Public Interest Registry is now accepting nominations for the Board of Directors of Enset. In 2015 there is one position on the Enset Board. The Director position is a 2-year term that begins midyear 2015 and expires midyear 2017. Enset’s mission as the only non-profit domain registrar, is to support other NGOs and nonprofits around the world by acting as a trusted provider of online services. Enset provides a pathway to help NGOs register their exclusive .ngo & .ong web addresses as well as raise awareness, funds and support for their missions through the OnGood Community. OnGood is an exclusive suite of services for NGOs to raise visibility, trust and funds with an emphasis on serving customers in the global south. Enset will also offer .ORG and four internationalized domain names (IDNs) that are intended as in-language equivalents of .ORG. The time commitment expected of Board members is significant, including up to 13 days per year for face-to-face meetings (plus travel time), regular conference calls (generally monthly), and daily email correspondence. More details are set out below.
Enset is organized as a Pennsylvania nonprofit corporation, set up under US law. All Board Members are expected to have Board experience, to be able to read and understand a balance sheet, and to be able to read and communicate in English. In addition, we seek the following general qualities:
- General business acumen with either significant entrepreneurial, non-profit, and/or marketing (not sales) skills;
- Good understanding of global non-profit business and organizations;
- Affinity with the values of Public Interest Registry and the Internet Society (ISOC);
- Demonstrated abilities as a long term strategic thinker.
- Legal and regulatory knowledge and experience in the Internet industry or related industries.
Specific qualifications that we seek to cover with this years’ call include:
- Demonstrated business experience with the global NGO Community;
- Demonstrated experience with NGO reseller channels and/or affiliate program sales;
- Demonstrated experience marketing to nonprofit organisations and associations.
Candidates from the global south are encouraged to apply and, thus, contribute to greater geographic diversity and perspective in the Enset decision-making process, as serving the global south is an important part of Enset’s mission. In addition, experience on US non-profit Boards and familiarity with US nonprofit governance and financial considerations are highly appreciated, as Enset is incorporated as a nonprofit organization in the US.
Furthermore the following qualifications are highly appreciated:
- Good understanding of ICANN and namespace policy issues and processes;
- Good understanding of the functioning of the Internet and the associated technologies;
- Demonstrated understanding of and engagement in the retail domain name space and associated services;
In considering candidates, the extent of their knowledge in all of the above areas is a critical issue, along with an assessment of their practical experience in the relevant areas. We do expect all candidates to be able to fulfill the General Qualities criteria, and to have outstanding strengths in at least one of the Specific Qualifications. Gender balance and geographic diversity are key considerations.
Interested candidates should submit their expression of interest and qualifications, (three references, and biographical information highlighting relevant experience, expertise, and contact information using the form below. For full consideration, please apply by June 26, 2015.
Enset Board members are appointed by the Public Interest Registry Board of Directors. All candidates will be contacted as appropriate once the selection process is complete.
About Public Interest Registry and Enset
Public Interest Registry empowers, through the Internet, those who seek to change the world for the better. Trusted across all ages, backgrounds, and nationalities, Public Interest Registry manages the top level domain registries for .ORG, .NGO, .ONG and four IDNs. The .ORG domain is the Internet’s third largest “generic” or non-country specific top-level domain with more than 10 million domain names registered worldwide. Public Interest Registry was founded by the Internet Society in 2002. It is based in Reston, Virginia, USA.
Through the formation and management of Enset, Public Interest Registry operates its retail entity in the same exemplary manner. Principles driven and forward focused, Enset serves NGOs worldwide, with particular focus on the global south.
Service on the Board of Enset
Enset is an exemplary retailer offering domain name and value added services. Registrant-friendly policies and practice, coupled with and a dedication to promoting an open and responsible Internet, it needs Board members who can guide it to succeed as a business in a competitive environment, to provide leadership in the ICANN community on namespace issues, and to provide leadership to public service and non-profit organizations on matters relating to the Internet namespace.
Board members must make a firm time commitment to attend all Board meetings and other Board functions, as it is imperative that a small board has full participation. Meetings will be held via teleconference and in person. Board members who are eligible to accept compensation will receive up to $12,000 per year, paid quarterly in arrears, as compensation for their services as a Board member. Please note that compensation for Board services is not guaranteed and can be amended or abolished at any time, at the discretion of the Compensation Committee of the Public Interest Registry. The Board’s activities include:
- Board Meetings: three to five per year, 1.5 days in length plus travel time. Approx. two in the USA and the other two or three generally co-located with NGO focused meetings around the world.
- Strategic Planning Retreat: one per year, generally 1.5 days plus travel time, can be anywhere in the world.
- Advisory Council Meeting: one per year, generally 1.5 days plus travel time, can be anywhere in the world. Board participation in these meetings is optional.
- Conference calls: as needed, nominally monthly.
- Email correspondence: daily.
Because the Board is intentionally small, it is also important for the Board members to consider seriously their potential role as officers of the company. Currently, Public Interest Registry anticipates that the Board will elect a Chair and Vice-Chair and three elected officer positions: President, Treasurer and Secretary.
Personal Qualities of a Board Member
The required and desirable qualifications for Board members are listed above. In addition to those qualifications, potential Board members should:
- Hold high ethical standards and integrity
- Be collaborative and consensus building in their approach
- Possess strong communication skills
- Be a motivator
- Be passionate and energetic