SOTENI International: Board Application
The SOTENI International Board of Directors is actively seeking passionate, diverse and experienced board members to help guide the organization as it grows.

We are looking to recruit new Board Members to start three year terms in April 2019. Please review the information below before completing the application form.

Our Mission

SOTENI International, based in Cincinnati, works in rural Kenya to reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS and improve the lives of those affected. We work with Kenyan partners to design and implement public health interventions that create positive change for individuals and communities. SOTENI strives to share our lessons to improve understanding of and connection to our global community.

Our Programs

SOTENI International works alongside our sister organization SOTENI Kenya in four SOTENI Villages of Hope. We work with individuals who are HIV-positive, their families, and community members. SOTENI’s flagship program is AIDS Barefoot Doctors, who are locally employed community health workers who provide outreach services, including home-based care and support groups, to clients living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Barefoot Doctors empower clients with the knowledge and skills they need to live long, healthy lives. SOTENI also runs a small clinic and community empowerment center with a local library, and operates community-led income generating activities.

An Honor to Serve on the Board

Our dedicated Board of Directors is a diverse group of professionals from Cincinnati and around the United States, committed to fulfilling the mission of SOTENI. Board members are actively engaged in advancing the strategic goals of SOTENI in the United States and in Kenya. Board members are directly involved with organization strategic planning; program innovation and monitoring and evaluation; financial management; establishing fundraising goals; representing SOTENI to their respective communities and advocating for its mission, programs, and services as appropriate.

Benefits of joining the SOTENI International Board

By joining the Board of Directors, you’re making an impact on our programs in Kenya as well as our connections to our Cincinnati community. Board members sharpen their leadership skillsets while creating long-lasting relationships across our Board, Committees, staff and volunteers. Previous Board members have also traveled to Kenya to contribute their time and skills at SOTENI’s Villages of Hope.

SOTENI International Needs YOU if….

• You are excited about being part of a hard-working and respectful team
• You have the time and energy to spend 6 -10 hours a month doing board work: attending board meetings, participating in committee work, and being an ambassador for SOTENI International in your community
• You are motivated to become a great fundraiser and prepared to learn new skills to succeed in this role

We’re especially interested in talking with you if:

• You have been a leader on a non-profit board before and you are ready to bring your experience and insight to another organization
• You are an experienced fundraiser, and enthusiastic about sharing your skills
• You have expertise in finance and/or accounting
• You have experience in marketing
• You have experience in organizational psychology or change management
• You come from a diverse background

Board Requirements

• SOTENI Board Member responsibilities include attendance at regular board meetings (average 5-6 per year), the Annual Retreat, as well as teleconference meetings and active electronic conversations as part of Board committees.
• Board members are asked to serve on one or more Board committees depending on their interests, and to actively participate in committee work.
• Board members also hold a fiduciary responsibility for management of organizational capital and ensuring appropriate filings with federal, state, and local authorities consistent with the organization’s status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
• Board terms last for two years and board members can serve for up to two consecutive terms. After a one-year absence following the second term, a board member may be invited back.
• If a member needs to leave the Board prior to the end of three years, the Board will determine a replacement at the next scheduled meeting. The attendance policy allows for removal if three consecutive meetings are missed without notice.

Time and Financial Considerations:

Meetings:

● Board Meetings - bi-monthly (5-6 per year)
● Committee Meetings - bi-monthly, off-months from Board Meetings
● Annual Retreat - in Cincinnati around February or March

Donations:

As with any Board, members will be solicited for a cash or in-kind donation; 100% participation is sought. The amount is optional, but we ask that Board Members consider giving at a leadership level.

Declaration of Candidacy:

Board positions require a time and energy commitment that should not be underestimated. Candidates are urged to consider personal priorities for the next year as well as the ways to contribute to the development of the organization.

Resources Available to Prospective Members:

● Organizational Documents: Strategic Plan, Bylaws, FY Budget, Financial and Organizational Policies, and others upon request
● Program Overview

Please email or call the Executive Director Jenny Brady (jenny@soteni.org; (513) 729-9932) with questions or if you would like the contact information for the current Nominating Committee chair.

To Apply:

Applications are being accepted until March 11, 2019.

1. Complete the following Board Application Form.
2. Email your résumé or CV to Alex at sotenirecruitment@gmail.com.

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