Join the AIGA DC 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 9, 2021. 

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! Read full role descriptions here.

The DCDW Deputy Director will shadow and assist the DC Design Week Executive Director in organizing DCDW 2021 (coming Fall 2021), and then assume the role of Executive Director to plan and implement DCDW in 2022. This role will get an early start in June, because the majority of DCDW planning happens over the summer. 

Our Design for Good Chair organizes events that highlight design’s influence on social issues and allow members to give back to the community. You’ll head up our annual CreateAthon, a 24-hour pro bono design hackathon that matches creatives with local nonprofits.

The AIGA 50 Chair will organize and run our biennial design competition, 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.

Programming Coordinators are the lifeblood of the programming team, brainstorming, planning, and executing events and workshops throughout the year on topics that are top of mind for our community.

Our Managing Editor will define and write as the voice of AIGA DC. We’re looking for someone with a passion for style guides, an eye for detail, and the ability to make our events and programs seem as fun in writing as they are in person.

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.

* This form won’t let you save an application, so we recommend you draft your answers elsewhere and paste them in. Preview of application questions.

Open Information Session

We will host a virtual information session on March 30, 2021 on Zoom. We’ll cover more about what it means to be on the board, what the different role responsibilities are and more. 

Attending the session live is highly recommended as we’ll have board members available to answer questions, but we’ll also make the recording available to everyone who registers if you can’t make it in real time. 

Nomination Committee Review & Interviews

After the April 9 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 confirmed mid-May.

Questions?

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

By AIGA DC
Published March 22, 2021