Chapter Relations, Customer Service and Support, Executive Director/CEO
4 Year Degree
Dating back to 1902, AIA Connecticut (AIA CT) is the professional association for Connecticut architects and the statewide chapter of the American Institute of Architects. AIA CT serves as a resource to architects and the public. Its membership of 1,300 is comprised of architects, interns working towards licensure, students, and professionals in affiliated fields.
For the last 19 years, AIA CT was led by its Executive Director who transitioned from the organization as of June 30, 2017. A five-member Transition Committee has been appointed to manage the search.
Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
AIA CT is at an important juncture as it approaches its first leadership transition in 19 years. High priorities for the Executive Director include:
Managing adeptly the daily operations, staffing, finances and member services of an $800,000 professional architectural association, and empowering a dedicated and skilled staff of three as it provides support to AIA CT’s 1,300 members.
Navigating AIA CT’s first leadership transition in 19 years, while sustaining an organizational culture that emphasizes accessibility, engagement and customer service, where open and respectful communications are encouraged to allow the organization to hear and meet members’ needs.
Serving as AIA CT’s primary advocate and spokesperson on State legislative issues, ensuring that the organization continues to advocate effectively and strategically to advance the field of architecture and create a business climate that is most beneficial to the profession.
Modernizing communications and marketing strategies to grow membership and expand engagement and support, utilizing traditional media, new media and technological solutions to effectively and consistently inform members, the board, staff and public about the association’s efforts and successes.
Creatively designing and delivering on a diverse suite of programs and services that appeals to and engages both large and small firms as well as established and emerging architects, so value is delivered to all members.
Bringing a fresh perspective and new ideas to a well-respected and well-run organization, challenging the status quo while respecting institutional history, practices and accomplishments.
Desired Credentials/Profile of the Ideal Candidate
A minimum of five years of senior leadership, or equivalent experience.
Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation is an added benefit.
Desired Skills and Experience
Politically Savvy Advocate and Networker with exceptionally strong interpersonal skills to form and sustain beneficial relationships which will allow AIA CT to advocate on behalf of its members and the field.
Member Service Leader with the ability to establish and maintain an organization culture committed to exceptional member services.
Experienced Administrator who is a compelling spokesperson and representative.
Architecture Champion committed to and adept at advocating for the profession and its impact on society.
Creative Planner and Implementer with the ability to design unique programs, expand program delivery methods and consider alternative communication strategies.