Deadline November 17, 2021

NCECA is presently seeking interested candidates for four distinct positions on its Board of Directors that will open in Spring 2022. These positions are:

  • Director at Large, for a non-renewable three-year term to begin following the 2022 spring conference
  • Student Director at Large, for a non-renewable two-year term to begin following the 2022 spring conference
  • Exhibitions Director for a three-year renewable term beginning after the 2023 spring conference
  • Treasurer for a three-year renewable term beginning after the 2022 spring conference

NCECA invites its membership to review the process and roles and responsibilities below. If you are an interested candidate for one of these positions or know someone who would contribute to the community as a member of NCECA’s leadership team, please submit a nomination form by November, 17, 2021.

NCECA’s Nominations Committee will assess candidate submissions and make recommendations to the Board of Directors.  Reviewed candidates will be presented and discussed during a future meeting of NCECA’s Board of Directors.

Membership Elected Board Members:

  • NCECA’s bylaws require that the board ratify and present at least two nominees for Director at Large to stand for election by the membership in accordance.
  • Candidates for Student Director at Large will not be subject to board ratification prior to standing for election by the membership, but will be reviewed by the nominations committee to ensure candidates meet the qualifications for the board position.
  • Videos, Bios and Headshots: Membership Elected Board Candidates will be required to provide a brief video that will be hosted at the Watch NCECA 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 required and posted.
  • Newly elected board members will be required to attend the open board meeting immediately following the close of the 2022 conference. Attendance may be in-person or virtual due to the ongoing pandemic.
  • All candidates who wish to be included in the e-ballot and considered for election must participate in the 2022 Annual conference. Candidates will be responsible for their own conference registration and any in-person travel expenses related to participation in the conference during which results of the ballot will be determined.

Board Elected Board Members:

  • The board is required to elect a new Treasurer through a vote of 2/3-majority or greater of the board of directors. This term will begin following a mentorship period the timing of which is to be established.
  • The Board is required to elect a new Exhibitions Director through a vote of 2/3-majority or greater of the board of directors. This term will begin in the spring of 2023 following a one-year mentorship term which begins in 2022.

NCECA members are eligible to vote on Director at Large and Student Director at Large through an e-ballot process that will begin in February 2022 and remain open until 4pm (Pacific) on Friday, March 18, 2022.

Results of the election will be announced at the close of the second members’ business meeting and online on the final day of the Spring conference.

ALL NCECA Board Members must be at least 21 years of age, a member of NCECA, and be prepared to: 

  • Promote and advance the NCECA’s purpose, mission, vision, and values.
  • Act ethically and objectively following guidelines for confidentiality and conflicts of interest.
  • Serve the membership and field at large by maintaining an open and critical perspective on matters that come before the council.
  • Develop concepts and provide support for programming, opportunities, and services.
  • Participate in all board meetings during the term of service. Traveling in-person when safe to do so.*
  • Determine and develop NCECA policies within the limits of Bylaws.
  • Develop and make progress on strategic goals.
  • Identify potential nominees for service on the Board.
  • Manage NCECA’s assets, including funds, property, and historical records.
  • All Board members are expected to make an annual personal monetary gift to NCECA.
  • Support and participate in the review of the Executive Director.
  • Represent and speak on behalf of the Board when asked by officers or authorized person(s).
  • Bring a sense of humor and camaraderie to board meetings and council functions.
  • View NCECA’s Bylaws for specific language and details.

*NCECA’s policy is to limit reimbursement for travel via coach airfare or equivalent.


Serves 3-year term

Specific Duties

  • Serves as representatives of the membership at large and advocates for NCECA.
  • Serves on and chairs committees and oversees special projects for NCECA as designated by the President or the Board.
  • May support and/or initiate special projects subject to the interests and skills of the individual with Board approval.
  • Encourages conference program proposals and actively reviews submissions.
  • Responsible for input on and implementation of NCECA’s annual efforts and Conference through at least one of the following roles: Coordinating Clay Conversations programming, International residencies, Emerging Artists programs, Gallery Expo, and/or other special projects as assigned.
  • Provides information for NCECA publications as needed.

Desired qualifications

  • Passion for the field of ceramics and NCECA.
  • Previous participation in some aspects 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.

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

Eligibility (in addition to previously listed in ALL BOARD MEMBERS ELIGIBILITY, ROLES and RESPONSIBILITIES)
Must be at least 21 years of age and enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited US-based institution for at least one complete year of the elected term.

Specific Duties

  • Serve NCECA’s membership by advocating for student concerns.
  • Promote calls for conference and year-round student programming and student critique programming.
  • 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 in NCECA marketing and communications.
  • Serve as one of the Student Fellowship jurors in the selection of awardees.

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 responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate ability and desire to communicate via electronic and social media methods to engage student audiences.
  • Ability to contribute and build on creative and critical ideas about how to meaningfully serve and involve NCECA’s student membership.

Serves a three-year term, may be re-elected for one additional three-year term
One-year mentorship period from 2022-2023

Specific Duties

  • Works closely with the entire Board to develop NCECA-sponsored exhibitions and other special exhibitions to develop a diverse, relevant, and vibrant program.
  • Is guided by and upholds a vision and values pertaining to respect, inclusivity, diversity, and accessibility.
  • Coordinates efforts with the Onsite Conference Liaison (OSCL) and Executive Director to secure museum and other exhibition venues’ interest and support.
  • Works closely with OSCLs to identify venues (galleries and alternative spaces) to host exhibitions, beginning at least three full years prior to the planned conference.
  • Communicates with exhibition venue leadership to discuss agreements to be reviewed and signed by the Executive Director (including, but not limited to: letter of introduction, conference dates, program and advertising information, press releases, calls for entry, and special invitations to artists desired for NCECA sponsored exhibitions).
  • Serves on the Executive Committee and other committees.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Organizes NCECA-sponsored exhibitions.
  • Prepares exhibitions budget and monitoring as approved by the Board.
  • Advises on exhibition spaces, installation, transportation and shipping, insurance, and loan agreements.
  • Responds to needs and feedback of the membership regarding exhibitions.
  • Works with the Executive Director and marketing team to determine graphic identity, branding and publications associated with NCECA-sponsored exhibitions.
  • Arranges for professional documentation and exhibition reviews of NCECA exhibitions.
  • Reports all exhibitions activities to the Board.
  • Provides curatorial advice to galleries as needed.
  • Oversees and advises the Student Directors at Large in their work on the NCECA Juried Student Exhibition.

Desired Qualifications

  • Works constructively in group and individual contexts
  • Analyzes and contributes to solutions for complex problems
  • Contributes to NCECA’s leadership in accordance with its purpose, mission, vision, and bylaws
  • Prior experiences with nonprofit boards and/or financial processes are also desirable

Serves a three-year term, may be re-elected for one additional three-year term
Mentorship period before service begins in 2022

Specific Duties

  • Serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Budget/Finance Committee.
  • Assure staff preparation of a budget for each fiscal year (July-June).
  • Serve as financial advisor to the Board, seeking professional financial advice as necessary.
  • Review periodic performance of financial and investment advisors as well as Auditor along with the Executive Director and Manager of Finance and Accounting.
  • Review the collection and distribution of monies, as well as NCECA’s bookkeeping records and, based on this work, present regular financial reports to the council.
  • Oversee an annual audit along with the ED and Manager of Finance and Accounting.
  • Lead and advise Board on their financial responsibility for all agreements, grants, tax declarations, and dealings with the IRS.
  • Actively participate in the development and fundraising efforts of NCECA.

Desired Qualifications

  • Prior financial experience preferably with nonprofits including annual budgets, audits and nonprofit financial reporting
  • Strong sense of confidentiality, detail oriented with clear communication skills
  • Ability to ensure decisions are taken and followed-up
  • Works constructively in group and individual contexts
  • Analyze and contribute to solutions for complex problems
  • Contributes to NCECA’s leadership in accordance with its purpose, mission, vision, and bylaws

Any member of NCECA may submit an application for open board positions. Members can nominate themselves or members can nominate other members. Interested candidates must become a member or renew membership before submitting an application. 

Nominations for Board Positions must include the following and be submitted via the online google form:

  • Nominee name and contact information
  • Nominee brief bio
  • Answer all questions on the google form. Prepare answers for the following questions:
    • What unique experience and perspective will you bring to the board and your role during your term?
    • How do you align yourself with NCECA’s mission, vision, and values?
    • What changes do you want to contribute to NCECA’s future?
    • What values and vision do you hope to bring to your service to NCECA and the field?
  • Nominee Resume (2-page limit, upload as pdf not to exceed 2MB)
  • Names and contact information for two current NCECA members who endorse the candidacy of this nominee. (Name, email, and relation to applicant and number of years known)
  • Nominator name and contact information – if peer nominated.

For questions about the Board Positions please contact:

Merrie Wright, Board Steward, and Nominations Committee Chair boardsteward@nceca.net
For technical assistance contact BOTH kate@nceca.net AND support@nceca.net 303 828-2811 or 866 266-2322



NCECA will again conduct the 2022 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.

Individual members with active memberships prior to March 2022 will be invited to cast votes via 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 at a later date but prior to the election’s conclusion, and/or those who purchase a new membership onsite in Sacramento, will receive an email invitation to vote via e-ballot. During the conference, eligible members may use computers set up in the registration area of the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center to cast their votes until 4pm (PST) Friday, March 18, 2022.