Board Member

Published

10/08/2018

Start Date

12/31/2018

End Date

12/30/2019

Times of day

Weekday Evenings

Time Commitment

A few hours per week

Duration

Long-Term (6 months-1 year)

Address

Washington
District of Columbia
United States

Description

Position: Board Member

 

Saya Institute is seeking candidates to serve on our Board of Directors.

 

This is a unique opportunity to offer your time and talent to a private foundation supporting crisis management, conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts across Africa.


Saya Institute is a registered 501(c)(3) private foundation supporting crisis management, conflict resolution and peacebuilding efforts across Africa. Our programs are presently focused on Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan.

 

Saya Institute was incorporated in Kansas in 2015 and is a philanthropic initiative of Saya International Corporation.


Position Description


The Board Member will support the work of Saya Institute and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by the President, the relationship between the President and the Board of Directors is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Saya Institute’s Board of Directors reflects the organization’s mission and values.


Specific Board Member responsibilities include...


Fiduciary responsibilities:


Duty of care — actively participate, attend board meetings, be educated on peacebuilding in Africa, provide strategic direction, and oversee management;


Duty of loyalty — operate in the interest of the organization and do not to use the position to further personal agenda;


Duty of obedience — know the state and federal laws and regulations that apply and do not act outside the scope of the organization’s legal documents. 


Leadership, governance, and oversight:


Serving as a trusted advisor to the President as s/he develops and implements Saya Institute’s strategic plan; 


Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by Saya Institute for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics; reviewing agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings; 


Approving Saya Institute’s annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities; 


Contributing to an annual performance evaluation of the President; 


Assisting the President and the Chairman of the Board of Directors in identifying and recruiting other board members; 


Partnering with the President and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out; 


Serving on at least one committee and/or participating on special assignments; 


Representing Saya Institute to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organization; 


Ensuring Saya Institute’s commitment to a diverse board and staff.


Fundraising: Saya Institute Board Members will consider Saya Institute a philanthropic priority and make annual gifts that reflect that priority. So that Saya Institute can credibly solicit contributions from foundations, organizations, and individuals, Saya Institute expects to have 100 percent of Board Members make an annual contribution that is commensurate with their capacity. Furthermore, Board Members are expected to introduce the President to potential funders and centers of influence who may help the organization grow.


Board terms/participation: Saya Institute Board Members will serve a one-year term and will be eligible for re-appointment for additional terms. Board meetings will be held quarterly, and committee meetings will be held in between in coordination with full board meetings. Board meetings will be held at our offices in Washington, D.C.


Qualifications: This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about Saya Institute’s mission and who has a track record of board leadership. Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector. His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high-performing Board Members.


Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:


Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector;


A commitment to and understanding of Saya Institute’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience;


Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals;


Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of Saya Institute’s beneficiaries. 

 

Remuneration:


Service on Saya Institute’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.

 

How to Apply:


Please submit a letter describing your interest and relevant skills and your resume addressed to: mail@sayainstitute.org

 

No calls please.

 

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Connect with Us:

 

We invite you to follow the Saya Institute LinkedIn page and to join the Saya Institute LinkedIn group for timely news and programmatic information. You may also follow us on Twitter @sayainstitute and like us on Facebook @sayainstitute.

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Benefits

  • International Volunteers

How To Apply

mail@sayainstitute.org

Please submit a letter describing your interest and relevant skills and your resume addressed to: mail@sayainstitute.org

 

No calls please.

 

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you.


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