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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.

Enhancing our Workforce
Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan are committed to ensuring all working Minnesotans earn a family-sustaining income. State licensing boards are an important part of ensuring a just, safe, and thriving working environment across multiple professions. Boards and commissions make impactful decisions on the licensure, regulation, and required education for workers, which can affect the working conditions of everyday Minnesotans and their access to these professions. The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are seeking applicants who are dedicated to working toward a more equitable workforce. Please consider applying and sharing these opportunities with your family, friends, and networks.

Minnesotans are encouraged to apply for appointment to these important positions.

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 gov.appointments@state.mn.us

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