We want you to help shape the design culture in this city.
Join us in shaping our 100% volunteer-run organization that brings local programming to Kansas City creatives. We’re looking for motivated volunteers to help us pursue AIGA’s mission to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force.
We encourage you to apply yourself or recommend a colleague (with their permission.)
Ready to lend a hand? Fill out this form today.
The incoming volunteer board will play a pivotal role in shaping AIGA KC to be a leader within the Kansas City design community and beyond. Serving on the board is awesome. It can enrich your personal and professional life as well as give you an opportunity to meet accomplished industry professionals and up-and-coming talent.
This year, there are opportunities at the VP and Director levels, as we have created new positions to help serve our growing membership. You’ll be playing with a strong team of returning board members to gain leadership skills and connect with your peers on a whole new level.
Those applying or being recommended don’t need to be AIGA members at the time of application, but those elected are required to join and maintain their memberships for the duration of their terms. President, Vice President and Director positions must be a Supporter level member or higher for a 2-year term. (For more information about membership levels, visit aiga.org/belong.) VP’s and Directors are also required to attend board meetings, scheduled on the second Monday evening of most months.) Each term begins in July and concludes in June at the end of the term. (Looking for less commitment? Over the summer, we’ll reach out for one-year committee associates and as-needed volunteers.)
Open Positions – Vice Presidents
Programming Awards & Competition
Open Positions – Directors
Education Programs & Events
Programming Internal (3 positions available)
VP Chapter Development/Treasurer
You love AIGA KC and want to see the organization grow. You’ll work to keep the chapter fiscally sound through big-picture planning for membership and sponsorship. You’ll nurture the sponsorship and membership team and coordinate efforts that support the chapter goals. You’ll help chapter leaders understand the financial reports and work with the bookkeeper and accountant to present and file necessary financial documents. This is a two-year, elected, voting position on the board of directors as serves on the strategic team.
You are a full-time design educator with a commitment to advance the education mission of AIGA, and will lead the AIGA KC education efforts. This is a two-year, elected, voting position on the board of directors as serves on the strategic team.
VP Programming External
You see the big picture of how AIGA is relevant in our community and strive for a more vis¬i¬ble presence. You connect AIGA KC with other organizations — creative, business, and city-focused and are an AIGA KC representative on the CFAD board. You’ll plan at least one program for the Center and work to fulfill requirements of our center partnership including recruiting volunteers for center events, and helping with center sponsorship efforts. You build consensus and support for Center efforts on the AIGA KC board. You work closely with the Communications team to be sure events are promoted within and out¬side of the creative field. You guide the AIGA KC Director/Design Week and the Associate/External Programming. This is a two-year, elected, voting position on the board of directors and serves on the strategic team.
VP Programming Awards & Competition
Celebration and recognition of great design is a primary goal of AIGA. You’ll lead the charge for AIGA KC in this mission spearheading a complex and multi-faceted series of events including call for entries, jurors’ panel event, awards judging, catalog production and our unforgettable awards gala. You’ll strategically focus your team’s efforts to create a memorable awards experience for the creative community. You’ll work closely with Sponsorship and Communications to make the event successful. You’ll build support and enthusiasm on the board for the awards program. This event also serves as the major fundraiser for the chapter. This is a two-year, elected, voting position on the board of directors
and serves on the strategic team.
You make molehills out of mountains. This important position is focused on helping the chapter deal with day-to-day tasks, such as organizing board meetings and assisting the President with communication and sponsorship duties and coordinating with the VPs. You maintain the internal communications portals, are responsible for chapter minutes and important document filings, and are comfortable with technology such as google drive and project management software like Basecamp. You’ll develop on-boarding materials for new board members and help orient them to the board. This is a two-year, elected, voting position on the board of directors.
Director Communications Content
Your conviction is that that Content is King. You work closely with the VP and Programming Directors to craft and execute our voice through¬out our promotions. Your editorial plan populates our channels, with program information and inspiration for our members. Along with eloquent messaging, you make sure it’s all going smoothly. You check in with your team, the event calendar, and VPs of Programming and Education frequently to make certain efforts are cohesive and targeted to our membership. You identify bottlenecks and assist Associates with scheduling challenges. This is a two-year, elected, voting position on the board of directors.
Director Design Week
You represent AIGA KC as a Design Week co-director for Center for Architecture & Design(CFAD) and your primary responsibility is to plan an amazing KC Design Week as part of the CFAD team. You’ll manage the development of the KCDW brand by a guest designer and help manage the website updates. You’ll build consensus on the AIGA KC board for the design week programming and work to fulfill the AIGA KC sponsorship responsibilities for KCDW. This is a two-year, elected, voting position on the board of directors.
Director Education Programs & Events
You have a strong interest in education with an interest in planning programs and events for students. You’ll plan the annual Portfolio Review and several other student events throughout the year. This is a two-year, elected, voting position on the board of directors.
You’ll manage the critical entry processes including the online entry system, judging, notifying winners, overseeing the catalog production team, awards certificates and the exhibition. This is a two-year, elected, voting position on the board of directors.
You’ll lead the planning of the gala event, our largest event of the year, including venue selection, catering and all aspects of the gala production. This is a two-year, elected, voting position on the board of directors.
Director Programming Internal (3)
You’ll plan vital, core AIGA programming throughout the year, to reach our diverse member interest and audiences. We’ve identified several strategic areas for programming, and in the application process you can check off your interest areas, and we’ll do our best to match you with those interests. We’re planning to increase our daytime programming (breakfast, lunch, workshops) to reach different groups of members, so one position is dedicated to daytime programs. These are two-year, elected, voting position on the board of directors.