At a glance
- A two-year volunteer board position on a variety of working groups
- Board members commit time, expertise, and resources to help advance the mission of AIGA NY
- Deadline to apply is June 25, 2021
- People from all backgrounds and career stages are encouraged to apply!
About the Board
The AIGA NY board is a volunteer board of directors composed of both designers and non-designers who support the chapter’s following mission:
Championing the future of design for all.
The full value of design can only be realized when all people can participate. And to create that future, we must build it together. AIGA NY will work towards this necessary change by facilitating conversations, creating spaces and building platforms for the New York City design community.
In all of our work, the board of AIGA NY commits to:
Elevate the work and insights of all voices in design.
Examine designers’ impact on the world.
Support inclusive opportunities for design education at all stages of life.
Fight for fairer models of design work and compensation.
Celebrate the joy and craft of design.
We encourage interested individuals who exhibit the dedication, passion and ability to actively participate, serve, and lead the design community in New York City to consider self-nominating.
Board member participation
As chapter leaders of a professional membership association, every member of the board is expected to participate in AIGA NY as an active member for the duration of their board service. Once voted to the board, board members are required to be paying members per our 501(c)3 status requirements.
Board duties and responsibilities
AIGA NY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with one full-time staff member. It is the New York chapter of AIGA (the professional association for design). As a volunteer-powered and self-governing nonprofit, the board and Board of Directors are responsible for advancing the mission and operations of the organization. As a self-governing nonprofit and working board, the Board of Directors are expected to:
- Participate in and contribute to a workgroup (Education, Programming, Communications, Development or Mentorship Program)
- Attend and participate in AIGA NY events, programs and initiatives
- Be present at monthly board meetings, and weekly workgroup meetings
- Commit to a collective board fundraising goal set each calendar year to maintain financial stability (via sponsorships, fundraising, or personal donations)
- Have a residence and/or employment in the New York City area (five-boroughs)
- Spend at least 10 hours per week volunteering their time to AIGA NY
- Commit to a two-year board term
Completing the Nomination Form
Any individual willing to participate and to fulfill the obligations of board service may self-nominate by completing and submitting the nomination form by June 25, 2021. The nominee need not be a member at the time of nomination, but will be expected to become a member if approved. Each nominee is expected to complete the online form so that the nominating committee may consider the credentials of all candidates individually, as well as comparatively. If you have questions about the form or the nomination process, please contact Stacey Panousopoulos at email@example.com.
The nomination form is designed to help the nominee prepare and present their qualifications in a consistent manner, and assures that the committee has the same information on all candidates.
The Nominations Committee will review applications through July 16, 2021 in order to fill the open seats on the board of directors for a two year term beginning on August 1, 2021. The Nominations Committee will then recommend a single candidate for each open position to the board. The AIGA NY board then votes on moving those candidates forward as a single-slate to the chapter membership for formal election. If the AIGA NY board does not approve a candidate recommended by the nominating committee, or the committee does not locate a qualified candidate, the committee will continue to search for a candidate. Once the AIGA NY board has approved and voted on the slate, the board President will reach out to each candidate to request their service to join the board. Finally, the new board slate is shared with the AIGA NY membership, who ratifies the board.
We thank you in advance for your interest in joining the AIGA NY Board of Directors.
The Nomination Process
A Nominating Committee works to make sure member interests are represented, and that the AIGA NY Board retains a fresh and diverse perspective. This process is an open, inclusive one; anyone who completes the nomination form is considered.
The criteria for identifying the Nominations Committee of 3-5 individuals outside the current board is as follows:
- 1 member of current board who is stepping down
- 1-2 former members of the board
- 1 non-board member who is active in AIGA and has non-profit board experience
- 1 member of the prior year’s nominating committee (note: this is the first year AIGA NY is using a Nominations Committee so this criteria is not applicable for 2021)
- The current president of the board (or president-elect) is not allowed to serve on the nominating committee to avoid the opportunity to anoint a successor
The 2021 Nominating Committee:
- Ida Woldemichael, Creative Director at Wide Eye, President of AIGA NY 2019-2020 (Chair)
- Rebecca Brooker, Co-founder of Queer Design Club
- Jonathan Lee, Innovation, Vision & Strategy at Google Search and Assistant, President of AIGA NY 2016-2018
- Victor Ng, Creative Director at the Ford Foundation, AIGA NY Treasurer 2020-2021
- Sarah van Anden, Programs & Finance Director at Center for Curatorial Leadership, AIGA NY Treasurer 2018-2020
Selection Criteria Given to the 2021 Nominating Committee
Open number of board seats
There are seventeen (17) two-year seats the board is looking to fill, with a term through 2023.
Board Focus of 2021-2022
The primary focus of the AIGA NY board’s work in the year ahead will be to build sustainable revenue models and raise funds that allow us to act on our new mission. Like many cultural institutions in the city during the pandemic, AIGA NY pivoted from paid in-person events to free and donation-based virtual events. This change, paired with a decline in membership dues in 2020, has led to a significant decrease in the revenue required to cover our monthly operational costs. This deficit represents a greater financial loss than even the 2008 recession. Earlier this year the board identified new fundraising models and opportunities we will pursue in 2021-2023. We are looking for experienced individuals to join the board who can help support this effort.
Board Member Expectations
For the board to effectively govern, it is essential for board members to represent a variety of skills, experience, perspectives and expertise. The incoming slate of board members should consist of individuals with leadership experience outside of AIGA NY who can best support the following workgroups: programming, communications, financial development, mentorship and executive management.
Additionally, the board as a whole should embody the diversity that is reflective and representational of our NYC community as well as exemplary of and supportive to the changes we’re striving to make as a community.
Attributes of diversity
Representing the diversity of our NYC design community is our ongoing commitment. This category of criteria consists of general attributes that should be considered in order to advance the diversity of points of view and stakeholder awareness. Nominees are not required to reveal personal information about themselves. The nomination form does however provide board candidates with the opportunity to share any unique experiences or perspectives they feel they might bring to the board should they wish to. A representative board would reflect a diverse range of the following attributes:
- Disability Status
- Discipline (note: this is not limited to disciplines within the design profession)
- Geographic location
- Sexual orientation
- Socio-economic background
Nominating candidates to the AIGA NY Board is essentially succession planning. As such, each slate must be considered within the following contexts:
- Does each candidate individually meet the requisite criteria?
- Does the slate as a whole represent a balance of expertise, unique experiences and perspectives that AIGA NY is proud to stand behind?
- How well does the slate represent the broader New York community, its concerns and interests?
- Does the slate result in an overall board that meets the necessary attributes?
Open Workgroup Roles
The Executive Workgroup of the AIGA NY Board of Directors (Board) is seeking a Treasurer to support the Board in annual and monthly budgeting, business development and fundraising to maintain financial stability and advance the mission of AIGA NY.
We’re looking for candidates who have experience with business development, budgeting and fundraising. The ideal candidate is excited to help AIGA NY’s Executive Director and Board identify more efficient processes to track spending, manage vendors, improve financial literacy, and promote transparency.
The incoming Executive Workgroup Treasurer would work hand-in-hand with the Executive Workgroup, Executive Director and Board of Directors to build equitable financial models and tools to set AIGA NY up for financial success now and in the future.
The Education Workgroup of the AIGA NY Board of Directors (Board) is seeking 2-3 new members to support the Board in maintaining and developing initiatives to advance the mission of AIGA NY.
We’re looking for candidates who have leadership experience in design education (communication/graphic/interaction/motion), in both private and public school settings. The ideal candidate is excited to help AIGA NY’s Executive Director and Board support our community of students and educators to: provide critical educational programming; foster meaningful relationships between industry and students; and make visible the variety of design education opportunities available to all types of students (undergraduate, graduate, nontraditional, and career-changers).
The Programming Workgroup of the AIGA NY Board of Directors (Board) is seeking 3-4 new members to support the Board in event planning to advance the mission of AIGA NY.
We’re looking for candidates who have a passion for planning and producing virtual and in person events. The ideal candidate is excited to help AIGA NY’s Executive Director and Board develop events from the inception of an idea to the final outcome as well as work directly with members of the community.
The Communications Workgroup of the AIGA NY Board of Directors (Board) is seeking 3-4 new members to support the Board in content creation and development across AIGA NY’s social channels, email communications and website to advance the mission of AIGA NY.
We’re looking for candidates who have a passion for content planning, graphic creation and production, copywriting, and community management. The ideal candidate is excited to help AIGA NY’s Executive Director and Board create content that supports and inspires the community.
The Development Workgroup of the AIGA NY Board of Directors (Board) is seeking 3-4 new members to support the Board in building community relationships and sustainable fundraising opportunities to advance the mission of AIGA NY.
We’re looking for candidates who have experience with business development, grant writing, and fundraising in the non-profit space. The ideal candidate is excited to help AIGA NY’s Executive Director and Board build relationships with constituents that are hearts on fire for AIGA NY.
Mentorship Program Workgroup
The Mentorship Program Workgroup of the AIGA NY Board of Directors (Board) is seeking 2-3 new members to support the Board in mentorship program planning and production to advance the mission of AIGA NY.
We’re looking for candidates who have a passion for developing and participating in programs to support early career designers. The ideal candidate is excited to help AIGA NY’s Executive Director and Board maintain and grow the initiative.