Join the AIGA KC Board!

Help shape our cre­ative landscape! AIGA Kansas City, the local chap­ter of the nation’s old­est and largest pro­fes­sional asso­ci­a­tion for design, is cur­rently seek­ing community members to join our 100% volunteer-run board of directors. We’re looking for people with a passion for design, vision for our community, and drive to make things happen.

The incom­ing board will play a piv­otal role in positioning AIGA KC as a leader within the Kansas City design com­mu­nity and beyond. Serving on the board can enrich your per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life, pro­vid­ing board mem­bers an oppor­tu­nity to meet accom­plished indus­try pro­fes­sion­als and net­work with up-and-coming talent.

AIGA mem­bership is not required at the time of applica­tion, but those elected are required to join and main­tain their mem­ber­ship for the dura­tion of their term. (For more infor­ma­tion about mem­ber­ship lev­els, visit aiga.org/belong.) Each term begins in July and con­cludes in June at the end of the term.

This year, there are oppor­tu­ni­ties at all levels 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. Or start small and volunteer at a single event.

Are you ready? Nominate yourself or recommend a colleague (with their permission) by filling out the nomination form by June 18th.


ELECTED POSITIONS: 2-YEAR TERM

Chairs are elected to a two-year term and voting members of the board. Monthly board meeting attendance is required. The role of Chair is to lead a committee of Directors and Associates. They are responsible for supporting their team in the management of programs, budgeting, and training of committee members. Chairs also serve as liaison between their committee and the leadership team.

Chair of Communications
You are a strategy-minded person with the ability to guide and coordinate a creative team and manage projects. You know how to leverage various channels to ensure consistent and high quality communication with our members and surrounding community. As Chair of Communications, you will work closely with the President/VP’s and fellow committee Chairs to gather content and map out a strategic approach to promoting events/ programs. 

Chair of Competitions
You are an event planning extraordinaire committed to celebrating the greatness that is the KC design scene. As Chair of Competitions, you have a critical role in producing the annual A Awards, our primary source of fundraising. As project manager for the awards, you oversee your team in support of event branding, call for entries, and planning the gala celebration. 

Chair of Programming
Do you enjoy managing many moving parts while reveling in the success of a sold out event? If so, we need you as our Chair of Programming. Programming is at the heart of AIGA KC’s mission to be a source of support, information and inspiration for our diverse member audience. As Chair, you are critical in leading a team in the production of various events throughout the year.

ELECTED POSITIONS – DIRECTOR: 2-YEAR TERM

Directors are elected to a two-year term and voting members of the board. Monthly board meeting attendance is required. The role of Director is to support the Chair in leading committee programs and initiatives.

Director of Communications
Brand voice. You know what that means, right? As Director of Communications you are keeper of the AIGA KC voice. You are our quality control, responsible for maintaining a consistent written tone and visual style in all communications. You also have a penchant for writing informative and engaging copy that pairs well with engaging visuals. With your help, we can make sure our many events and programs are promoted in a concise yet inviting way.

Director of Education
Students are a big part of AIGA KC. As Director of Education, you are the liaison between the classroom and the professional world. Your passion for student success is critical in support of programming directed towards our many local higher education design programs and K-12 initiatives. You will work with higher education partners to bolster student group involvement and participation in the student grant and scholarship process.

Director of Programming
Have an event idea that you’ve always wanted to make happen? Now’s your chance. As Director of Programming you’ll produce vital, core AIGA programming throughout the year. We’ve identified several strategic areas for programming. In the application process you can check off your interest areas and we’ll do our best to match you with those interests.

APPOINTED POSITIONS – ASSOCIATE: 1-YEAR TERM

Associates are appointed to a one-year term and are non-voting members of the board. Monthly board meeting attendance is strongly encouraged but not required. The role of Associate is to assist with committee initiatives in support of the Director and Chair. Serving as Associate is an opportunity to learn the inner workings of a committee and the AIGA KC board at large. A majority of our board leadership began their service as an Associate before moving into a Director or Chair role.

Associate of Community Engagement
Are you someone who sees the bigger picture of how AIGA is connected to the community at large? As Associate of Community Engagement, you will work with the committee Chair in as part of the highly successful Kansas City Design Week and Made in the Middle Creative Conference. You enjoy producing events and collaborating with those outside of the design community.

Associate of Competitions
The A Awards. Maybe you’ve heard of it? For over 15 years now, the annual A Awards competition and gala is the primary fundraiser for our chapter. As Associate of Competitions, you will help the committee Directors and Chair with the awards submission process and in planning a stellar event to celebrate those successes. 

Associate of Education
Maybe you’re a recent grad. Or maybe you have a personal mission to help students transition into industry. Whatever your reasons, the Associate of Education puts you in the position to support the future of design. You’re role on the committee includes supporting events such as studio tours, lectures, and the annual portfolio review.

Associate of Mentorship
If you’ve ever had a mentor, you know how important the mentor/mentee relationship is to career success. As Associate of Mentorship, you have a pivotal role in helping fledgling designers gain beneficial career advice and industry exposure. Working in concert with the Director, you will support various committee events throughout the year. 

Associate of Membership
AIGA is a membership-based organization, which means we are dependent on happy and engaged members. As an Associate of the Membership, your role is both inward and outward; you represent the voice of the members to the board, and act as AIGA ambassador to current and potential members. We consider our members’ needs first and foremost. Committee tasks include coordinating membership drives and engagement surveys, hosting social events, recruiting potential members, tracking and reporting membership data, and managing any additional membership engagement efforts.

Associate of Sponsorship
Sponsorship is the bridge between our members and the community at large. As Associate of Sponsorship, you are excited to relay the benefits of supporting design and our organization. As a lover of networking, you’ll work with committee Chairs and Directors to build connections to industry partners in support of various events and board initiatives. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to be involved but aren’t sure about being a board member? No problem, sign up to volunteer at a single event to get a taste of the organization, support design in KC and meet fellow creatives.

By Liz Botts
Published May 26, 2021