Call for Nominations: AIGA Chicago Board & Committee Members

Know someone who would be perfect on AIGA Chicago’s Board of Directors or Committee? We’re officially accepting nominations for our Board of Directors from now until April 15, 2016.

Review the open positions below, then submit your nomination via our surprisingly quick and easy form at the bottom of this page.

A Few Things to Know

  • All submissions will be presented to the nominating committee.
  • Once a nomination (either peer or self-nominated) is submitted, the nominee will be contacted for more information.
  • Each board member is elected to serve and represent the entire membership of the AIGA Chicago to the best of his/her ability, in accordance with the AIGA mission and the description of the board position.
  • The Board of Directors meets regularly to report, determine and vote on chapter activities.
  • AIGA board members are elected by the entire membership and serve staggered three-year terms.
  • All board members must be AIGA members in good standing.

Open Board Positions
This person is responsible running at least 50% of the show—acting as public face of the chapter while co-overseeing all activities, programs, initiatives and decision-making organization-wide.

Specific duties include:

  • Maintain financial and procedural stability of the chapter.
  • Preside over monthly board meetings, weekly executive calls, and annual planning retreat.
  • Develop broader chapter participation by encouraging board members to form and maintain solid committee structures that reach out to the AIGA Chicago membership.
  • Evaluate board structure to ensure that the chapter leadership is addressing key areas of concern and member interest.
  • Ensure continuity of board leadership by active participation in succession planning and nominations process.

VP of Member Experience
This person is the liaison between membership and the board. He or she actively encourages the Chicago design community to be members of the chapter, is knowledgeable about benefits and manages annual award and board member nominations.

Specific duties include:

  • Work with other board members to increase the size and diversity of the Chicago chapter
  • Foster and support existing membership base
  • Attend chapter events and events tangential to the AIGA community as the public face of AIGA Chicago
  • Seek out volunteers for all facets of the AIGA Chicago board, meeting the needs of the chapter and desire of members to get involved
  • Organize and lead board nominating committee and coordinate nominating process

VP of Community Outreach
This person will help the chapter continue to define outreach, striving to bring our mission to life through education, mentor, diversity and Design for Good initiatives.

Specific duties include:

  • Develops standards for community involvement and awareness
  • Heads 1 to 3 programs per year to foster community outreach

Education Co-Chair
This person is responsible for cultivating and nurturing relationships with students, teachers and administrators that can benefit from, and contribute to, what AIGA Chicago does.

Specific duties include:

  • Cultivate partnerships with local schools and universities, high school to graduate levels
  • Work with student group leaders to communicate chapter news and events, understand needs of college and university AIGA members
  • Solicit applications for student group and individual grants
  • Manage education-focused programs such as portfolio reviews and Job Shadow presentations with Chicago Public Schools


Open Committee Positions

Volunteer Lead
This person will help the board thank volunteers who have given their time, talent and resources to AIGA Chicago. Making sure all those involved feel appreciated and that the chapter is meeting the needs of those seeking new skill-sets, networks and opportunities within our community.

Specific duties include:

  • Attend AIGA and community events as an ambassador of the Chicago chapter
  • Work with VP of Membership to coordinate volunteer activities based on the needs of board members
  • Work with Director of Operations to development and maintenance of a volunteer database
  • Develop and execute creative ways to thank all volunteers for their service

Diversity Lead
This person will help grow diversity within the Chicago chapter, considering race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors.

Specific duties include:

  • Celebrate a diverse array of influential designers, including historical figures and contemporary role model
  • Cultivate greater opportunity, awareness of diversity issues, and inclusive design cultures
  • Connect with students, emerging designers, and like-minded groups to support a broader range of future practitioners and leaders)

Photography Lead
This person will help showcase the visual tone of the AIGA Chicago chapter across all chapter platforms working with communications team to engage current members and reach new audiences. Strong design skills a must.

Specific duties include:

  • Special Projects Photographer
  • Work with team to produce projects
  • Lead direction for event documentation
  • Weekly check-ins with team members

To submit someone (or yourself) for consideration, make your nomination below no later than April 15, 2016.

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By AIGA Chicago
Published March 31, 2016
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