2021 BOARD NOMINATIONS –
POSITIONS OPENING IN 2021 AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Deadline October 28, 2020 (11:59pm EDT)

NCECA is presently seeking highly qualified candidates for several distinct positions on its Board of Directors. Occurring this year will be one opening for Director at Large and one for Student Director at Large to be determined through a membership ballot concluding in March 2021. The candidates elected for these positions will begin their service immediately following the closing ceremonies of the 2021 conference March 17-20, 2021.

NCECA will also be accepting nominations for Collaboration and Engagement Director, for a term that will begin immediately upon board approval. The office of Collaboration and Engagement Director is a minimum of a 3-year commitment, with possible option to renew for a second 3-year term.

Finally, NCECA will also be accepting nominations for Governance, Advocacy, and Policy Director, for a term that will begin immediately upon board approval. The office of Governance, Advocacy, and Policy Director is a minimum of a 3-year commitment, with possible option to renew for a second 3-year term.

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 28, 2020 (11:59pm EDT)

For questions about the Board positions please contact nominations@nceca.net
For technical assistance please contact kate@nceca.net AND support@nceca.net

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 2020 Board meeting.

  • The Board will ratify a minimum 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 who meet all published qualifications will not be subject to review and recommendation by the Nominations Committee to the Board of Directors prior to being invited to stand for election by the membership.
  • The Collaboration and Engagement Director and the Governance, Advocacy, and Policy Director are appointed positions, and must be approved by a 2/3 vote by the board of directors.
     

Three-year term beginning on the final day of the 2021 conference and running through closing ceremonies of the 2024 conference. This position is non-renewable.

Serves on and /or chairs committees or task forces as determined by the President; guides and/or supports the work of the conference during conference and year-round (specific projects to be determined in cooperation with the President).

Eligibility
Must be at least 21 years of age, a member of NCECA, and be able to travel to and participate in 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 

  • Serves as representatives of the membership at large and advocates for the Council. 
  • Supports and/or initiates 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:
    Coordination of Clay Conversations programming, International residencies, Emerging Artists programs, Gallery Expo, and/or other special projects as assigned. 
  • Provides information for NCECA publications and communications as needed.
  • Travels in order to participate in semi-annual board meetings and the annual conference is an expectation of this role. (NCECA supports basic domestic travel expenses associated with these meetings.)
  • Assists with solicitation of financial support for the organization and make an annual financial gift to support its work and mission.

Desired Qualifications

  • Passion for the field of ceramics and NCECA.
  • Past participation in some aspect of NCECA programming.
  • Builds upon and analyzes creative ideas for NCECA programming.
  • Understands budgetary requirements of ongoing programs and initiatives.
  • Manages and think critically about programming priorities.
  • Makes personal contribution necessary to direct a non-profit organization.

Two-year term beginning on the final day of the 2021 conference and running through closing ceremonies of the 2023 conference. This position is non-renewable.

Serves on committees and oversees special projects as designated by the President or the Board.

Eligibility
Must be at least 21 years of age, enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited US-based institution for at least one complete year of the elected term, a current Student member of NCECA, and be able to travel to and participate in 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

  • Serves NCECA’s membership by advocating for student concerns.
  • Promotes calls for student programming and critique room.
  • Provides support and guidance for the NCECA Juried Student Exhibition (NJSE) 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.
  • Coordinates student initiatives and programming by reviewing proposals, presenter and critique mentor qualifications.
  • Provides scheduling data pertaining to student programming to the Conference Manager for inclusion on NCECA website, app, and program guide.
  • Serves 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 Juried Student Exhibition under the guidance of the Exhibitions Director. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Energetic commitment to NCECA and the field of ceramics.
  • Possesses time-management skills necessary to successfully address duties to NCECA as well as personal accountability in their domain of academic pursuit.
  • Demonstrates ability and desire to communicate via electronic and social media to engage student audience.
  • Contributes to and builds on creative ideas and critical analysis to serve and involve NCECA’s student membership.

Effective immediately upon board approval, with the first three-year term beginning in 2021; may be re-confirmed to one additional term through 2/3-majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Specific Duties

  • Serves as chair of the Collaboration and Engagement Committee.
  • Serves on the Executive Committee.
  • Serves on the Nominations and Awards Committee.
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining diverse, equitable, and enduring partnerships. The goal of these partnerships is twofold: 1) to support and promote accessible ceramic arts education; 2) to create a broad and inclusive NCECA membership.

Effective immediately upon board approval, with the first three-year term beginning in 2021; may be re-confirmed to one additional term through 2/3-majority vote of the Board of Directors.

Specific Duties

  • Serves on the Executive Committee.
  • Serves on the Nominations and Awards Committee.
  • Oversee and hold the board accountable to ensure that all actions advance accessibility, inclusion, equity and diversity.
  • Review systemic and structural hindrances to NCECA involvement, service, and participation.
  • Assist the board with all matters of governance, including the rules and norms, how actions are structured and regulated, and how the board is held accountable.
  • Ensure that the board is transparent in its actions and that the perspectives of all members are taken into consideration, especially those who have been historically underrepresented.
  • Reflect on NCECA’s history, the history of ceramics and ceramics education in order to propel the organization forward.
  • Promote the Council’s purpose, mission, and vision.
  • Manage Council assets, including funds, property, and historical records.
  • Determine Council policies in accordance with its strategic plan and bylaws
  • Develop and support Council programs, services, and events.
  • Provide feedback and support to the Executive Director and board colleagues
  • All Board members are expected to make an annual personal monetary gift to NCECA.
  • Provide information for NCECA publications and communications as needed.
  • Travel in order to participate in semi-annual board meetings and the annual conference is an expectation of this role. (NCECA supports basic domestic travel expenses associated with these meetings.)
  • Assist with solicitation of financial support for the organization and make an annual financial gift to support its work and mission.

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.
  • Bring a sense of humor and camaraderie to board meetings and council functions.

 

Please note that self-nominations and nominations for board positions must be made electronically by October 28, 2020 (11:59pm EDT). Self-nominations and nominations from the floor will no longer be accepted at the first members’ business meeting during the annual conference.

All candidates who wish to be included in the e-ballot and considered for election must participate in the 55th Annual conference March 17-20, 2021.  Candidates are responsible for their own expenses related to participation in the conference during which results of the ballot will be determined.

Candidates included on the e-ballot (Director at Large and Student Director at Large) 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.

NCECA members are eligible to vote on certain board positions through an e-ballot process that will begin in February 2021 and remain open until 4pm (Eastern), Friday, March 19, 2021.

Results of the election will be announced on the final day of the conference. Newly elected board members will be required to attend the open board and the board-only meeting immediately following the close of the 2021 conference.

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

Nominations for Board Positions must be submitted using the NCECA online submittal process.

Nominators are strongly advised to prepare the following AND save a copy to your computer BEFORE starting the online submission process. Extended time in the form may cause the form to time out and the system to log you out. The online submittal form must include the following or it will not be considered:

Nominator Name and contact information will auto-populate once you have logged into and accessed the form in the NCECA database. Additional nominator information to include best phone, relation to nominee, and the number of years known.

 

  • Nominee name and contact information.
  • Nominee Resume (2-page limit, upload as word doc or pdf, not to exceed 2MB)
  • Nominee Brief bio (Limit 325 words)
  • Statement of Interest if Self Nominated or Statement of Qualifications if Peer Nominated (Limit 800 words)
  • If peer nominated, provide Nominator name, email, best phone, relation to nominee and number of years known.
  • 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)

 

***IMPORTANT***Although the system that supports this submission form does not currently include an active word counter, NCECA asks all applicants to note and adhere to word count limitations that are identified in open fields. The best way to do this for most applicants will be to compose responses to these open fields first utilizing the word-processing software on your computer or device and take advantage of the included word-counting tools.

Once composed, proofed, and counted, you can copy your text from your local word processing software into the appropriate fields in the form. Please note that in some instances, special characters copied from word processing platforms may be converted in the form system. For this reason, we caution applicants on the use of special characters where not absolutely necessary.

NCECA reserves the right to exclude applications that disregard word count limits and to edit any and all text submitted for reasons ranging from space allocation to style, fluency of language, and grammatical concerns.

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NCECA will again conduct the 2021 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 e-ballot system will open approximately one month prior to the conference around mid-February 2021 and close at 4pm (Eastern), Friday, March 19, 2021. Only those individual members with active, paid memberships 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 the cutoff date and those who purchase a new membership during conference will have the option to electronically vote up to 4pm (Eastern), Friday, March 19, 2021.