The Association is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in 1970 under the NS Societies Act. It is governed by Association By-laws approved by its members. An elected Board of Directors governs the affairs of the Association and supervises, controls, and directs all its activities. The Board actively pursues the mission and goals of the Association and may adopt rules and regulations for the conduct of business. The AMA Board of Directors reports to the general membership on its activities at its Annual General Meeting in the Fall of each year. In addition the Board provides regular updates at regional meetings and on its website.
The Board of Directors consists of Executive Officers, 10 Regional Directors, a Representative from the Board of the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities and a student representative from Dalhousie's School of Public Administration.