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NEA is looking for Mentors

2016-08-24 9:03 AM | Michelle Romero

Dear NEA Community,

The New England Archivists' Membership Committee is seeking volunteers to help run our developing Mentoring Program:

Mentoring Administrator: We are looking for an individual to coordinate and manage the mentoring liaisons, mentors, and mentees. They will study the Mentoring Task Force report and, based on its recommendations, relaunch a formalized mentoring program; recruit, organize, and support the liaisons; and work with the Communications Committee to promote the activities of the program. The Mentoring Administrator serves for two years under the umbrella of the Membership Committee and will report all activity to the Membership Committee Cochairs and, when requested, to the NEA Executive Board.

Mentoring Liaison: We are looking for 2 or 3 Mentoring Liaisons to take on support roles in mentoring circles. Liaisons will provide program information to participants and assist mentors with logistical tasks, including scheduling meetings and acting as mediators when issues or concerns arise within a circle. Liaisons will help mentors brainstorm discussions and activities as requested. The Mentoring Liaisons serve for two years as members of the Membership Committee. They report directly to the Mentoring Administrator and keep the Membership Committee Cochairs and the NEA Board informed about circle activities.

Please consider nominating yourself for one of these rewarding opportunities. NEA's Mentoring Program has been in the works since 2013 when, with the support of several experienced NEA members, the Roundtable for Early Professionals and Students (REPS) leadership piloted a mentoring circle program for its members. In the pilot year, three mentoring circles were each led by a team of two mentors—members of the NEA community with differing levels of experience—with 4 or 5 mentees from the REPS membership participating. The circles were supported by liaisons from the REPS leadership, who were responsible for scheduling of meetings and communicating with participants.

This is an excellent opportunity to become involved in NEA, network, and build your professional resume. If you are interested in either the Mentoring Administrator or one of the Mentoring Liaison positions, please prepare a short statement of purpose and email it to the Cochairs of the Membership Committee by September 15, 2016.

After the deadline, we will review all statements and determine the most effective individual from the nominees. If you have further questions about the positions or the program, please contact the Membership Cochairs.

Thank you.
Membership Committee Cochairs
Pamela Hopkins (
Heather Mumford (

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