The AIGA Residents program

The AIGA Residents program is a competitive, paid, full-time opportunity to gain vital, hands-on experience working in a fast-paced leading arts nonprofit office in New York City. Over the course of a year, each Resident will work with a program director in one of five key areas within the organization, as well as other members of the AIGA staff, on a number of important, high-visibility projects and initiatives. Aside from obtaining invaluable experience in your chosen field, you’ll learn what it takes to run a national nonprofit.

We’re currently seeking Residents in the following areas:
Learning and development

Openings later this year:

  • Curatorial

While requirements vary by position, candidates are generally expected to have several years of experience, the initiative and self-motivation to work in a small team, and, of course, a love of design.

If you’re ready to engage with designers and the design community on a deeper level, we want to hear from you. Application materials and requirements are listed below.

Learning and development resident

AIGA, the professional association for design, the oldest and largest design organization in the United States, is looking for a standout program manager to support training and development for our members. The position will be an integral part of our programming team and will be responsible for developing, coordinating, and facilitating design learning for the industry’s largest and oldest professional association. We want someone who is passionate about design, is devoted to facilitating learning opportunities for creatives, and is great at forging relationships and collaborating with external partners.

The AIGA Residents program is a competitive, full-time, paid opportunity to gain vital, hands-on experience working in a fast-paced leading arts nonprofit office in New York City. Residents will work with the director in their program area, as well as other members of the AIGA staff, on a number of important, high-visibility projects and initiatives. This is a one-year term with the potential to extend.

Key responsibilities

  • Manage the design, delivery, and evaluation of current portfolio of in-person training workshops
  • Coordinate with marketing and membership departments to meet registration goals
  • Work with local host chapters to book venues, catering, and production of workbooks as well as other onsite materials
  • Collaborate with senior team leaders to evaluate current professional development offering and identify opportunities for growth
  • Forge relationships with key partners and stakeholders to develop new, bespoke, and substantive learning programs with content designed to meet a variety of career levels and topic areas
  • Manage and expand training benefits for members
  • Assist with mentoring initiatives and competitions (where applicable)

Requirements

You should have a Bachelor’s degree, 2+ years of increasing responsibility in an fast-paced office environment, and enjoy wearing a lot of different hats. You’re highly organized, efficient, and self-motivated, and can tactfully manage a range of relationships and personalities. You value clear communication and are able to make quick yet thoughtful decisions. A sense of humor and diplomacy are musts. You’ve held positions where you have demonstrated excellent customer service and are willing to travel.

Experience in professional development or training events preferred, as well as knowledge of the design industry, adult learning theory, and/or evaluation methods.

Please send a resume​ and​ cover letter as a single PDF​ ​to AIGA’s program director with the subject line “Learning and development resident”.

No telephone calls, please. AIGA is an equal opportunity employer.

Please note, this is not an internship. Candidates must live in the New York City area or be willing to relocate.​ AIGA takes a comprehensive view of diversity and encourages applicants from all underrepresented groups.