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Get involved with New England Archivists

As an all volunteer-run organization, member involvement is essential to NEA’s success, and opportunities for participation abound. There are many committees, offices, and projects that need assistance from members. Whether you’re interested in light involvement or a longer term commitment, there are many ways you can contribute to this vibrant community.

Here are just a few ways you can get involved:

NEA thrives because our volunteers offer their time, perspective, experience, and energy to serve the needs of our community. Serving with NEA is also a fantastic way to expand your professional network, strengthen your resume, and build new skills such as program planning, marketing, and managing finances.

Interested in learning more? See our open positions below or contact the NEA Representatives-at-large at to get involved.

Current open positions

Current open positions

Program Committee

Program Committee Chair or Co-chair for Spring 2024 Meeting

The NEA Executive Board is seeking a leader or two to take the helm and chair the Spring 2024 Meeting in Providence, RI. Could that be you? The qualities we seek in our leaders are:

  • Looking for an opportunity to make a positive impact in the profession.
  • Excited about helping to shape NEA’s future.
  • Able to inspire and lead a great team of volunteers.
  • A strong communicator.
  • Creative and innovative.
  • Organized, capable of managing details while keeping sight of the big picture.
  • Committed to making events in our profession inclusive, welcoming, and accessible to all.

As Program Committee Chair or Co-Chair, you’ll collaborate with the Board, standing committee chairs, and your committee members to develop a vision for the Spring 2024 Meeting and bring that vision to life. The meeting theme, program, and logistics will take shape with your leadership, while Board members and volunteers across NEA contribute ideas and support.

We know that it’s a tough time for service and that taking on a new volunteer role is a big step. But if this message has sparked your interest even a bit, we hope you’ll reach out. We’d love to chat with you about the role of Spring 2024 Program Committee Chair and help you determine if it’s an opportunity you’d like to pursue. Please email NEA Meeting Coordinator Karen Urbec at to start a conversation. Expressions of interest will be gratefully accepted until the role is filled.

Inclusion and Diversity Committee

The New England Archivists (NEA) is dedicated to cultivating membership, participation, and leadership that reflect the broad diversity of our region and our profession. Inclusion and diversity are core organizational values at the heart of the NEA’s mission.

The Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC) offers many ways for volunteers to get involved, including coordinating our newsletter column, chairing the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee, and supporting the meeting program committees with accessibility planning. In the coming year, we will continue to operate the Racial Justice Honoraria Fund,find new ways to implement the recommendations of the Contingent Employment Report, and engage in other projects that promote diversity, equity, and accessibility within NEA.

You can learn more about the IDC's work here.

The IDC is currently seeking to fill several roles to continue our work:

  • IDC Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (2-year term) → one open role
  • IDC Member (2-year term) → two open roles

Joining the IDC is a great way to get involved with NEA. Students and new professionals are highly encouraged to apply. We look forward to working with you!

Brief statements of interest (1-2 paragraphs) are due to by the end of the day on August 31, 2023. Please see below for position descriptions and complete application instructions

Questions? Contact us:

open position descriptions + application instructions

IDC Vice Chair/Chair-Elect (one open role)

Vice Chair/Chair-Elect → One 2-year position (November 2022-November 2024)

The IDC Vice Chair/Chair-Elect serves for two years: a one-year term as Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, immediately followed by a one-year term as Chair. The purpose of this structure is to distribute leadership responsibilities and workload evenly within the committee, to give the vice chair a year to become familiar with the IDC and NEA before stepping into the chair role, and to create a mentoring component for both positions. The duties of Vice Chair/Chair-Elect include:

  • Supporting the IDC Chair’s work to coordinate committee programming, events, trainings, and initiatives
  • Administers the Racial Justice Honoraria Fund, which includes promotion, management of applications, and working collaboratively with other NEA committee members to award funds
  • Assisting with scheduling and creating agendas for monthly meetings
  • Serving as a point person for IDC initiatives as needed
  • Contributing to NEA Executive Board discussions on issues concerning inclusion, diversity, and social justice and serving as a nonvoting board member
  • Attending (virtually or in person) quarterly NEA Board meetings
  • Coordinating and contributing to the IDC’s ongoing column, “From IDEAs to Action,” for the NEA Newsletter
  • Estimated time commitment: 5-10 hours per month

IDC Members (three to four open roles)

Committee Member: 2-year term → two open roles (November 2022-October 2024

DC members will serve two-year terms. This structure allows for continuity from year to year while also opening opportunities for involvement to those who may not be able to commit to longer terms. The IDC Chair and Vice Chair strive to connect committee members to the broader activities of NEA and to support their engagement with the NEA leadership and community.

Duties include:

  • Attending (virtually) monthly IDC meetings
  • Contributing to the development of IDC programming, events, trainings, and initiatives
  • Performing duties related to IDC initiatives, such as chairing the Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Committee
  • Coordinating and contributing to the IDC’s ongoing column, “From IDEAs to Action,” for the NEA Newsletter
  • Acting as an IDC representative on other NEA committees, such as meeting program committees or the nominating committee
  • Serving as a point person for IDC initiatives, as needed
  • Estimated time commitment: 3-5 hours per month

Application Instructions

All applicants must be NEA members in good standing. Please indicate in your statement and in your email subject line the position(s) you are interested in. Applicants are encouraged to submit a statement that describes:

  • Your interest in serving on the IDC
  • Why equity, diversity, and inclusion work is important to you
  • Any thoughts you have about how the IDC can better serve the NEA community

All applications will be reviewed by the NEA Executive Board, as well as the Chair, Vice Chair, and current members of the IDC.

Please submit your application to:


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