Join the AIGA DC 2022-2023 Board of Directors

We’re looking for folks to join the all-volunteer board of directors for AIGA DC — the DMV’s professional association for design. We’re leaders dedicated to sharing knowledge, skills and resources with the local creative community.

Deadline to apply or nominate someone is April 24, 2022. 

Why Join the Board?

AIGA DC’s board consists of 20+ volunteers who organize local programming and communications for the DMV region. 

Being on the board is an opportunity to help shape and give back to the creative community in the DMV. You’ll develop skills in leadership, management, organization, and other areas while making connections and hanging out with a generally awesome group of other passionate volunteers. 

Board members also attend all AIGA DC events for free 🙂

Who We’re Looking For

We need people who believe design can shape the world. We need motivated individuals with a vision for what AIGA DC can accomplish and the moxie to make it happen. We need folks who follow through on their commitments and ask questions when they don’t know answers. 

Board members don’t need to work as designers – past members have been writers, engineers, development or fundraising specialists, project managers, and business owners.

It’s important to our chapter that the AIGA DC Board of Directors be diverse and represent the DC design community. We aim to have a board with diversity in industry, age, gender, professional experience, race, background, education, income, physical ability and more. Nominees and applicants are not required to offer this information.

Open Board Roles

We’re recruiting for a few specific roles, but always on the lookout for passionate, committed volunteers! 

Executive Leadership roles

The Executive Leadership Team is responsible and accountable for developing and submitting their team’s strategy, project calendar, budget and annual report summary. They shape the structure of their team and manage day-to-day activities. 

The Executive Leadership Team also mentors their individual team members, and helps them meet their professional goals. 

  • Communications Director
    • This role oversees the communications team who produce our social media and weekly emails, and serves as editor-in-chief to make sure our words are all the good ones. 
  • Operations Director & Treasurer
    • This role oversees the operations team who works with our sponsors, scholarship, volunteers and community. They are responsible for providing monthly finance reports and proposing new ways for us to be more efficient with our time and resources. 
  • Programming Director
    • This role oversees all programming activities and schedules, which should reflect activities consistent with AIGA and AIGA DC’s  mission while meeting the needs of AIGA DC members and the community. 

Communication team roles

Members of the Communications Team are responsible for supporting the Communications Director in all facets of AIGA DC marketing and messaging.

  • Managing Editor
    • This role will define and write as the voice of AIGA DC. They have a passion for style guides, an eye for detail, and the ability to make our programs seem as fun in writing as they are in person. They are also inquisitive about designerly things in the area and want to share those things with everyone else.
  • Digital Community Manager
    • This role will focus on creating a reusable web and social media communication strategy on how the chapter can highlight the creative community every month. They’re responsible for engaging proactively with our online audience through the DEI Slack, social channel, and website. 
  • Social Media Chair
    • This role is responsible for ensuring the quality and regularity of the AIGA DC Social Media presence. They may also be asked to work with other board members to develop social media plans for AIGA DC initiatives, events, membership and the Design Continuum Fund.

Operations team roles

Members of the Operations Team are responsible for supporting the Operations Director and the Board in all aspects of management and maintenance of the organization. 

  • Membership & Volunteer Chair
    • This role will manage and monitor the membership database. They are also responsible for coordinating volunteer support for all programming, ensuring that volunteers feel appreciated, and tracking participation.
  • Sponsorship Chair
    • This role will forge the connections in the community that let us do all the other awesome things AIGA DC does. In an average month, this person will work with the executive team to secure a sponsorship for an event, develop long-term support partnerships for our chapter, and propose new ideas to ensure that the sponsors get value for their ever-so-generous contributions. 
  • Design Continuum Fund Chair
    • This role will oversee our annual merit-based scholarship program, which supports local design-minded students by offering them financial assistance to pursue their design education. They serve as the main liaison between the AIGA DC board and the DCF Committee to create and foster a culture of philanthropy within the chapter and community.

Programming team roles

All members of the Programming Team are responsible for planning and executing events for members of AIGA DC and the larger creative community. They are responsible for maintaining a high quality programming experience for event attendees.

  • Awards Chair/AIGA 50
    • This will organize and run our biennial design competition, AIGA 50 which honors 50 pieces of great work. You’ll form and lead a committee to set the standard for awards, select judges, organize a call for submissions, select and celebrate the winners.
  • Mentoring Chair
  • Design for Good Deputy Chair
    • This will support the Design for Good Executive Chair. They organize events that highlight design’s influence on social issues and allow members to give back to the community. They help head up our annual CreateAthon, a 24-hour pro-bono design hackathon that matches creatives with local nonprofits.
  • Salon Chair
    • This will oversee our member-only, intimate, roundtable discussions and secures topics, volunteers, and local speakers for this series.

What’s the commitment?

Joining the AIGA DC Board is a two-year commitment. You can also serve for longer (and many do). At the end of each year, board members may decide if they want to keep their current role or move to another open position.

Specific responsibilities vary depending on the team and the role and all board members are expected to:

  • Be (or become) members of AIGA members in good standing at any level. 
  • Attend all required planning retreats and monthly board meetings.
  • Attend major events (bonus: board members get into all our events for free!)
  • Be responsive on Slack and email (Slack is our main communications platform).

The weekly time commitment varies from role to role and throughout the year.

We welcome new members to the board in June and host trainings and planning retreats in August. 

Full board meetings, programming and regular communications commence September through May. 

What is the Selection Process?

The Application

In addition to some questions about your experience and interests in joining the board, we’ll ask for:

  • Your resume
  • A description of a time when you ran something (as a team lead, a project lead, managing people, planning an event – anything!) 
  • A short writing sample: A draft of an email asking someone you admire to speak at an AIGA DC event! You can make up whatever logistics you like – time, date, location, other speakers, etc. We’re looking to get a sense of how you think about AIGA DC and how you write in a professional context. A good writing sample would communicate clear directions, offer a compelling pitch, and be reflective of who our community is — a great one would also tell us a little bit about who you are and what parts of design you’re most excited about.

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Nomination Committee Review & Interviews

After the April 10 deadline, applications are reviewed by a nominating committee of board members and members of our community. The committee will arrange interviews with select applicants during the first week of May.

Taking into account individual skills and experiences, and with the expectation to create a board that is diverse and reflects the community it serves, the nominating committee will recommend a slate of new board members for approval by the current AIGA DC Board of Directors.

Invitations Extended to Join the Board

Offers to join the board will roll out during the second week of May and the new board slate will be finalized  mid-May. The slate will be sent to the full community of AIGA DC members for approval.

Questions?

We hosted a virtual information session on March 31, 2022 on Zoom where we covered more about what it means to be on the board, what the different roles and responsibilities are, and any other questions you may have about being board. The session was recorded and is available below:

If you have any other questions, please email us at talktous@dc.aiga.org.

By AIGA DC
Published March 21, 2022