2014 Call for Nominations and Volunteers

Written by
Helen Young
April 9, 2014

AIGA Colorado, the local chap­ter of the nation’s old­est and largest pro­fes­sional asso­ci­a­tion for design, is cur­rently seek­ing nom­i­na­tions for its open board positions.

Join in shap­ing this 100% volunteer-run orga­ni­za­tion that brings local pro­gram­ming to Colorado cre­atives. We’re look­ing for moti­vated vol­un­teers to help us pur­sue AIGA’s mis­sion to advance design as a pro­fes­sional craft, strate­gic advan­tage, and vital cul­tural force.

The incom­ing vol­un­teer board will play a piv­otal role in shap­ing AIGA Colorado to be a leader within the Colorado design com­mu­nity and beyond. Serving on the board can enrich your per­sonal and pro­fes­sional life, pro­vid­ing board mem­bers an oppor­tu­nity to meet accom­plished indus­try pro­fes­sion­als and net­work with up-and-coming talent.

Board nom­i­nees need not be AIGA mem­bers at the time of nom­i­na­tion, but elected nom­i­nees are required to join and main­tain their mem­ber­ships for the dura­tion of their terms. Chair posi­tions must join at the Contributor level or higher for a 1-year term; President, Vice President and Director posi­tions must be a Supporter level mem­ber or higher for a 2-year term. (For more infor­ma­tion about mem­ber­ship lev­els, visit aiga​.org/​b​e​l​ong.) Each term begins in June and con­cludes in May.

Nominations close on April 22. Interviews take place May 2 – 3.

Self-nomination is per­mit­ted and encouraged. 

This year, you have a unique oppor­tu­nity to come out on top as we have sev­eral VP and Director posi­tions avail­able. Or start as a Chair and work your way up. Whatever route you choose, you’ll be play­ing with a strong team of return­ing board mem­bers to gain lead­er­ship skills and con­nect with your peers on a whole new level.

Ready to lend a hand? Fill out this form today


Open board positions:


President (co-president)

You are a vision­ary. You love the Colorado cre­ative com­mu­nity and always have ideas to improve it. You look beyond our state for inspi­ra­tion and want to share that with every­one around you. You live for col­lab­o­ra­tion and value the con­tri­bu­tions of a dynamic team. You estab­lish chap­ter goals and pro­vide advice and encour­age­ment to your board. You are in close touch with the National orga­ni­za­tion and share those per­spec­tives, ini­tia­tives, and philoso­phies with mem­bers. You run the board meet­ings and lis­ten well, work­ing in tan­dem with your co-president. You serve as the face of the orga­ni­za­tion to the mem­bers and com­mu­nity at large.


Chapter Development Director

You have a pas­sion and tal­ent for mak­ing design mat­ter out in the world and aren’t shy to share our mes­sage with new audi­ences. You see the big pic­ture of how AIGA is rel­e­vant in our com­mu­nity and strive for a more vis­i­ble pres­ence, help­ing our mem­bers be seen as pro­fes­sion­als. You con­nect AGIA CO with other orga­ni­za­tions  —  cre­ative, busi­ness, and city focused. You work closely with the VP of pro­gram­ming to be sure events are pro­moted out­side of the cre­ative field. You are a lead orga­nizer of the ArtStir and Horseshoe mar­ket part­ner­ship with Denver Pavilions. Basically, you love con­nect­ing with peo­ple who want to see the orga­ni­za­tion grow.


Membership Director (co-director)

You’re motto is “the more the mer­rier.” You love meet­ing new peo­ple and preach­ing the design gospel. You use a strate­gic, well-planned cam­paign or a per­sonal one-on-one to con­vert friends to mem­bers, either way, num­bers are up. AIGA is a membership-based orga­ni­za­tion and this posi­tion is ded­i­cated to being an ambas­sador for the chap­ter. You would run an annual mem­ber­ship drive, host a cou­ple of events a year, and com­mu­ni­cate the ben­e­fits of being a mem­ber at our events.


Finance Director 

Organization comes nat­u­rally to you. You pride your­self in find­ing order in chaos and love draft­ing a good solid bud­get. You’re a real­ist when it comes to dol­lars and cents — with com­mon sense as your biggest asset. You don’t just crunch num­bers, you crush them. You love a good spread sheet, help board mem­ber with bud­gets, and coor­di­nate with our accoun­tant who keeps our QB shipshape.


Administrative Chair

This impor­tant posi­tion is focused on help­ing the chap­ter deal with day-to-day tasks, such as orga­niz­ing board meet­ings and assist­ing the VP & Director of Chapter Development with their com­mu­ni­ca­tion and spon­sor­ship duties. You main­tain the event cal­en­dar, our most impor­tant mem­ber ben­e­fit, coor­di­nat­ing with the VPs in ensure accu­rate dates.


Volunteer Chair

You know how to rally the troops bet­ter than a loud-mouth Colonel, secur­ing man­power for AIGA events, pro­grams, and ini­tia­tives. And you’re great with a Google doc to keep it all orga­nized. You sup­port the Programming and Education teams to help staff their events. Since AIGA CO is 100% vol­un­teer run, it’s crit­i­cal to have a solid base of peo­ple to call upon. You serve as the ambas­sador for the chap­ter, encour­ag­ing mem­ber par­tic­i­pa­tion at the local level. In addi­tion, you would be one of the orga­niz­ers of the ArtStir week­end with Denver Pavilions.


Mentorship and Education Director (co-director)

You live for that Ah-ha! moment. You love to con­nect stu­dents and pro­fes­sion­als and see cre­ativ­ity spark right in front of your eyes. You help run The Review with ADCD and make our Elevate and Giving Voice pro­grams come to life. You over­see and assist the Chairs with their events and ini­tia­tives. Your goals are to inspire stu­dents, engage men­tors, and nur­ture stu­dent chapters.


Higher Education Chair (co-chair)

You love to see the light­bulb turn on in a student’s head and aid them in gain­ing the skills to make their ideas come to life. You run the College Mentorship pro­gram and help develop stu­dent chap­ters and con­nect them across the state. You host one stu­dent event per year and work with the Directors and VP on exe­cut­ing chap­ter goals by encour­ag­ing stu­dent participation.


High School Education Chair

You run Giving Voice, AIGA CO’s teen men­tor­ship pro­gram, and reach out to area high schools to make them aware of Graphic Design as a pro­fes­sion and col­lege major. You cre­ate pro­gram­ming for a local high school to engage stu­dents with design projects and speak­ers, and encour­age them to vol­un­teer at select events.


Professional Grant Chair

You have the plea­sure of reward­ing our pro­fes­sional mem­bers with a chance to fund a spe­cial project or train­ing. The Professional Grant, a $1500 fund, is avail­able each year. You work with the Comm team to pro­mote the grant and ask for sub­mis­sions, man­age the appli­ca­tions and board review, and award the check to the happy recipient.


Vice President of Communications

You’re a strategy-minded designer with a large dash of project man­ager. You see how com­mu­ni­ca­tions can make or break an event. You’re great with Google Docs, Basecamp, and gath­er­ing con­tent from a myr­iad of board mem­bers who are plan­ning events and pro­grams. You work closely with the Presidents and other VPs and guide your team to exe­cute on your plan to ensure mem­bers know what’s hap­pen­ing and why they should be a part of it. You work closely on the event cal­en­dar with the Admin Chair.


Communications Director (co-director)

You’re a smooth oper­a­tor. You work closely with the VP to exe­cute on your per­fectly planned pro­mo­tions. But your real job is to make sure it’s all going smoothly, with forms filled out and To Dos assigned. You check in with your team, the event cal­en­dar, and VPs of Programming and Education fre­quently to make cer­tain all their efforts are being seen and val­ued by the mem­ber­ship. You iden­tify bot­tle­necks and assist Chairs with sched­ul­ing challenges.


Copywriter Chair

Designers love to talk, but often need help find­ing just the right words. This is where you come in. You refine ideas into some­thing that makes a con­nec­tion — and is gram­mat­i­cally cor­rect. You review sub­mit­ted con­tent, pro­vide feed­back and strate­gic direc­tion, and craft com­mu­ni­ca­tions to con­nect with mem­bers through email pro­mo­tions and social media (in tan­dem with our SM chair). You are inte­gral in pro­duc­ing con­tent for our web­site and the com­mu­ni­ca­tion that moves through our multi-channel mes­sag­ing. You assist our Blog Chair as well.


Web/Email Chair (co-chair)

HTML and CSS don’t phase you. You know what it takes to get con­tent online and make the AIGA web­site work for you. You’re in charge of cre­at­ing event reg­is­tra­tion, adding events and arti­cles to the web­site, and send­ing out HTML emails. The lifeblood of our com­mu­ni­ca­tions team lies with you — and your two peers. (Don’t worry, you won’t be alone in this.)


Vice President of Programming

You have a keen under­stand­ing that our local pro­grams are the most appeal­ing mem­ber ben­e­fit. You eval­u­ate what events will appeal to which type of mem­ber and how dif­fer­ent groups like to inter­act. You work closely with your direc­tors to cre­ate bud­gets and sched­ules to ensure events are exe­cuted well. You work with other VPs to keep them in the loop. You man­age the cal­en­dar dates with the Admin Chair.


Programming Director (co-director)

You over­see a team of dynamic and focused Chairs, assist­ing them with exe­cut­ing their events. You eval­u­ate event top­ics with the Chairs and your VP, with big-picture chap­ter goals in mind. You check in with Chairs on bud­gets and sched­ules, mak­ing sure they work with the Communications team effec­tively and have vol­un­teers for events.


Gala Event Chair

You love the chal­lenge and the glory of a party well planned. The Gala Event in June 2015, hon­or­ing AIGA Colorado Fellows, is spe­cial because it brings together a myr­iad of mem­bers to honor our own. This Gala is our Chapter’s 25th Anniversary cel­e­bra­tion as well. You assem­ble and lead a small com­mit­tee to plan and exe­cute the Gala from start to fin­ish. You direct a design team to cre­ate the invi­ta­tion, arrange a pho­to­shoot of the Fellows, and plan the loca­tion, menu and evening pre­sen­ta­tion. You work with the Presidents and VPs to estab­lish bud­get, pro­mo­tion and content.


Workshop Chair

Increasing our tech­ni­cal skills is key to keep­ing up with rapid changes in tech­nol­ogy. Your job would be to host three to four work­shop events through­out the sea­son that are designed to help our mem­bers hone their craft. You deter­mine the top­ics — any­thing you can imag­ine that our mem­bers would like to learn. (Recent top­ics have included Adobe work­shops and inter­ac­tive design.)



You’d like to get more involved, but aren’t ready to dive in head first. You enjoy com­ing to events and want to help out, learn more about AIGA, and con­nect with members.

If you or some­one you know are inter­ested in any of these posi­tions, sub­mit a nom­i­na­tion here today!


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  • Adibkarim

    I want to join the volunteers.


    • Helen

      Excellent! Please use the Nomination Form (link above) and indi­cate the type of vol­un­teer posi­tion you’re inter­ested in. There are two listed under the drop downs for board positions.

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