Museum Association
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The Museum Association of Arizona is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors, who perform many of the responsibilities of the organization, set policies, and provide future direction. 

The Board consists of thirteen members intended to represent the diversity of the state.
 - President
 - Vice President
 - Secretary
 - Treasurer
 - Past President
 - Northern Region Director (Yavapai, Coconino, Navajo and Apache Counties)
 - Central Region Director (Maricopa, Gila, Graham and Greenlee Counties)
 - Southern Region Director (Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise and Pinal Counties)
 - Western Region Director (Yuma, LaPaz and Mohave Counties)
 - 4 At-Large Directors

General Board Member Eligibility and Responsibilities
All Board members are expected to attend monthly teleconference meetings, as well as three in-person meetings.  

MAA Board Members must be current Individual MAA members and maintain their membership through the course of their term(s).

MAA Board members are expected to actively participate on at least one Committee, Task Force or Working Group.  The Four Regional Directors are automatically members of the Membership Committee.

Board members are expected to make a personally meaningful financial contribution in addition to their membership dues.

Board members do not receive compensation and, in general, are not reimbursed for any normal Board activities (e.g., meeting attendance).

Specific Board Job Descriptions
The President is the chief executive officer of MAA and authorizing officer, and presides over all meetings of the membership and Board of Directors. The President works with the Executive Director to schedule the Annual Business Meeting and all Board Meetings, and to set the agendas.  The President appoints Committee Chairs and Directors to fill any vacancy on the Board.

The Vice President chairs the Governance Committee, which oversees the review and revision of MAA Bylaws, job descriptions and policies and procedures.   The Vice President performs the duties of the President in the absence of the President.  If the office of President becomes vacant for any reason, the Vice President assumes the responsibilities of the office for the remainder of the term.

The Treasurer oversees all financial transactions and records.   The Treasurer works with the Executive Director to prepare the MAA annual budget. 

The Secretary take the minutes at the Annual Business Meeting and at all Board Meetings.   The Secretary works with the Executive Director to ensure the maintenance and continuity of all records, correspondence, membership rolls, mailing lists and bylaws.   The Secretary works with the Executive Director to provide election materials to all MAA members and tabulate and announce the election results. 

Regional Directors represent one of the four state regions: Northern, Central, Western, and Southern.   They serve as the link between the Individual and Institutional members in their region and the Association.  All Regional Directors serve on the Membership Committee.   Regional Directors may also participate on at least one Committee, Task Force or Working Group, either in a leadership capacity or on specific projects

At-Large Directors are selected to ensure that additional voices, both in terms of cultural and geographic diversity, are included in MAA leadership.  At-Large Directors are expected to participate on at least one Committee, Task Force or Working Groupeither in a leadership capacity or on specific projects.

Nominations and Elections
Elections are held at the MAA Annual Business Meeting (usually held during the Spring Conference) and new Board members take their office at the next regular Board meeting following their election.

One half of the Board is elected each year for  a two-year term, with the option of being re-elected for two more terms in the same position (total of six years).

Nominees for the four officer positions (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) are encouraged to have had previous experience on the MAA Board.

Any MAA  member may nominate another person with that person’s consent, or a member may self-nominate.

All nominations must be accompanied by a brief biography narrative statement that includes why the nominee wants to serve on the Board (100-150 words).   Nominations should be sent to Janice Klein, MAA Executive Director,


Museum Association of Arizona

P.O. Box 63902,
Phoenix, Arizona 85082

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