Call for AIGA KC Board Members 2022-2023

AIGA Kansas City, a 100% volunteer-run organization, wants you to help us shape our area’s creative landscape. We’re seeking volunteers to join our board, which works to deliver exciting and diverse creative programming. Individuals with a passion for design, vision for our community, and drive to make things happen are encouraged to apply.

The incoming volunteer board will play a pivotal role in continuing to position AIGA KC as a leader within the local design community and beyond. Serving on the board can enrich both your personal and professional life by introducing you to industry leaders and up-and-coming talent. There are opportunities to serve at all levels. Regardless of position, you’ll work alongside a passionate team of returning board members, giving you the chance to connect with peers and gain new skills in a role that suits you.

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

Do you think you’re ready?! Nominate yourself or recommend a colleague (with their permission) by filling out an application form. (Applications accepted through May 31.)

ELECTED 2-YEAR TERM

Open Positions – Chairs

Chair of Communications
Chair of Education

Open Positions – Directors

Director of Communications
Director of DEI
Director of Education
Director of Membership
Director of Programming
Director of Sponsorship

APPOINTED 1-YEAR TERM

Open Positions – Associates

Communications – Social + Newsletter + Web
Competitions
Programming
DEI

Position Descriptions

Chairs

Chair of Communications
You are a strategy-minded person with the ability to guide and coordinate a creative team and manage projects. As Chair of Communications, you will work closely with the President/VP’s and fellow committee Chairs to gather content for our newsletter, website, and map out a strategic approach to promoting events through our various digital channels.

Chair of Education
As the Chair of Education, you are someone who strives to create an environment that champions student leadership and growth. You have a passion for developing and nurturing relationships between AIGA KC and regional educators, schools, and students. Additionally, you find importance in facilitating student mentorship programs, portfolio reviews, and educational programming geared towards designers.

Directors

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.

Membership
Your motto is “the more the mer­rier.” You love meet­ing new peo­ple and preach­ing the design gospel. You would oversee the growth of our Chapter’s membership. You are responsible for encouraging new memberships, as well as helping with the needs of our existing membership.

Education
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.

DEI
As Director of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee, you are someone who focuses on improving the inclusion efforts of existing programs and events and training for our board and members. You’ll provide resources, dialogue, and creative materials that inform and positively change our communities.

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.

Sponsorship
You are someone skilled in fostering relationships with outside organizations that provide financial and in-kind support for chapter programming and activities. As the Director of Sponsorship, you’ll work with committee members to generate and implement fundraising ideas and form relationships with organizations (non-profits, corporations, agencies, etc) in the community to ensure their continued support.

Associates

Communications – Social + Newsletter + Web
You love the likes, enjoy engaging with your flock of faithful followers, and live for a live event video feed. You know what it takes to get con­tent online and make a WordPress web­site work for you. You’ll assist with cre­at­ing event reg­is­tra­tion via Eventbrite, adding events and arti­cles to the web­site, and send­ing out monthly newsletters through Mailchimp. If you’re a virtual social butterfly, join the comms team and put those talents to good use. This is a one-year, appointed, non-voting position on a board committee.

Competitions
Celebration and recognition of great design is a primary goal of AIGA. 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. 

Programming
You love working alongside experienced members of the board working to plan events and programs that provide value to our members. You relish the opportunity to plan, coordinate and execute programs aligning with AIGA KC’s greater vision. This is a one-year, appointed, non-voting position on a board committee.

DEI
You are someone passionate about challenging the creative community to be DEI intentional in their work. You are responsible for tasks assigned to you by your Directors and you are an individual who enjoys operating as an active liaison between committees and networks with event attendees and community partners. This is a one-year, appointed, non-voting position on a board committee. 

Volunteer Opportunities
This position is for you if you’re an AIGA member and want to start small by volunteering at a single event to get a taste of the organization, support design in KC, and meet fellow creatives. Fill out this form here if you’re interested in volunteering AIGA KC in the future.

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By Liz Braverman
Published May 15, 2022