Vote for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors

The Minnesota Social Service Association (MSSA) is seeking members passionate about health and human services to serve on the Board of Directors.

Nominations are now closed; voting is open through Friday, May 22. All nominees will be informed of the results on Saturday, May 23.

Who We Are

MSSA supports the health and human service profession through education, advocacy, and member benefits. MSSA was established in 1893 and today represents over 3,000 health and human service professionals from non-profit, for-profit, and government agencies. Through continuing education, public policy and advocacy, awards and scholarships, and a number of other member benefits we work to ensure our members have the tools and resources they need to be excellent! 

About the Board of Directors

The MSSA Board of Directors is a governing board with legal and fiduciary responsibilities to ensure the overall health and viability of the association. Following the board orientation and training, board members are expected to:

  • Understand MSSA’s mission, values, and purpose 
  • Provide general oversight of the Association (bylaws, strategic plan, new initiatives, etc.) 
  • Be informed and knowledgeable in order to act as a leader of the Association 
  • Provide fiscal oversight (budget approval, ensure adequate resources, monthly financials, etc.) 
  • Participate in fund development (financial contribution, fundraising, attend events, etc.) 
  • Participate in MSSA Committees 
  • Participate in MSSA events
  • Actively participate in MSSA’s public policy program (respond to all action alerts, develop relationships with legislators, etc.) 

Please see the Board Job Description for a more detailed list of the expectations of MSSA board members.


Board Terms and Limits. MSSA board members are elected to two-year terms, and can serve up to three consecutive terms. Terms start in May of 2020 and expire in April of 2022.

Time Commitment. The MSSA Board of Directors meets approximately nine times per year and meetings are 2-3 hours in length. In addition, board members are expected to actively participate in at least one committee. Depending on the committee, Board members should expect to contribute approximately 5-10 hours per month. In addition, Board members are also expected to attend the Public Policy Summit, their Regional Fall Conference, and the Annual Training Conference and Expo. 

Skills and Experience. Based on the current strategic plan and organizations initiatives, MSSA is looking for board members with the following skills and experience:

  • Marketing and Communications
  • Fund development
  • Membership development
  • Public policy and grassroots advocacy
  • Nonprofit organizational leadership

Save the Date

Potential board members should save the following dates for these 2020 and 2021 board events:

  • May 28 and 29: MSSA new board member orientation and board retreat
  • March 17-19, 2021: MSSA Annual Training Conference and Expo
  • 2020-2021 board meeting dates: June 26, July 24, August 28, October 30, November 20, January 29, February 26, and April 30. Board meetings run from 12:30 - 3:00 pm