Join the Board!

The Role of the Board

There are many roles within the board but the overall goal is to oversee the operation and management of the organization. We set and execute strategic visions and goals, manage finances, plan events, handle membership and registrations, communicate with members and represent the interests of the membership.

Qualifications

Ideal board members are driven to make a difference in the field and can bring their skill set to work for the betterment of the organization. Current MNA members with experience in nonprofit management, communications, accounting, marketing, event planning, education, and leadership are all welcome to run for the board.

OPEN SEATS FOR THE 2015 ELECTION CYCLE

Vice President - No Incumbent Running

Treasurer - Incumbent is Running

Communications Coordinator -  No Incumbent Running

Member at Large 1 - Incumbent is Running

Member at Large 2 - No Incumbent Running

APPLICATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 22

Benefits

  • Help shape the future of MNA
  • Use and hone your skill set in a new environment
  • Network with other professionals from around the state
  • Better understand the behind the scenes workings of the organization
  • Gain experience working with a nonprofit board
  • Recognition in the field as a person making a difference

Duties

The MNA board consists of 11 members who volunteer their time to oversee the operation of the organization. Board terms are two years though the vice president automatically takes on the role of President in a second two year term making those positions together a four year commitment. The board positions are :

  • President
  • Vice-president
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Trainings Coordinator
  • Conference Coordinator
  • At-Large members 1-4

There are duties specific to each board position though all positions share the following elements:

  •  Engage through board meeting and planning sessions / Board members are expected to not just attend board meetings but to thoughtfully engage with the issues presented and communicate their ideas on decisions to be made. The board meets formally six times a year but more informal discussion and brainstorming sessions may occasionally be called. Official board meetings are usually in the evenings, every two months. Members are encouraged to attend the meetings in person but have the option of teleconferencing if they are located far from the meeting spot. There is a two day board retreat every January.
  •  Support the mission of the organization / To support the mission of the organization and fully participate in the board, members are expected to volunteer their time, attend meetings, respond to online board discussions of current topics being examined, help fundraising by soliciting for the annual silent auction, help fill needed roles at the annual conference, represent MNA at naturalist trainings and recruit new members.
  •  Chair committees / Some board positions are automatically chairs of committees (i.e. the conference coordinator chairs the Conference Committee) while other positions such as member at-large may be assigned ad-hoc committees as they are created. Board members are expected to chair committees and oversee other board members and general MNA members serving on their committee.

How to Run

New board members are either recruited by the nominating committee or decide on their own if they would like to run. No matter which method, all candidates must fill out an application and submit it by the deadline to be included on the ballot.

Timeline

September 22- All applications for open board positions must be received

September 30 - Ballots sent out to current MNA members

October 14 - Voting period ends

November 14 -  Election results approved at annual meeting

January 1 - New board members assume power

Mid-January - Board Retreat and first board meeting of the year


Process / Application and Notice of Intent to Run

Applicants must send the following application information to  mnamembership@gmail.com by September 22 with the subject line: 2015 MNA Board Application

  1. Name
  2. Address
  3. Email
  4. Phone
  5. Employer/Profession (if applicable)
  6. 150 word paragraph describing your professional background, why you are qualified, how you would like to contribute to the board and any personal information you deem relevant. Please include your vision for MNA’s future.  

Vice President  
Ideal candidate is organized and has been an MNA member for 5+ years.  Has experience networking and enjoys bigger picture, strategic thinking.  Oversees and provides lead work direction to the Conference Coordinator.

Duty Highlights: Network with organizations on behalf of MNA. Oversee Conference Coordinator. Participate on the board (read meeting agendas and be prepared to discuss topics).

Term: 2016-2019 (2016-2017 as Vice President, 2018-2019 as President) / Time Estimate: 8 Hours per month 


Treasurer
Ideal candidate is very organized and detail-oriented, and has experience managing budgets.

Duty Highlights: Prepare statements, track revenue and expenditures. Participate on the board (read meeting agendas and be prepared to discuss topics).  

Term: 2016-2017 / Time Estimate: 10 Hours per month


Communications Coordinator
Ideal candidate is very organized and detail-oriented, and has experience in marketing, writing, proof-reading, flier/newsletter formatting, design, etc. 

Duty Highlights: Prepare newsletter, prepare list serves, work with Secretary to manage website and social media, proof-read all communication pieces. Participate on the board (read meeting agendas and be prepared to discuss topics).  

Term: 2016-2017 / Time Estimate: 4 Hours per month

 

Member-at-Large 1
Ideal candidate is interested in helping explore new projects and initiatives.  

Duty Highlights: Participate in established committees and work projects as established. Participate on the board (read meeting agendas and be prepared to discuss topics).  

Term: 2016-2017 / Time Estimate: 2 Hours per month

 

Member-at-Large 2
Ideal candidate is interested in helping explore new projects and initiatives.   

Duty Highlights: Participate in established committees and work projects as established. Participate on the board (read meeting agendas and be prepared to discuss topics). 

Term: 2016-2017 / Time Estimate: 2 Hours per month

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