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Become a Board Member

Board members serve a critical role in carrying out the Minnesota Board of Social Works mission to protect the public by regulating the practice of social work. The board ensures that all persons licensed as social workers meet a minimum set of standards and are qualified, professional, ethical, and accountable. The Board also investigates and resolves complaints against licensed social workers and their practice.
The Board has ten professionally licensed social work positions and five public member positions. Board member vacancies occur for specific positions each year in January. Board members are appointed by the Governor to serve a four-year term. Board members attend regular, full-day business meetings every other month and are expected to serve on at least one committee. Board members are eligible to receive per diems and are reimbursed for their travel, accommodation, and meal expenses in accordance with state reimbursement schedules.
Applications for Board member positions are available at and must be submitted directly to the Office of the Secretary of State. Applications are forwarded to the Governor's Office for review and appointment of board members.
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