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Recruiting for Nonprofit Board Chair - Action In Africa

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Recruiting Organization: Action in Africa

Who We Are

Action in Africa (AIA) is a community-based organization whose mission is to advance the economic and personal development of community members in Nakuwadde, Uganda through greater access to education and other life-changing resources.

AIA operates a thriving community center which serves over 300+ women, men, and children daily through the following programs:

  • Primary School Partnership Program
  • Women to Women Program
  • Special Needs Program
  • Secondary and University Scholarship Program
  • After School Program
  • Medical Outreach
  • Community Library
  • Adult English Classes

AIA’s 19-member strong Ugandan team is operationally and financially supported by an American 501c3 based in Aspen, Colorado, staffed by the Executive Director, an Operations Manager, and a part-time Development Director.

Where We’re Headed

AIA is currently at an exciting inflection point in its history: revenues have grown 500% over the past 5 years to $486,837 raised in 2021, and a similar growth trajectory is projected for 2022. Based on the success of the existing community center, plans are underway to begin the construction of a second community center in 2023 with expanded offerings. The board chair will be instrumental in helping plan an ambitious capital campaign in order to supplement resources already partially identified.

This is a big challenge - with big rewards.

Recognizing the challenges and increased need for accountability that rapid expansion brings, AIA is recruiting a new Board Chair who can help guide the organization through this period of growth while ensuring a solid foundation for future success. AIA’s new Board Chair will have a unique opportunity to shape the trajectory and functioning of the American 501c3 and in turn, make a meaningful impact on the community in Nakuwadde.

The Benefits

  • The opportunity to work with an incredibly committed Ugandan team who are passionate about their work, value critical thinking skills, and have a growth mindset when it comes to improving their professional performance and educating themselves.
  • The opportunity to support a genuinely community-based organization - Programmatic priorities are directed by the local community, and the community members are actively engaged each step of the way.
  • Partnering with a US team that is enthusiastic and committed to improving policies and processes to ensure a strong infrastructure is developed to support organizational growth.
  • The satisfaction of working with a nimble and responsive organization, therefore seeing changes implemented quickly and effectively.

The Requirements

  • Have a passion for AIA’s mission and a strong commitment to moving AIA forward.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to community-led solutions and prioritizing the input of our Ugandan leadership team, as well as needs expressed by the community of Nakuwadde.
  • Possess a thorough understanding of nonprofit boards - additional experience in international development, fundraising, or finance would be a plus.
  • Have a positive, solution-oriented attitude.
  • Demonstrate strategic leadership, thought leadership and/or be a visible community leader.
  • A commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusivity within both the AIA Board of Directors and AIA staff and volunteers
  • Be able to commit 4-6 hours a week, for a minimum of a one-year term.
  • Geographic location is flexible, although availability to communicate with team members during MST working hours ( UTC/GMT -6 hours) highly preferred.

The Responsibilities

  • Recruitment of new board members - AIA is simultaneously looking to recruit new board members that will represent a diversity of age, ethnicity, gender identity, geography, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. The incoming Board Chair will play a key role in helping identify and recruit qualified candidates.
  • Working with AIA’s leadership team and US Board to diversify and strengthen revenue streams.
  • Working with the Executive Director and Operations Manager to ensure strong fiduciary oversight and financial management.
  • Working with the Executive Director and Operations Manager to ensure adherence to good governance practices.
  • Conducting the Executive Director’s annual performance evaluation while providing frequent support and feedback throughout the year.
  • Overseeing board and executive committee meetings.

The Process

If you are interested in learning more or applying for this position, please send any inquiries to careers@actioninafrica.com. The call for applications will close on July 31st, 2022. Candidate selection will be voted on in Mid- August.

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