AIA CHICAGO AIA Chicago is the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a collective voice of architects and serving 4000+ members in Chicago area. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(6).
Mission AIA Chicago builds on our city's architectural legacy by advocating for the profession, sharing knowledge among members, and partnering with communities.
Vision Fostering a culture of design excellence for equitable, sustainable places and spaces.
All AIA Chicago staff members share the following core responsibilities:
Provide outstanding service and ensure a welcoming culture for Members, Allied Members, and visitors
Answer basic questions about benefits and value of AIA membership, services, and programs
Provide member care and customer service responses to frequently asked questions
Advocate for and communicate the importance of design and the work of architects
Promote a positive office culture of mutual respect, and maintain a flexible and collaborative attitude, working with other staff on projects, events, duties, and assignments as required
Participate in all major Chapter events as needed, including but not limited to design awards and annual meetings
GOALS OF THE POSITION The Communications Manager serves to:
Successfully promote AIA Chicago’s programs, events, and news to its members, industry followers and the public
Connect AIA Chicago members to each other and the public through a variety of e-communication tools, social media platforms, and its website
Manage the graphic design production of digital and printed materials that aligns with AIA’s brand and identity
Manage ongoing marketing and communication efforts: create and maintain content calendars, draft monthly communications reports to the board, post program and event listings, process analytics for social media, e-newsletter, and events
Execute AIA Chicago’s comprehensive marketing plan to attract attention and attendance to programs, events, and membership
Member / Public Communication
Plan, coordinate, write, and send AIA Chicago weekly and monthly e-newsletters
Develop and execute a social media plan that grows and engages with followers
Ensure that AIA Chicago’s websites contain current, compelling and well-presented information to our members and the public
Gather member-submitted news and architectural news that impacts our members for promotion on AIA Chicago’s website and e-newsletters
Graphic Design and Identity
Design web and print graphics that maintain a high-quality consistent brand identity. Ensure that materials meet AIA National branding guidelines
Coordinate content development and migration for a future new website development
Manage expenses within allocated budget
Programs and Events Support
Collect and manage graphic assets for AIA’s award programs
Assist Programs Manager with coordination of member or public programs to include event planning, marketing, communications, logistics and registration
Attend and provide staff support for large programs and events as required
Ensure all benefits to be included in communications pieces (newsletter and website) are arranged
Produce all sponsorship printed material
Maintain current logos in correct file formats and sizes
Maintain and manage organization of digital graphic files, office files, and archiving
The Communications Manager reports to AIA Chicago’s Executive Director.
BENEFITS Excellent benefits package which includes health and dental insurance, a 401 (k) plan with employer contribution, paid vacation time, holidays, and sick time, and opportunities for professional development.
ABOUT AIA CHICAGO We are a small office of 8 highly collaborative team members that supports flexibility, creativity, and leadership. We value new ideas and perspectives that improve our work, our collaboration, and the future of the organization. We are here because we believe in the work and are excited about the prospect of supporting our members’ work of designing equitable, sustainable places and spaces – here in Chicago and around the world.
AIA Chicago team members are currently working remotely with a planned phased return to the offices at 35 East Wacker Drive in summer/fall 2021. Position requires frequent and regular computer and telephone use. Workplace is a smoke and drug-free environment. Occasional weekend and evening hours required.
We are actively seeking applicants with a range of backgrounds and viewpoints. AIA Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit. It does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, criminal record, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. If you would like accessibility accommodations during the job application process, please contact us. AIA Chicago is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.
TO APPLY To apply, send a combined PDF of your resume and a cover letter explaining your specific interest in AIA Chicago and this position to Jen Masengarb, Executive Director, AIA Chicago at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Links to digital portfolios or including sample work within your submitted PDF (max 5 pages) are welcome.
Position open until filled. Please no phone calls.
REQUIREMENTS / QUALIFICATIONS
A strong interest in architecture and design
Bachelor or Associate degree in Design, Communications, Marketing, or a related discipline
3-5 years of experience working in marketing or communications in a professional setting
A proven track record of executing effective communications and PR strategies
Design-related experience, particularly graphic design and production strongly preferred
Strong experience and demonstrated ability using graphic design software, including InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator
Outstanding proficiency in PowerPoint, Word, Excel and other Microsoft Office applications
Demonstrated ability to maintain a website with basic HTML skills
Experience in writing and curating content for major social media platforms
Outstanding proficiency with Mail Chimp or similar email marketing software as the list administrator and producer of content for e-communication
Strong, persuasive writing and detail-oriented editing
Ability to exercise sound judgment, take responsibility for meeting deadlines, and be a skilled problem solver, with the ability to interface with a wide variety of people
Excellent time-management skills and the ability to multi-task in a creative environment
Strong organizational skills and exceptional attention to detail are a must
Experience working either within the built environment field (architecture, engineering, construction, development, real estate, urban planning) or a non-profit organization/association is also highly desired
About AIA Chicago
AIA Chicago is the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, a collective voice of architects and serving 4000+ members in Chicago area. We are a not-for-profit 501(c)(6). Mission: AIA Chicago builds on our city's architectural legacy by advocating for the profession, sharing knowledge among members, and partnering with communities. Vision: Fostering a culture of design excellence for equitable, sustainable places and spaces.