Executive Director, AIAS

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
Washington, DC
Jan 27, 2022
Jan 29, 2022
Full Time
AIAS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JOB PROFILETHE OPPORTUNITYThe Executive Director of the American Institute of Architecture Students has the uniqueopportunity 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.TABOUT THE AIASThe 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.ROLE AND SCOPE OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTORThe 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 PrioritiesThe 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 astreamlined governance and leadership structure transition.Lead and implement a restructuring of staff roles and responsibilities, and provideguidance and mentorship to Officers.Essential Duties and ResponsibilitiesIn such a role, the Executive Director shall perform such duties as are outlined in the AIASBylaws, 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 andindustry 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.KEYS TO SUCCESSYou will excel at the AIAS and are an ideal candidate if you have the following:Communication SkillsExcellent communication, writing and speaking skills, exceptional emotional intelligence, and self-awareness. They will have the ability to communicate with fellow executives, board members, donors, existing and potential partners, student leaders, and the broader AIAS community of architecture students with ease and comfortability.Leadership SkillsThoughtful, collaborative, and empowering leadership through example and direct mentorship. The ideal candidate will also have leadership experience in which they have balanced the demands of team management while also serving as a productive member of the team. They will excel at team building and maintaining a positive work environment.Problem-Solving SkillsExperience addressing and successfully implementing solutions for complex organizational challenges, especially within the nonprofit sector and/or within a membership association. They will have deep knowledge of nonprofit governance structures, membership associations, and national student organizations. They are resilient and adaptable and able to stay positive through rapidly changing environments.Professional ExperienceExperience with small teams and a demonstrated ability to manage a team and lead strategic initiatives simultaneously in their professional experiences. They will have experience managing events, program development, budgeting, forecasting, data analysis, decision-making, monitoring, and reporting.Passion for Architectural EducationPassion for aiding in the challenges facing students and young professionals in the architectural profession, as well as the challenges being faced by the architectural and building industry at large. Knowledge of these dynamics could have been gained through experience in the profession of architecture, architecture adjacent experiences, through study and research of the profession, or by other demonstrable means. Regardless of knowledge of the architectural industry, candidates must be passionate about student development and success.Minimum Requirements+ Bachelor's Degree+ 2-5 years of organizational management and development experience+ Capacity and willingness to work a flexible schedule with periodic evening and weekendhours to participate in events, committee and AIAS Board meetings, and other functions+ Outstanding communication skills+ Ability to work out of the Washington, DC officeCOMPENSATION AND BENEFIT PACKAGEThe AIAS offers competitive benefits, unlimited paid time off, and options for remote work. The AIAS will provide a competitive compensation package to the outstanding candidate.APPLYINGFor consideration, interested candidates must submit both a cover letter and resume (PDFpreferred) to edsearch@aias.org. The cover letter should outline how your experience and interests fit the position's requirements as this will be an important factor in considering your candidacy.Interested individuals are encouraged to apply and send outstanding questions via email to edsearch@aias.org. For fullest consideration, candidates are advised to send in their materials prior to December 17th.VACCINATIONAll employees of the AIAS are encouraged to receive a vaccination against COVID-19 unless medical or religious restrictions take precedence.OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSIONLeaders of the AIAS should strive to have an unwavering commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice within the profession and education of architecture.The AIAS is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace and community that values unique experiences, perspectives, and identities. The AIAS does not discriminate based on race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, marital status, religion, disability, or protected veterans status. This position description does not imply that these requirements are the position's exclusive standards. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The AIAS has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not to be construed as a contract for employment.

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