MCN supports, connects, and empowers museum and cultural heritage technologists.  An important part of MCN’s mission and its strategic plan is to provide pathways and opportunities for leadership development and career building to our members.  The Professional Development Committee works with MCN community members to find, create, communicate, and evaluate professional development opportunities.  To get in touch with the Committee, email us at profdev@mcn.edu.   

 

Types of Professional Volunteer Opportunities

Want to get involved? There are many different ways you can contribute to the MCN community, not just during the annual conference but also year-round.  Below we have outlined a few different pathways to get involved in the organization.  We hope that all members of the community will get involved, learn, share, and build their own careers through their engagement with MCN.

 

Ongoing entry-level volunteer opportunities

MCN is an active, thriving community year-round.  Are you looking to get involved in the MCN community outside of participating in the annual conference?  Listed below are ways members can get involved if they are starting out with MCN.

Join a SIG

MCN Special Interest Groups or “SIGs” are organized around areas of interest.  SIG members work on short-term or ongoing tasks related to goals determined by SIG chairs.  Tasks may include everything from research to design and marketing, to giving MCNPro talks on specific topics of interest to the community.

Common benefits – Professional networking, opportunities for collaborative learning, participation in projects that align with areas of interest and expertise

Apply for a project-specific volunteer role

Members interested in gaining professional experience and/or expanding their professional network can volunteer for one or more of the opportunities listed below.  Contact profdev@mcn.edu if you are interested in learning more about the opportunities below.

Friendly Space Officer

Common benefits – Professional networking, including working directly with Committee and SIG chairs or Board Members; gaining experience planning, executing, and evaluating initiatives that are important to the community

Serve on a Conference Committee

Conference-focused Committees plan and develop different areas of the conference including the program, local events, volunteers, and media production.

Common benefits – Professional networking, opportunities for collaborative learning, developing skills by participating in projects related to addressing the community’s needs

Serve on a Board Committee

You may also serve on one of the Board’s Committees that focus on a specific functional area of the organization.  Projects can range from marketing and development to technical support and planning.  Those interested can volunteer for one or more of the opportunities listed below.  Contact profdev@mcn.edu if you are interested in learning more about the opportunities below.

  • Marketing Journey Mapping
  • Serving on the Professional Development committee

Common benefits – Professional networking, including working directly with MCN Board members; earn experience planning, leading, executing, and evaluating initiatives that are important to the community

 

Leadership-Level Volunteer Opportunities

Have you been a passionate and involved member of the MCN community for a few years and have ideas of projects or initiatives you want to lead?  Are you someone who is interested in becoming more engaged in the strategic operations of the organization? Apply to be a SIG, Committee, or Board Chair! Contact profdev@mcn.edu for more information.  

SIG Chair

SIG chairs serve a one-year renewable term, and commit significant time and effort to develop their SIG’s membership, plan activities and keep members engaged.  SIG chairs are elected among their peers.  Elections typically take place at the end of the year in December.  

Common benefits – Professional networking, opportunities for collaborative learning, gain skills by developing and leading projects related to addressing the community’s needs, a leadership role that strengthens application for MCN Board Chair

Committee Chair

A number of MCN’s standing committees are led by volunteers from the community.  Committee Chairs serve renewable one-year terms and create guidelines and action plans to develop and execute initiatives for their committee

Common benefits – Professional networking, opportunities for collaborative learning, developing skills by developing and leading projects related to the Conference or the organization’s strategic initiatives, a leadership role that strengthens application for MCN Board Chair

MCN Board Chair

MCN Board members are appointed before each annual conference and serve a term of three years.  Chairs commit 5-8 hours a month (or more depending on their responsibilities) to Board activities and play an active leadership role in delivering on MCN’s overall business in general and on assigned strategic priorities.  Please read through the roles and responsibilities for Board Members when considering whether to apply.  Applications are closed for 2016, but will open again in 2017.  

Common benefits – Professional networking, develop and hone strategic thinking/leadership skills, opportunities to lead initiatives that are vital to the development and maintenance of the community

 

Volunteer Recruitment and Placement

Are you a SIG Chair or Committee Chair and have a role you are looking to fill?

Members in need of professional assistance related to MCN business (SIGS, Board, Strategic Committees) can fill out this form for assistance in recruiting volunteers to best meet their needs.

 

Volunteer Opportunities Associated with the Annual Conference

The opportunities outlined below are associated with the annual conference.  

Annual Conference On-site Volunteer

Conference volunteers serve a variety of key functions in support of the annual conference.  The work of these volunteers is typically limited to the time period immediately surrounding and during the annual conference.  

Common benefits – Professional networking, discounted conference attendance

Volunteer applications for MCN2017 will open April 1-30, 2017.

Scholarship Program

Every year, MCN offers scholarships to 15 qualified applicants from the cultural sector to attend our annual conference. These individuals are chosen based on their ability to demonstrate a serious interest in MCN, explain how they will contribute to the MCN community, and their involvement in exciting or innovative #musetech projects.  Scholars are asked to add to the conference experience by capturing important ideas and themes that develop during sessions and events.

Common benefits – Professional networking, project involvement, free conference attendance, travel stipend.