The overarching obligation of the Board is to ensure that the Foundation’s resources and capacities are deployed in ways that advance its mission and align with its values. As the highest leadership body of the Foundation and to satisfy its fiduciary duties, the Board is responsible for:
- Determining the mission, values, and purposes of the organization
- Supporting strategic planning
- Ensuring strong fiduciary oversight and financial management
- Enhancing the Foundation’s public image by serving as ambassadors for the organization’s work
- Selecting and evaluating the performance of the CEO
- Assessing its own performance as the governing body of Missouri Foundation for Health
Candidates/Nominations for the 2021 Board recruitment cycle will be accepted until October 1, 2021.
View the specifications link above to learn how to apply.
Serving on the Board requires a significant time commitment. There are usually six to seven Board meetings each year, typically lasting three to four hours each. Additionally, all directors serve on one or more of the standing Board committees, many of which meet regularly. Learning and social opportunities, including an annual two-day retreat, are offered throughout the year. It is expected that a typical director will devote approximately eight hours per month to Board-related activities, depending on committee assignments.
Regular attendance at all Board and committee meetings is expected. Although Board and committee meetings are typically held at the Foundation’s headquarters office in St. Louis, virtual attendance is also allowed.
Qualifications, Experience, and Personal Characteristics
It is the intention of the organization to build a strong pipeline of candidates for Board succession purposes over the next several years, and it is a goal that the Board represents the gender, racial, cultural, geographic, and ethnic diversity of the MFH region.
Only individuals who are at least 18 years of age and a resident within the MFH service area are eligible, and no director shall be a compensated officer, agent, or employee of any federal or state governmental authority whatsoever, excepting those of state institutions of higher education.
Candidates must possess:
- Demonstrated core leadership attributes, which includes working toward collective, continuous learning and evolution of thought;
- A recognized reputation for integrity and competence;
- Ability to understand and appreciate the roles and responsibilities of a philanthropic foundation;
- Interest, concern, and commitment to accomplishing the Foundation’s overall mission, purposes, and goals;
- An adherence to the Foundation’s core values; and
- Commitment to devote the time necessary to fulfill Board responsibilities and regularly attend meetings.
2021 Board recruitment cycle:
This year, the Board will fill five open seats, and there are currently four incumbents who are eligible to reapply. The Board will hold its election in December, and new directors will attend their first meeting in January of 2022.
In addition to the attributes listed above, the Foundation is seeking candidates during the 2021 recruitment cycle who will complement the skills/experiences that already exist on the board. As such, only candidates who fulfill two or more of the following will be prioritized at this time:
- Diversity – Candidates who would help the board more fully represent the diversity of the MFH region. As such, we are seeking candidates who identify as people of color, individuals within the LGBTQ+ community, people under 40 years old, and members of the disability community to apply.
- Rural perspective – To further enhance the perspectives on the board, we also strongly encourage individuals residing in the rural regions of the service area to apply.
- Community engagement/leadership – Individuals who have mobilized others to address pressing issues and create positive change at the neighborhood, community and/or regional level. This engagement could be accomplished through professional or volunteer opportunities.
- Lived experience – People who have first-hand knowledge of how inequities and health disparities can limit the ability for individuals and communities to thrive. For example, this could include, but is not limited to individuals who have: lacked health insurance coverage, navigated the Medicaid system as a consumer or care-giver, faced barriers to accessing quality care, as well as those who advocate for patients with substantial barriers to accessing care in their communities.
Although previous board experience is not a requirement, past experience will be beneficial. Importantly, the Board is seeking candidates who appreciate the difference between the operational responsibilities of management and the governance role of the board.
Compensation and Terms:
Directors serve for terms of three years and can reapply for a second three-year term. The terms of five board members expire each year.
Although Directors serve without pay, they will be reimbursed for reasonable travel expenses associated with attendance at MFH meetings and events. Additionally, the Foundation will cover registration fees and reasonable travel expenses to attend one professional conference per year that is related to the mission and work of MFH.