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POSITION TITLE:                     Senior Director

SUPERVISOR’S TITLE:            Executive Vice President


POSITION DESCRIPTION:  The Senior Director, is responsible for the strategic direction 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
  • working collectively with AIA components in California and Chapter Executives to develop a positive culture built on trust, respect, and cooperation throughout the organization
  • developing, monitoring and reporting progress of the organization’s annual operating plan
  • coordinating membership and staff input relating to design and professional practice issues
  • overall management professional development programs and events (including conferences and awards programs)
  • developing new methods of delivery for professional education programs
  • managing task forces, committees and working groups
  • serving as liaison to allied professional and industry organizations as needed
  • empower staff to lead their departments and functions effectively and efficiently and to work together across programs


Experience and Attributes:

  • Candidates for this position will bring a variety of experiences and attributes, including:
  • executive management experience. Experience in leading associations, nonprofit or other organizations is desired
  • a proven track record of conceptualizing, planning and implementing strategies across the organization
  • the ability to deal effectively with boards, organizations, and members with whom the candidate will have no direct control



Education:  College graduate.

Technical Skills:  Knowledge of architecture, the building industry, and association management. 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:  Association management experience an and knowledge of the architectural profession 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 committees, task forces, and working groups.  Represents, along with the various volunteer leaders, various programs and initiatives at Executive Committee and Board of Directors meetings.

Government:  Works closely with the Director Government Affairs to develop program agendas and achieve advocacy goals.

Consultants/Vendors:  Works with 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.

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 Executive 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 Executive Vice President in strategic and operational planning efforts. Assists volunteers and staff in programmatic planning efforts.

Decision Authority:  Authority to make immediate on‑the‑spot decisions on behalf of the Council, when necessary.

Budgetary:  Drafts annual budget requests for several programmatic areas in conjunction with the Executive Vice President and Finance Department. Manages program finances, including committee, task force, staff, travel and liaison expenditures. Works with the Finance Department to prepare periodic budget status reports.

Duties:  Manages several programmatic committees, task forces, 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 cross programmatic efforts of the Council.

Prepares 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.

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



Supervision Received:  Reports to the Executive Vice President for advice, coordination and direction.  Little day‑to‑day supervision.  Largely limited to evaluation of results.

Updated:  1/4/18



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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