Commissioner FAQs

How long is the typical term of service?

Commissioners are appointed for a three year term of service.

What are commissioner requirements?

  • Assist the commission and staff in the following ways:
    • Provide professional expertise when applicable.
    • Represent the commission and staff to public officials, to organizations and at events.
  • Accept or volunteer for one standing committee and one ad hoc committee.
  • Participate in one of the following events per year:
    • AmeriCorps site visit(s)
    • Serve Idaho conference
    • Idaho's Brightest Stars event
    • AmeriCorps grant review process
  • Fulfill all other obligations as defined by the executive order, commission by-laws, policies and procedures and other applicable requirements.
  • Attend three Serve Idaho quarterly commission meetings. If needed, up to one meeting per year may be attended via phone.
  • Attend a one-day strategic planning workshop in October.
  • Participate in committee meetings as determined by the committee.

What are the standing committees?

  • Marketing
    • Works with the Idaho Department of Labor communication department to promote volunteerism and civic participation in Idaho.
    • Markets Serve Idaho events including the Idaho's Brightest Star Awards and Serve Idaho conference.
  • Membership
    • Identifies new members to join the commission
    • Monitors commissioner attendance
    • Assists with new commissioner orientation
  • Program
    • Reviews AmeriCorps grant applications and determines Serve Idaho national service funding priorities.
    • Participates in on-site evaluations of AmeriCorps programs when possible.

What are the ad hoc committees?

  • Idaho's Brightest Stars
    • Assists with planning and implementation of Idaho’s Brightest Stars Awards.
    • Participates in planning calls before and after event.
  • By-laws
    • Reviews by-laws to ensure they are current.
    • Recommends changes for commission approval.
  • Serve Idaho conference
    • Assists with planning and implementation of annual Serve Idaho conference.
    • Participates in planning calls before and after event.
  • Disaster preparedness
    • Works with Department of Homeland Security as requested to develop volunteer center response plans.

Where does the commission meet?

Commission meetings take place in Boise.

How many commissioners serve on the Serve Idaho Commission?

There are between 15 to 25 commissioners on the Serve Idaho Commission.

How do I apply to become a commissioner?

The Governor appoints members to the commission. Individuals interested in applying should fill out the application for appointment and submit a résumé to the address listed on the application.

Are commission meetings open to the public?

Yes, in accordance with state open-meeting laws.

Will I be required to contribute financially?

Serve Idaho commissioners are not required to financially contribute, however are asked to help acquire financial and in-kind support for commission activities.

If travel is required, will I be reimbursed?

Commissioners are reimbursed for commission-related travel, such as travel to quarterly commission meetings or the Serve Idaho conference.