.
Other duties as assigned by management.


Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
Experience with Microsoft Office platforms.
Experience with BoardEffect or other board software platforms preferred.
Supervisor experience. 
Strong organizational and administrative skills.
High attention to detail.
Ability to prioritize.
Proven follow-up skills to ensure successful and timely completion of projects.
Excellent customer service skills, positive and instructive phone manners.

Required education and experience

Bachelor’s degree required.  Certified paralegal required; JD preferred. 
5 years prior experience in corporate governance, and administration in a mid-to-large profit or non-profit entity.
5 years of experience serving on non-profit boards is a plus.
Experience working with executive and senior management, board members, and donors.
Ability to handle confidential information with discretion.
Demonstrated competence in project management.
Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.
Interest in and commitment to the mission of helping to End Hunger Here.
Valid driver’s license.

Work Environment/Physical Demands:

Ability to sit for up to 3 hours at a time.
Ability to lift to 25lbs.

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