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Join the Associations North Leadership Team

The Associations North Board of Directors provides a three-year leadership role in the Midwest association community and the opportunity to shape the course of the profession for the benefit of many. Board members must be current Associations North members.



Board members serve as front-line champions and represent the association management profession and Associations North. Board members interact with the association community in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and build high quality relationships with members and industry professionals.

As a board member, your role includes:

  • Setting the direction for the association: perform strategic and organizational planning, promote a positive public image and supports Associations North mission and vision
  • Ensuring wise use of association resources: hire capable executive leadership, provide strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
  • Recognizing and anticipating industry opportunities and threats for Associations North
  • Resource development: Serve as active advocates for Associations North and fully engage in identifying and securing financial resources and partnerships necessary to Associations North to advance its mission

Knowledge & Skills

The ideal board member possesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Familiar with Associations North mission, vision, values and goals
  • Understand the Board of Director’s role in governing Associations North
  • Understanding of Associations North programs, services and benefits
  • Understanding of the needs of Associations North members
  • Knowledge of the distinct roles and responsibilities of Associations North staff and volunteers

Strategic Thinking

  • Ability to keep the big picture in mind
  • Ability to be goal and future oriented
  • Ability to think critically, ask questions, and challenge unsubstantiated opinions
  • Ability to understand issues from different perspectives
  • Ability to understand and process large amounts of information (print, online, and oral) effectively and efficiently


  • Ability to articulate ideas, opinions, rationales, and comments in a clear, concise, and logical manner
  • Ability to effectively communicate with a diverse team of board members, Associations North members, and staff orally and in writing
  • Ability to speak in front of small and large groups using both self-prepared and externally-prepared materials, and with a professional demeanor
  • Ability to achieve practical consensus in group discussions
  • Ability to advocate for the profession and its members

Decision Making

  • Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify issues as well as the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
  • Ability to make informed decisions efficiently and take action when needed
  • Ability to be objective at all times about what is best for the whole of the Association


  • Ability to effectively collaborate with Associations North Co-Directors, board members, and staff
  • Ability to work independently as required
  • Ability to interact with other board members in a group setting, both contributing to discussions, and valuing the contributions of all members

Analytical Skills

  • Ability to understand and analyze financial reports
  • Ability to review and analyze proposed budgets in light of association resources, strategic goals, and priorities
  • Ability to analyze reports from committees and task forces


  • A variety leadership experiences within the profession
  • Leadership experience within Associations North task forces or committees
  • Experience interacting with diverse professionals
  • Ability to appreciate and embrace diversity of thought


Board members serve a three-year term (max two terms), meet 4-6 times annually and are committed to:

  • Prepare for all meetings in advance of meetings and come prepared for thoughtful, high-level, strategic participation and conversation
  • Attend key events throughout the year including, but not limited to:
    • Meetup Groups, Annual Meeting & Expo, Golf Classic, Leadership Conference and Holiday Celebration
      and Silent Auction
  • Support from employer regarding time and financial commitment to serve as on Associations North Board of Directors. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Making a monetary or item donation to silent auction
    • Assisting with non-member outreach and prospecting
    • Thanking exhibitors for support of Associations North
    • Supporting sponsorship participation with thank you visit, call or other outreach efforts
    • Participating on one or more committees or task forces
    • Contributing to Focus North with editorial content or identify potential authors
    • Presenting an educational session or recommend industry experts
  • Value teamwork and consensus. Decisions made at board meetings are based on facts, discussion and research
  • Accept accountability for group decisions so that the Board of Directors speaks with one voice
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Continue to promote the mission of Associations North
  • Willingness to develop and identify future leaders
  • Avoid conflicts of interest
  • Act morally and ethically in accordance with the values of Associations North
  • Efficiently use technology to respond to online communications (emails, web meetings, conference calls)


In principle and in practice, Associations North values and seeks diversity and inclusiveness within the association management industry. Associations North board strives to be diverse in:

  • Age, gender, race and ethnicity
  • Representation of organizational membership size, types and industries
  • Diverse in experience, perspective and interests


In order to be eligible to serve as an Associations North board member, the following criteria must be met:

  • Must be current member of Associations North and been an active member for a minimum of 2 years
  • Not a former Chair of Associations North board
  • Not have served more than two consecutive terms.

2020 Board Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, all board meetings take place at the Associations North office.

  • January 8, 2020 | New Board Orientation
  • February 21, 2020 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
  • April 24, 2020 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (virtual)
  • June 15, 2020 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (virtual)
  • September 14, 2020 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm (virtual)
  • November 24, 2020 | 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Supporting Documents

Application and Nominating Process

Associations North accepts applications for new board members annually June - July. Once all applications are received, the nominating committee will meet to review applications and schedule a brief conversation with each applicant. In September applicants will be notified. New board members start their term on January 1.

To serve on Associations North Board of Directors you must be a current Associations North member. After meeting the membership requirement, the nominating committee will evaluate your Board of Directors Application based on:

  • Involvement, participation and activities previously involved with at Associations North
  • Commitment to association leadership and why you want to serve
  • Experience, strengths and leadership history

Download Board of Directors Application (PDF), here.

Email your completed application to Angela Kisskeys by October 9. If you have any questions about serving on Associations North Board of Directors, please call 651-647-6388 or contact:

Angela Kisskeys, Co-Director
Associations North

Sarah Ruzek, Co-Director
Associations North

Mark Salter, CAE, ABC, 2020 Nominating Committee Chair
CFA Society Minnesota