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Current Open Board Positions

The Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State today released notice of vacancies for various state boards, councils and committees that are accepting applications. Minnesotans are encouraged to apply and serve in demonstration of public service. The newest vacancies are listed below, and the full list of 947 vacancies / 540 positions can be found on our website Open Positions.

Ramsey County's Solid Waste Management Plan

Saint Paul – Ramsey County Public Health is seeking Native American applicants for our Waste Reduction Advisory Committee. Members of this committee assist in the ramsey county logo development of Ramsey County's Solid Waste Management Plan. This plan guides Ramsey County’s work in reducing waste, increasing recycling and supporting a healthy community.

  • The committee will meet 3-4 times in April and May.
  • Members are compensated $25 per meeting and provided a full meal.
  • ALL Ramsey County residents are welcome and encouraged to apply.

Here is more info: Join Ramsey County's Waste Reduction Advisory Committee | Ramsey County

Minnesota e-Health Initiative Advisory Committee

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is currently accepting membership applications for the Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee.

  • Health and health care is being transformed by health information technology, data use and exchange, and policy to improve health care efficiency and health outcomes.
  • Established in 2004, under Minnesota Statute, the 25-member committee is responsible for developing recommendations and advising the Commissioner of Health on policies and processes to advance the use of health information technology, data use, data exchange, and related technologies.

We are seeking members who represent perspectives from across Minnesota’s health care landscape, including providers, hospitals, health insurers and health plans, long-term care, public health, academic and research institutions, vendors, consumers, state agencies, and others. A list of specific positions, along with the application, is available on the Board/Commission: Minnesota e-Health Advisory Committee webpage under the "Details" section.

More Information is available on the MN Dept. of Health website.

Questions about the committee or application process may be directed to mn.ehealth@state.mn.us.

Dept. of Human Services Citizen Review Panel

Are you passionate about child welfare and safety? Chisago, Hennepin and Ramsey Counties are seeking volunteer citizens to join our Citizen ReviewDHS logo Panels. Established under federal law and state statute, Citizen Review Panels are an important way community members can improve our child welfare system. In partnership with local counties and the Minnesota Department of Human Services, panel members examine child welfare policies, practices and procedures, then make recommendations for positive systems change. Members may include foster care alumni (21+ years of age), parents, attorneys, law enforcement, school personnel, Tribal workers, business representatives, folks with lived experience as a survivor of child abuse or neglect, faith community leaders, child welfare professionals, etc. We strive to include diverse perspectives and experiences. Applicants should live or work in the county of the CRP. Members are unpaid for their time at meetings but per diem stipends are available. Find more details at Citizen Review Panels / Minnesota Department of Human Services (mn.gov) or apply on the MN Secretary of State website.
Panel members help improve child welfare practices and policies by:

  • Examining specific child welfare cases, including active or closed cases, maltreatment reconsiderations, child fatality and near fatality cases; and providing independent insight for improvement
  • Providing feedback to key leaders on the internal workings of the child protection system
  • Participating in educational events, including a national conference for Citizen Review Panel members
  • Receiving ongoing support, training and organizational updates from county and state staff.

For more information contact Laura Gapske at laura.gapske@state.mn.us.

Children's Justice Initiatives

Childrens Justice

Minnesota has significant racial disparities with regard to children in out-of-home care.  The most recent Out-of-Home Placement Report from the Minnesota Department of Human Services shows that American Indian children are 16.4 times more likely than white children to enter foster care.  Once American Indian children are in foster care, there are high proportions who stay in care for two years or longer compared to other racial and ethnic groups.
 
The Children’s Justice Initiative (CJI) recently was awarded a five year, $2.5M grant from the federal Children’s Bureau to establish an intergovernmental partnership to improve court and agency implementation of child welfare best practices.  Through the soon-to-be established “State-Tribal Partnership Committee,” the CJI will work to establish state and tribal practices that are culturally appropriate for American Indian children and their families to prevent maltreatment; safely maintain American Indian children in their homes and prevent removal from their families and communities; and improve safety, permanency, and well-being for American Indian children.
 
Committee membership groups:  The new State-Tribal Partnership Committee will be comprised of state and tribal members, including representatives from a tribal chair/president, tribal/ district ICWA court judges, tribal/ICWA county court administration, tribal/ICWA county attorneys, tribal/ICWA county child welfare agencies, tribal elder, tribal court improvement program, ICWA attorneys for children and parents, ICWA guardians ad litem, American Indian parent and American Indian child/youth with lived experience, ICWA Law Center, Duluth Tribal-State Partnership Team, chemical health and mental health service providers, Ombudsperson for Indian Families, and others.  The committee will be advised by staff from national organizations such as Casey Family Programs, the National Native Children’s Trauma Center, and the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
 
Committee meetings:  For the first year the Committee will meet every other month and after the first year will transition to quarterly meetings.  Meetings will be in person with an option for hybrid virtual participation.
 
Request for letters of interest: The CJI is seeking letters (emails) of interest from persons who are interested in serving as potential members of the new State-Tribal Partnership Committee.  If you are interested, please send an email to the CJI Program at cji@courts.state.mn.us by Wednesday, December 6.  In your email, please include the following:
·      First and Last Name
·      Title
·      Name of agency or organization
·      Committee membership group you would represent (see list in paragraph 3 above)
·      Email address and phone number
·      A few sentences about why you want to serve on the committee (e.g., what you will bring to the committee, topics you think the committee should discuss, projects you think the committee should accomplish, etc.)
 
Persons who are selected to serve as committee members will be notified by mid-December.  Those who express an interest in serving but who are not selected will be added to a list of interested persons.
 
Questions? Contact Judy Nord, CJI Staff Attorney, with any questions about the new State-Tribal Partnership Committee.
 
Children’s Justice Initiative
MINNESOTA JUDICIAL BRANCH
State Court Administrator’s Office | Court Services Division
25 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite 105 | St. Paul, MN | 55155
cji@courts.state.mn.us

American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Projects

Under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the council is required to have at least one director of an American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation grant program.

While it is not required information on the application, the council must maintain a majority of members who are visually impaired, blind or deafblind. It is helpful to know if we are meeting that requirement while reviewing applications.

If you are interested please visit the Secretary of State website. state rehab for blind logo

MN Task Force on Pregnancy Health and Substance Use Disorder

In 2023, the Minnesota Legislature established a Task Force on Pregnancy Health and Substance Use Disorder. The Task Force goal is to recommend protocols for when physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, and physical assistants should administer a toxicology test and requirements for reporting for prenatal exposure to a controlled substance. There are several openings available for this Task Force.

If interested in joining the Task Force, please visit the Open Appointments page on the MN Secretary of State: Board/Commission Appointments

MN Task force on Pregnancy

 

Urban Indian Affairs Board Duluth Vacancy

Duluth Board Vacancy

Position Description

An individual who represents an urban American Indian organization and understands the specific strengths of the urban American Indian population.

Visit the Secretary of State Board and Commission for more details! 

New Position/Vacancy for Tribal Member

The Rural Health Advisory Committee (RHAC), a statewide forum for rural health interests is legislatively mandated to now include a member of a Tribal Nation.

Members of the Committee will:

  • Advise the commissioner of health and other state agencies on rural health issues
  • Provide a systematic and cohesive approach toward rural health issues and planning
  • Encourage cooperation among rural communities and among providers. 
Interested applicants visit the Secretary of State Board and Commission - Vacancy Application
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