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Boards & Commissions

Each year, the Governor makes between 300 and 500 appointments to over 130 boards, commissions, task forces, and advisory councils. Each entity has its own responsibilities; while some advise the State on important policy areas, others regulate key industries and professions. There is a position for everyone, and our Administration encourages applications from all Minnesotans with a desire to serve their state.

Open Appointments Process

Many of the Governor’s appointments follow the Open Appointments Process, which occurs in partnership with the Secretary of State’s Office and is detailed below.

  1. The Secretary of State announces the vacancy through a public notice once every two weeks. You can subscribe to receive vacancy notifications and view current vacancies on the Secretary of State’s Boards & Commissions website.
  2. Candidates submit applications through the Secretary of State’s Boards & Commissions website.
  3. After the Secretary of State posts the vacancy, applications are accepted for at least 21 days and until the appointment is announced.
  4. The appointing authority must review the applications for at least 10 days.
  5. The appointing authority announces the intended appointment effective five days after press release.

To receive monthly updates on new vacancies, please sign up for the Secretary of State’s email list.

Every Child Deserves a World Class Education
Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan are committed to providing a world class education to all Minnesota children. State boards and commissions are critical partners in this work. Boards and commissions license teachers and school administrators, manage schools focused on arts education and supporting deaf and blind students, and connect students with extra-curricular and career exploration opportunities. Board service offers opportunities to directly support Minnesota’s youth, regulate and license educational professionals, and advise policymakers.

Minnesotans are encouraged to apply for appointment to these important positions. Please find more information on education-related boards and commissions below.

Current Vacancies

Apply for an appointment to a state board or commission! The Governor and Lt. Governor are seeking qualified and diverse individuals who are passionate about using their knowledge, skills, and lived experiences to serve the state of Minnesota. State boards and commissions do important work that includes protecting the public, licensing and regulating professions, and advising policymakers. With over 100 boards and commissions covering topics from architecture to the zoo, there are hundreds of opportunities annually. A list of boards and commissions, including open positions, can be found on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website. For questions about the process or how to get involved, please contact

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