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 of the following year.
This year, there are opportunities at all levels to help serve our growing membership. You’ll be joining 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 a nomination form now.
Applications accepted through Thursday, June 8.
Once you submit your application or nomination, mark your calendars and join us for The biggest, most spectacular, out of this world, creative event! We’re having a FREE happy hour June 8th, 5:30-7:30pm to celebrate the Kansas City creative community, and meet those interested in joining our board. You’ll have the opportunity to meet with current board members, learn more about positions and even get a free headshot!
ELECTED POSITIONS – CHAIR: 2-YEAR TERM
Chairs are elected to a two-year term and are 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 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
As Chair of the DEI Committee, you lead 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.
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 are 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 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.
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.
Director of 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.
Director of Sponsorship
You are someone who’s 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.
Director of Gala
You are an event planning extraordinaire committed to celebrating the greatness that is the KC design scene. As Director of Gala, you have a critical role in producing the annual A Awards, our primary source of fundraising. You’ll be assisting with planning the gala celebration.
Director of Competition
You are committed to celebrating the greatness that is the KC design scene. As Director of Competition, you have a critical role in producing the annual A Awards, our primary source of fundraising. You’ll be assisting with the awards submission process and in planning a stellar event to celebrate those successes.
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 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 Competition
The A Awards. Maybe you’ve heard of it? For over 17 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 the 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.
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.
Associate 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.
Associate of Programming
Have an event idea that you’ve always wanted to make happen? Now’s your chance. As an Associate 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.
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.
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