BOARD MEMBER RECRUITMENT:
A Child for All ("ACFA") is a U.S. non-profit organization with current operations in the city of Bamako in Mali, West Africa. ACFA provides a safe and loving environment for vulnerable children who are living on the streets or who are orphaned. These children are welcomed into the home that our founder grew up in and they receive the nourishment, education, health care and attention necessary to thrive Having been a Malian orphan herself, ACFA’s founder possess a unique understanding of how to alleviate the dislocation and hopelessness that these children experience and ACFA provides the foundation for these children to grow and become empowered to achieve the futures they deserve.
In June 2010, ACFA Mali opened its doors with the vision of creating a Mali where all children are afforded the tools necessary for a successful future. Today ACFA provides a home for 12 unique children, offering private school for our students, in addition to a vast array of extracurricular activities including basketball, Taekwondo, and vocational classes. We provide our children with the basic human needs of a child, including safe shelter, healthcare, and nutrition, while ensuring quality education and extracurricular activities.
Zorokoro Children's Complex Project:
The Complex will support up to 100 vulnerable children while also providing health care, and education to other children of the community in an area that lacks these services. The project includes dormitories for up to l00 vulnerable children, a medical facility, a school from grades 1 to 9, and a multifunctional sports facility that will accommodate football, basketball, volleyball, Taekwondo, Aikido, Karate, musical performances, conferences, and many other workshops.
ACFA is run by a small and dedicated working board in the Washington, DC area that gathers monthly. Our board members are active advocates and ambassadors for the organization, eager to make a difference in the lives of Malian children.
The benefits of contributing to a small working board include:
- Easy communication and interaction-board members get to know each other well
- Constant and meaningful involvement provides a high level of satisfaction from board service, and
- The participation of every board member counts.
We especially welcome candidates with personal or professional experience in West or sub-Saharan Africa, including Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and Diaspora Africans living in the U.S. Candidates should reside within commuting distance of the metro Washington, DC area.
We are currently recruiting for board members with expertise in the following areas:
Marketing and Communications Expert
We are looking for someone with a marketing, communications, social media and public relations background that can lead ACFA’s communications initiatives. Strategic planning experience and the ability to draw upon a strong professional network are helpful.
Nonprofit Fund Development Expert
We are looking for someone with a strong understanding of the philanthropic community and of nonprofit fundraising, particularly in the Washington, DC and/or New York regions. Experience and understanding of USAID and other government grants is helpful.
Information Technology Expert
We are looking for someone that is well-rounded IT professional to steer ACFA's technology policy, advising on issues from general IT and website matters to eventual technology development at overseas facilities.
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF BOARD SERVICE:
Board directors act on behalf of an organization's constituents, including service recipients, funders, members, the government, and taxpayers. The board of directors has the principal responsibility for fulfillment of the organization's mission and the legal accountability for its operations. This means that as a group they are in charge of establishing a clear organizational mission, forming the strategic plan to accomplish the mission, overseeing and evaluating the plan's success, hiring a competent executive director and providing adequate supervision and support to that individual, ensuring financial solvency of the organization, interpreting and representing the community to the organization, and instituting a fair system of policies and procedures for human resource management.
Board members have a duty of loyalty to the organization, its staff and other board members. While differences of opinion are sure to arise, board members should seek to keep disagreements impersonal. By practicing discretion and accepting decisions made on a majority basis, board unity and confidence will be promoted.
Board members accomplish their functions through regular meetings. Ideally, board members arrive at meetings prepared and ready to engage in thoughtful dialogue, and there is a group process which generates and uses the best thinking of its members.
Boards should be open to self-evaluation and regularly review their own composition to ensure constituent representation, and board expertise and commitment. Boards also are responsible for evaluating and determining compensation for the executive director.
INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBER RESPONSIBILITIES:
Board members are expected to attend monthly board meetings, in person or via teleconference. Meetings are held in the metro Washington, DC area.
Board members are expected to come to meetings prepared to ask questions, make decisions, and to participate actively in committee work.
Board members will play a role in securing the financial resources necessary for ACFA to achieve its mission, including leveraging personal relationships and connections and making a personal financial contribution each year.
Board members are expected to responsibly represent ACFA to their respective communities and to advocate for ACFA's mission and programs as appropriate.
Board members are expected to help the Board fulfill its fiduciary duties.
To be considered for nomination to the ACFA Board of Directors, please submit a letter of interest and biography or resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about ACFA please visit our website at www.acfacorp.org.
- Capacity Planning
- Grant Writing / Research
- Marketing & Communications (Mar/Com)
- CSR / Volunteer Coordination
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Skills listed are helpful but not required!