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Current Volunteer Opportunities (updated November 12, 2020)

For those looking for a commitment  that is tuned in with your own schedule, our volunteer wish list includes the following (click each item to see detailed job descriptions)

** The Board has placed a high priority on these positions as essential to the long term success of the organization

Tell us about your interests if you have a talent not mentioned above - we'd love to work with you!

Additional Information for Prospective Volunteers

 

Detailed Volunteer Job Descriptions

Title/position: Volunteer Recruitment Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful Volunteer Recruitment Assistant is meticulous about keeping records and passionate about volunteer work. A successful candidate will uphold the values of our organization while ensuring the comfort of our volunteers in their positions. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Recruiting new volunteers through online channels
  • Collecting volunteer information, availability, and skills, and maintaining an up-to-date database
  • Using marketing tools such as outreach programs, e-mails, and volunteer databases
  • Keeping new and existing volunteers informed about the organization and volunteer opportunities
  • Matching volunteers to opportunities that suit their skill sets, and ensuring they understand the responsibilities and receive the proper training
  • Keeping schedules and records of volunteers’ work
  • Ensuring the organization’s purpose is conveyed to the public
  • Completing the relevant training and asking questions if you are uncertain about anything

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 3 month commitment for an average of 5–8 hours per week initially. Once up to speed, hours may decrease. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude
  • Technical skills necessary; experience with Air Table, Zoom, and Slack a plus, but not required
  • The ability to engage and support volunteers in a systematic and intentional manner to meet the organization’s strategic objectives.
  • Be self-directed, willing to take initiative, and detail-oriented

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

We are looking for 2 volunteers and hope to fill this position immediately.

Title/position: Content Curator

Duties/expectations: A successful Content Curator contributes to building brand identity and online presence through the creation and dissemination of multimedia content online. This person will develop and share relevant, engaging, and informative content on behalf of the NUA. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Reaching out to members as well as outside parties such as bloggers or podcasters in related fields in search of stories of interest (average 1-2 blog posts per month) 
  • Coordinating with experts to develop guest blog posts
  • Scheduling and posting monthly announcements, special promos, etc. on the blog and in the newsletter
  • Coordinating with Social Media Coordinator and Website Content Administrator to ensure consistent messaging and timing of posts

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 2-3 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Outgoing, comfortable talking to people
  • Professional appearance and friendly manner
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with attention to detail
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Technical skills: experience with Air Table, Zoom, and Slack a plus, but not required
  • Experience with a website builder is required. Coding knowledge is not necessary, but the ideal candidate will understand website design and layout
  • Experience with graphic design software desirable; this position may include minor template editing in Canva

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/position: Calendar of Events Assistant

Duties/expectations: The ideal Calendar of Events Assistant will represent the organization and work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement initiatives that will increase the NUA’s visibility within the upholstery community. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Maintaining a calendar of outreach activities, including community meetings, webinars, industry events, book club meetings, appearances, and other communication opportunities
  • Nurturing relationships with collaborative partners
  • Writing and editing monthly email communications announcing upcoming webinars and events
  • Updating webinar schedule and description on the NUA website
  • Maintaining and updating the events calendar on the NUA website
  • Establishing a presence on the Professional Upholsterer’s Network and Upholsterer’s Friendly Forum Facebook groups; representing the National Upholstery Association by posting upcoming events and webinars announcements to their pages

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 3-4 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Outstanding written communication
  • Understanding of online calendar and scheduling, experience with Google Docs and Zoom a plus
  • Strong knowledge of social media and other basic marketing platforms
  • Detail-oriented
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary. Training will include a 1-hour session to familiarize the candidate with Wild Apricot, the NUA's membership management software.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/position: Website Content Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful Website Content Assistant will have a working knowledge of web design and layout, with experience in back-end website administration.

  • Assisting website Administrator with maintaining the organization’s website, including its content
  • Ensuring website content is accessible, consistent, clear, and presents an excellent user experience
  • Arranging website content in a way that is visually interesting and engaging, especially on the landing page
  • Working with other volunteers and leaders to plan and publish content on the organization’s website (including blog posts, news, events, membership information, and general content)

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment. Initial work may require 7- 8 hours in the first month, tapering off to 3-4 hours per month thereafter. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Strong writing and editing skills, with attention to detail
  • Experience with a website builder is required. Coding knowledge is not necessary, but the ideal candidate will understand website design and layout
  • Understanding of online calendar and scheduling, experience with Google Docs and Zoom a plus
  • An eye for website design and and understanding of what makes a good User Interface (UI)

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary. Training will include a 1-hour session to familiarize the candidate with Wild Apricot, the NUA's membership management software used for website design and hosting.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/position: Webinar Coordination Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful Webinar Coordination Assistant will help plan, manage, coordinate, execute, and expand the organization’s webinar program. This volunteer will not create or present content, but may introduce the presenter and conduct other housekeeping items at the beginning and end of each webinar. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Developing and managing a calendar of webinars that will expand NUA member knowledge and skills
  • Assisting with identifying, vetting, and recruiting subject matter experts and webinar topics
  • Coordinating scheduling and deliverables with webinar presenters
  • Organizing and providing training to presenters during webinar rehearsals
  • Moderating webinar rehearsals and live webinars
  • Developing and updating webinar guidelines and protocols for conducting webinars
  • Developing benchmark criteria to measure webinar effectiveness and implement improvements as necessary

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 8 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A PC with a webcam and microphone (or headphones) and reliable internet required
  • Fluency in webinar technology; ability to troubleshoot issues on the fly
  • Strong technical skills required. Comfort using webinar, video editing, and collaboration programs; experience with Zoom, Microsoft PowerPoint, Camtasia, YouTube, Google Docs, Airtable, and Slack a plus but not required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and an engaging, friendly, and confident “on-air” voice
  • Excellent attention to detail, demonstrated ability to meet deadlines, strong organizational skills, and dependability
  • Knowledge of and contact with various industry professionals and subject matter experts

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary. This volunteer will serve as a backup to the Webinar Chair and will cross-train in all aspects of the role.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/position: Book Club Coordination Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful Book Club Coordination Assistant will help Book Club members get the most out of their discussions by being prepared, keeping things on track and making sure that everyone's voice is heard.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Managing the NUA Book Club Facebook page; announcing each month’s book in advance and moderating comments for each title
  • Reading each book and preparing discussion topics
  • Advertising Book Club selections and reading schedule to NUA members through additional methods of communication, such as email, newsletters, etc.
  • Assisting in selecting books for club reading; solicit feedback from the community via surveys, polls, and one-on-one engagement
  • Facilitating discussion at monthly “Cocktails & Conversation" meetings
  • Other duties as required; may include special events, conversations with the author, coordinating virtual tours, etc.

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 5 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • A passion for reading and a willingness to audit books across a variety of topics
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; comfort engaging with and replying to other Book Club members in writing and in person
  • Technical skills necessary; experience with Facebook necessary; experience with Google Docs, Zoom and Slack a plus, but not required
  • A friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/Position: Merchandise Development Manager

Job description coming soon!

Title/Position: Member Outreach Coordinator/Industry Partner Outreach Coordinator (2 people)

Duties/expectations: A successful Member Outreach Coordinator functions as the liaison between the organization and its members. This includes recruiting and retaining members, answering questions, providing information, devising regular communication activities, and maintaining membership records.

Member Outreach Coordinators will be assigned to work with one of two membership groups: either Professional/Student members or Educator/Industry Partner members.

Professional and Student Member Outreach

  • Drafting, distributing, and updating all member communications, including the new member welcome email
  • Overseeing membership renewals and the annual membership drive
  • Conducting an annual member survey; collecting and distributing survey data to the Board
  • Compiling, analyzing, and reporting on membership data to the Board on an ongoing basis
  • Developing and implementing various strategies intended to recruit and retain members, including membership perks
  • Responding to member or potential member inquiries
  • Guiding member involvement in National Upholstery Awareness Month (October)
  • Identifying candidates for the Member Spotlight

Educator and Industry Partner Outreach

  • Nurturing relationships with collaborative partners including Educator and Industry Partner members
  • Soliciting event sponsorships and member perks (e.g. discounts) from Educators, Industry Partners, and non-members
  • Assisting Educator and Industry Partners with perk fulfillment, including blogs, shout outs, webinars, etc.
  • Tracking perk fulfillment for each Educator and Industry Partner
  • Ensuring partner satisfaction; reaching out to Educator and Industry Partners annually to request their membership renewal
  • Coordinating with the Webinar Subcommittee to utilize Educators and Industry Partners for monthly webinars
  • Facilitating blog posts from Educator and Industry Partners

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 3-4 hours per month. Larger commitments are possible leading up to National Upholstery Awareness month (October). Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Extensive customer service experience
  • Ability to listen and to communicate effectively in writing and in person, and to build rapport and develop effective relationships with others
  • Strong written, oral and presentation communications skills
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude
  • Ability to work independently while communicating well with co-workers

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their (title TBD), who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/Position: Social Media Coordinator

Duties/expectations: A successful Social Media Coordinator contributes to and assists in the development and implementation of a social media strategy to increase overall reach and program awareness. They will use social media outlets to promote active NUA campaigns, engage the public, and increase online presence. Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Maintaining relevant social media accounts; scheduling and posting content on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn and moderating comments on each platform
  • Scheduling and posting monthly announcements, special promos, etc. on social media
  • Sharing engaging content from other social media sources
  • Identifying creative ways to engage both new and existing followers
  • Attending bi-weekly meetings to brainstorm ideas for content and campaigns and give feedback
  • Coordinating with Content Curator and Website Content Administrator to ensure consistent messaging and timing of posts
  • Additional duties as assigned, if the candidate is able to contribute more time

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 2-3 hours per month. Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Strong writing and editing skills, with strong attention to detail
  • Technical skills necessary; experience with Air Table, Zoom, and Slack a plus, but not required
  • Proficiency using social media platforms; experience with Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn preferred
  • Experience with graphic design software desirable; this position will include minor template editing in Canva

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/Position: CWC 2021 Event Coordination Assistant

Duties/expectations: A successful CWC 2021 Event Coordination Assistant will help plan, manage, coordinate, execute, and expand the organization’s participation in the Custom Workroom Conference.

Background: The NUA holds a special event the day before the beginning of the Conference. In 2021, this event will take place in Hampton, VA on October 3rd, 2021, with the Custom Workroom Conference following on October 4th-6th.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Helping to develop a budget for the event and establishing appropriate ticket prices
  • Following through with negotiating hotel rates and insurance; booking an appropriate event space; making arrangements with the venue to provide refreshments and A/V services during the event
  • Helping to recruit upholstery educators to demonstrate/present during the event
  • Soliciting sponsorship from industry partners; developing gold/silver/bronze sponsorship levels
  • Ordering banners, event signage, and branded merchandise; soliciting swag from sponsors; assembling and distributing swag bags to event attendees; organizing and coordinating special giveaways
  • Assisting with: printing of name badges and event maps; staffing the check-in table at the event; distributing badges, maps, gift bags, and early-bird CWC event packets to attendees; facilitating the event and ensuring its overall success
  • Day of event: Helping with addressing potential issues that may arise, keeping things running smoothly.
  • Helping handle shipping & distribution of supplies
Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 12 month commitment for an average of two to three (2-3) hours per month, with increased commitment of up to 6-8 hours in the month prior to CWC’s open registration period (usually March-April), and in the month prior to the actual event (October, 2021). Additional volunteer assistance will be arranged for the event itself to assist with setup, coordination, and teardown. This has been a fun group effort during past events! “Many hands makes short work”.

Travel commitment: Participation at the event is highly preferred, requiring travel to the event in Hampton, VA. (reimbursement of hotel & entry possible)

Location: This is a remote position for all but the event itself. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Excellent attention to detail, strong organizational skills
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and be dependable
  • Ability to coordinate in an effective and timely manner with the hotel, educators, industry partners, and others involved in the Conference
  • Strong communication skills; comfortable picking up the phone, sending emails, or using other forms of communication to meet deadlines.
  • Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their Team Lead, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Title/Position: Finance Committee Member

Duties/expectations: The ideal Finance Committee member will represent the organization and work with the Finance Committee to prepare the annual budget, support other committees in managing their budgets, create reports, and assist with planning and meeting fiscal requirements.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Working with the committee to develop annual budget and financial goals
  • Assure the organization is meeting all legal obligations
  • Communication with other committees in the organization
  • Working in collaboration with the committee to submit required State or Federal reports
  • Helping to develop financial long term planning & strategies for reaching financial goals

Time commitment: This position requires a minimum 6 month commitment for an average of 2 hours per week. Additional hours required during budgeting period (Sep-Dec). Volunteer times are flexible; however, team collaboration may require online meetings at scheduled times.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Fiscal expertise and accounting experience
  • Friendly, enthusiastic, and positive attitude
  • Technical skills necessary: experience with record-keeping, proficient in Quickbooks
  • The ability to work collaboratively with other committee members
  • Experience in creating budgets

Training: All volunteers undergo an on-boarding process with their committee chair, who will define specific tasks and timelines and schedule training where necessary.

How to apply/contact information: To apply, fill out a Volunteer Application in the Volunteer section of the National Upholstery Website. Alternatively, you may email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Additional Background Info for Prospective Volunteers

How do volunteers serve the organization’s goals, and how does the organization serve the volunteer's goals?

The Volunteer Coordination Committee is currently working to assemble a cohesive package for prospective volunteers to gain a comprehensive picture of the National Upholstery Association.

In addition, we are developing a Volunteer Handbook to help guide new volunteers through the orientation process and learn about the organization's working teams. It provides a roadmap for how they can expect to fit in as a piece of the puzzle. It clarifies values, communicates vision, builds trust, establishes continuity, supports equity, specifies expectations, and manages risk. Here are some of the parts we have compiled so far:

Thank you for your interest - we look forward to working with you!


Board Position Descriptions

The Board of Directors consists of four executive officers, plus up to six Directors at Large.

President

Title/position: President

From the Bylaws: The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and shall have general supervision of the business and activities of the Association; and direct the execution of all measures adopted by the Association for its own progress and for the benefit and progress of the upholstery trade. He/she shall be a member ex-officio of all regular and special committees, shall perform such other duties as are usual to the presidential office and shall appoint the chairpersons of committees in consultation with the other board members.

Duties/expectations: The President is responsible for the strategic management of the organization and its Board of Directors through open lines of communication. The President runs board meetings, appoints committees, and performs other duties as directed by the bylaws. This individual represents the organization in public by giving speeches, writing articles and attending functions on behalf of the organization.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Ensuring the effective action of the Board in governing and supporting the organization
  • Running all Board meetings in accordance with the NUA’s amended version of Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Overseeing all Board affairs; acting as the representative of the Board as a whole
  • Speaking to the media and the community on behalf of the organization; representing the NUA in the community
  • Setting up opportunities for open lines of communication throughout the industry, while representing upholsterer’s needs.
  • Recommending to the Board which committees are to be established; seeking volunteers for committees and coordinating individual Board member assignments; ensuring each committee has a Chairperson and that their work is carried out.
  • Ensuring that Board matters are handled properly, including the preparation of the agenda and pre-meeting materials, committee functioning, and the recruitment and orientation of new Board members
  • Performing other duties as directed by the bylaws

Time commitment: Attendance at monthly Board Meetings are required (currently held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT). Board meetings should not exceed two (2) hours in duration. Should any Officer or Director miss the majority of the scheduled meeting time or two (2) consecutive Board Meetings or conference calls, they would become subject to removal from the Board. A 75% majority vote of the entire Board will be required for removal.

Total expected Board duties may average 3-5 hours per month. Additional time commitment required for committee meetings as outlined separately.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be an NUA member in good standing
  • Must not have been removed from office within the last three (3) years.
  • Must be engaged or have been engaged in the upholstery industry
  • Must possess a high degree of professionalism
  • Must possess the ability to speak confidently and knowledgeably to members and the public on behalf of the organization

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in any Officer or Board position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Board of Directors Interest” in the subject line.

Vice President

Title/position: Vice President

From the Bylaws: The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President in the absence of the President and shall assist that office in the discharge of its leadership duties.

Duties/expectations: The Vice President is responsible for the strategic management of the organization and its Board of Directors through open lines of communication. This individual serves as the Board leader when the President is not present, such as during official Board meetings.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Running all Board meetings in accordance with the NUA’s amended version of Robert’s Rules of Order, in the absence of the President.
  • Speaking to the media and the community on behalf of the organization; representing the NUA in the community
  • Setting up opportunities for opening lines of communication throughout the industry, while representing upholsterer’s needs.
  • Ensuring that the responsibilities of the committees are being carried out.
  • Performing other duties as directed by the bylaws

Time commitment: Attendance at monthly Board Meetings are required (currently held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT). Board meetings should not exceed two (2) hours in duration. Should any Officer or Director miss the majority of the scheduled meeting time or two (2) consecutive Board Meetings or conference calls, they would become subject to removal from the Board. A 75% majority vote of the entire Board will be required for removal.

Total expected Board duties may average 3-5 hours per month. Additional time commitment required for committee meetings as outlined separately.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be an NUA member in good standing
  • Must be engaged or have been engaged in the upholstery industry
  • Must possess a high degree of professionalism
  • Must possess the ability to speak confidently and knowledgeably to members and the public on behalf of the organization

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in any Officer or Board position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Board of Directors Interest” in the subject line.

Secretary

Title/position: Secretary

From the Bylaws: The Secretary shall give notice of all meetings and set the agenda of the Board of Directors, shall keep an accurate list of the directors, and shall have the authority to certify any records, or copies of records, as the official records of the organization. The Secretary shall maintain the minutes of the Board of Directors' meetings and ensure minutes are distributed to all board members shortly after each meeting.

Duties/expectations: The Secretary ensures that Board meetings are effectively organized and recorded. This individual maintains all records and administration and acts as an information and reference point for the Board and all committees.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Giving Board notice of all meetings
  • Receiving agenda items from committee members
  • Ensuring that committees submit the necessary documents for board meetings
  • Keeping an accurate list of all sitting Board Members, including contact information
  • Keeping an official record of all Board votes
  • Certifying any records or copies of records as the official records of the NUA
  • Maintaining the minutes of all Board of Directors meetings
  • Ensuring that all minutes are distributed to the Board members shortly after each meeting
  • Posting all minutes to the NUA membership portal
  • Performing other duties as directed by the bylaws

Time commitment: Attendance at monthly Board Meetings are required (currently held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT). Board meetings should not exceed two (2) hours in duration. Should any Officer or Director miss the majority of the scheduled meeting time or two (2) consecutive Board Meetings or conference calls, they would become subject to removal from the Board. A 75% majority vote of the entire Board will be required for removal.

Total expected Board duties may average three to five (3-5) hours per month. Additional time commitment required for committee meetings as outlined separately.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be an NUA member in good standing
  • Must be engaged or have been engaged in the upholstery industry
  • Must be methodical, with a good eye for detail
  • Must bring objectivity to the proceedings
  • Must be able to take accurate notes of meetings
  • Must have knowledge or experience of procedures in accordance with the NUA’s amended version of Robert’s Rules of Order

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in any Officer or Board position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Board of Directors Interest” in the subject line.

Treasurer

Title/position: Treasurer

From the Bylaws: The Treasurer shall be responsible for conducting the financial affairs of the organization as directed and authorized by the Board of Directors if any, shall provide the annual budget for board members approval, and shall make reports of corporate finances as required, but no less often than at each meeting of the Board of Directors.

Duties/expectations: The treasurer manages day-to-day spending, while making sure that the annual budget is in line with the NUA’s overall mission. This individual shall keep full and accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements, deposit all money, checks and other obligations to the credit of the NUA, in such depository as may be designated by the Board of Directors. In addition, the Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the NUA only in accordance with due authorization of the Board of Directors, render a statement of account and transactions whenever required by the Board of Directors, and make a complete annual statement at each annual meeting of the NUA.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Providing the annual budget for board members approval
  • Making reports of corporate finances as required, but no less often than at each meeting of the Board of Directors
  • Managing public funds including cash flow and reimbursement
  • Developing systems to ensure the organization’s solvency
  • Completing needed annual filings including Form 990
  • Conducting annual audit
  • Facilitating the transition of names on the bank account (President, Vice President, and Treasurer) in January during the transition to newly elected officers.
  • Serving on the Finance Committee
  • Performing other duties as directed by the bylaws

Time commitment: Attendance at monthly Board Meetings are required (currently held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT). Board meetings should not exceed two (2) hours in duration. Should any Officer or Director miss the majority of the scheduled meeting time or two (2) consecutive Board Meetings or conference calls, they would become subject to removal from the Board. A 75% majority vote of the entire Board will be required for removal.

Total expected Board duties may average 3-5 hours per month. Additional time commitment required for committee meetings as outlined separately.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be an NUA member in good standing
  • Must be engaged or have been engaged in the upholstery industry
  • Must have a financial qualification or relevant experience
  • Must be capable of handling figures and cash
  • Must be methodical, with a good eye for detail

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in any Officer or Board position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Board of Directors Interest” in the subject line.

Directors at Large

Title/position: Directors at Large (6 positions)

From the Bylaws: Collaborates closely with the officers of the board in the administration of the ongoing activities of the Association. Attends all board meetings and important related meetings and makes a serious commitment to actively participate in committee work.

Duties/expectations: Directors are responsible for upholding the values and objectives of the organization. They attend meetings, receive updates, and vote on board matters. These individuals have the right to make motions, discuss them, and vote on them. They serve on the organization’s committees, often as the Chairperson.

Typical responsibilities may include:

  • Preparing for meetings by reading and acknowledging the proposed agenda and accompanying committee documents prior to the meeting.
  • Serving on at least one committee and acting as an interface between the committee and the Board. Directors may hold the Chair position of a committee but officers cannot.
  • Promoting the NUA and its mission.
  • Conducting oneself in a professional manner in industry settings both online and in person.
  • As a current board member, when the board is transitioning in July, meeting with incoming board members as a group to discuss your role, requirements, and committee.
  • As an incoming board member, meeting with each current board member to better understand the structure of the association during July (first month as new member).
  • Maintaining confidentiality of the Association, the Board, and its members.
  • Performing other duties as directed by the bylaws

Time commitment: Attendance at monthly Board Meetings are required (currently held on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm ET/ 3:30pm PT). Board meetings should not exceed two (2) hours in duration. Should any Officer or Director miss the majority of the scheduled meeting time or two (2) consecutive Board Meetings or conference calls, they would become subject to removal from the Board. A 75% majority vote of the entire Board will be required for removal.

Total expected Board duties may average 3-5 hours per month. Additional time commitment required for committee meetings as outlined separately.

Location: This is a remote position. You will be working from your own home or office.

Qualifications and requirements:

  • Must be an NUA member in good standing
  • Must be engaged or have been engaged in the upholstery industry
  • Must possess demonstrated management and leadership experience
  • Must adhere to high ethical standards
  • Must be able to think independently and work collaboratively
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to the mission of the organization

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in any Officer or Board position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Board of Directors Interest” in the subject line.


Committee Descriptions

The Board of Directors has formed several committees to address the ongoing needs of the organization & membership. Current committees are:


Events Committee

Purpose: The Events Committee supports the NUA mission by connecting members and industry partners in both casual and educational settings.

Committee Chair: Andrew Bodjanac is serving as the CWC 2021 Event Coordinator. There is no Events Committee currently in session (as of Nov 2020), as there are no events other than CWC 2021 in the planning stage at this time.

Size of the Committee: Chair plus two to three (2-3) members, and six to eight (6-8) leading up to a large event.

Duties / Activities: The Event Committee is responsible for designing both live and virtual events that benefit NUA members and promote the industry. This may include organizing the annual meeting, exhibit space for vendors at national or regional conferences, workshops and presentations at trade shows, opportunities to interact with the media, and evening networking events.

Typical activities include:

  • Working with the Membership Committee to determine the frequency, type, location, and theme for each event
  • Working with the Finance Committee to develop a budget for each event
  • Identifying and booking a suitable conference location (when applicable)
  • Recruiting vendors, industry partners, and instructors for the event
  • Working with the PR Committee to promote the event
  • Cultivating a list of backup speakers or presenters in case of last minute cancelation
  • Maintaining required insurance and assigning attending committee member as an emergency contact during the event
  • Reporting information gathered from the conference to the Board after the event
  • Formation of Ad Hoc subcommittees as needed to focus on specific scheduled events or conferences

Time Commitment: One (1) hour per week ongoing and up to four to six (4-6) hours per week leading up to and including event dates, and post-event wrap-up.

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in a Committee position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Committee Interest” in the subject line.

Finance Committee

Purpose: The Finance Committee supports the NUA mission by preparing the annual budget and supporting other committees in managing their budgets.

Committee Chair: TBD

Size of the Committee: Chair plus two (2) members

Duties / Activities: The Finance Committee primarily provides financial oversight for the organization. Typical tasks include budgeting and financial planning, financial reporting, and the creation and monitoring of internal controls and accountability policies.

Typical activities include:

  • Working with each committee to understand their financial needs for the upcoming year
  • Preparing the annual budget
  • Creating the quarterly actuals vs. budget report
  • Executing monthly account reconciliation
  • Reviewing funding requests outside of committee budgets
  • Responding to any committee inquiries
  • Providing and amending budget tracking tools, as needed
  • Prioritizing and managing association spending through the annual budget
  • Assure all governmental regulatory reporting performed including any State and/or Federal reports by either the treasurer or by an accounting firm approved by the Board of Directors

Time Commitment: One (1) hour per week ongoing and up to three to four (3-4) hours per week during budgeting period (September through December). The Finance Committee performs a large portion of its duties from September through December as it prepares the following year’s budget.

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in a Committee position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Committee Interest” in the subject line.

Membership Committee

Purpose: The Membership Committee supports the NUA mission by establishing member benefits and perks, and recruiting members at all membership levels.

Committee Chair: Jeanne Hentzel

Size of the Committee: Chair plus four to six (4-6) members

Duties / Activities: The Membership Committee is responsible for bringing in new members and retaining the current membership base. This committee serves as the primary resource for current and potential members, helping them with questions that they may have about the NUA or how to get involved in the organization once they join.

Typical activities include:

  • Creating and amending (as needed) the new member welcome email
  • Annually reviewing membership applications, presenting the Board with any recommendations
  • Researching and developing member perks and presenting proposals to the Board
  • Guiding member involvement in National Upholstery Awareness Month, working closely with the PR Committee
  • Researching and developing member merchandise
  • Conducting member surveys, ideally twice annually; compiling and distributing survey data
  • Maintaining member database
  • Coordinating with Newsletter Subcommittee to identify candidates for Member Spotlight
  • Responding to member and potential member inquiries
  • Coordinating with Webinar Subcommittee to utilise industry partners for webinars
  • Working with PR Committee to facilitate posting of blogs from industry partners to website, including photos
  • Managing industry partner and educator relationships, to include soliciting member perks and event sponsorships

Time Commitment: Three to four (3-4) hours per month, depending on role. Larger commitments possible leading up to National Upholstery Awareness month (October) and during annual budgeting period. The Membership Committee will meet at least once monthly between Board meetings.

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in a Committee position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Committee Interest” in the subject line.

Newsletter Subcommittee (Public Relations)

Purpose: The Newsletter Subcommittee is a sub-unit of the Public Relations Committee. The Newsletter Subcommittee supports the NUA mission by keeping members informed about NUA activities, including networking and educational possibilities.

Committee Chair: Jamie Facciola

Size of the Committee: Chair only

Duties / Activities: The Newsletter Subcommittee is responsible for the coordination and electronic publication of quarterly newsletters available to NUA members and the public.

Typical activities include:

  • Compiling and reporting news from other committees
  • Creating content relevant to the quarter
  • Editing content and formatting emails for distribution
  • Finalizing and distributing monthly newsletter
  • Time Commitment: Eight to fifteen (8-15) hours per quarter. Work for this committee is mostly concentrated to the three weeks spanning solicitation of content to publication

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in a Committee position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Committee Interest” in the subject line.

Nominating Committee

Purpose: The Nominating Committee supports the NUA mission by providing a slate of nominees for the office of President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer and reviewing eligibility of nominations for vacancies on the Board of Directors.

Committee Chair: Kim Newell

Size of the Committee: Chair plus Immediate Past President plus three (3) additional members

Duties / Activities: The Nominating Committee identifies potential candidates for current or upcoming vacancies and to work diligently toward attracting and securing top talent. The committee’s duties include identifying, recruiting, screening and interviewing candidates for Board positions.

Typical activities include:

  • Assessing the specific needs of the organization and the next Board of Directors
  • Gathering a list of interested candidates from various means, including recommendations throughout the year from members and Directors.
  • Interviewing interested candidates, identifying potential needs-skills matches
  • Reviewing applicants and finalizing list of candidates
  • Setting the rules and procedures for conducting the balloting for the election
  • Auditing the results of the election
  • Announcing the results of the election at the Annual Board Meeting

Time Commitment: One (1) hour per week ongoing and up to four to six (4-6) hours per week leading up to and including election dates, and post-election wrap-up.

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in a Committee position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Committee Interest” in the subject line.

Public Relations Committee

Purpose: The Public Relations Committee promotes the NUA’s mission and benefits through online and print media (social media, website, email, direct mail, fliers/inserts, etc.).

Committee Chair: Michelle Minner

Size of the Committee: Chair plus a minimum of six (6) members

Duties / Activities: The Public Relations Committee is responsible for building brand identity and online presence through the creation and dissemination of multimedia content online. The committee creates awareness of the NUA’s projects and activities and promotes the values and work of the organization.

Typical activities include:

  • Acting as the framework through which information is disseminated to members and the public
  • Handing all marketing, advertising, press releases, promotions of events, and other communications
  • Creating and maintaining brand cohesiveness and ensuring all PR communication adheres to set guidelines
  • Maintaining relevant social media accounts; scheduling and posting content on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn and moderating comments on each platform
  • Identifying and recruiting subject matter experts and content contributors to produce stories of interest for the NUA blog and newsletters
  • Working with other committees and members to develop new content
  • Identifying creative ways to engage members and the community at large

Time Commitment: One to two (1-2) hours per week ongoing, with larger commitments possible during special events. Work for this committee will generally be evenly distributed throughout the year.

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in a Committee position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Committee Interest” in the subject line.

Volunteer Coordination Committee

Purpose: The Volunteer Coordination Committee supports the NUA mission by growing the pool of qualified volunteers through prospecting, recruitment, and retention efforts. This committee helps volunteers find their best fit and looks for ways to ensure high volunteer engagement and enhance the overall member experience.

Committee Chair: Carla Pyle

Size of the Committee: Chair plus three to four (3-4) members. Additional positions will be added as the organization grows.

Duties / Activities: The Volunteer Coordination Committee recruits and trains new volunteers, keeps a database of volunteer information and skills, matches volunteers to opportunities that suit their skills, keeps volunteers informed, and conveys the organization's purpose to the public.

Typical activities include:

  • Writing and posting volunteer job descriptions based on organization’s needs
  • Developing and communicating volunteer incentives
  • Identifying and recruiting new volunteers
  • Matching interested volunteers’ skills with organization’s needs
  • Providing organization orientation/onboarding for new volunteers
  • Supervising volunteer activities and working with other committees to assess ongoing volunteer requirements
  • Tracking volunteer hours and initiatives for reporting
  • Retaining current volunteers through ongoing training, recognition, and development
  • Ensuring Volunteers have the necessary resources to support the mission of the organization

Time Commitment: Two to three (2-3) hours per week ongoing, with larger commitments possible during special events or volunteer recruitment periods.

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in a Committee position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Committee Interest” in the subject line.

Webinar Subcommittee (Membership)

Purpose: The Webinar Subcommittee is a sub-unit of the Membership Committee. The Webinar Subcommittee supports the NUA mission by providing educational opportunities to its members.

Committee Chair: Jill Ragan Scully

Size of the Committee: Chair plus two to three (2-3) members

Duties / Activities: The Webinar Subcommittee designs and implements the webinar program that serves the organization’s needs, identifies topics, and finds appropriate speakers to fill the schedule.

Typical activities include:

  • Developing list of webinar topics
  • Finding and scheduling appropriate presenters to facilitate webinars (presenters should be scheduled and under contract a minimum of six (6) months before their scheduled webinar)
  • Coordinating with Membership Committee to utilize industry partners for webinars
  • Scheduling software testing before each webinar
  • Downloading, editing and uploading webinars to YouTube within 48 hours of broadcast
  • Working within the approved budget
  • Annually revising speaker contracts and submitting to the Board for approval

Time Commitment: One (1) hour per week ongoing and up to two to three (2-3) hours per week during webinars planning period (September). The Webinar Committee performs a large portion of its duties in September as that is when it develops potential topics based on a list approved by the Board. The committee operates on a regular schedule that renews each month for webinar recording and distribution.

How to apply/contact information: If you are interested in a Committee position, please email us at info@nationalupholsteryassociation.org.

Please include “Committee Interest” in the subject line.




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