Join The Board
AIGA Wisconsin is currently seeking enthusiastic, design-savvy individuals to join the board of directors.
The efforts of the AIGA Wisconsin board are critical in supporting the mission of AIGA, as well as defining and achieving the goals and initiatives of AIGA on a local level. AIGA Wisconsin board members play an active role in every aspect of the organization’s success, from contributing ideas and developing relevant programming to serving as design advocates and engaging community participation.
Serving on the board of directors can deepen the benefits of your AIGA membership in the following ways:
- Increase awareness of yourself and your company in the local design community
- Plan design events and initiatives
- Gain valuable contacts and resources
- In addition to position-specific duties, all board members must:
- Be willing to serve a two-year term
- Maintain an active AIGA membership at or above the “Supporter” level throughout the term
- Act as a brand steward for our local chapter and national organization
- Attend chapter events as needed
- Attend monthly board meetings
Sit on the Executive Board and participate in overall Chapter guidance. Prepare and disseminate internal communications for the Board; document, assist and record all board and executive board meetings. Manage chapter resources (keys, documentation, etc.) Serve as a liaison between the Executive Board and individual Board members. Assist Vice President of Operations in hosting board elections for new applicants. Inform board of election results. Maintain a current Board list with the National online database.
Sit on the Executive Board and participate in overall Chapter guidance. Lead the Partnership and Sponsorship relationship building strategy. Plan and allocate the annual budget per event, which will be listed on the internal programming calendar. This will also be how the Treasurer recruits Annual Sponsorship. Each Director works directly with the Treasurer to manage and procure funds, whether that money comes from AIGA Wisconsin funds or sponsorship dollars.
Lead a committee of event chairs and oversee the programming calendar to maintain a diverse range of inspirational, educational and social events for our community. Regular and engaging programming is critical to maintaining the financial health of our organization. Recruit and manage volunteers for the Chapter’s programming and committee needs, work with program leads to identify and connect volunteers with opportunities, manage volunteer list and recruit new volunteers.
Provide engaging and relevant programming for the local education institutions in the Wisconsin area. The Education Director takes current programming and looks for ways to enhance, augment and add based on the needs of the education community. Meet with students, student groups and faculty advisors on a regular basis to know what programming is relevant to them; encourage membership and student involvement. Organize a database of teachers and faculty from schools teaching design courses, and send monthly updates to the group.
Historically, AIGA Wisconsin’s main location and board has been in Milwaukee, WI. Many of our events take place in Milwaukee, and most board members live and work near Milwaukee. Our goal, however, is to encourage AIGA membership and groups across Wisconsin. If an individual or group in another city in Wisconsin is motivated to host events, and bring AIGA Wisconsin to their city, we encourage Satellite Groups.
The Satellite City Director leads a committee of chairs and develops a strategy for a programming calendar to maintain a diverse range of inspirational, educational and social events for their community. They communicate any programming to the AIGA WI Programming Director. They also recruit and manage volunteers for programming needs as necessary.
Work with the Programming Director to plan Cocktails with Creative events. Cocktails with Creatives is a bi-monthly series of networking events that connect members with other creatives at local establishments. These events are free and open to the public. Craft communications to venue sponsors, handle logistics, coordinate volunteers for check in, and work with Marketing & Communications team to promote the event.
Work with the Programming Director to plan DesignWorks events. DesignWorks are a bi-monthly series of workshops that grows members’ skill sets, and caters to designers interested in expanding their world and advancing their career. Event examples have included a Photography workshop, a Letterpress printing workshop, and a Brand Messaging workshop. Craft communications to venue sponsors and event sponsors if necessary, handle logistics, coordinate volunteers, and work with the Marketing & Communications team to promote the event.
Work with the Programming Director to plan Field Trip events. Field Trips are planned design excursions for members interested in exploring the unique locales and brands of their communities and beyond. Craft communications to venue sponsors and event sponsors if necessary, handle logistics, coordinate volunteers, and work with the Marketing & Communications team to promote the event.
Work with the Programming Director to plan Speaker events. Speakers can range from national design leaders to local designers creating an impact in their community. Speakers give talks and host workshops when possible. Craft communications to venue sponsors, event sponsors, and the Speaker. Handle logistics, coordinate volunteers, and work with Marketing & Communications team to promote the event.
Work with the Education Director to plan the annual Portfolio Review. Craft communications to venue sponsors and event sponsors. Recruit design professionals to review portfolios. Update Paperform online for reviewer and attendee registration. Handle logistics, coordinate volunteers, and work with Marketing & Communications team to promote the event.
Work with the Education Director to plan our 6-week Portfolio Bootcamp program. Handle logistics and catering, coordinate mentors and participants, schedule guest speakers, and work with the Marketing & Communications team to promote the event.
Work with the Community Director to plan Design for Democracy Initiative events and speakers. Monitor other AIGA communities and AIGA National Design for Democracy events.
Learn more about the AIGA National Design for Democracy Initiative at: https://www.aiga.org/aiga/content/why-design/design-for-democracy/design-for-democracy/
Work with the Community Director to plan In-House Initiative events and speakers for the Wisconsin community. Monitor other AIGA communities and AIGA National In-House events. The In-House Initiative provides skills, tools, technologies, inspiration and resources needed to enable in-house designers to advance design competencies, build leadership skills, make a greater impact on business, and connect with a broad network of peers and experts.
Learn more about the AIGA National In-House Initiative at: https://www.aiga.org/aiga/content/tools-and-resources/in-house/aigas-in-house-initiative/
Work with the Community Director to plan Women's Lead Initiative events and speakers. Monitor other AIGA communities and AIGA National Women's Lead events. Address persistent biases and inequities inclusively and constructively through events and programming around three goals, including: Celebrating the achievements of women in design. Cultivating awareness of gender-related issues, while building knowledge and leadership skills. Connecting by facilitating relationships within and beyond the design industry.
Learn more about the AIGA National Women Lead Initiative at: https://www.aiga.org/aiga/content/tools-and-resources/womens-leadership/women-lead-initiative/