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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

Non-Voting Executive Board



Purpose: to increase public appreciation and understanding of and advocacy for archives, as a member of the New England Archivists (NEA) Communications Committee.

Term of Office: three years (appointed by the Executive Board; can be renewed with the approval of the board)

Major Duties:
  • Conceives and develops outreach, engagement, and advocacy opportunities for the general public and specific groups (e.g., teachers, historians, related organizations); examples might include:
    • Creation and promotion of a speakers bureau to present information on the field of archives and network with groups such as schools, historical societies, related professions, and allied organizations;
    • Establishment and maintenance of a working group to develop resources for archival outreach to K-12 students and teachers, in conjunction with the Inclusion and Diversity Committee (IDC) and/or a task force (if appropriate), which includes NEA participation as judges for National History Day, the annual history competition for 6-12 graders;
  • Exhibits a strong commitment to the appreciation and understanding of archives;
  • As a member of the NEA Communications Committee, works with the NEA Web Coordinator, the Social Media Coordinator, and other committee members to disseminate resources about archives for the general public;
  • Participates in planning of public events to promote the appreciation and understanding of the archives profession (e.g., assisting the program committee chairs with the annual Day of Service);
  • Works with other committees on NEA-related activities as appropriate;
  • Transfers all records of long-term value to the NEA archives at the end of term.

If you are interested in volunteering, or know someone who would be a good candidate, please contact Sarah Shoemaker, Communications Committee chair, at

Membership Committee Chair 

To recruit new members to NEA; retain current members; support members by providing access to membership information, promoting benefits and events available from NEA, and administering benefits when appropriate; and engage members in ongoing support of the organization. 

Term of Office:
1 or 2 rotating on a 3-year term. 

Major Duties: 

  • Develops short- and long-term committee goals that are consistent with the priorities set forth in NEA's strategic plan. 
  • Advocates for improved membership benefits. 
  • Coordinates work of committee, which includes outreach to members and potential members, meet-up organization, annual meeting coordination, development, the membership directory, and the Mentoring Program. 
  • Plans and runs Membership Committee meetings as needed. 
  • Submits annual budget to the Treasurer and oversees committee expenses. 
  • Attends all regularly scheduled NEA Board meetings to represent the committee's and NEA members' interests. 
  • Submits a quarterly report to the Board about a week before the Board meeting, which includes reports from the Mentoring Program and other subcommittees. 
  • Communicates with the Executive Board between meetings as needed or requested. 
  • Submits all committee-related invoices and receipts to the Treasurer, or ensures that committee members do so. 
  • Sends copies of membership materials to the NEA Archives and arranges with the NEA Archivist for the orderly transfer of the committee records to the Archives.
If you are interested in volunteering, or know someone who would be a good candidate, please contact Ellen Doon.

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