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Maine Career Development Association

Help build our leadership team!

The MCDA Nominations Committee is asking MCDA members to nominate themselves or their colleagues for the role of President Elect. This is a four-year term: 1 as president-elect, 2 as active president, 1 as past president. This term would run July 2024-June 2028.

The MCDA President-Elect spends the first year in this role shadowing the current President of the Board. During this period, the President-Elect will learn the specific proceedings of the Governing Board and the leadership needs of the association, while also serving as a member of the Executive Board.

Beginning in July 2025, this individual will transition into the President of the Board Role, which is a two-year position that manages the board proceedings, participates in the planning of our two annual events (Annual Conference and Fall Workshop), and guides the direction of the organization, with the support of board members and volunteer committee members.

In July of 2027, this role will transition to Past-President, which involves mentoring the new President, in a shadow role, and serving as a member of the Executive Board for one year.

For more details about the role of the President of MCDA, please review Article V of our by-laws, found here

After nominations are submitted, voting will take place from May 1st to June 1st and the elected candidate will be announced at the 2024 Annual Conference on Friday, June 21.  

Nominations are due Monday, April 1

Please submit nominations to the MCDA Nomination Committee in writing to Joe Austin at  joeaustin1919@gmail.com.  Nominees must submit a resume and a confirmation letter that they are willing to serve as President-Elect/President/Past-President of MCDA.

On behalf of the MCDA Nominations Committee, thank you for your consideration!

Joe Austin, Chair and Past President

Haley Brown, Amy Jaffe, Peter Osborne, Holly Smevog, and James Westhoff, Committee Members

Interested in joining the MCDA Board?
Contact Marianne Cowan today!

MCDA Mission

“Maine Career Development Association is dedicated to creating professional development opportunities for people in Maine who provide career information and career assistance to others.”

2023-2024 Membership Rates

The MCDA Board of Directors has set membership rates for 2023-2024, which can be found below. We acknowledge that this year's membership rates represent a modest increase from the previous year, however the Board conducted research on comparable state organizations, analyzed our benefits to members, and believe that these rates still present a great value to MCDA members. 

2023-2024 Membership Rates

MCDA Professional Membership: $40 

MCDA Graduate Student Membership: $20

MCDA membership supports the following activities and affords the following benefits to members:

  • Access to free professional development, such as monthly Career Cafes
  • Regular updates and communications related to the career development profession
  • Discounted participation in Regional CDA trainings and workshops
  • Supports the work of volunteer boards and committees that plan and facilitate MCDA events

You can join MCDA or renew your membership here.

Conferences & Events

The Writing on the Wall:

Exploring Themes of Change, Innovation, and the Future of Work in Maine

Registration is NOW OPEN for the MCDA Annual Conference on Friday, June 21, 2024 at the University of Maine!

For more details and to register, visit the

2024 Annual Conference page!

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Member Postings and Ads!

Bowdoin College Career Exploration and Development:

Assistant Director for Employer Engagement

Senior Associate Director, Business Advising

Do you have an announcement for MCDA Membership? A job posting? An advertisement for your service? Let MCDA know!

Upcoming events

  • Friday, June 21, 2024 9:00 AM
    Memorial Union, University of Maine, Orono, Maine (w/ virtual option for keynote only)
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