Expectations of Service
Service is varied and based upon the needs, expectations and policy goals. Most seats are volunteer positions and have an average expectation of approximately 10-15 hours of work per month. Some Commissions however have a need for specialized skills, but most people will find a Board or a Commission that is a great fit for their knowledge base. Public members of Boards and Commissions are people who may not have regular, ongoing experience in a specific topic area, but have a general interest in a particular Board or Commission’s work arena. This is a great opportunity to learn more about an area of interest and contribute a perspective that is fresh and unique to the service area.
Candidates are expected to actively engage and participate once they are confirmed and appointed, so it is important that you are clear on your time and availability. Travelling within the state to meetings can be a part of some Board’s or Commission’s expectations, so make sure that you factor in the location of meetings into your decision. Finally, each Board or Commission has a particular term during which they serve. Most terms are between 2-4 years and all Board and Commission members are subject to a two-term limit. If you enjoyed serving and completed your term on one Board or Commission, consider seeking appointment to another Board or Commission. Your experience is invaluable!