• The AIGA Residents program

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    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:
    Chapter 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.

    Chapter development Resident

    AIGA, the professional association for design, the largest membership-based design organization, with more than 26,000 members, 70 chapters, and more than 200 student groups on college campuses nationwide, is looking for a standout program manager to work with the director of chapter development to support chapters and chapter leaders. 

    AIGA’s 70 chapters are individually incorporated, 501(c)(3) organizations and are run by a dedicated corps of more than 900 designer volunteers who serve on their local chapters’ boards of directors. Together, AIGA chapters host hundreds of design-related events, programs, and more in their local communities each year, and serve as members’ first point of contact with AIGA. The success and strength of chapters are critical to membership and organizational growth and relevance. 

    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. 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. 

    Responsibilities

    With the director of chapter development:

    • Spearhead a comprehensive reorganization and update the AIGA chapter wiki, a large and robust online repository of resources, documentation, and information on AIGA chapter and chapter board best practices
    • Maintain regular contact with chapters/chapter leaders via all communications platforms, including Slack and Google Groups; provide support and advice on nonprofit administration and board of directors best practices
    • Maintain an ongoing knowledge of chapter events and programs via chapter email blasts, social media, chapter communications platforms (Slack, Google Groups), and direct communication with chapter leaders; establish and maintain a database to track chapter events; report on metrics; identify areas in which resources/documentation are needed
    • Cross-pollinate and connect the dots—share chapter activities with relevant AIGA staff and vice versa; coordinate promotion of key chapter programs with marketing and editorial departments
    • Identify chapter successes and best practices; work with chapter leaders to create documentation and toolkits for chapter-wide dispersal
    • With director of strategic initiatives strategize and implement roll out and promotion of national initiatives and programs at chapters; assist in the development of program kits 
    • Develop and coordinate regular calls/webinars on both chapter-related programs and initiatives, as well as topics related to chapter board service and nonprofit management
    • Spearhead data entry and electronic filing of chapters’ annual affiliation requirements and ongoing updates to chapters’ board rosters
    • Coordinate collection and assembly of stories and artwork for monthly email newsletter for chapter leaders
    • Assist with the formation of new chapters 
    • Assist with planning the annual Leadership Retreat (300-attendee conference for chapter leaders)
    • Act as internal and external “chapter advocate” to serve as reference point for staff, members, and partners

    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.

    Additional skills

    • InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop
    • MailChimp
    • Knowledge of/interest in graphic and communication design
    • HTML
    • Social media/marketing

    Please send a resume​ and​ cover letter as a single PDF​ ​to AIGA’s director of chapter development Katie Baker with the subject line “Chapter development Resident”. 

    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.

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