This role, on the External Workforce and EDI Strategies team reporting to the Sr. Director, Workforce Development & Strategy, will primarily support the Center for Emerging Professionals (CEP) and the Women in Architecture (WIA) programs and initiatives, and on a regular basis will collaboratively work across the team to support youth, student (K-12 and higher education) professional programs and other leadership programs. A staff team of eight support the External Workforce and EDI Strategies department, and criteria is in development to articulate the long-term vision for the diversity of the profession which will refine the short-term priorities of the team.
Emerging professionals are defined as graduates of architecture programs typically on track to earn an architectural license, or within ten years of graduation. The director will collaborate on programs to help students successfully transition from architecture school into the workforce, with a focus on resources to assist graduates succeed in a firm and as a volunteer leader at the AIA. Research into the career paths of emerging professionals to enhance retention in the profession is planned.
Women are the fastest growing membership category, and currently make up a quarter of the AIA membership. The Institute is devoting more resources to understand, evaluate, and create resources to better serve this demographic. The director will contribute to the enhanced support of gender equity in all career stages, including but not limited to managing a biannual Women’s Leadership Summit conference and new virtual programming targeting women architects nationwide. Additional research focused on the impact of the pandemic on women architects and pay equity is also planned.
Development of leadership resources and large revenue-generating programs specifically curated for women and emerging professionals will be the focus of this position. Retention of emerging professionals and inclusion of women at all levels of leadership within the profession are priorities of the Institute as we strive to create a profession in which everyone feels a sense of belonging
Women in Architecture
Develop and manage execution of large, biannual conference targeting women.
Integrate new conference trends into programming and educational approach.
Direct and partner with large cross team of Institute staff and volunteers to execute successful 3-day virtual and in-person (hybrid) event
Interface with local component, partners, sponsors, and volunteer planning committee as needed.
Balance multiple priorities, within a fast-paced environment
Develop project budgets, recommended pricing strategies and adapt to unforeseen challenges throughout two-year planning process.
In collaboration with Sr. Director, lead content strategy to meet the identified needs of women architects at mid-career and executive career stages.
Research and identify potential speakers and generate content ideas for review. Negotiate all speaker contracts.
Working in partnership with internal meeting planners, oversee all logistics, event production technology, and content creation to ensure a successful experience with external vendors and partners.
Develop on-brand virtual events and content leading up to Summit.
Contribute to marketing and communications strategy.
Center for Emerging Professionals
Co-manage the National Associates Committee (NAC) with a staff manager. The NAC is a representative volunteer committee of emerging professionals from around the country, currently comprised of 30 persons, and may expand:
Align committee work with strategic plan priorities.
Integrate committee work into operating plan results throughout Institute.
Facilitate working relationship between committee leadership and other Institute staff.
Prepare and monitor operating budget for committee and maintain accountability for expenditures.
Act as primary point of contact for and maintain regular communication with NAC chair and advisory committee members. Share communication and coordination responsibilities for regional representatives with a staff manager.
Facilitate successful transitions of committee leadership.
Influence agenda and attend up to four (4) in-person meetings per year.
Manage and coordinate AIA’s content and participation in the NCARB Architect Licensing Advisors Summit.
Remain abreast of relevant matters of licensure and state licensing boards--in collaboration with the Government Advocacy team.
Direct and develop workforce knowledge resources including, but not limited to:
New leadership education targeting women at all career stages.
Leadership development resources for emerging professionals.
Component resources for local opportunities to support women and emerging professionals.
Leadership training for volunteer leaders.
New research on general architectural workforce trends and specific demographic trends within the profession.
Manage and contribute to research on specific member groups, career stages, or the architectural profession at large.
Research potential industry partnerships and sponsorships.
Research and develop proposals to integrate new tools and resources for member groups.
Develop session and event submittals for women and emerging professional’s programs at AIA and collateral events.
Contribute and represent the AIA at 2-3 large conferences and 1-2 small meetings annually.
Other duties as assigned.
All internal AIA teams
All collateral organizations (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, American Institute of Architecture Students, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, National Architectural Accrediting Board, National Organization of Minority Architects)
Volunteer committee members
Emerging Professionals – recent graduates and early career professionals, within 10 years of graduation many on the path to architectural licensure
Women Architects, with a focus on mid-career and executive women
KSAs, Training and Experience
Demonstrated strong communication and writing skills, with an interest in programmatic and content development, innovative hybrid event planning and engagement opportunities, and complex volunteer management. Experience with creative collaborations and project management required, and experience with leadership content creation desired. Experience scaling pilot programs into large, revenue-generating events is a strong benefit.
Knowledge of architectural licensure processes, policies, and regulations in the United States, especially the Architectural Experience Program (AXP) and the Architect Registration Examination (ARE) is beneficial. Proficiency in Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint are essential. Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite software, Zoom, and Miro is beneficial.
Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in a design, leadership, marketing/communications, or education field with a minimum of 7 years related experience required. A NAAB-accredited degree (B. Arch., M. Arch., D. Arch.) is beneficial. Completion of AXP is preferred and an architectural license is a strong benefit. Up to 15% travel required, primarily on weekends.