Board of Directors


The Island Foundation (TIF) is a small NGO with a growth mandate, clear strategy, established funding and an experienced and motivated management team. Programs are designed and delivered in Bintan Regency, Indonesia, with a governance and finance function in Singapore. 

TIF is looking for two new Board Members to help position the organisation for the next stage of development. In particular, the Board would like to add at least one individual with specific NGO field experience in Indonesia (see Board Member below), and one person with relevant experience in the legal field (see Secretary below), or combinations thereof. Specifically, the Board intends to appoint a Board Secretary, and to appoint a Board Member with the potential to become Vice Chair in the future - the Board will be interviewing with these governance strategies in mind. 

Currently, the Board consists of five Members, including a Chair and a Treasurer. Whilst looking to recruit to diversify and increase depth, TIF is keen to maintain a relatively small and nimble board which has served the organisation well in recent years. 

Profiles of current TIF Board Members can be found via the website: 


Location: Singapore.

Hours: 10 hours per quarter.


Requirements for Board Membership

General -

  • Singapore Citizen or PR preferred 

  • Experience of board membership

  • Desire to improve childhood education in disadvantaged communities

  • High integrity

  • Strong motivation and drive

  • Collaborative approach and a commitment to open and honest communication

  • A good listener

  • Compassionate and empathetic

  • Attribute value to inclusion and diversity

  • Ability to demonstrate proven effectiveness.

Specific requirements for Board Member role - 

  • Preferably Singapore citizen or PR, or Indonesian national or individual with specialised Indonesian experience

  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector.

An overview of the Board Member role can be accessed here

Specific requirements for Secretary role - 

  • Singapore citizen or PR

  • Board, legal or relevant administrative experience.

An overview of the Secretary role can be accessed here.


Expectations of Board Members

  • Commit to at least 3 years as a Board Member

  • Prepare for and attend formal Board meetings - a minimum of 4 a year

  • Participate in other Board calls as reasonably required

  • Make at least one field trip a year to Bintan Regency, Indonesia

  • Have capacity and time (approximately 10 hours per quarter) to contribute effectively 

  • Have the interest and ability to participate in fundraising

  • Build a collegiate working relationship with other board members

  • Follow the organisation’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions

  • Sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it during the year if necessary

  • Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of TIF.

Why work with us

This is an opportunity to work with an international team of creative, collaborative and confident change makers who love experimentation and problem solving to strengthen learning ecosystems in small island and coastal communities.

Working with us, you will have the opportunity to contribute to organisational development and growth, to collaborate with an engaged Board and network of active advisers, and to contribute to impactful programs and sustainable development. 


Additional information

Duration of appointment: Three years with possibility for extension.


Start date: June 2022.


How to apply

Please ensure that all application documents (pre-screening form, cover letter and resume) are in English.

Required documents:

  1. Candidate Expression of Interest form – please download and complete.

  2. Resume.

Send your application to with the subject line “Application for TIF Board Member: Your Name”.

Applications will close on Tuesday 31 May 2022. Early applications are encouraged.

All applications will be treated confidentially. Only short-listed candidates will be notified and contacted for an interview.

TIF-YPKI is a child-safe organisation. All employees are required to undergo a National Police Check and sign our Child Safeguarding Policy and Employee Code of Conduct.