Open Position:

2 Co-Presidents 

Time Commitment: 5 – 8  hours / week
Minimum Tenure: 2 years
Maximum Tenure: 6 years
Minimum Member Status: Any membership level


Overall mission:

The Co-President(s) is responsible for leading the board in the administration of AIGA Portland to execute on it’s defined mission and strategies. The Co-President(s) leads the Executive Committee and guides directors in their respective positions. The Co-President(s) serves as the lead spokesperson for the chapter to the membership and to the local design community, conveying the mission and strategy of AIGA. The President works to establish and maintain a relationship with the national board and staff through frequent correspondence and attending the monthly national leadership calls.

The Co-President(s) works closely with the Treasurer and Secretary to advise and execute on the chapter’s missions.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Lead and ensures that board meetings are run effectively and productively
  • Reading all resource books provided by national on administering a chapter through the board of directors and their Director positions.
  • Administering policies and procedures set forth by national AIGA and the previous chapter board including the chapter bylaws
  • Development of annual plan, with the board of directors, for the chapter with strategies and goals for each Director position
  • Convening a monthly meeting of the Executive Committee to address administrative issues such as finances, recruitment, chapter strategies and identify topics for discussion at monthly board meetings
  • Reviewing monthly reports by Board Directors and guiding each person in their duties and responsibilities
  • Participating in monthly national leadership calls and keeping up with updates provided by national
  • Disseminating national issues and strategies to the board for action and comment.
  • Making regular contact with general membership through events, blog posts, newsletter, etc.
  • Making regular contact with the presidents of local creative organizations to build a broader reach for the AIGA
  • Answering e-mails/mail directed to the president
  • Maintain relationship and ensure that the Chapter Advisory Council members are informed and provided with relevant information that will help them advise Board Directors
  • Filing an online annual report for the chapter in May of each year
  • In the event that the Treasurer position is vacant, the Co-President(s) is responsible for making sure the chapters annual taxes are filed  

Desired skills, traits & experience

  • Prior leadership experience with AIGA or non-profit organization
  • People management experience
  • Great networker
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proactive and self-motivated
  • Desire to make a difference and contribute to something bigger than yourself

You need to know how to use most of the following programs

  • Quickbooks, Paypal, Basecamp 3, Eventbrite, G Suite, Slack, and WordPress

Shared Responsibilities of the Board

  • Attend mandatory internal events, monthly board meetings, and retreats
  • Show up and represent at AIGA Portland events (we suggest attending as many as your schedule allows)
  • Proper personal time-management in order to complete the responsibilities outlined in this job description
  • Ensure sponsors and partners are treated well and represented at events and online content
  • Demonstrate understanding and proper-use of AIGA brand guidelines
  • Actively engage in communications and meetings with representatives from other creative groups, firms, businesses, or other like-minded organizations that will create sponsorships and partnerships with AIGA Portland
  • Be able to properly speak about what AIGA is and promote AIGA membership
  • Actively document processes and resources to handoff and onboard the next director in this position
  • Must properly represent the chapter and adhere to the AIGA Standards of Professional Practice

What You Get as a Board Director

  • An official AIGA Portland email
  • Access to AIGA resources, connections, and volunteers
  • Free attendance at AIGA Portland events
  • A seat at the table and voting rights during monthly board meetings


  • An official Board Director is committed to serving a minimum of a two–year term. Board Directors are encouraged to continue serving additional terms once their initial two–year term ends. An individual can not serve more than three consecutive terms (a maximum of six years) on the board.
  • You are responsible for organizing and updating your process, contact lists, and work. These will become resources that you will use to onboard the incoming director prior to vacating the position.

Application Icebreaker Question

  • Which designer inspires you and why?

Apply today! Fill out the application by clicking below and specify this is the position you are interested in. Once you submit your application, expect to hear back via email about next steps.

Apply Online Here

Do you have questions about this position and would like to speak with a current board member before applying? Email
AIGA Portland whole-heartedly embraces diversity and equal opportunity within our organization. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Please contact us if you require specific accommodations and we would be happy to help.