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Board Nominations

The deadline for submitting an application to join the SMA Board Class of 2018 has passed. Information about applying for the next class will be available in late summer 2018. 

Board Class of 2018 Application Information 

The Small Museum Association welcomes applications for the Board Class of 2018. Applications are due by November 24, 2017.

In the past, SMA has selected new trustees from its membership and conference attendee pool, asking current board members to recommend qualified candidates. We have now moved to a more open process, allowing interested candidates to nominate themselves. In doing so, we hope to welcome new board members who will share the can-do attitude that has always fueled the Association’s work while bringing new perspectives to its leadership.

We are seeking up to three board members who will be eligible to serve two three-year terms, from 2018-2021 and 2021-2024.


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 would happily welcome board members from outside that area who are willing to meet the expectations below.


SMA board members are asked to:  

  • Attend the annual conference in February, at which a board meeting is held  
  • Attend an annual retreat (usually held in Maryland in October)
  • Participate in two conference calls per year (in June and December)
  • Serve on a permanent or ad-hoc board committee if needed
  • Use their networks to promote SMA’s annual conference to potential attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors

We understand that attendance may be affected by other obligations and accommodate requests to attend in-person meetings via conference call if necessary.

Selection Process: Candidates must submit their completed application by November 24. The Committee will select three candidates and notify them of their selection by December 22. The candidates will attend the annual Conference in February, where their candidacy will be formally voted on by the SMA membership. 

To Apply: Submit the application linked to below and email your resume or CV to by November 24.


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