Early-Career Members: Volunteer for SAA Appointed Groups

SAA’s appointed groups are now seeking to mentor early-career members! Students and new professionals (with three or fewer years of experience in the profession) are encouraged to apply for this unique mentoring and leadership development experience.

SAA’s appointed groups—committees, subcommittees, boards, and working groups—advise the SAA Council on various issues and aspects of the profession. Each of the ten early-career member positions available will provide a unique opportunity to see the inner workings of these groups and contribute to important work on behalf of SAA and the profession.

Our early-career members work directly with the appointed group, participating in all meetings as well as assisting with special projects, research, or administrative tasks, when applicable. These early-career member positions are an excellent professional service opportunity that support SAA’s core values and our commitment to “providing an open, inclusive, and collaborative environment” for all of our members.

Early-career members will be assigned to an SAA group for a one-year term, from August 2020 through the 2021 Annual Meeting. Group chairs and early-career members will be asked to complete evaluation forms at the end of the term.

Deadline: Friday, May 22


The following SAA appointed groups are seeking an early-career member to mentor for the 2020-2021 term. Follow the links to learn more about each group:

American Archivist Editorial Board

Committee on Education

Committee on Ethics and Professional Conduct

Committee on Public Awareness

Committee on Public Policy

Committee on Research, Data, and Assessment

Donald Peterson Student Travel Award Subcommittee

Publications Board

Standards Committee

Technical Subcommittee on Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Technical Subcommittee on Encoded Archival Standards




Because these positions are intended to be opportunities for professional and leadership development, all applicants must be:

  • An SAA member, and
  • A student who is currently enrolled in a master’s or PhD program with an archives component or focus, and/or
  • A new archives professional with three or fewer years of experience in the profession.

Because SAA is committed to enhancing the diversity of the organization, the profession, and the historical record, individuals who are members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply for an SAA early-career member position.

To Apply:

To volunteer to serve, complete the application form. Most information requested on the form is required (*) because more complete information results in more effective volunteer placements. There are no "right" or "wrong" answers that will ensure or prevent an appointment. In text areas, we are interested in highlights.

If you have any questions, please contact us at saahq@archivist.org or by phone at 866-722-7858.

Deadline: Friday, May 22


1. SAA early-career members are not funded to attend the Annual Meeting, and must do so at their own (or their institution’s) expense 
2. Early-career members are considered full, voting members of the appointed group. They are encouraged to contribute to the work of the group and to be an active participant in group meetings.

3. Some appointed groups may hold an additional meeting mid-year to handle other important business. As full members of the group, early-career members would be funded by SAA to attend such meetings.

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