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Board Nominations

Application Period Has Closed

The Small Museum Association annually seeks self-nominations from qualified board candidates who share the can-do attitude that has always fueled the Association’s work while bringing new perspectives to its leadership.


Board members should have substantive experience working for and/or with small museums. This can be paid experience (staff or consultant) or service as a board member or volunteer. Other professional skills and knowledge, such as legal or financial expertise, may also be deemed relevant.   

While SMA has historically been rooted in the mid-Atlantic region, we welcome board members from outside that area who are willing to meet the expectations below.


SMA board members are asked to:

  • Be current members of SMA or join after they are accepted
    • Membership is included with conference registration, so if the nominee has registered for the upcoming conference, they will automatically become a member.
  • Attend the annual conference in February, at which board members are expected to assist with conference operations (by hosting at the welcome table, hosting sessions, etc.) and attend board meetings immediately before and after the conference
  • Attend an annual retreat (usually held in October near the next conference location, but virtual attendance is possible)
  • Participate in other board meetings, held virtually about every other month
    • Board members who cannot attend these are expected to ensure information is supplied to the their committee chairs and/or the board President to enable discussion of their respective areas and to review minutes after the meetings are held
  • Serve on two or more committees
  • Use their networks to promote SMA’s annual conference to potential attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors
  • Make an annual financial contribution of any amount

Application and Selection Process

We are currently accepting self-nominations. Candidates will be asked to complete an online self-nomination form and submit a resume or CV and a reference contact. The deadline for the 2024 board class was Friday, December 15th, 2023.  Decisions will be made and accepted candidates notified on January 7th, 2024.

Accepted candidates should plan to attend the annual conference in February, where their candidacy will be formally voted on by the SMA membership.

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