Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for two open seats on its board of directors. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 26, 2018, at 5 p.m. One open position is for a three-year term, expiring in 2021. The second seat has a remainder term of two years, expiring in 2020.
Candidates seeking election to the Doyon Foundation board must be:
- A Doyon shareholder
- 18 years of age or older
- Knowledgeable about private foundation management and higher education
- Familiar with the Foundation’s vision, goals, mission and purpose
- Committed to carrying out the duties of a board member, which include:
- Attending quarterly board meetings
- Serving on two board committees
- Completing work outside of meetings
- Representing the Foundation at various events
- Speaking on behalf of the Foundation at events, if asked
- Note that some board work is conducted remotely, and computer and online access is strongly encouraged
Doyon Foundation is specifically interested in candidates with nonprofit board and fundraising experience. Additionally, candidates residing in a rural community within the Doyon region are especially encouraged to apply.
Please note that, under federal laws governing private foundations, family members of Doyon Foundation board members are NOT eligible to receive a Doyon Foundation basic or competitive scholarship during their term on the board. Family members are defined as the board members’ spouse, ancestors, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the spouses of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Current Doyon Foundation scholarship recipients are also not eligible to serve on the board.
The duties of a Doyon Foundation board member include:
- Contribute skills that help the Foundation make progress on planning
- Consistently work toward and produce results related to the Foundation’s strategic focus areas, which include providing consistent measurable results, diversifying and growing revenue streams, increasing shareholder educational opportunities, enhancing operations, and revitalizing languages and traditional Native values
- Define and oversee the mission of the Foundation and keep it relevant to the needs of Doyon shareholders and their descendants
- Approve programs/services and monitor their effectiveness
- Provide strategic guidance to the Foundation and its executive director
- Ensure financial solvency and help raise resources
- Select, support and evaluate the executive director
- Ensure continuous board improvement
- Attend quarterly meetings in Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as any special meetings called
- Serve on two board committees and possibly chair one committee, which include finance/investment, development/fundraising, language revitalization/culture, and governance
- Participate in at least one board training event each year
- Demonstrate willingness to take on other duties and assignments, as needed
- Represent and, if asked, speak on behalf of Doyon Foundation at various events
Applications are accepted using an online form. The form does not take long to fill out and candidates are able to upload resumes and/or other materials.
Candidates may also download and print a hard copy form to complete and mail to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701. Mailing instructions are provided on the form.
Please note that candidates are required to submit an updated resume along with their completed application.
The deadline to apply is Friday, October 26, 2018, at 5 p.m.