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/belong.) 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.
Open board positions:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!