Board Member Job Description

ORHA MISSIONThe Oregon Rural Health Association aims to improve the health status of rural Oregonians by advocating for rural health as a distinct statewide concern.  As a nonprofit membership organization, we connect and amplify the voices of consumers, public officials, and representatives of all health professions to promote a high quality, accessible, and financially sustainable health care network serving rural Oregon. 


Any ORHA Individual Member or Agent of either an Organization Member or Founding Organization Member is eligible to serve on the Board of Directors.  Non-members who are otherwise good candidates for board membership are required to join ORHA before they can be nominated.  Any ORHA board member can nominate another member to the board.  The board members are elected by the ORHA membership at the annual meeting, typically during the annual conference.  In some cases, members can be appointed temporarily by the existing board mid-year to fill an open position. 


The Board will support the work of Oregon Rural Health Association and provide mission-based leadership and strategic governance.  While day-to-day operations are led by Executive Committee and staff, the Board is a partnership, and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.  


  •  Serve as trusted advisor to the Board Chair and Executive Committee as they develop and implement the ORHA Strategic Plan
  • Participate to ensure good communication to and from all ORHA members, internal and external stakeholders, and the Board
  • Serve on committees and task forces and take on special assignments to support the strategic vision of ORHA
  • Partner with Board Chair and Executive Committee to ensure that board resolutions are carried out
  • Review and comment, as appropriate, on legislative policy updates
  • Represent ORHA to stakeholders; act as an ambassador for the organization
  • Assist the Board in identifying and recruiting other Board Members; ensure ORHA’s commitment to a diverse board that    reflects the communities ORHA serves
  • Approve annual budget, audit reports, and material business decisions; be informed of and meet legal and fiduciary responsibilities


The Board has 4 regular meetings each year; one per quarter.  Typically, they are held in January, April, July, and October.  The summer meeting is held in selected rural community.  The final meeting of the year is at the Annual Conference location.  All meetings are intended to be face-to-face unless video conferencing is available.  Additional meetings may be called as necessary.


ORHA Board Members shall serve a One-Year Term and until their successors are elected and qualified, subject to prior death, resignation, or removal


Service on ORHA’s Board of Directors is without remuneration, except for administrative support and occasional travel and accommodation costs in relation to Board Members’ duties.


The ideal board candidate is passionate about ORHA’s mission and has a track record of board leadership.  Selected Board Members will have achieved leadership stature in business, government, philanthropy, or the non-profit sector.  His/her accomplishments will allow him/her to attract other well-qualified, high performing Board Members.  Ideal candidates will also have the following qualifications:

  • A commitment to and understanding of ORHA’s beneficiaries, preferably based on experience
  • Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships, persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of ORHA’s beneficiaries
If interested, please fill out and mail in the linked application ORHA Board Application

ORHA 2016,

Oregon Rural Health Association is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. PO Box 11954 Portland, OR 97211

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