AIA will provide you with the opportunity to advocate for the value of architecture and give architects and design professionals the resources they need to do their best work. The collective voice of architects is essential and our work drives positive change through the power of design.
Each one of us at AIA is a leader committed to demonstrating our mission and values, and designing a better future for our country and planet. Even in times of change, AIA's values remain constant:
We stand for equity and human rights
We stand for architecture that strengthens our communities
We stand for a sustainable future
We stand for protecting communities from the impacts of climate change
We stand for economic opportunity
We stand for investing in the future
We speak up, and policymakers listen
The American Institute of Architects, as part of the global community, is building a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the profession of architecture to create a better built environment for all. Achieving this vision has a direct impact on the relevance of the profession of architecture and the world's prosperity, health, and future.
Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Membership & Component Engagement, the Managing Director, Component Engagement will provide strategic guidance and leadership to AIA's component network initiatives. Serving as the primary leader of this core team, the Managing Director will establish initiatives that facilitate communication, connectivity across the component network, leadership development, component operational excellence, and drive partnership activity throughout all tiers of the Institute.
The Managing Director will oversee the deployment of standardized programming and support services to components that elevate their capacity to grow membership, engage stakeholders, and deliver cutting-edge programs and events. Services will capitalize on the synergies of the AIA network and advance our shared goals. Success in this role will be measured by the levels and satisfaction of new support services AIA provides and other measures of engagement with the component network. This senior leadership position requires a detail-oriented, strategic thinker committed to executing strategies and programs to equip components for maximum performance.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Oversee a biannual component needs assessment and implement programs and support services that support component development and growth.
Oversee the administration of assigned committees and councils, including The Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE).
Work collaboratively with other staff to optimize the network's role in executing the priorities and goals outlined in the AIA strategic plan.
Lead and develop a high-performing team that. Forecast and manage staffing levels and associated expenses.
Develop and consistently monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to measure the success of established goals and targets. Recommend and implement changes as needed.
Lead and champion a culture across the Institute that optimizes the unique partnership position of AIA and our 205 components.
Develop strategies to advance connectivity among alliance networks and other component affinity groups, creating more meaningful engagement opportunities and content.
Establish processes that facilitate communication, connectivity, and sharing among components and other centers of activity throughout the AIA.
Lead Component Alliance team in developing an annual operating plan and budget focused on achieving goals aligned with the AIA strategic plan.
Materially support equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives through developing programs and content targeted to component needs.
Oversee funding initiatives that support innovation, membership growth, and other related activities which build component capacity.
Lead and innovate the component accreditation program and proactively assess the ability of components to meet requirements.
Develop resources and support services which align with the AIA Core Member Service program.
Proactively communicates AIA updates with component leaders and ensures effective feedback loops are maintained.
Develops strategies and tactics that evaluate the AIA network's composition and collective effectiveness.
Work with staff, component, and volunteer leaders on brainstorming new models which reinforce the consistent delivery of member benefits.
Lead collaboration across the Institute to ensure the successful development and execution of component events, including Grassroots and CACE Annual.
Serve as an engaged and collaborative representative of AIA with members, prospects, and other relevant connections; strengthen relationships with individuals and institutions on behalf of AIA's strategic goals and priorities.
Experience engaging with volunteer leaders and executive leadership; leading cross-functional teams; and with needs assessment, data interpretation and translation, and outcomes measurement required.
Excellent consensus building, negotiation, budget management, interpersonal, decision-making, and verbal/written communication skills essential.
Must be a strategic and innovative thinker with the ability to solve problems and execute initiatives; synthesize data and transfer into actionable outcomes; and serve as an effective liaison between or among various groups, including the ability to engage in successful negotiation, collaboration, and conflict resolution.
Physical Demands: May sit, stand, bend, lift, and move intermittently during working hours. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Work Environment: Must have a home office set up as this position is largely virtual/remote. Home internet service with speeds in excess of 3Mb in both directions (upload and download) through a broadband internet service is required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Extended periods of screen time and use of mobile devices is anticipated.
Bachelor's degree in business, communications, marketing, or related discipline required.
Certified Association Executive (CAE).
At least seven years of professional experience in non-profit association management, including component relations, marketing, engagement initiatives, and developing and implementing strategic planning initiatives.
Strong analytical skills and demonstrated understanding of individual member serving organization trends.
Experience with customer relationship management (CRM) software.
Direct supervision of four employees.
What we offer:
We offer a comprehensive benefits package that reflects our company values and workplace culture, including:
Medical, vision and dental
Paid time off
Flexible spending accounts
Income protection (Life Insurance Coverage up to 2x salary) & disability plans at no cost.
Tuition and membership reimbursements
AIA employees have access to a variety of other programs, including:
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employees and their family members
SmartBenefits transportation program, featuring up to $55 monthly in public transportation as well as pretax METRO parking
100% Remote from the AIA Approved States : AR, DE, FL, GA*, ID, IL, IA, KS, KY, ME, MI, MN, MT, NH, NM, NY, NC, OK, PA, SD, TN, UT, VT, WI, WY
This position will periodically be required to be on-site at the AIA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Travel Requirements: Up to 20% travel required.
An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, in accordance with the applicable law.
The AIA, in existence for more than 150 years, works to advance the value of architects and architecture and increase the living standards of people by improving their built environments. The AIA, with a membership of over 90,000, is the largest voice of the architectural community.
*Educating the public to strengthen the value of architects and the overall role of the profession in the building industry. *Using our influence in legislative and regulatory concerns that affect and potentially govern the professional lives of architects. *Researching new job markets and new career specializations to ensure architects can meet society's needs now, and in the future. *Expanding the architectural knowledge base as changes in the profession occur. *Offering a network for support and information exchange with colleagues and industry professionals across the country and the globe.