This is a professional position in the Strategic Communications and Content department responsible for creating an effective and adaptable communications strategy to continue to make AIA a consistent and impactful voice of leadership within architecture. The director will produce several vitally important pieces of strategic messaging including superior speeches, presentations, articles, and reports that will inspire and activate the Institute's 90,000 members. The incumbent will also vet and secure pivotal speaking opportunities for AIA leadership for various audiences in service of advancing the interests of a dynamic membership. The director reports to the Sr. Director, Digital Content & Strategy.
Create an annual executive communications strategy for AIA's elected president, president-elect, and CEO.
Write, revise, and finalize speeches, articles, presentations, and op-eds for various audiences that tie together AIA's strategic communications goals and AIA's outreach priorities
Write and edit AIA's annual report, annual operating plan, and CEO quarterly management reports by drawing on input from AIA's Strategic Leadership Team.
Coordinate with divisions and cross-functional teams to adapt topical messages with key Institute initiatives.
Collaborate with Public and Media Affairs, Brand & Creative, and other divisions outside of Brand & Engagement as necessary, to craft language and presentations in a timely and sensitive way that respond to current events or take advantage of fast-developing opportunities.
Sr. Director, Digital Content Strategy
Managing Director, Strategic Communications and Content
SVP, Brand & Engagement
AIA members and related professionals
AIA staff at all levels
Strong, persuasive writer, editor, and speaker who understands the power of language to persuade and inspire audiences that are as small as 25 people and as large as 25,000 people.
Thrive on deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to work quickly, prioritize, and balance multiple priorities.
Take great pride in producing exceptional work.
Demonstrated knowledge on how to plan and execute a multi-part plan that has both known and unknown variables;
Demonstrated ability to know how to both stay the course and roll with the punches.
Ability to simplify complex issues, as well as explain how simple concepts have a complex set of considerations.
Ability to balance strategic thinking with tactical production.
Demonstrated ability to focus broadly on multiple projects at the same time, and ability to focus intently on time-sensitive projects at any given time.
Excellent judgement when dealing with sensitive and confidential information.
Bachelors degree in Communications, Journalism, English, or related field, masters degree preferred with a minimum of 7+ years relevant experience (i.e. journalism, agency, consultancy, corporate communications, member organization. Equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered. Familiarity with the architecture, design and construction industries is strongly preferred.
Internal Number: AIADIREXTREL052418
About The American Institute of Architects
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 80,000, 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.