2019 BOARD NOMINATIONS – POSITION OPENINGS AND DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

DEADLINE: October 10, 2018 (11:59pm EDT) (CLOSED)

NCECA is presently seeking highly qualified candidates for two distinct positions on its Board of Directors that will come open in Spring 2019; Director at Large and Student Director at Large.

3-year term beginning on the final day of the 2019 conference and running through closing ceremonies of the 2022 conference.

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 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. 
  • May 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:
    Coordination of Clay Conversations programming, International residencies, Emerging Artists programs, Gallery Expo, and/or other special projects as assigned. 
  • 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.

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.

Two-year term beginning on the final day of the 2019 conference and running through closing ceremonies of the 2021 conference.

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 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 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.
  • 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 Juried Student 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.

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 10, 2018.

For questions about the Board positions please contact nominations@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 2018 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.
  • 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 for board positions must all be made electronically by October 10, 2018. Self-nominations and nominations from the floor will no longer be accepted at the first members’ business meeting at the annual conference.

All candidates who wish to be included in the e-ballot and considered for election must be in attendance at the 53rd Annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  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 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 2019 and remain open until 4pm (Eastern), Friday, March 29, 2019. 

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 2019 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 NCECA’s online form process and must include the following:

  • 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 applicant 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.

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 technical assistance contact kate@nceca.net or candice@nceca.net

NCECA will again conduct the 2019 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 conference around mid-February 2019 and close at 4pm (Eastern), Friday, March 29, 2019. 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 a membership onsite in Minneapolis will have the option to electronically vote during the conference in Minneapolis. E-ballot eligible members may use computers set up in the registration area of the Minneapolis Convention Center to cast e-ballots during the conference until Friday, March 29, 2018.