AIA Young Architects Forum Advocacy Director Position

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Call for Volunteers – Applications Due, February 4, 2013

The Young Architects Forum (YAF) is the voice of architects in the early stages of their career and the catalyst for change within the profession and our communities. Working closely with the AIA College of Fellows (COF), the YAF is leading the future of the profession with a focus on architects licensed less than 10 years. The national YAF Advisory Committee is charged with encouraging the development of national and regional programs of interest to young architects and supporting the creation of YAF groups within local chapters. YAF programs, activities, and resources serve young architects by providing information and leadership; promoting excellence through fellowship with other professionals; and encouraging mentoring to enhance individual, community, and professional development.

The Advocacy Director is a new position on the YAF Advisory Committee. Duties of the director have been outlined but may change as the new position is developed. Volunteers with a proven interest and experience with Advocacy are encouraged to apply. Director terms are two years. Major meetings of the AdCom are typically scheduled three times a year (AIA Grassroots, AIA National Convention, and a fall YAF conference) along with monthly conference calls. For more information on the Advocacy Director position, see page 24 of the YAF Handbook.

Nominees must be members of the AIA in good standing, and architects licensed ten years or less for at least the first year of their term. Appointments are based on submitted materials, and selection will be made by the YAF AdCom selection committee. Although the Young Architect Regional Director (YARD) roster often serves as a pool of nominees for the AdCom positions, YARD experience is not required. Other members of the AdCom (in a non-voting capacity) include the immediate AdCom Past-Chair, the Emerging Professionals Director, an AIA Board Representative, and a COF Liaison.

Application Requirements

  1. Applicant Letter of Interest: one 8.5”x11” page describing applicant’s interest in a specific position.
  2. Back-up materials: five 8.5”x11” pages maximum, including applicant’s resume at a minimum.
  3. Three letters of recommendation, including one from an AIA component leader (such as a Chapter President, Regional Director, or Component Executive).

Please address application materials to AdCom Selection Committee Chair Brad Benjamin and send via email to Application is to be submitted in PDF format and entitled “YAF_AdCom_Application_LastName_FirstName.pdf”.



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