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Only a Few Days Left to Submit Your ASH Board of Trustees Application!

The world around us is changing, driven by new trends in education, science, technology, society, environment, climate change and much more. ASH is at the crossroads of an exciting future against the backdrop of these changes and the journey ahead is being shaped as we speak - now is the time to get involved. The Board of Trustees, which serves as ASH’s governing entity charged with long term, strategic and fiduciary care for the institution, is accepting applications for membership and invites you to join in helping shape our future.
 
Each year through our nomination process, the Board of Trustees welcomes new members from the ASH parent and external community. As a result of vacancies due to relocation, the Board anticipates approximately three open Trustee seats beginning in January 2020.
 
Nominations are currently being accepted and the deadline for submission is November 18. Interested persons should complete the online application form. Interviews will likely be held on November 27 and one day the first week of December.
 
How you can make a difference
The success and effective leadership of ASH is due in part to the Board of Trustees, which is responsible for the oversight of the school’s long-term financial health and educational goals, thus leaving the day-to-day management of the school to the director. Board service affords an opportunity for parents to make a positive and long-term contribution to ASH, helping it achieve its mission. The Board consists of parents of ASH students, as well as a few members of the local community. Board members are a diverse group of individuals and typically include both working and stay-at-home parents. The Board welcomes individuals from all professional backgrounds to submit an application for consideration.
 
What does it take?
Board members must possess the following qualifications: strong leadership skills, good communication and listening skills, time available to prepare for and attend the monthly (evening) Board meetings and a commitment to serve a 3-year term.
 
The ability to build consensus, stand by group decisions and work well as a strategic governance team is critical and primary skills sought among all Trustee candidates. Trustees must also balance their roles as a Board member and parent of an ASH student, recognizing and minimizing conflicts of interest related to the dual roles, as appropriate.

The Board meets several times a year in both open and closed sessions. The meetings are held once per month during the school year, from approximately 18:00-21:00. The majority of the Board’s work is done at the committee level. Currently, the Board has four standing committees: Finance and Facilities, Strategic Planning, Nominating, and Trustees. Board Members must be willing to participate on, and possibly chair, at least one committee.
 
For a detailed description of the work done in these committees, a summary of board responsibilities and the time commitment, please see the document, Summary of Board Information, which is available on InsideASH>Board of Trustees>Downloads> Summary of Board Information. Training on effective Board membership for international schools is provided.
 
The ASH Board Experience
We are a high functioning team of up to 13 members that works regularly with the school director and leadership team. Not only do we work together as strategic leaders in the educational business, we have a lot of fun! The ASH Board is known world-wide as highly effective and an example of separate yet collaborative divisions of strategy and operations.
 
The Nominating Committee oversees the application and selection processes of candidates to the Board. This committee comprises two Board members and three members of the ASH community, who review the applications and interview the prospective candidates.
 
Now is the time to get involved and use your skills to make a difference for the future at ASH. For questions regarding the process, please contact the Nominating Committee by email at board@ash.nl.
 
Thank you,
 
Jennifer Bartsch
Chair, Nominating Committee
Board of Trustees
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