Fall 2021 Call for Board Nominations

Call for Nominations: AIGA Chicago Board Members

Know someone who would be perfect on AIGA Chicago’s board of directors? We’re officially accepting nominations until September 7.

Review the open positions below, then submit your nomination via our quick and easy form below.

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 monthly to report, determine and vote on chapter activities.
  • AIGA Chicago’s board members are elected by the entire membership and serve staggered three-year terms.

Open Board Positions

VP of Communications

The VP of Communications shall oversee the application of core messages of the Chapter, acting as a monitor to ensure that all AIGA Chicago communications are accurate, articulate, and consistent with the chapter voice. Supports the mission of AIGA Chicago through the communication of ideas and information relevant to the profession and its constituencies.

Defined Responsibilities:

  • This position works closely with other board members to generate content and communicate to the AIGA Chicago membership. Messages will be communicated through the AIGA Chicago website, all AIGA Chicago print materials, and social media.
  • Works with other VPs and Programming Chair(s) to promote events (oversee, review, and editing all promotional materials for events). This could involve the work of a committee or devising a system to ensure that all materials are checked and edited prior to public dissemination.
  • Engage with Work with Partnerships Chair(s), President(s), and Executive Director to develop sponsor-related communications and maintain sponsor presence on website and on social.
  • This position is also responsible for the recruitment, oversight, and evaluation of editorial committee members, which includes designers, editors, printers, writers, and other relevant contributors.

Est. time commitment: 10–15 hours a week


Co-VP of Programming

The VP of Programming oversees the planning and implementation of the annual program schedule and calendar, which strategically aligns with AIGA Chicago’s mission and goals that serve chapter members and the community.

Position begins Fall 2021

Defined Responsibilities:
• Manage all programming chairs and event chairs.
• Work with event chairs and board members to oversee the planning and implementation of programming.
• Develop yearlong programming calendar with Executive Director.
• Develop programming partnerships with Partnerships Chairs.
• Foster relationships across the Board with the Programming team to develop meaningful programming.
• Connect the programming team with potential venues, sponsors, speakers and ideas (making intros and managing resources docs).



VP of Member Experience

The AIGA Chicago VP of Member experience is responsible for ensuring all current, past and prospective members of the chapter feel welcomed into and supported by the organization.

This individual is the liaison between membership and the board. He or she actively encourages the Chicago design community to be members of the chapter, welcomes new members into the organization, is knowledgeable of key benefits, and manages our annual award and board member nomination process. This individual is invited to build a dedicated committee to support their actions.

Position begins Fall 2021


Partnerships Chairs

Event chairs help execute an annual program schedule/calendar that reflects activities consistent with AIGAʼs mission and meets the needs of Chapter members.

Training with our programming chairs begins Spring 2021. The position begins June 1, 2021.

Defined Responsibilities:

  • Develop and produce quality and profitable programming that speaks to various topics and audiences. See past events in our archive.
  • Work closely with VP of Programming and Programming Co-Chairs to produce successful programs.
  • Assist in securing speakers, sponsors and venues when needed.
  • Work with the Editorial and Social Media chairs to promote chapter event schedules locally, regionally and nationally.

Est. time commitment: 4-6 hours weekly with additional time during weeks in which events occur.


Social Media Chairs

The Editorial Chair shall oversee the application of core messages of the Chapter, acting as a monitor to ensure that all AIGA Chicago communications are accurate, articulate, and consistent with the chapter voice. Supports the mission of the AIGA through the communication of ideas and information relevant to the profession and its constituencies.

Defined Responsibilities:

  • This position works closely with other board members to generate content and communicate to the AIGA Chicago membership. The message will be communicated through the AIGA Chicago website, emails and e-newsletters, print materials, and social media.
  • Work with Interactive Chair to manage website content and generate content for the website on a regular and timely basis.
  • Work with the VP of Partnerships to develop sponsor-related communications and maintain sponsor presence on website and print matter.
  • Work with Programming Chairs to promote events, oversee reviews, and editing all promotional materials for events.

Mentor Program Chair

The Mentor Program Chair will oversee the chapter’s 10 week Mentor Program, which has an average of 100 mentees and 15 mentors each spring and fall. This position also oversees the management of the Mentor Program Committee, interviewing and training mentor leaders, developing a bi-weekly program with committees during mentor sessions such as studio tours and workshops.

Defined Responsibilities:

• Be the face of the program to the mentors, mentees and design community.
• Be comfortable with public speaking at the mentor events.
Have a positive and impactful voice on the importance of mentorship at all levels of your career.
• Interview and cast 10-12 mentors for the spring and fall sessions.
• Work with our content team to promote the mentors and any agencies we work with on social media.
• Develop potential group themes for mentors to lead, or work with the mentors to develop their own concepts.
• Consistent themes are portfolios, personal development, freelance, user experience, leadership and a collaborative group project.
• Train the mentors on best practices for leading a group of 8-10 mentees.
• Manage expectations of the program over the 10 weeks to the mentors and mentees in person, via Slack and all events.
• Communications of program logistics before, during and after the sessions to all participants.
• Encourage engagement with groups over 10 weeks for high participation rates.
• When needed speak 1-1 with mentees if they are in need of guidance.
• Organization of 80+ mentees into groups after the kickoff with management of these groups by the committee.
• Development of group activities in alternating weeks of mentor sessions such as studio tours, workshops and a portfolio review.
• Ability to mediate if a mentee or mentor is not working within the best intentions of the program.
• Respond to 2+ emails per week from mentees interested in the program over the course of the year, ensuring they know when the next session is opening.
• Keep all mentor documents organized for easy access on Google Drive by session for the team and your successor.
• Continually evolve the program after each session to better the program based on new insights.


Programming Chairs

Event chairs help execute an annual program schedule/calendar that reflects activities consistent with AIGAʼs mission and meets the needs of Chapter members.

Defined Responsibilities:

Develop and produce quality and profitable programming that speaks to various topics and audiences. See past events in our archive. Work closely with VP of Programming and Programming Co-Chairs to produce successful programs. Assist in securing speakers, sponsors, and venues when needed. Connect with the Editorial and Social Media chairs to promote chapter event schedules locally, regionally, and nationally.

Est time commitment: 4-6 hours a month, with ups and downs depending on when you / your team is running an event.


To submit someone (or yourself) for consideration, make your nomination no later than September 7, 2021.

Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Executive Director at kel@chicago.aiga.org.

By AIGA Chicago
Published April 26, 2021
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