The role of the Board of Directors at AISJ is a strategic one. The primary functions of the Board are:
- Long term sustainability
- Setting the mission, vision and core beliefs, strategic goals and measurable outcomes for the school
- Hiring, retention and annual evaluation of the School Director, thus ensuring a quality educational program
- Ensuring long-term financial health approving tuition fees and the annual budget.
Board members apply their time and skills for the long-term benefit of the whole school, and do not represent a particular issue, nationality, group or constituency. The Board plans for and attends monthly general business meetings, committee meetings, informational meetings, and one retreat per year focused on Board development and annual planning. Board Directors are also expected to attend important school events. The average number of hours per month varies per individual, but certainly, an average of ten hours per month is a conservative estimate.
The Board has a hybrid structure and is comprised of elected, appointed and seconded members. Elections are held in March. For more information about serving on the Board, contact email@example.com.
Board Committee Member
The Board of Directors conducts the majority of its role through three standing committees: Finance, Facilities, and Governance. The Board of Directors appoints non-Board Directors with expertise in each of these areas to serve as members on the Board Committees.
The primary function of the committees is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to the following:
- Ensuring the overall, long-term financial health of the school
- Monitoring strategic and financial planning to ensure the availability of adequate resources
- Reviewing and approving the school’s annual operating budget
- Establishing general risk management policies, and provide for adequate insurance coverage
- Ensuring the reliability and integrity of all financial information and related disclosures provided to internal and external parties and other stakeholders
- Ensuring the qualifications, independence, and performance of the school’s outside auditors
- Ensuring the school’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements related to the financial reporting responsibilities of the school
- Reviewing and evaluating on an on-going basis the governance structure of the school and its overall effectiveness, ensuring compliance with South African law, and in light of prevailing best practices in the international educational field
- Recruitment of new Directors who bring diverse backgrounds, talents and perspectives to the Board
- Evaluation of the governance practices and performance of the Board, its Committees, and individual Directors
- Ensuring responsible succession of Board officers and Committee chairs
- Orientation and training for Directors
- Ensuring adequate facilities are in place to deliver the program in a manner that is consistent with the school’s Vision and Mission
- Ensuring the overall, long-term health of the school’s grounds, buildings and infrastructure including but not limited to electricity, water, and technology
- Monitoring strategic and financial planning to ensure the availability of adequate resources to achieve the above
For more information about serving on a Board committee, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SERVICE LEARNING VOLUNTEER
AISJ is committed to providing students with a balanced educational program. By balanced we are referring to the four pillars: Academics, Athletics, Arts, and Service. We believe that an understanding and commitment to Service Learning is critical and as such, it has to be an integral part of what we do. Our service learning program provides students and community members with opportunities to enrich the lives of others and leadership opportunities to genuinely make a difference. Service Learning is organized by grade level. Service learning projects are chosen to complement different aspects of the academic curriculum. Service learning has an authentic link with the curriculum and should be something that a class is engaged in throughout the school year. Service Learning may focus on contributing to the school community or to part of the wider community through actions such as; Direct, Indirect, Advocacy or Research.
Service Learning Volunteers assist in service activities and events based on interest in student age group/division or service activities on offer.
Contact the AISJ Service Coordinator at email@example.com should you wish to volunteer.