Executive Director, AIAS

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
Washington Navy Yard, DC
Jan 07, 2022
Jan 16, 2022
Full Time
This position has been posted on behalf of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) AIAS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB PROFILE THE OPPORTUNITY The Executive Director of the American Institute of Architecture Students has the unique opportunity to be a leader in an organization with a 65-year legacy of shaping the education and profession of architecture. The ideal candidate can make immediate and impactful changes in the lives of students and emerging professionals, network and establish relationships with professional organizations and their leaders, and mentor and provide resources for tomorrow's industry leaders. The culture of the AIAS is one of progress, and the family-like network the organization cultivates provides a community dedicated to providing passionate students with the resources they need to create real change. The members of the AIAS are not content with the status quo in education or in design, and they are tirelessly dedicated to changing the culture, policies, and practices of existing institutions - including our own. The COVID-19 Pandemic has been a turbulent time for many membership-based organizations, and as an organization driven by students, the AIAS was impacted significantly. Rather than struggle to uphold outdated practices and traditions, the AIAS Board of Directors made the decision to use these trials as an opportunity to make the needed changes to our organization. In the Spring of 2021, a governance consultant was hired to assess our organizational structure and practices, and make recommendations to increase their effectiveness. After the Board crafts a new strategic plan and begins to implement these changes, the Executive Director will lead the staff through a transformative period for the entire organization. The Executive Director's success in meeting or exceeding revenue goals and fostering new industry relationships will shape the organization for generations to come. This role is ideal for you if you are passionate about mentorship, education, student development, and social advocacy. Cultivating relationships and an understanding of the needs, landscape, and key stakeholders of the architecture profession is an essential element of this position. The AIAS is a small organization in terms of membership and staff and is therefore agile and can be quick to act, but it is also uniquely positioned as the predominant voice for the future of the profession and education of architecture and design. Members of this organization run the gambit from detail-oriented strategists to blue-sky visionaries, and each of them believes in the mission and purpose of the AIAS. The individual we are seeking not only fits well in this environment but is dedicated to pushing it forward and aiding students in changing the world around them. ABOUT THE AIAS The American Institute of Architecture Students is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit with an approximate budget between $700,000 to $900,000, and located in the heart of downtown Washington, DC. The AIAS is a student-led and professionally-managed organization that provides progressive programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architecture, design, and education. As the premier student-led thought leader of tomorrow in architecture and design, the AIAS represents the voices of architecture and design students across the nation and the globe. The official mission of the AIAS is to advance leadership, design, and service among architecture students. The regular membership consists of roughly 3,500 students across 200 chapters. Membership numbers have been steadily decreasing since 2012, and in collaboration with AIAS leadership, the incoming Executive Director will play a critical role in working to reclaim members. While the bulk of the membership is undergraduate students, the organization also has many graduate student members and a growing number of high school student members. Members typically gather twice a year for two organization-wide conferences: Grassroots Leadership Conference and FORUM, the annual meeting. Chapters also host regional "Quad Conferences." Other programs offered by the AIAS are Freedom By Design (FBD), CRIT Journal, CRIT Scholar, design competitions, Honor Awards, and the THRIVE Webinar Series. Our website has full descriptions of these programs. The President and Vice President are recent graduates who work as full-time staff in the office combining operational tasks in conjunction with their board-related duties. The AIAS organizes its chapters into four domestic Quadrants (Midwest, Northeast, South, and West) overseen by four student Quadrant Directors and two International Regions (Latin America and Middle East) which two student International Ambassadors oversee. The AIAS Board of Directors also includes liaisons to four other "collateral" architectural organizations: The American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). ROLE AND SCOPE OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Executive Director is responsible for the successful administration of the AIAS. They report to the Board of Directors and will work closely with the Officers on strategic direction. The Executive Director leads the staff, manages the organization's daily operations, and oversees the budget. Above all, the Executive Director will cultivate a culture of inclusivity, diversity, access, and equity across the association. Strategic Priorities The Executive Director is responsible for addressing the following priorities: Promote the Mission and Vision. Identify and secure consistent funding sources and revenue streams for the AIAS, including sponsorship and charitable development activities. Implement the Strategic Plan by crafting and executing a new operating plan. Partner with the Board of Directors and the Personnel Committee to implement a streamlined governance and leadership structure transition. Lead and implement a restructuring of staff roles and responsibilities, and provide guidance and mentorship to Officers. Essential Duties and Responsibilities In such a role, the Executive Director shall perform such duties as are outlined in the AIAS Bylaws, Rules of the Board, and the Executive Director's Position Description, and as the Board may reasonably assign to the Executive Director: Financial & Strategic Leadership + Prepare and manage the organization's budget and strategic resource plan. + Ensure financial sustainability and report organizational performance to the Board . + Review and approve all administrative, legal agreements and policies. Administrative Management + Shall be the chief executive and administrative officer of the organization. + Shall be an ex officio and non-voting member of the Board. + Oversee the progress of the operational plan and achieve target programmatic impact. Staff Management + Ensure successful long-term and day-to-day staff operations, resources, and benefits. + Establish an inspired atmosphere of collaboration, accountability, and empowerment. + Collaborate with the President to appoint staff liaisons for all special committees. Officer and Staff Mentorship and Professional Development + Provide professional development and mentorship to the staff and Officers. + Promote a strong, healthy work culture. Partnership Management & Outreach + Cultivates and oversees fundraising and partnership relationships with allied and industry organizations in collaboration with the Development Director. + Research and outreach to relevant partnerships based on member values. Communications and Marketing + Report organization's progress at all Board and Council of Presidents meetings. + Promote a positive organizational image and collaborative culture. + Ensure member benefits are valuable to members. PandoLogic. Keywords: Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Location: Washington Navy Yard, DC - 20374

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