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Vice President of Governance and Policy (Immediate Opening)

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School Year: 2022-2023
Location: Headquarters-Rio Grande Valley
Region: Headquarters - Rio Grande Valley, TX
Category: Headquarters
Job Type: Full-Time


Role Mission: The Vice President of Governance & Policy is the internal expert of board operations and expectations for all IDEA and its’ affiliate fiduciary boards. The VP ensures that the team operates with excellence in ensuring that board members can fulfill their obligations and duties because IDEA and IPS have impeccable operating procedures for interacting with, preparing for, and archiving board documents. The VP ensures there are administrative procedures and trainings for all items related to fiduciary board work. Additionally, the Vice President of Governance & Policy recognizes that the work of the board does not start or end at a board meeting and ensures that the organizations have systems in place to manage policy implementation, adherence, and required updates. The VP models incredible integrity, systems orientation, and details management in their own work and expectations for others. 

Compensation:  Salaries for people entering this role typically fall between $114,400 and $144,200, commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications and in alignment with internal equity. This role is also eligible for a performance bonus based on team performance and goal attainment.  

Other Benefits: 

We offer a comprehensive benefits plan, covering the majority of the employee premium for the base medical plan and subsidizing the majority of costs for a spouse/domestic partner and children. Other benefits include dental and vision plans, disability, life insurance, parenting benefits, flexible spending account options, generous vacation time, com‐muter benefits, referral bonuses, professional development, and a403(b) plan. We also offer an inclusive environment where staff are encouraged to bring their whole selves to work every day. IDEA may offer a relocation stipend to defray the cost of moving for this role, if applicable. 


  • Build systems where all policies have implementation plans, administrative procedures, and understandable handbooks
  • Work with Directors of Board Governance & Compliance to ensure subject experts develop training for board policies according to proposed plans; Trainings to be archived and plans for annual/semi-annual updates to be maintained
  • Develop communications plan for new policies and policy training plans alongside policy owners
  • Identify, in partnership with HR and functional areas, policies which need to be trained on by new hires, promoted employees, transferring employees
  • Support the handbook process across all entities with HR and Schools Teams
  • Ensure policies are translated to digestible, clear administrative procedures and guidance with departments; Partner with departments to explain the rationale and case for a policy or practice
  • Set vision and direction for building systems for board operations, such that all stakeholders know expectations for engaging with IDEA and its’ affiliates boards and committees, and meeting their needs
  • IDEA and its affiliates operate multiple fiduciary boards and committees to execute on their work.  Build the vision, direction, and systems such that the national team can clearly access boards and board team to execute on the work
  • Board Members at IDEA and its affiliates can access, review, and engage with materials sufficiently in advance of committee meetings to fulfill their fiduciary requirements and obligations with confidence and ease
  • All meetings meet legal and compliance standards, across all entities (7)
  • Build and manage to ensure that IDEA has robust board recruitment and board onboarding practices.
  • Appropriate standard operating procedures are in place to ensure that all affected parties internally have reviewed and approved items as board ready
  • As necessary and recommended, items have been reviewed and recommended by legal counsel for board review and adoption
  • Manage processes to ensure efficiencies internally and with external counsel, minimizing excess legal cost
  • Build systems, structures, training plans and accountability mechanisms to ensure all board members and officers meet annual training requirements (TX = governance training, example)
  • Develop systems to ensure committee meetings are robust and productive – and scalable across regions
  • High quality annual Board Retreat is executed upon

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

  • Direct management of Directors of Board Services and Director of Officer Training and Engagement
  • Indirect management of Directors of Advancement who oversee fiduciary board work


  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly with excellent attention to detail
  • Well-rounded interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, including staff, board members, external partners and donors
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem-solver
    Emotional maturity
  • Highly resourceful team-player and strong individual executor
  • Demonstrated ability to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Ability to multitask and juggle competing priorities in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong process orientation


  • 7-10 years related experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proficiency in full Microsoft platform
  • Expertise in the Texas Open Meetings Act, ability to learn and adapt to multiple state meeting requirements
  • Ability to read and interpret code and legal language
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