Effective schools require effective governance, and a prerequisite for an excellent school is an exemplary Board of Directors. ISK strives to model exemplary governance through its structure, its Code of Conduct for Board members, its governance policies, and its recruitment of dedicated volunteers to serve the school on one of its two Boards.
The Board of Directors achieves this aim by:
- Providing multiple forms of orientation to new members
- Applying governance policies that ensure a strategic focus for the Board of Directors
- Having Board members annually commit to a Code of Conduct and sign a Conflict of Interest Declaration
- Aligning the Board of Director’s evaluation criteria with the standards of governance expected by both of the school’s accrediting agencies
Through these structures and strategies, ISK’s Board of Directors provides fiduciary oversight to the school and sustains a vision for its future.
ISK has a unique two-tier governance structure reflecting the school’s joint ownership by the Embassy of the United States of America and the Canadian High Commission. There is a Board of Governors and a Board of Directors.
The Board of Governors (BoG) consists of seven appointees from the two sponsoring embassies. The role of the BoG is fiduciary oversight at the highest level, including approvals of the Long-Term Financial Plan, annual budgets, composition of the Board of Directors, and any major capital expenditure such as a construction project.
The Board of Directors (BoD) consists of nine members:
- Three appointees from the sponsoring embassies (indefinite terms)
- Four elected members (two-year terms)
- Two members appointed by the Board itself (three-year terms)
Board-appointed members do not have to be parents of ISK, but will have some other long-standing connection to the school, such as being alumni.
In general, there are four major responsibilities of ISK’s Board of Directors. First, is strategic planning where the Board is responsible for establishing, evaluating and reviewing the strategic direction of ISK. Second, is in the area of finance where the Board has a responsibility for fiduciary oversight including, risk management, preparing and monitoring the annual budget. Third, the Board is responsible for the formulation and approval of school policy assisted in this task by the Director and administration. Finally, the board is responsible for hiring, evaluating, developing and supporting the Director.
Personnel decisions as well as the daily management of the school are delegated to the Director, his/her leadership team, faculty and staff. In short, the Board of Directors is not involved in operational matters, which are delegated exclusively to the Director.
The Board of Directors fulfills its responsibilities and achieves its annual goals through committees. Two standing committees are the Finance Committee and the Governance Committee. Each year additional ad hoc committees, such as the Facilities Committee, are convened to address specific tasks or goals, and may involve a variety of stakeholders, as appropriate.
The approved Policy Manual guiding the Board of Directors was revised in May 2019 and is made available for review by the ISK Community.
To view the policy document please follow this link: Policy Manual (PDF- Revised October 2019)
Volunteering on the Board of Directors is an important contribution to ensure that ISK remains one of the top international schools in Africa. If you have the necessary time and embrace ISK's vision and mission, please put in your application. You can download and review the application documents below.