AIGA St. Louis 2017 Elections

Nominations must be submitted no later than Sunday, April 20, 2017

AIGA Saint Louis invites you to participate in open nominations for the Executive Board. Requirements and descriptions are below. Nominations must be submitted by Sunday, April 30, 2017.

All submissions are presented to the nominating committee, which consists of the current chapter President, Vice President, an Advisory Board Member, a past Board Member, Membership Chair and Member at Large. The nominating committee will meet to determine a recommended slate for open board positions and awards to present to the membership at large.

Both peer nominations and self-nominations are accepted. Nominees will receive a follow-up request for more information.

Position Descriptions:

Each Board member is elected to serve and represent the entire membership of AIGA Saint Louis to the best of his/her ability, by the AIGA mission and the description of the board position. The Board of Directors meets monthly to report, determine, and vote on Chapter activities. The entire membership elects AIGA board members and serves staggered two-year terms.

General requirements for all board members:

  • The following is a list of general expectations and is a baseline—by no means all-inclusive of the responsibilities of members of the board.
  • Attendance at monthly board meetings.
  • Monthly board reports are to be submitted a minimum of 24 hours before the monthly board meeting.
  • Organize a committee to assist in carrying out the responsibilities of the position.
  • Determine a succession plan for your position.
  • Attend a minimum of seven chapter events annually, in addition to planning the retreat and annual meeting.

Open Positions:

Student Conference Co-Chair
The Student Conference Chair is responsible for being the lead organizer of the local annual student conference. This person works with the education chair to coordinate the event often working in a supporting role to each other. This chair works with securing a local interested student group to design all the graphics for the event. Chairs assists in setting the theme for the conference, securing the speakers and their travel arrangements, securing volunteers for the day of and assuring that all the particulars of the event are coordinated such as badges and signage. Other associated details are organizing the website, communications, and promotion, payment terms and overall recruitment of professionals to do the portfolio reviews.

Mentorship Chair
The Mentorship Chair coordinates a mentor match-making event and oversees the pairing of groups throughout the mentoring session (6 months or 1 year).

Social Media Chair
The social media chair is responsible for providing digital support to programming and General AIGA initiatives through AIGA’s social platforms including Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. This chair is the lead strategist for online communications.

Development Chair
This Chair fosters a relationship of mutual benefit between AIGA Saint Louis and representatives from allied fields who service the design community. This usually occurs in the form of cash or in-kind sponsorship for Chapter events. This chair will work closely with the Programming Chair in establishing a calendar and identifying potential sponsors for Chapter events and activities. The Sponsorship Chair works closely with an executive committee to accomplish development goals.

Design Show Co-Chair (2) positions
The Design Show Chair is in charge of planning the annual Saint Louis Design Show.

Communications & Content Director
The Communications & Content Director draws public recognition towards the graphic design profession and the local AIGA Chapter by promoting and obtaining positive publicity for Chapter activities and events. The purpose of the Communications & Content Director chair is to draw attention to the valuable contributions of Greater Saint Louis graphic design community and raise the profile/visibility of the design profession. He/she is also responsible for promoting AIGA chapter activities (lectures, exhibits, community service, etc.) and generate increased attendance at key events.

Chapter Manager
The Chapter Manager works with the President, Vice President, and Treasurer to review event proposals and budgets, make decisions regarding Chapter policy and guide the Board of Directors and the Chapter as a whole. The Chapter Manager is responsible for keeping all Board members up-to-date on pertinent dates and details.

Community Outreach Chair
The Community Outreach Chair is responsible for establishing and implementing a Community Outreach Strategy that partners the St. Louis community at-large with AIGA design initiatives. This chair will also develop and maintain community partners with design organizations, creative groups and exist community-based/outreach organizations. Lastly, this chair will partner with other board members to identify and target community groups to facilitate participation with our events.

Young Professional Development Co-Chair (1) position
The Young Professional Development Chair is responsible for initiating and leading programming that is relevant to recent graduates and early career designers.

In-House Co-Chair (1) position
As part of AIGA’s Initiative, the In-House Chair focuses on engaging, educating and recruiting in-house designers to become members of AIGA.

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By Timothy Hykes
Published April 1, 2017
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