The AIA Virginia Executive Vice President/CEO shall provide overall management of the operational, financial, membership, advocacy, education, honors, design awards, and component coordination areas, as established by the Board of Directors within the context of a statewide nonprofit organization. The EVP/CEO reports directly to the organization’s President, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors. The EVP/CEO serves as the primary liaison between and among the local components of the AIA and with national AIA. The EVP/CEO oversees a staff of seven to ten persons and directs these employees to carry out the vision and goals of the Board of Directors.
This position requires significant leadership skills in planning strategically and collaboratively. It also requires keen business acumen, strong management practices, and attentive customer service. Knowledge of architecture and/or the built environment is important. Experience in nonprofit membership organizations is critical. Most importantly, the candidate must be an excellent public speaker, listener, and writer, in order to communicate the value of the architect to a broad and diverse community.
The AIA Virginia Executive Vice President/CEO ensures that the programs, activities, and services of AIA Virginia directly benefit the members and the profession, as determined by the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include: facilitating long-range planning; implementing organizational goals and objectives; seeking non-dues revenue opportunities through programs, sponsorships, and collaborative initiatives; acting as liaison to state government agencies and identified public groups; assisting in Board development and governance; and providing relevant and timely member services. The EVP/CEO is responsible for managing the offices of AIA Virginia and ensuring that the office is appropriately staffed and structured to support the mission of AIA Virginia.
The following is a summary of the Executive Vice President/ CEO’s responsibilities:
Leadership, Public Relations, and Development - elevate public awareness • Serves as spokesperson for the component and promotes AIA Virginia through the media, communicates with state leaders, and promotes component interests with allied organizations and other public entities. • Diversifies the revenue stream by developing non-dues revenue opportunities and/or other income in collaboration with the Board of Directors. • Liaises with national AIA, the Region of The Virginias, and the five local AIA chapters in Virginia: AIA Blue Ridge, AIA Central Virginia, AIA Hampton Roads, AIA Northern Virginia, and AIA Richmond. • Maintains working relationships with Virginia’s accredited programs in architecture at Hampton University, Virginia Tech, and the University of Virginia. • Forges meaningful and effective alliances with related professional organizations, sponsors/supporters, and Virginia businesses.
Finances, Operations, and Governance - fiduciary responsibility • Collaborates in the development of the organization’s annual budget of approximately $1,500,000. • Manages said budget and maintains best financial practices within the areas of governance, reporting, compliance, and risk management. • Directs the component office and oversees a dynamic staff team. • Participates in long-range and strategic planning for the future growth of the organization. • Implements best practices for nonprofit governance. • Maintains human resources responsibility for the organization.
Member Support - relevant programs and services • Collaborates with the Board of Directors as well as the local, regional, and national components to assess membership needs, and sets annual operational and long-range strategic goals. • Serves as a resource for the general membership in matters pertaining to AIA National policy and represents AIA Virginia at national, state, and local levels. • Coordinates with the five local components and their membership needs to maintain accreditation by national AIA. • Oversees the execution of signature educational and professional development programming to include Architecture Exchange East, the Art of Practice conference, the Virginia Design Forum, and others. • Directs the annual honors and design awards programs. • Encourages and supports the development of programs and services to meet members’ needs. • Builds programs to encourage increased membership by architects.
• Bachelor’s Degree Required. Business and arts/architecture focus encouraged. • Previous experience working in association management and/or chapter relations; exposure to professional societies preferred. • Ability to oversee the strategic use of the organization’s digital tools such as software programs, social media, and applications. • Evening or weekend work may be required. • Understanding of membership organizations and/or familiarity with the architecture profession.
Efficiently handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment with attention to detail. • Good interpersonal skills with ability to interact effectively, efficiently, and professionally with individuals at all levels of the organization, both volunteers and staff. • Exceptional written, organizational, communication, and customer service abilities. • Resourceful nature, innovative spirit, and creative approach are valued. • Demonstrated leader with positive attitude, organizational dedication, and energetic enthusiasm.
Works closely with • Other staff team members • Members of the AIA Virginia Board of Directors • Local component presidents and executives • Members of AIA Virginia
About AIA Virginia, a Society of the American Institute of Architects
AIA Virginia (AIAVA) is a statewide component of the American Institute of Architects and is the professional society representing some 2,500 Architect, Associate, and Allied members across the state. AIAVA advances the profession of architecture in the state through legislative and regulatory affairs, public awareness and advocacy, and design and professional excellence.