This is a senior management position on the Member & Component Services team, reporting to the Senior Vice President, Member & Component Services, with strategic responsibility to develop, implement and monitor initiatives designed to support AIA's equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI), emerging professionals, academic engagement and K-12 initiatives as aligned with AIA's Strategic Portfolio under Workforce.
The emerging professionals team focuses on the concerns of students, interns and recently licensed architects through initiatives with the National Associates Committee, Young Architects Forum and the American Institute of Architecture Students. The Equity in Architecture team focuses on the practices of equity within workplace culture and multiculturalism. K-12 Education initiatives provide resources to components, members and teachers to achieve the goal of creating greater architecture exposure to young people. The Academic Engagement team creates opportunities for collaboration between the academy and AIA, facilitates architectural research synergies between practitioners and academics and makes regular visits to schools of architecture.
Lead initiatives that collaborate with components, collaterals, academic, non-profit organizations and architectural firms for increased equity, diversity and inclusiveness among firms, components and AIA members.
Provides strategic direction to staff and appropriate member groups to develop and implement AIA programming to promote equity, diversity and inclusion and to promote opportunities for underrepresented members.
Lead programs to position AIA as the leading source for information regarding career support and development for emerging professionals.
Oversees & provides strategic direction to staff and appropriate member groups to design and implement career advancement paths that offer increased resources and professional development opportunities for young professionals throughout AIA.
Positions the team as a bridge between the academy and AIA members in the early stages of their careers, by creating strategies for building relationships with schools of architecture, community colleges and K-12.
Serve as subject matter expert on educating and engaging young professionals, especially those from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and promote equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to institutional excellence.
Provides leadership for identifying and assessing unmet needs of various member groups and aligns efforts to address them while guiding on-going evaluation and updating of plans.
Establishes priorities and workflow within the team including, but not limited to, equity, diversity and inclusion, emerging professionals, academy issues and programs working with the AIA Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee, National Associates Committee and the Young Architects Forum.
Vice President, Member & Component Services
CEO/EVP and AIA Senior Leadership Team
AIA Board of Directors
AIA Strategic Council
ACSA, AIAS, NCARB, NAAB, NOMA, AACC, and CCCAP representatives
AIA Equity & the Future of Architecture Committee
Young Architects Forum
National Associates Committees
Educators and academic staff
CACE (Council of Architectural Component Executives)
Demonstrated skill in staff and volunteer leadership and visioning; i.e. developing definitions for a desired state, assessing the current state, and developing strategies to eliminate the gap. Skill in correctly identifying and defining objectives and developing plans to accomplish programmatic and fiscal goals. Considerable skill in strategic planning, collaborative problem solving, and volunteer management.
Ability to build relationships with members, components and schools to support students as they transition to careers and AIA membership.
Ability to cultivate partnerships with collaterals and non-profit organizations that support AIA's mission to build and equip the architectural workforce.
Leading candidates will have senior level experience with a clear understanding of the concerns of under-represented members of the profession and emerging professionals, and a commitment to increasing equity, diversity and inclusiveness within AIA.
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and an established network within the academic and/or architectural community are required.
Demonstrated thought leadership and subject matter expertise in the area of diversity and inclusion through a minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant experience, preferably in an education or professional association environment. Masters degree highly preferred. Priority consideration will be given to candidates who are licensed and practicing architects and/or five (5) years of experience as a university/college instructor in an architecture department.
Directs a team of 8 regular full-time and/or temporary employees.
Internal Number: AIAMDEDIDEVWS102418
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 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.