The PATH Board of Directors is seeking candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:
International pharmaceutical or biotechnology
- Desired Experience/Knowledge: Health systems and product development experience in low- and middle-income countries. Knows the inner workings of pharmaceutical research, manufacturing, and downstream commercialization. Strong connections in global health.
- Potential Contributions to PATH: Provide access to network of chief scientific officers and leading pharmaceutical companies. Advocate for PATH’s involvement in regional and global programs. Provide guidance on the challenges of vaccine sustainability.
Multilateral development banking or bilateral donor
- Desired Experience/Knowledge: Geopolitical experience in multilateral investment and partnerships. Experience working with countries to successfully put loans/grants into action and/or involvement in global and regional think tanks and country assistance strategies.
- Potential Contributions to PATH: Expand PATH’s network and introduce PATH to new potential funding partners.
Primary health care, public health, or health systems
- Desired Experience/Knowledge: Primary health care experience in low- and middle-income country governments. Strong established partnerships with institutions in a partner country or region.
- Potential Contributions to PATH: Provide grounded, first-hand experience in the areas in which PATH works in order to inform PATH’s strategy. Advocate for PATH in regional and country settings. Open opportunities in key strategic geographies.
Global digital technology
- Desired Experience/Knowledge: Experience with digital/tech applications in low- and middle-income countries. Understanding of innovative technologies (artificial intelligence, machine learning, storage and database analytics) and information technology, mobile communications, and device solutions.
- Potential Contributions to PATH: Advocate for digital health and sector transformation and support PATH’s transformation in digital health leadership. Provide access to a network of companies, from start-ups to established companies.
Board Member Role Overview
PATH’s board helps determine PATH’s mission, reviews and approves organizational strategies and goals, and oversees progress in implementing and achieving these strategies and goals. The board oversees and supports risk management, as well as provides governance and fiduciary oversight, including ratifying the organization’s budget each year. The board reviews and assesses PATH’s organizational performance and effectiveness against PATH’s annual dashboard of strategic objectives. Board members also serve as “goodwill ambassadors” of PATH, participating and assisting with fundraising when able. The board has a duty to ensure the organization pursues its charitable mission in a manner consistent with the highest standards of ethics, integrity, and fairness and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
PATH’s board is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This includes striving to have a diverse board in terms of gender, race, ethnicity, and abilities. The board seeks to be representative of the communities where PATH works where there are the greatest health needs, where PATH is partnering to develop appropriate technologies and solutions, and where key funders are located.
Engagement Opportunities and Time Commitment Expectations
Board members are elected for a term of three years and may serve for up to three terms. Members attend four full board meetings per year and commit to engaging meaningfully at meetings and outside of meetings as required. After election and onboarding, board members also have the opportunity to serve on one or more of the board’s committees that align with the member’s interests and the board’s needs. These committees include the Audit, Compensation, Development, Finance, and Governance Committees. Board members can expect the following in terms of time commitment and levels of engagement:
- Quarterly board meetings
- Board members are expected to attend four board meetings each year. There are typically two virtual meetings, one in the first quarter and one in the third quarter. These meetings are two to three hours in length. There are also typically two in-person meetings per year, one in the second quarter and one in the fourth quarter. These meetings usually take place in the United States over two days. Pre-read materials are distributed in advance.
- Board members may also be asked for additional input or feedback outside of meetings.
- The estimated time required is eight to ten days per year.
- Committee, subcommittee, and ad hoc committee meetings
- After election and onboarding, board members serve on one or more of the board’s committees. Each committee typically meets once per quarter for one to two hours. Pre-read materials are distributed in advance.
- There will be opportunities for members to serve on subcommittees or ad hoc committees as new needs arise. These subcommittees or ad hoc committees could support areas such as strategy development, fundraising, and/or board recruitment.
- The estimated time required is two to four days per year.
- Stakeholder engagement
- Board members play a key role in supporting management by helping make connections with potential new partners and bringing expertise to PATH through their networks.
- As indicated above, PATH’s board members serve as “goodwill ambassadors” of PATH, participating and assisting with fundraising when able.
The board aims to elect four members over a two-year period. Candidates for the PATH board may be nominated by current board members or members of PATH’s staff. Individuals are encouraged to self-nominate if they feel they have the required skills and experience.
To apply, please submit a resume and letter of interest to email@example.com.
To refer a candidate, please submit the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Name and email of prospective candidate
- Link to bio (from professional website or Linked In profile)
- A brief description of why you are recommending this individual and how their background meets the requirements
Nominations will open on October 7, 2020, and applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. For consideration in Q4 for a January 1, 2021, start date, the application deadline is November 1, 2020. The nomination process will remain open until the four open seats have been filled.
Candidates with strong and relevant applications will interview with a subcommittee of the board, including the Governance Committee Chair and the Board Chair. Finalists will be invited to participate in a quarterly board meeting. At this meeting, absent unusual circumstances, the candidate will be put up for election. If successfully elected, onboarding of new members will take place in the quarter following the election.