Open Position:

Equity & Inclusion Director


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

Overall mission:
The Equity & Inclusion Director follows and communicates national’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative and shares those efforts locally. The Equity & Inclusion Director will champion initiatives to help encourage diversity in design education, discourse, and practice to strengthen and expand the relevance of design in all areas of society.

The Equity & Inclusion Director is a member of the Executive Committee, and works closely with all board directors to provide resources, direction, and support for weaving E&I into our strategic chapter planning and community offerings.

Additional Responsibilities include:

  • Work with the Executive Committee to develop an Equity & Inclusion strategy and goals for our organization, informed by the community and the National direction
  • Identify how AIGA Portland can better execute on our E&I goals and initiatives
  • Participate in the National AIGA Equity & Inclusion conversation and keep chapter board informed
  • Share research, data, and other types of information related to Equity & Inclusion with the board to support them in integrating DEI principles into their planning and work
  • Educate and involve the creative community and greater Portland community in E&I efforts
  • Work with supporting Chairpersons to plan at least two DEI trainings/events per year that are open to the board and the community

Recommended Programming Committee Chairpersons

(non-board members serving for at least 6 months):

  • Equity and Inclusion Chair 
  • Women Lead Chair

Desired skills, traits & experience:

  • Experience planning and executing events that require managing budgets, developing communications, organizing people and speakers successfully
  • Ability to manage and lead others
  • Great listener and collaborator
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-motivated and independent
  • Desire to make a difference and contribute to Oregon’s creative community

Knowledge of or willingness to learn the following programs:

  • Required: Basecamp, Google Suite, Slack
  • Nice-to-have: Eventbrite, WordPress, Adobe Creative Cloud

Shared Responsibilities of the Board:

  • Attend mandatory internal events, monthly board meetings, and retreats
  • Commitment to working towards being an equitable and inclusive organization
  • Review proposals for board spending and vote in the best interest of our shared mission and community goals
  • 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
  • Positively represent AIGA Portland in communications and meetings with representatives from other creative groups, firms, businesses, or other like-minded organizations
  • Actively document processes and resources to handoff and onboard the next director in this position
  • Know and adhere to the AIGA Standards of Professional Practice and the AIGA Portland Code of Conduct Policy

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 cannot 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

  • Is there a special quote/message that inspires you? Who said it and where is it from?

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Application deadline: April 21st, 2023