Council seeks an innovative Strategic Relations Manager responsible for assisting in the implementation of Trustee, donor and alumni development and engagement strategies. The Manager will assist the Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) and other Executive Team members with creating, communicating and executing long- and short-term initiatives within Council and within the 4-H system. Additionally, the Manager will develop alliances and engagement opportunities in line with Council’s strategic plan. She/he will report directly to the CSO.
Plan and execute quarterly Board of Trustees meetings that include off-site conferences, receptions, and other Board-related events.
Support the design, development, and implementation of a long-term Board development plan, including board recruitment, and orientation and engagement, and on behalf of the Executive Office.
Working in close partnership with the Resource Development team, develop customized orientation/engagement opportunities for new and current Trustees.
Manage logistics and prepare communications for standing and ad hoc Board Committees.
Develop market research and gather intelligence in support of Council strategic initiatives.
Partner with the CSO and Chief Financial Officer to communicate and implement Council’s annual planning and budgeting process.
Support the measurement and analysis of Council’s long- and short-term strategic planning efforts, including a quarterly Scorecard submitted to the Board’s Governance Committee.
Provide overall support as needed to Council’s Board of Trustees and Executive Team.
Support the CSO and Executive Team in the execution of strategic objectives; specifically, elevating 4-H’s role in expanding economic mobility in America.
Support the CSO in convening land-grant university leaders, helping connect 4-H outcomes to university-wide goals.
Support relationships with state Cooperative Extension leaders via the National Extension Directors and Administrators annual conference.
Mobilize Trustees as advocates for Council and strategic objectives. Help mobilize support within the 4-H community.
Support the Executive Office in driving engagement with principals/Congressional members and staffers across the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. government to further develop 4-H’s brand and its impact.
Create/build relationships with Congressional offices of alumni and supporters of 4-H to develop and/or steward federal funding.
Leverage the 4-H Caucus as a tool to increase meetings/events with Trustees and Extension leadership on Capitol Hill
Skills and Qualification
Bachelor’s degree required. A minimum of two to three years in the nonprofit sector and/or corporate business planning and donor/influencer stewardship roles, required.
Familiarity with strategic and financial processes, including budgeting and project planning
Prior experience on Capitol Hill or within the Executive branch a plus.
Experience managing projects from needs analysis, requirements gathering, budgeting, and design/prototyping through development, implementation, and process improvement.
Experience in cross-functional positions within a corporate or non-profit organization.
Demonstrated ability to craft and communicate a substantive and accurate message to a wide variety of audiences without line authority for implementation. Proven experience working with a diverse team across multiple business units.
Understanding of higher education structures, especially public/land-grant universities and Cooperative Extension is a plus.
Strong analytical approach in translating concepts into more concrete frameworks and actionable solutions; the capacity to understand, pro-actively use and develop management, financial and revenue reports.
Ability to professionally engage and support Trustees and their organizations/staff.
Ability to lead and inspire colleagues, to work independently, and prioritize responsibilities.
Passion for collaboration and the ability to move ideas into action. Multi-dimensional, creative thinker with the ability to accommodate diverse viewpoints.
Travel Requirements: Travel may be necessary for up to 20% of the time (local, regional, national) by air, car, and/or rail.
Internal Number: 1174
About National 4-H Council
The National 4-H Council's Mission:For more than 100 years, 4-H has stood behind the idea that youth is the single strongest catalyst for change. What began as a way to give rural youth new agricultural skills, today has grown into a global organization that teaches kids life skills. 4-H is dedicated to helping youth step up to the challenges in a complex and changing world. 4-H is helping cultivate the next generation of leaders and tackling challenges such as the shortage of skilled professionals, maintaining our global competitiveness, encouraging civic involvement, and becoming a healthier society.