DEADLINE: October 5, 2016 (11:59pm EDT) (CLOSED)

For technical assistance contact kate@nceca.net or candice@nceca.net
303 828-2811 or 866 266-2322

NCECA is presently seeking highly qualified candidates for two distinct positions on its Board of Directors that will come open in Spring 2017. These positions are:

  • Director at Large
  • Student Director at Large

NCECA invites its membership to review the roles and responsibilities below. If you consider yourself a highly qualified candidate for one of these positions or know someone you think could make outstanding contributions as a member of NCECA’s leadership team, please consider submitting a nomination form by October 5, 2016.

NCECA’s Nominations Committee will review proposed candidates’ qualifications and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.  Select candidates will be presented and discussed during NCECA’s autumn 2016 Board meeting.

  • The Board will ratify two nominees for Director at Large to stand for election by the membership in accordance with NCECA’s bylaws. Additional candidates for Director at Large that are not selected as Board-ratified nominees will be eligible to stand for election should they remain interested.
  • Candidates for Student Director at Large will not be subject to board ratification prior to standing for election by the membership.

All candidates who wish to be included in the e-ballot and considered for election must be in attendance at the 51st Annual conference in Portland, Oregon.  Candidates are responsible for their own expenses related to participation in the conference during which results of the ballot will be determined.

NCECA members are eligible to vote on certain board positions through an e-ballot process that will begin in February 2017 and remain open until 4pm (Pacific), Friday, March 24, 2017.

Candidates included on the e-ballot will be required to provide a brief video that will be hosted at the WatchNCECA YouTube channel and made accessible on the organization’s website. These video messages will enable members to consider candidates’ visions and qualifications for elected service. Brief bios and headshots of the candidates will also be posted.

Results of the election will be announced at the close of the second members’ business meeting on the final day of the conference. Newly elected board members will be required to attend the open board meeting immediately following the close of the 2017 conference.

2017 e-Voting Requirements

NCECA will again conduct the 2017 board elections by e-ballot! It is critical that members note that the implementation of NCECA’s e-balloting system has precipitated a number of changes in nominations and elections procedures.  The first of these to note is that self-nominations for board positions must all be made electronically by October 5, 2016. Self-nominations and nominations from the floor will no longer be accepted at the first members’ business meeting at the annual conference.

The e-ballot system will open approximately one month prior to conference around mid-February 2017 and close at 4pm (Pacific), Friday, March 24, 2017. Only those individual members with active, paid memberships prior to February 26, 2017 will be able to cast an e-ballot. The primary contact of Business, Institutional and Gallery memberships will be the individual who is eligible to cast a vote on behalf of their entities.

Those who purchase membership renewals following February 26 or and those who purchase a new a membership on-site in Portland will have the option to vote using a paper ballot during the conference in Portland. Paper ballots will not be made available to members that were eligible to cast electronic ballots but did not exercise the option to use it. E-ballot eligible members may use computers set up in the registration area of the Oregon Convention Center to cast e-ballots during the conference until Friday, March 24, 2017.

Roles and Responsibilities

NCECA Board Members must be at least 21 years of age and be prepared to perform in the following roles: 

  • Promote the Council’s purpose, mission and vision.
  • Manage Council assets, including funds, property, and historical records
  • Determine Council policies within limits of Bylaws
  • Develop and support Council programs, services and events
  • Hire, review, and support the Executive Director
  • All Board members are expected to make an annual personal monetary gift to NCECA.

All NCECA Board Members are required to fulfill the following responsibilities: 

  • Understand, promote and work to strengthen NCECA’s Mission, programs, services and policies.
  • Participate in the development and realization of strategic goals and organizational priorities as determined through a structured planning process.
  • Fulfill all specific roles on the Board as described in and NCECA’s Bylaws.
  • Attend and actively participate in all board meetings during the term of service. (NCECA’s Board meets in the autumn, late spring and during the annual conference.)
  • Participation on additional activities of the council may also be required of certain board members.
  • Serve the membership and field at large by maintaining open and critical perspective on matters that come before the council.
  • Maintain confidentiality, objectivity, ethics and integrity disclosing possible conflicts of interest and refusing gifts.
  • Suggest agenda items periodically for Board and committee meetings to address critical matters.
  • Read and understand NCECA’s financial statements and exercise prudence with funds in order to help fulfill the Board’s fiduciary responsibilities.
  • Develop concepts and programming for NCECA’s annual conference through review of proposals received and active curatorial outlook.
  • Contribute content to NCECA publications and communications efforts.
  • Provide council and support of the Executive Director while following protocol for communications and work with staff.
  • Speak on behalf of the Board when asked by officers or authorized person(s).
  • Contribute to and secure the support of others on behalf of the organization.
  • Work to identify highly qualified nominees for service on the Board.
  • Participate directly in the development and fundraising work of the council.
  • Make a personally sacrificial annual gift to NCECA.
  • Bring a sense of humor and camaraderie to board meetings and council functions.


Serves 3-year term
Serves on and chairs committees and oversees special projects as designated by the President or the Board.


Must be at least 21 years of age, a member of NCECA, and be able to travel to and participate at all scheduled board meetings and conferences throughout the term of service. (NCECA’s policy is to limit reimbursement for travel to within the US via coach airfare or equivalent.)

Specific Duties 

  • Serve as representatives of the membership at large and advocates for the Council.
    Serve on or chair committees and oversee special projects for the Council as designated by the President or the Board.
  • May serve to support and/or initiate special projects subject to the talents of the individual with Board approval.
  • Reviews and encourages conference program proposals.
  • Responsible for input on and implementation of NCECA’s annual efforts and Conference through at least one of the following roles:
    Coordinating NCECA Connections/Topical Discussions programming, International residencies, Emerging Artists programs, Gallery Expo, and/or other special projects as assigned.
  • Provide information for NCECA publications as needed.

Desired qualifications

  • Passion for field of ceramics and NCECA.
  • Past participation in some aspect of NCECA programming.
  • Ability to share and build upon creative ideas for NCECA programming.
  • Ability to understand budgetary requirements of ongoing programs and initiatives, manage and think critically about programming priorities.
  • Make personal contribution necessary to direct a non-profit organization.

Serves a two-year term
Serves on committees and oversees special projects as designated by the President or the Board.

Must be at least 21 years of age and enrolled as a student at an accredited US-based institution at the time of election, hold a membership in NCECA, and be able to travel to and participate at all scheduled board meetings and conferences throughout the term of service. (NCECA’s policy is to limit reimbursement for travel to within the US via coach airfare or equivalent.)

Specific Duties

  • Serve NCECA’s membership by advocating for student concerns.
  • Promote calls for student programming and critique room.
  • Provide support and guidance for the NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition (NSJE) in concert with the Exhibitions Director including the following: Identifies qualified jurors, solicits donations of awards, represents NCECA and presents awards at the NSJE reception, provides support to the venue as needed.
  • Coordinate student initiatives and programming by reviewing proposals, presenter and critique mentor qualifications.
  • Provide scheduling data pertaining to student programming to the Conference Manager for inclusion on NCECA website, app and program guide.
  • Serve as one of the Student Fellowship jurors in the selection of awardees.

Student Directors-at-Large shall serve as advocates for student concerns and shall coordinate student initiatives and programming. Student Directors-at-Large shall organize the NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition under the guidance of the Exhibitions Director.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Energetic commitment to NCECA and the field of ceramics.
  • Possess time-management skills necessary to successfully address duties to NCECA as well as personal accountability in his/her domain of academic pursuit.
  • Demonstrate ability and desire to communicate via electronic and social media to engage student audience.
  • Ability to contribute and build on creative and critical ideas about how to meaningfully serve and involve NCECA’s student membership.


The Nominator must be a current member of NCECA to put forth a nomination.
Self-nominations are welcome.  

Nominations for Board Positions must include the following and will be submitted using NCECA’s online form process.

  • Nominee name and contact information
  • Resume (2 page limit, upload as word doc or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
  • Short bio of the nominee (2 page limit, upload as word doc or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
  • Statement of Interest if Self Nominated or Statement of Qualifications if Nominating
    (2 page limit, upload as word doc or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
  • Names and contact information for two current NCECA members who endorse the candidacy of this nominee. (Name, email, best phone, relation to applicant and number of years known)
  • Nominator name and contact information – if peer nominated.

NCECA recommends using Google Chrome or Firefox when using forms on this site. Some forms do not respond well to Internet Explorer or Safari.

For questions about the Board Positions please contact:
Deb Bedwell, Nominations Committee Chair
For technical assistance contact kate@nceca.net or candice@nceca.net
303 828-2811 or 866 266-2322