Director of Board Relations

President's Office New York City, New York


New York Public Radio, home to WNYC, WQXR, WNYC Studios, and The Greene Space, is seeking an experienced Director of Board Relations to be a primary point of contact for the New York Public Radio Board of Trustees. The Director of Board Relations will work closely with New York Public Radio’s CEO and senior leadership team to ensure smooth planning and facilitation of all Board related activities. This role reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Serve as the primary facilitator and project manager for all Board activity
  •  Provide partnership and executive support for Board Chair (scheduling meetings, agenda setting, etc)
  • Support senior leadership staff assigned to a Board committee to ensure that meetings are planned for in a timely manner and run with efficiency
  • Support creation of all Board of Trustees meeting materials including agendas, briefing memos, presentations, minutes and board books and draft board resolutions for general counsel
  • Manage all logistics for full Board and committee meetings
  •  Serve as board secretary at meetings (where general counsel is not serving in this role), centralize all materials, and maintain official records including by-laws, approved resolutions and minutes
  • Manage organizational communications to the Board through constant collection of information and updates from across all New York Public Radio program areas, including maintenance of Annual Board Handbook
  • Ensure that the CEO has material and information needed for Board meetings and interaction with trustees
  • Anticipate needs and proactively address any trustee questions or concerns in a timely fashion
  • Work closely with the Governance Committee chairs to identify, surface and manage Board member prospecting opportunities, Trustee class lists, Trustee attendance and engagement records
  • Coordinate with development staff, outside vendors, facilities personnel, and others, as needed
  • Work with NYPR CEO and Chief Development Officer to develop and manage a comprehensive trustee onboarding and orientation plan
  • Conduct briefing and overview of NYPR board and trustees for new senior leadership team hires
  • Manage the Board Relations expense budget
  • Partner with the Development team senior member on fundraising and cultivation/stewardship events throughout the year

Job requirements

  • At least 5 years of experience working with senior level executives and board members, preferably in a board relations or communications role
  • Excellent, clear and fast writer with a strong track record of success in communications and nonprofits preferred
  • Ability to exercise a high level of professionalism and judgment
  • Strong time and project management skills
  • Self-starter with excellent follow-through and the ability to work independently
  • Strong attention to detail is essential for success in this position
  • Highly motivated, organized, flexible and proactive
  • Excellent communication skills—both oral and written
  • Ability to build and maintain relationships with people at all levels of an organization—both internal and external—across a diverse range of cultural, generational, ethnic, racial, educational and social backgrounds
  • Ability to work extended hours as needed for board meetings or events
  • Passion for NYPR programming


Additional Information

This is a full-time role with a salary range of $120,000-$150,000 per year (plus a full benefits package). Salary offer within this range is determined by skills, experience and organizational pay equity. New York Public Radio offers excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance, vacation, personal and sick time as well as parental leave.

This role is currently operating remotely, with the ability to optionally work from the office/studio sometimes, which is encouraged. However, this position is not a permanent remote position and is part of the New York City staff and may be expected to work from the New York office in a hybrid capacity within the next few months. 

Given this role will be on-site all or some of the time, being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 is required unless NYPR has approved a specific religious or medical exemption in advance of the first day of work. At this time, NYPR defines being fully vaccinated as having received two Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinations or one Johnson and Johnson vaccination.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

New York Public Radio is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We continuously strive to place our employees at the center of our thinking and elevate inclusive practices to develop and support a more engaged and productive workforce. Our journalism and operations in the service of that journalism benefit from a broad range of perspectives, from all backgrounds, at all levels of the organization. Diversity is essential to honest, authentic, accurate storytelling and reportage; creating an institution in which all voices are encouraged, valued, and heard.

Equal Opportunity

New York Public Radio is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving the goal of equal employment opportunity for all. Applicants and employees are considered and evaluated for positions without regard to mental or physical disability, race, creed, color, religion, gender, national origin, citizenship status, age, genetic information, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, employment status or any protected federal, state or local status unrelated to the performance of the work involved.