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 2022 Board recruitment cycle will be accepted until Thursday, September 8, 2022.
View the specifications link above to learn how to apply.
Serving on the Board requires a significant time commitment, and it is expected that a typical Director will devote an average of 12 hours per month to Board-related activities. Historically, there have been 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.
Please note that the Board schedule is currently being reviewed and may be altered for the 2023 calendar year. Candidates will be provided with a tentative 2023 Board schedule to provide additional insight into typical meeting dates/times.
Board members are expected to prepare for and regularly attend Board and committee meetings. Board meetings are held at MFH’s headquarters in St. Louis. In-person Board meeting attendance is preferred to enhance the Board experience and build strong relationships among Directors; however, Directors will have the option of attending virtually. All committee meetings are held virtually, and the locations of retreats may vary.
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. 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.
Additional information is available in our Board Member FAQ.
2022 Board Recruitment Cycle:
This year, the Board will fill two open seats, and there are currently three incumbents who are eligible to reapply. The Board will hold its election in November, and new Directors will attend their first meeting in January of 2023.
In addition to the attributes listed above, the Foundation is seeking candidates during the 2022 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:
- Lived experience/diversity – In order for the Board to fully represent the diversity of the MFH region, we are encouraging applications from candidates who identify as people of color, individuals within the LGBTQ+ community, people under age 40, and members of the disability community. Likewise, the Board would benefit from the unique perspectives of people who have first-hand knowledge of how health equity and systems changes can improve opportunities for health, well-being, and the ability to thrive.
- Rural residents – To balance representation from Missouri’s urban and suburban areas, we encourage rural residents in the service area to apply.
- Community engagement/leadership/service – Individuals who have mobilized others to address pressing issues and create positive change at the neighborhood, community, and/or regional level are desired. This engagement could be accomplished through professional or volunteer opportunities.
- Government relations/public policy – A background which includes local, state, or federal public policy, particularly as it relates to social determinants of health and health equity is desired.
- Nonprofit or corporate governance – We also seek candidates who have served on high-functioning governance boards, including for-profit corporations as well as non-profits, faith-based or social justice organizations.
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.