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Board Secretary

Digital Research Alliance of Canada
Remote, anywhere in Canada
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The Board Secretary is responsible for providing effective support to the Digital Research Alliance of Canada (“the Alliance”) Board of Directors, and related Board Committees, acting as a liaison/focal point between the Board and the Alliance Team. As Board Secretary of the Board of Directors, this position will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer. 



  • Planning and executing Board related meetings, maintaining records, developing reports and liaising with Board members and executives to guarantee that the information provided is accurate and in compliance with by-laws and regulations and good governance practices.
  • Ensuring that the secretariat function facilitates effective and efficient Board and management decision making and operations; as well as corporate information sharing and communications.
  • Leading and managing the company’s governance framework, including a diverse range of corporate, organizational, and information governance initiatives and activities.
  • Promoting and ensuring continuous improvement and execution of corporate governance best practices, protocols, and processes.
  • Ensuring that the governance practices and standards of the corporation enables the achievement of the organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Annually reviewing governance-related risks.
  • Reviewing trends and emerging best practices in corporate governance matters.
  • Oversight of Board and corporate support staff.
  • Coordinating and/or working as part of cross-functional teams, collaborating as necessary.
  • Creation and timely distribution of agendas and materials for Board and committee meetings, membership meetings, and Annual General Meetings.
  • Accurate recording and distribution of Board meeting minutes.
  • Updating, maintaining, and safe storage of the Minute Book and other legal documents.
  • Creating and maintaining up-to-date Board planning calendars and workplans outlining matters to be on the Board’s agenda over the course of a year; monitoring and follow-up for action items.
  • Maintaining a full contact list of Board members including Board member appointment dates, term of appointments and Board member biographies.
  • Maintaining an up-to-date list of members of Committees of the Board.
  • Overseeing the required registration status and the facilitation of all annual filings of required reports and information.
  • Maintaining governance policies and a systematic schedule for their review as determined by the Board.
  • Managing of external correspondence and ensuring that requests made of the Board of Directors, or relevant to the governance, are reported and responded to in a timely manner.
  • Logistics of planning Board related meetings and events.
  • Perform cross-functional and/or other duties consistent with the job classification, as assigned or requested.



  • Knowledge normally associated with a college diploma or university degree.
  • Significant experience supporting board activities in a fast-paced corporate environment attained by a minimum of three years of work experience.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in both of Canada’s two official languages is an asset.
  • Proficiency in digital communications.
  • Advanced knowledge/experience with Microsoft products.
  • Very strong writing, organizational, interpersonal, and time management skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines.
  • Impeccable attention to detail.
  • Pro-active and able to work collaboratively as part of a team as well as independently.
  • Adaptability in a dynamic, complex, and fast-paced delivery environment.
  • Flexible, calm, and positive in a changing environment.
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Projects a professional demeanor while providing superior customer services.
  • Punctual and reports problems promptly.
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills with the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Research Community, the Alliance Team, and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to work with a culturally diverse population. 
  • Other relevant professional certifications are an asset.



In addition to a competitive salary and a rewarding career where you can truly make a difference in the Canadian research community, we offer a comprehensive benefits package that meets the various needs of our diverse team and that spans across Canada, including:

  • Comprehensive Benefits Plan, including:
    • Health 
    • Dental
    • Long-Term Disability
    • Life Insurance
    • Flexible Spending Account
    • Wellness Spending Account
    • Mental Health Supports
  • Defined Benefit Pension Plan
  • Paid Vacation 
  • Remote Work – Flex Hours


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The Alliance recognizes that challenges remain in achieving the full participation of equity-seeking groups (including women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities, members of visible minority/​racialized groups, and members of LGBTQ2+) in research careers and is committed to identifying and eliminating barriers that may exist within its own hiring process, programs, and practices.