Time Commitment: 5 – 8 hours a week Minimum Tenure: 2 years Maximum Tenure: 6 years Minimum Member Status:Any membership level
AIGA’s Professional Development initiative provides the community with opportunities to learn new skills, get advice on pressing career questions, hear insights from the profession’s leaders, and change the trajectory of their career. The Education Director focuses on this initiative by connecting and engaging with design educators and students in colleges and universities, as well as professionals in the local community. We are looking for someone to organize educational programs and content that prepares students for the demands and standards of the design profession.
The Education Director is supported by and works closely with our Programming Director, Content Director,Promotions Director, and Committee Chairs to develop and promote educational programs and content.
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Additional responsibilities include:
Follow and communicate AIGA’s Professional Development initiative and share those efforts with the board and community
Continually develop the Education strategy for the chapter with the community
Lead a team of volunteers, including developing and amending role descriptions
Facilitate the establishment of AIGA Student groups within colleges and universities
Establish a monthly meeting (via e-mail or in person) between the Student Groups Chair and student group leaders/faculty advisors to receive updates on the group programs and provide guidance
Maintain an up-to-date contacts list of local educators
Oversee committees that organize our chapter’s annual portfolio review event The MIX and Mentorship Program
Proactively strategize and inform other board directors on ways to include and support students in chapter programs
Recommended Education Committee Chairs
These are non-board members/volunteers (serving for one to two years) that we recommend you manage in order to be successful in the position.
Committee Chair for The MIX Portfolio Reviews
Committee Chair for The Mentorship Program
Career Tools Chair
Student Groups Chair
Desired skills, traits & experience
Experience developing and executing events that require managing budgets, developing communications, creating schedules, and organizing people
Experience developing and executing communication strategies
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Self-motivated and independent
Manages time well
Passionate about making a difference and contributing to something bigger than yourself
Have a creative or education network to rely on for support and networking
You need to know how to use most of the following programs
Adobe CC, 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
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
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?
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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.
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