Member Spotlight:


Paul Orselli President and Chief Instigator POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.)

I’m an instigator, in the best sense of that word. I like to mix up interesting people, ideas, and materials to make exhibits. I run my own company called POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.) on Long Island.

Check out my website or my ExhibiTricks blog!

NYCMER is a volunteer, non-profit organization led by members nominated to represent our diverse field.


NYCMER Board members plan monthly workshops addressing topics in the field, manage a network of over 900 museum professionals, and assist the Conference Committee in planning the annual conference

Call for Nominations
Elected and Appointed Positions for the Board of Trustees

Call for Nominations to the Board

NYCMER is a volunteer, non-profit organization led by members nominated to represent our dynamic field. The Board welcomes applicants from institutions across the city and the tri-state area. Nominees at all career levels, from diverse academic, professional, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Application Materials
Please review the information below, submit the 
nomination form and submit one letter of reference by Friday, March 23, 2018. Self-nominations are welcome and candidates can be in touch with questions or to discuss position details by emailing Please note that current members of the Board of Trustees do not need to include a reference.

NYCMER was founded in 1979 and continues to grow with membership from across the tri-state area, that represents a variety of disciplines, work settings, roles and career stages. NYCMER provides a forum for museum education professionals to address meaningful issues relevant to our work and to exchange and disseminate current information. We collaboratively produce professional development opportunities for our members and guests such as workshops, roundtable discussions, seminars, symposia, peer groups, and conferences.

About the NYCMER Board
NYCMER’s governing body is the Board of Trustees, consisting of current NYCMER Members all serving in non-salaried positions. The Board consists of four Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary & Peer Groups Liaison, Treasurer); six Appointed Trustees (Archivist, Resources & Social Media Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, Event and Job Listings Coordinator and Website Coordinator); and no fewer than eight Trustees-at-Large elected from among the Members. No more than two Trustees may have the same institutional affiliation.

The purposes of the Board as set forth in its 501(c)(3) Certificate of Incorporation are:

  • to address issues of museum and educational interest;
  • to exchange and disseminate relevant information;
  • to explore and implement cooperative programming opportunities through roundtable discussions, workshops, seminars, symposia, professional development series, and conferences; and
  • to pursue related charitable, cultural and educational purposes as permitted under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Detailed Position Descriptions:

President (1 position, Elected by Membership)
The President is responsible for the overall administration of NYCMER and presides over meetings of the Board and events organized for the membership. The President provides leadership in the formulation and implementation of strategic planning and policies.The President must have had at least one year’s experience serving on the Board before serving as President. The President shall have such other powers and duties as the Board may designate. This position requires a two year commitment, serving for a 2018-2020 term.

Vice President (1 position, Elected by Membership)
The Vice President also serves as Chair of the Annual Conference. In such capacity, they form a Conference Committee, appoints one or more Annual Conference co-chairs, establishes the Annual Conference topic, designs and implements the program, establishes a budget and reports on Conference Committee proceedings to the Board. At the request of the President or in their absence or during their disability, the Vice President shall perform the duties and exercise the functions of the President. This position requires a two year commitment, serving for a 2018-2020 term.

Secretary & Peer Group Liaison (1 position, Elected by Membership)
The Secretary & Peer Group Liaison is responsible for keeping minutes of all meetings of the Board as well as coordinating and liaising with Peer Group leaders to ensure that those groups provide NYCMER members with meaningful opportunities for collaboration, develop and share materials and resources, and conduct themselves in accordance with the organization’s guidelines. This position requires a two year commitment, serving for a 2018-2020 term.

Treasurer (1 position, Elected by Membership)
The Treasurer serves as an officer on the NYCMER Board and is responsible for supervision of NYCMER's financial records, chairing the Finance Committee, filing of the organization's taxes annually, and close coordination with other Board Officers and Trustees. This is an ideal opportunity for a professional with experience planning and maintaining budgets who is interested in further developing their administrative skill sets. Individuals who are excited to take a management role in NYCMER during a time of significant growth are encouraged to apply. This position requires a two year commitment, serving for a 2018-2020 term.

Resources & Social Media Coordinator (1 position, Appointed by the Board)
The Resources & Social Media Coordinator is responsible for organizing and disseminating NYCMER resources to membership via the website and other social media platforms. This includes cultivating and archiving professional development resources as well as materials created in support of NYCMER programs; maintaining the organization and accessibility of resources on the NYCMER website; as well as sharing resources, events, and content via Twitter, Flickr, and other social media. This is an ideal opportunity for an organized professional who is active on social media and interested in developing administrative capacities and advocating for members’ access to materials that support their professional development. This position requires a two year commitment, serving for a 2018-2020 term.

Event & Job Listings Coordinator (1 position, Appointed by the Board)
The Event & Job Listings Coordinator is responsible for processing, publishing, and disseminating event and job postings; market listing opportunities through outreach to institutions and individuals in the museum community; pursuing opportunities to add value to sharing event and job listings through NYCMER; and collaborating with fellow trustees to define and meet strategic goals. This is an ideal opportunity for an organized professional who enjoys customer service and is interested in further developing their administrative skill sets. This position requires a two year commitment, serving for a 2018-2020 term.

Trustee-at-Large (10 positions, Elected by Membership)
Trustees-at-Large develop, facilitate, and lead monthly professional development programs and serve on committee boards to ensure that events and activities are carried out in accordance with the goals and objectives of NYCMER’s mission. Candidates must be accessible by email and prepared to communicate with Board members on a regular basis. Familiarity with Google Sheets, Forms, and Docs is also recommended. Candidates should have experience or interest in planning programs, be able to work independently as well as collaboratively, and be interested in developing the field of museum education. The Board's obligation to its members is to govern in a style that embraces and supports diversity on many levels, including but not limited to race, ability, and identity, incorporates a spectrum of perspectives, and emphasizes the importance of equity. The term for Trustees-at-Large is one year, serving for the 2018-2019 term.

Additional Board Commitments
All NYCMER Board members are expected to make the following commitments:

  • Monthly Meetings: held once a month (September – May) from 6:15 – 8 p.m. on a weekday and location determined by consensus at the beginning of the term. Board members must attend at least 6 of the 9 meetings annually.
  • Full-day retreat: a one-day retreat scheduled in summer 2018 at a location to be determined.
  • Monthly Programs & Committees: Board members may serve on either two monthly program teams or serve on one program team and one committee over the course of the year. In addition, Board members attend at least three monthly programs.
  • Board Committees: Board members may also serve on committees that support the management and long term growth of the organization.
  • Annual Conference: All NYCMER Board members assist the Conference Committee in executing the NYCMER annual conference in May. Board attendance at the NYCMER conference is mandatory.