Open Position:

Education Director

Time Commitment: 5 – 8 hours a week
Minimum Tenure: 2 years
Maximum Tenure: 6 years
Minimum Member Status: Supporting

Overall mission:

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. 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.

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) with student group leaders and faculty advisors to receive updates on the group programs and provide guidance
  • Maintain an up-to-date contacts list of local educators
  • Oversee a committee that organizes our chapter’s annual portfolio review event The MIX
  • Oversee a committee that organizes our chapter’s programming series Career Tools
  • 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 Chairs for The MIX
  • Committee Chairs for Career Tools
  • Student Groups Leaders
  • Faculty Advisors
  • Mentorship 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
  • 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

Application Icebreaker Question

  • If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would it be and why?


  • 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.

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