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Managing Director, EDI Development & Workforce Strategy

Post Date:

January 18, 2019


The American Institute of Architects


Washington, DC


Job Title:         Managing Director, EDI Development & Workforce Strategy

Function of the Position:

This is a senior management position on the Member & Component Services team, reporting to the Senior Vice President, Member & Component Services, with strategic responsibility to develop, implement and monitor initiatives designed to support AIA’s equity, diversity & inclusion (EDI), emerging professionals, academic engagement and K-12 initiatives as aligned with AIA’s Strategic Portfolio under Workforce. 

The emerging professional’s team focuses on the concerns of students, interns and recently licensed architects through initiatives with the National Associates Committee, Young Architects Forum and the American Institute of Architecture Students. The Equity in Architecture team focuses on the practices of equity within workplace culture and multiculturalism. K-12 Education initiatives provide resources to components, members and teachers to achieve the goal of creating greater architecture exposure to young people. The Academic Engagement team creates opportunities for collaboration between the academy and AIA, facilitates architectural research synergies between practitioners and academics and makes regular visits to schools of architecture.

Job Duties:

Lead initiatives that collaborate with components, collaterals, academic, non-profit organizations and architectural firms for increased equity, diversity and inclusiveness among firms, components and AIA members.

Provides strategic direction to staff and appropriate member groups to develop and implement AIA programming to promote equity, diversity and inclusion and to promote opportunities for underrepresented members.

Lead programs to position AIA as the leading source for information regarding career support and development for emerging professionals.  

Oversees & provides strategic direction to staff and appropriate member groups to design and implement career advancement paths that offer increased resources and professional development opportunities for young professionals throughout AIA.

Positions the team as a bridge between the academy and AIA members in the early stages of their careers, by creating strategies for building relationships with schools of architecture, community colleges and K-12.

Serve as subject matter expert on educating and engaging young professionals, especially those from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and promote equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to institutional excellence.

Provides leadership for identifying and assessing unmet needs of various member groups and aligns efforts to address them while guiding on-going evaluation and updating of plans.

Establishes priorities and workflow within the team including, but not limited to, equity, diversity and inclusion, emerging professionals, academy issues and programs working with the AIA Equity and the Future of Architecture Committee, National Associates Committee and the Young Architects Forum.

Frequent contacts:

  • Sr. Vice President, Member & Component Services
  • CEO/EVP and AIA Senior Leadership Team
  • AIA Board of Directors
  • AIA Strategic Council
  • ACSA, AIAS, NCARB, NAAB, NOMA, AACC, and CCCAP representatives
  • AIA Equity & the Future of Architecture Committee
  • Young Architects Forum
  • National Associates Committees
  • Educators and academic staff
  • AIA staff
  • CACE (Council of Architectural Component Executives)

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) and Training and Experience:

Demonstrated skill in staff and volunteer leadership and visioning; i.e. developing definitions for a desired state, assessing the current state, and developing strategies to eliminate the gap. Skill in correctly identifying and defining objectives and developing plans to accomplish programmatic and fiscal goals. Considerable skill in strategic planning, collaborative problem solving, and volunteer management. 

Ability to build relationships with members, components and schools to support students as they transition to careers and AIA membership. 

Ability to cultivate partnerships with collaterals and non-profit organizations that support AIA’s mission to build and equip the architectural workforce. 

Leading candidates will have senior level experience with a clear understanding of the concerns of under-represented members of the profession and emerging professionals, and a commitment to increasing equity, diversity and inclusiveness within AIA. 

Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills and an established network within the academic and/or architectural community are required. 

Demonstrated thought leadership and subject matter expertise in the area of diversity and inclusion through a minimum of twelve (12) years of relevant experience, preferably in an education or professional association environment.  Master’s degree highly preferred.  Priority consideration will be given to candidates who are licensed and practicing architects and/or five (5) years of experience as a university/college instructor in an architecture department. 

Supervisory Requirements:

Directs a team of 8 regular full-time and/or temporary employees.

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