Call for Applications: African School for Excellence Board Member

African School for Excellence
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 31 August, 2018
Opportunity type: 

African School for Excellence’s (ASE) mission is to grow a network of schools that serve millions of children across the continent and the world. We believe that every child deserves a better future, and that if given the right nurturing and support, each one of them is capable of greatness. ASE offers an affordable, scalable, and world-class model that is revolutionizing South African education. ASE addresses the two pain points in South African education—cost and quality—with a new model for education, one that provides a world-class, affordable, financially-sustainable and scalable education.

The Board will support the work of the African School for Excellence (ASE) and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are led by ASE’s Executive Director (ED), the Board-ED relationship is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected. Service on ASE’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support, travel, and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.

Board Member responsibilities:

Leadership, governance, and oversight

  • Serving as a trusted advisor to the ED as s/he develops and implements ASE’s strategic plan
  • Reviewing outcomes and metrics created by ASE 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 ASE’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 ED
  • Assisting the ED and board chair in identifying and recruiting other Board Members
  • Partnering with the ED and other board members to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Serving on committees or task forces and taking on special assignments
  • Representing ASE to stakeholders; acting as an ambassador for the organisation


  • Work with ED to prepare a comprehensive budget.
  • Work with the ED to secure adequate funding for the operation of the organisation.
  • Research funding sources, oversee the development of fundraising plans and write funding proposals to increase the funds of the organisation.
  • Participate in fundraising activities as appropriate.

ASE’s Board Members will serve a two-year term to be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. Board meetings will be held quarterly and committee meetings will be held in coordination with full board meetings.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about ASE’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 ASE’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 achieving ASE’s vision.

Board members are not remunerated.

Submit a CV and a motivation letter with at least three contactable references to and quote "Board Member" in the subject line.

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