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CUB seeks applicants for our board of directors

Published July 22, 2020

CUB is looking for committed Minnesotans to join our board of directors. 

Why join? As a board member, you will guide CUB’s strategic direction and the organization’s long-term sustainability. You’ll make sure that CUB’s activities are on track to equitably advance clean energy and consumer protection. And you’ll make sure that the organization has the resources it needs to do so. 

CUB seeks board members that are as diverse as our state, including by race/ethnicity, gender, geography, and professional background. This year, we especially welcome people who can help with fundraising or have connections to philanthropy, are customers of cooperative or municipal utilities, have small business experience, have skills and experience in public communications, or can help us make connections with new partners and communities. You can see our current board members here

The board members’ job description is below. Board members commit to three-year terms, and we expect new members to serve 2021-2023. Board members may serve up to four consecutive terms. The board typically meets five times per year, and members can expect to commit about four hours per month, with an additional 8-hour retreat every two to three years. Board members are not involved in CUB’s day-to-day programmatic or policy advocacy decisions.


Please contact me if you’d like to discuss this opportunity or recommend a candidate. You can reach me at 612-568-5707 or


Apply now. We will begin considering applications on September 1. 




Roles and Responsibilities of Board Members

  1. Establish CUB’s mission and direction and set short- and long-term goals. Approve the work plan and evaluate progress towards goals annually. 
  2. Select board members and officers and evaluate board performance.
  3. Select the executive director. Evaluate executive director performance and set compensation annually.
  4. Ensure effective organizational planning.
  5. Ensure financial resources and staffing are adequate to achieve the goals set.
    • Approve the annual budget.
    • Review financial statements.
    • Approve funding plans.
    • Make introductions to, cultivate, and solicit contributions from potential donors.
    • Make an annual donation in an amount that is meaningful for the individual.
  6. Raise CUB’s visibility and enhance the organization’s public image.
    • Promote CUB to others.
    • Represent the organization in the community.
    • Assist in the development of working relationships with other organizations.
  7. Ensure CUB complies with its bylaws, policies, and the legal requirements of a nonprofit organization.
  8. Approve major actions of the organizations, such as a major program or service changes.
  9. Provide candid and constructive criticism, advice, and comments.

All meetings are currently being held remotely. When in-person meetings resume, board members located in the Twin Cities area will be expected to attend board meetings in person. Remote participation will be arranged for members living farther away.

Author: Annie Levenson-Falk

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