Board Member Requirements

Board Member Requirements

Board Members must agree with and support all of the following:

Our Mission & Goals

Board Member Expectations

Board Member Responsibilities & Job Descriptions

Description of Election Process

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Our Mission

Promoting positive mental health of all infants, children, adolescents and their families

Our Goals:

  • Educate the public to remove the stigma and barriers associated with children’s mental health disorders.
  • Educate families about the multiple systems that serve children with mental health disorders, and help them navigate these complex systems.
  • Provide opportunities for parents and caregivers to develop the skills required to effectively care for and advocate for their children.
  • Inform and educate professionals about children’s mental health disorders.
  • Advocate for the timely and appropriate delivery of services to children and adolescents at risk of or with mental health disorders.
  • Provide programs and advocate for services that meet the unique needs of families from culturally specific communities.
  • Identify and address major barriers and gaps in services statewide

Through programming based on these goals, MACMH supports the health and wellbeing of children and families, in addition to helping youth of Minnesota maximize their potential.

Board Member Expectations:

Expectations of Board members can be broken down into three categories:

Policy Development and Planning – Board members are expected to keep current on the work of MACMH, become actively involved in developing plans and creating policies that will help MACMH grow in size and stature as the leading mental health family advocacy organization in the State for infants, children, adolescents and their families.

Fiscal Responsibility – Board members are responsible for overseeing all financial functions of the organization and assuring that all legal financial regulations are carried out. Board members are expected to take seriously their responsibility as a Board, working with the organization to ensure that MACMH remains financially strong.

Organizational Development and Planning – Board members are required to attend board meetings and participate on board committees.  Board meetings are held 5-6 times per year and typically last 2.5 hours.  Board members are expected to attend at least 75% of the meetings per year; teleconferencing options are available for those unable to travel to the meeting site.  Board members are required to spend one to five hours per month on committee work. All Board members must serve on a minimum of one committee.


We are looking for people who support MACMH’s Mission, are family friendly, and are accessible and open to dialogue with all members of MACMH, regardless of age, culture, or race. We are also interested in people who are confident and willing to get involved in the work of MACMH. Visionaries and innovative thinkers are welcome. We need people who are committed to improving services for families of children with mental health disorders. 

MACMH’s Board membership may be made up of up to twenty (20) directors and four (4) officers. The bylaws require that sixty percent (60%) or more of these members be related to a child with a mental health disorder in one of these ways: parent, foster parent, person having a parental relationship, person related by blood, marriage, adoption or law. The Board also has a policy of striving for cultural, racial, and geographic diversity.

Board Member Responsibilities & Job Descriptions

Board Member (Director)

  • Serve for two full years. Members may serve up to four consecutive terms.
  • Attend all full meetings of the Board. Regular meetings are held 4-5 times each year.
  • Become knowledgeable about the activities and business of MACMH.
  • Read and understand the bylaws.
  • Carry out all lawful activities necessary for the conduct of MACMH business. This includes reviewing and approving strategic plans, budgets and working with the Executive Director.
  • Assume leadership roles in at least one activity or committee of the Board.
  • Represent MACMH in the local and statewide community.
  • Attend the Annual Conference and/or fundraiser, act as an ambassador, and volunteer to assist in activities.
  • Other duties necessary to maintain the organization.


  • All the responsibilities of a member.
  • Serve on the Executive Committee.
  • Preside at meetings of the Association, the Board and the Executive Committee.
  • Work with the Executive Director to ensure a flow of information to and from the Board.

Vice President

  • All the responsibilities of a member.
  • Serve on the Executive Committee.
  • Aid the President in the performance of his/her duties.
  • Preside at meetings of the Association, the Board and the Executive Committee in the absence of the President.
  • Succeed to the presidency until the next regular election if the President is unable to serve out his/her term.


  • All the responsibilities of a member.
  • Serve on the Executive Committee.
  • Responsible for keeping organizational records and ensuring minutes are taken at each meeting and recorded.


  • All the responsibilities of a member.
  • Serve on the Executive Committee.
  • Work with the Executive Director to oversee the work of the Accountant and report to the Board on the following activities:
    • Retain custody of corporate funds and securities.
    • Keep full and accurate accounts of receipts and disbursements in books belonging to MACMH.
    • Provide an account of all transactions as Treasurer and of the financial condition of the Association to the President and Directors at regular Board meetings and when requested.
    • Reports are prepared by the staff and reviewed by the Treasurer.

An orientation will be held for all new Directors  

Description of Election Process

The election process for Board Directors for MACMH will be as follows:

1. Candidate completes and submits application

2. Nominating Committee
a. reviews application
b. contacts references
c. conducts background check.

3. Nominating Committee conducts interview (by phone or in person)

4. Based on results of the application review, references, background check and interview, the Nominating Committee will select a slate of nominees for presentation to the MACMH Board for election. The Committee will judge each applicant’s knowledge, understanding, and involvement in areas critical to MACMH operation. Those areas are:
a. Family Support Systems
b. Children’s Mental Health
c. Board of Directors Responsibilities
d. Volunteer Work e. Membership
f. Community Involvement/Development
g. Fundraising
h. Impacting Public Policy
I. Other skills judged by the Committee to be important to the organization’s development

5. MACMH Board reviews and votes on Nominating Committee’s recommendations.

6. The Executive Director will contact applicants regarding the Board’s decision and provide information about the new board member orientation.