Program Manager, Board and Committee Relations


The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) seeks a Program Manager, Board and Committee Relations. This is an important position at CRL, offering an ambitious, creative, and entrepreneurial professional the chance to have a high-impact role in the organization and gain experience in association governance. Under the supervision of the CRL President, the Program Manager coordinates the governance activities of the CRL Board of Directors and other CRL standing committees, to ensure that CRL operates in alignment with its governance structure and by-laws.   

Based in Chicago, IL, the Center for Research Libraries is an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries and an enduring model for cooperative collection development and community building among the research library community. From its original founding in 1949 by ten member libraries in the Midwestern United States, today CRL represents an international consortium of university, college, and independent research libraries collectively building, stewarding, and sharing a wealth of resource materials from all world regions to support inspired research and teaching. 

CRL is dedicated to advancing the values and first principles of academic librarianship, including the defense of intellectual freedom, celebration of diversity, advocacy of responsible stewardship, and promotion of social responsibility and the social good. 

As a place of work, CRL places a high value on excellence, accountability, innovation, inclusivity, and teamwork. Learn more about us and our work here.


  • Attends meetings of the CRL Board of Directors and other standing committees; takes notes and prepares minutes; and maintains governance records, including members’ service records 
  • Coordinates and oversees issues that require regular Board and CRL committee action, such as annual conflict of interest statements, Board ethics policy, and changes to CRL Bylaws 
  • Oversees the centralization and maintenance of Board and committee materials, and maintains all official records including by-laws, approved resolutions, and minutes in a secure repository 
  • Prepares governance-related Web materials and maintains or updates all relevant Web pages 
  • Serves as the staff liaison to the CRL Board of Directors Governance Task Force 
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the CRL President 

Qualifications/Education and experience 

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent 
  • Experience and/or working familiarity with board management and association governance 
  • Experience with parliamentary procedures (e.g., Robert’s Rules of Order, Democratic Rules of Order) 
  • Demonstrated organizational, time-management, and problem-solving skills 
  • Strong attention to detail and active listening, empathic, and communication skills 
  • Ability to interact effectively with a variety of functions and people, and to work well as part of a team to achieve tasks 

Compensation and benefits 

This is a full-time, permanent position with an expected starting salary of $65,000-$70,000. CRL offers competitive benefits including health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, and flexible PTO including vacation, sick, personal time, 2 floating and 12 paid holidays per year. In addition, CRL offers generous retirement benefits with a monthly 10% contribution after a year of employment (immediately vested). Employees will receive funding for professional development activities. Flexible and remote work options possible with management approval. 

Application process 

Expertise in each requirement listed above is not expected — instead, we encourage applications from those who demonstrate a mix of expertise in some areas and commitment to learning and experimentation in others. Skills and relevant experience outlined in your application may be paid or unpaid, and can include internships, volunteer work, and practicums. We understand that experience, education and learning, and creativity take many forms and expect that qualified applicants may bring additional skills to this position that we’ve not considered or listed here. If this role interests you, we encourage you to apply!  

To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to Please include ‘Program Manager, Board and Committee Relations in the subject line. We are keen to fill this important position on our team, and applications will be received until the position is filled. Applications received by close of business, Friday, June 28, 2024, will be given priority attention. 


CRL is committed to actively promoting the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion as key components for serving our members and advancing our global mission. As such, CRL is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws regarding recruitment, hiring and employment and is dedicated to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at CRL are based on organization needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. CRL will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics.