Director of Design and Practice

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POSITION TITLE:                     Director of Design and Practice

SUPERVISOR’S TITLE:            Chief Operating Officer

POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The Director of Design and Practice, along with the Vice President of Professional Practice, designs, coordinates, and implements the Professional Practice programs of the AIACC.  The Director has full management and supervisory responsibility for a major Council program. The Director is responsible for:

  • identifying trends and needs of the membership to help design and guide program activities
  • administering the program budget and the strategic initiatives included therein
  • coordinating membership and staff input relating to design and professional practice issues
  • reporting to the AIACC Executive Committee, Board, and membership at large when necessary
  • managing professional development programs and events (including conferences and awards programs)
  • developing new technologies to implement professional development programs
  • managing professional practice task forces, committees and working groups
  • serving as liaison to allied professional and industry organizations
  • working with staff in coordinating programs and communication



Education:  College graduate.

Technical Skills:  Knowledge of architecture, the building industry, public contract administration, and experience in dealing with public agencies.  Must be computer literate, with clerical and administrative skills necessary to complete assignments when support assistance is not available.

Management/Other Skills:  Excellent organizational, leadership, and communications (both verbal and written) skills. Public speaking skills; creative and critical thinking skills are required.

Relevant Experience:  Architectural license required and knowledge of state regulatory process and exposure to the legislative process is desired.



Membership:  Extremely close working relationship with members through all levels of communication: Verbal: telephone, in person (meetings, presentations, conferences).  Written: correspondence, agendas, minutes, briefing papers, newsletter and magazine articles and reports.

Governing Structure:  Staff liaison to select Professional Practice committees, task forces, and working groups.  Represents, along with the Vice President, the Professional Practice Program at all Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings.

Government:  Works closely with the Directors of Legislative and Regulatory Affairs to develop program agendas and achieve advocacy goals.

Consultants/Vendors:  Works with the Monterey Design Conference Coordinator, Awards program coordinator, and other staff and consultants whose services are required to accomplish the program’s charge.

Public:  Responds to inquiries from the public regarding architectural education and practice issues.  Represents the Council at meetings of community‑based, civic, and allied professional organizations, including those groups whose special interest and major focus lies the mentoring, mainstreaming and heightening the presence of women and emerging minorities into the profession.

Media:   Assists Communications/Public Affairs Program in responding to media information requests relating to the practice of architecture and architectural education.

Related Organizations:  Coordinates and works closely with local components and National AIA on continuing education, professional development, diversity, and other issues pertaining to the practice of architecture or architectural education.

Allied Organizations:  Coordinates and works closely with allied professionals regarding issues and programs of mutual interest, such as liability and risk management, peer review, QBS, legal matters, diversity, and public contracts, and architectural education and continuing education.  Coordinate all Professional Practice program endorsements.

Association Staff:  Heavy contact with other staff in regard to cross‑programmatic efforts of the AIACC.



Policy Formulation:  Researches and recommends policy and program proposals to the Vice President, committee and task force chairs on a continuing basis.  Assists in the presentation of program proposals and updates to the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and general membership.

Planning:  Assists Vice President in the planning and organization of the Professional Practice Program.  Assists in planning the Program’s portion of the agendas for Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings.  Responsible for planning select committee, task force, and working group meetings, as well as coordinating Vice President’s outreach activities.

Decision Authority:  Authority to make immediate on‑the‑spot decisions in Professional Practice Committees on behalf of the Council, if necessary.  Full decision‑making authority over Professional Practice

Budgetary:  Drafts annual budget requests for the Professional Practice Program with in conjunction with the Vice President and Finance Department.  Manages all Program finances, including committee, task force, staff, travel and liaison expenditures. Works with the Finance Department to prepares periodic budget status reports.

Duties:  Coordinates, organizes and may attend all program committees, task forces, and working group meetings and workshops. Organization entails assessing meeting needs, the preparation of agendas and background material, coordinating facility arrangements and member attendance, drafting minutes, reports, and summaries for the Executive Committee and Board of Directors.  Coordinates Professional Practice input into cross programmatic efforts of the Council.

Prepares all program reports for the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, components and general membership as requested. Writes articles and reports for publication in membership newsletters, journals, and website. Coordinates all correspondence to and from the Professional Practice Program.

Supervisory Responsibility:  Manages consultants as needed to achieve programmatic goals.



Supervision Received:  Reports to the Chief Operating Officer for advice, coordination and direction.  Little day‑to‑day supervision.  Largely limited to evaluation of results.

Updated:  8/28/17



The AIACC represents the interests of more than 11,000 architects and allied professionals in California. Founded in 1944, The AIACC's mission supports architects in their endeavors to improve the quality of life for all Californians by creating more livable communities, sustainable designs and quality work environments. Today, The AIACC is the largest component of the National AIA organization.

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