About Our Board
MCAT’s nine-member board is appointed to govern the organization, and to provide guidance and strategic advice. Members are appointed for two-year terms, with each member eligible to serve a maximum of four terms. One board member serves as a liaison to the Missoula Civic Television Advisory Committee Other members come from the community at large and are recruited to represent various facets of community life, or because they possess specific skill sets or knowledge. The Board’s standing committees include Executive/Finance/Personnel and Website. Other committees are formed as needed.
MCAT’s board typically meets monthly, with committee meetings scheduled separately. Board meetings are generally held at MCAT and last 90 minutes. In addition, board members are asked to attend annual retreats and other strategic planning meetings as required.
Responsibilities & Commitments
Responsibilities of MCAT Board Members fall into two categories:
- The Board is responsible for the long-term viability of the organization. It provides continuity for MCAT by advancing MCAT’s mission through the development of services, and advocacy for them.
- The Board has fiduciary responsibility for MCAT, including oversight of accounts and contracts, and regular review of MCAT’s financial standing. The Board acts to protect and preserve MCAT’s status as a 501-c3 entity.
- The Board governs the organization through broad policies and objectives, formulated and agreed upon by the General Manager and MCAT staff. Such governance includes the assignment of priorities that ensure the organization’s capacity to carry out programs, and continual review of its work. The Board is expected to assess its own performance as part of an annual retreat process.
- The Board is charged with acquiring resources sufficient for MCAT’s operations, and to finance its programs and services adequately. Implicit in this is the responsibility for assisting with MCAT’s related contract negotiations.
- The Board is accountable to the public for the services of the organization. The Board accepts responsibility for all conditions and policies attached to MCAT’s programs and services, and for its oversight of key personnel.
- The Board is charged with ensuring that MCAT’s policies and services meet or exceed legal requirements. In addition, the Board serves as an arbiter as needed in any internal disputes.
- Believe in MCAT’s mission and champion its services and programs
- Attend meetings regularly
- Respond promptly and regularly to board-related communications
- Represent MCAT at community functions, and promote MCAT’s mission and services
- Participate in and support fund raising efforts.
- Participate in annual retreats and other strategic planning meetings
- Meet these commitments for a full two-year term
To apply to the MCAT board, download and submit an application.