Call for SMA Board Candidates

Would you make a great SMA Board Member? Nominations are due September 1, 2023.

The SMA Nominations Committee is soliciting qualified SMA members to help the organization deliver on its mission to grow the competence, confidence, and camaraderie of all professionals who grow and care for community forests!

Would you or someone you know make a great board member for SMA? Our organization has been a sound and steady presence since 1964, helping people speak for the trees. New SMA leadership, an increased understanding of urban forestry, and a historic moment for urban forestry funding makes now an especially exciting time to serve as a board member. 

Board Member Responsibilities

The following is a general list of SMA board member responsibilities.

  • Serves a three-year term; can serve up to two consecutive terms
  • Regularly attends board and other important related meetings
  • Makes serious commitment to participate actively on the work of the board
  • Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments; completes assignments thoroughly and in a timely manner
  • Stays informed about board matters, prepares for meetings, reviews and comments on minutes and reports
  • Has a high level understanding of SMA’s policies
  • Reviews and evaluates association actions or activities including comment letters, signing of a memorandum of understanding or other similar activities.
  • Gets to know other board members and builds a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus
  • Reviews and approves association budget each year
  • Actively participates in annual assessment and planning efforts
  • Annually provides a performance review for the executive director
  • Assists with revenue generating/fundraising activities
  • Must sign and adhere to the SMA Conflict of Interest policy
  • Serve without compensation for services
  • Travel to and participate in the annual SMA Conference and Tradeshow 
  • Travel to and participate in the SMA Board Retreat (reimbursed by SMA)

 To qualify for a board position, the nominee must:

  • Be a member in good standing for the last three years AND
  • Have participated in or attended an SMA-related activity such as
    • The SMA Annual Meeting/Conference (at least one of the past two), or
    • The Municipal Forestry Institute (MFI), or
    • Served on a committee within the past two years.

After submitting a nomination, a board or team member from SMA will be in touch about eligibility and next steps. If you have question in the meantime, please reach out to SMA's Executive Director at [email protected] or the Nominations Committee Chair Rachel Habig-Myers at [email protected]

Board Member Nominations