This is a professional position reporting to the Senior Vice President, Knowledge & Practice in which the incumbent works closely with the Director, K&P Operations, Sustainability staff, Senior Vice President, K&P, two Center for Practice Consulting Fellows and the AIA staff supporting architecture practice tools/resources and firm engagement across the AIA. The Director will develop, launch and maintain the Institute’s Center for Practice, the Large Firm Round Table relationship, and partnerships with related professional organizations providing resources and content for architectural practice. The incumbent will represent the Institute with firms when discussing programs and partnerships that increase and/or develop the firm value proposition.
Serve as the key contact within the AIA for firm relationships around topics for AIA’s Center for Practice and the Large Firm Round Table.
Develop and lead briefings for leadership and senior staff prior to travel to meetings of firms within the design and construction industry or visits from these organizations.
Coordinate visits of and communicate with members, presidents and executives of firms/organizations within the design and construction industry that will be eventual partners for practice content i.e. AIA Trust, NIBS.
Work closely with the Director, International Relations to support any coordination with international practice content.
Respond to information requests from AIA members, AIA components, and the general public on practice activities and firm issues.
Work with web team to ensure Practice section of aia.org is robust and of high value to firm members.
Initiate, develop, maintain and enhance relationships with firms within the design and construction industry including:
Assess prospective benefits for firms with other organizations against the Institute’s strategic goals and operating objectives.
When appropriate, develop and negotiate alliance and partnering agreements that provide content and resources for the firms.
Serve as one of the key AIA contacts and liaison to firms including the Large Firm Round Table.
Serve as the staff liaison for any cross-organizational committees or task forces that form to support ongoing relations with firms and programs that support the firm value proposition.
Annually, reviews and assesses results of the firm engagement.
Provide regular recommendations for change, improvements, etc., in particular, identifying areas for mutual collaboration with other AIA staff including Membership, K&P team and Sponsorships around firm value.
Provide resources and facilitate opportunities, whenever possible, for extending firm value partnerships with organizations to the AIA’s local and state components.
Develop and manage budgets related to the Center for Practice, committee and staff travel and other costs in fulfilling firm relationships.
Direct a comprehensive communications plan for the Center for Practice, its resources and the firm value proposition. Plan, develop, and implement communication program to ensure ongoing awareness of AIA relevance for practice tools and resources, firm prosperity attributes, practice issues and trends, member needs, feedback, etc.
Manage all content posted on aia.org related to Practice section. Coordinate with other members of the AIA staff who also work on practice resources and tools for firms to ensure firm value is high and content around practice is robust.
-Officers & staff of firms and related partner organizations
-Members of the Knowledge + Practice Team
-Large Firm Round Table
-Other AIA departments
-Consultants and Contractors
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication and presentation skills. Ability to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams across department lines. Ability to handle multiple priorities simultaneously with high quality results. Demonstrates a high degree of competence in negotiations. Demonstrated ability to converse confidently with all levels within an organization. Considerable skill in leadership, facilitation, team building, collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, volunteer management, and systems/process development. Ability to interact effectively in an association environment, recognize and identify member concerns, analyze issues and concepts to correctly state a problem and develop and recommended solutions.
Considerable skill in assimilating complex written and oral material and providing sound analysis. Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of clientele (volunteer leadership, members, staff, visitors) and to provide support in a shared staff setting. Strong skills in oral and written communications and active listening.
Ability to work independently, using initiative and independent judgment to complete complex projects on or before deadlines. Considerable skill in needs assessment, and defining/designing projects. Considerable knowledge of and skill in monitoring costs, quality and on-time performance of project activities using standard project management techniques. Ability to manage and coordinate a diverse resource pool to ensure varied needs are met in a timely manner. Outstanding service orientation and superior organizational skills. Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks proficiently. Success in prioritizing duties, retrieving information, tracking projects and maintaining schedules. Ability to work efficiently and effectively under strict procedural and time constraints. Ability to maintain confidential information.
Bachelor’s degree plus 5-7 years of management experience in planning, development and implementation of complex programs or projects, preferably in corporate environment, professional societies or trade associations..
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The AIA, in existence for more than 150 years, works to advance the value of architects and architecture and increase the living standards of people by improving their built environments. The AIA, with a membership of over 80,000, is the largest voice of the architectural community.
*Educating the public to strengthen the value of architects and the overall role of the profession in the build...ing industry. *Using our influence in legislative and regulatory concerns that affect and potentially govern the professional lives of architects. *Researching new job markets and new career specializations to ensure architects can meet society's needs now, and in the future. *Expanding the architectural knowledge base as changes in the profession occur. *Offering a network for support and information exchange with colleagues and industry professionals across the country and the globe.