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Executive Director - AIA Triangle

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AIA Triangle is seeking a full-time Executive Director (ED) responsible for advancing its mission and overseeing the organization’s operations and programs. The Executive Director position is remote, however, the position is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Presence in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area is required.  The official worksite of the Executive Director will be their home office located in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill or surrounding area

About the AIA Triangle 

AIA Triangle was formed on January 1, 1999 when the AIA Raleigh and AIA Durham/Chapel Hill sections voted to dissolve and merge. AIA Triangle currently serves over 800 members across a ten-county area that includes Wake, Durham, Orange, Lee, Chatham, Franklin, Warren, Vance, Granville, and Person counties. It is the 3rd largest chapter in the AIA’s South Atlantic Region. 

The mission of AIA Triangle is to empower architects by connecting with the community, advocating for the profession, and promoting the quality of local design. The intent of our association is to:

  • Give structure and accountability in improving programs and strengthening operations to meet the changing needs of this region;
  • Be a leader in shaping the future of local architecture;
  • Guide decisions and actions that impact our organization and its members; and
  • Remain intentional and efficient with resources to serve our members.

Executive Director Position Overview

The AIA Triangle Executive Director will be responsible for providing overall management of the operational, financial, membership development, member services, government advocacy, professional education, individual honors, design awards, communication, advocacy development, and component coordination areas as established by the Board of Directors. The organization is seeking an enthusiastic individual who can support a collaborative, cohesive, and mission-driven work environment while understanding the importance of operating like a business. The Executive Director position requires significant leadership skills in planning strategically and collaboratively. In addition, the position requires strong management practices, attentive customer service, and knowledge of nonprofit best practices. The Executive Director must be an excellent public speaker, listener, and writer to communicate the value of the architect to a broad and diverse community. The Executive Director reports directly to the organization’s Board of Directors.

Position Description – Roles & Responsibilities

Leadership & Management

  • Provide effective leadership and management to ensure that the operations of the organization are efficient and sustainable.
  • Use strategic planning to promote and ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, consistent quality of operations, and effective communications adhering to recommended timelines and using resources effectively to achieve strategic goals.
  • Seek and encourage board and staff engagement with the organization’s strategic vision to support operational excellence.
  • Regularly evaluate program components to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, members, funders, and other stakeholders.
  • Hire staff and conduct performance evaluations. 
  • Foster an organizational culture that attracts, engages, motivates, and retains a diverse team of committed staff and volunteers.

Board Governance

  • Responsible for leading AIA Triangle in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  • Attend board meetings and report on program activity. 
  • Suggest any new policies and procedures deemed necessary and present them to the Board for review and approval.

Financial Performance and Viability

  • Manage resource allocation and development to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  • Write annual grants and seek new grant and funding sources. 
  • Build upon current revenue sources and identify new value-added services / products and sources of revenue. 
  • Ensure a robust sponsorship program to support the mission of the AIA Triangle while developing innovative programming to drive value for members.
  • Create an annual budget and work with the Board Treasurer/Executive Committee of the Board to manage it.
  • Complete required reports in a timely manner and share with the Board. 

Member and Organization Outreach/Marketing 

  • Foster opportunities for fellowship among members, professional development, and advancement of the profession of architecture.
  • Actively target and pursue growth through new memberships and relationships with annual partners, potential sponsors, and allied organizations.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with various organizations and utilize those relationships to strategically enhance AIA Triangle’s mission.
  • Help enhance AIA Triangle’s public image/presence and grow its membership by being active and visible in the community.
  • Serve as the organization’s primary spokesperson to constituents, the media, and the general public.
  • Build collaborative relationships with allied professionals in the building industry to advance organizational goals and objectives.  
  • Lead effective liaison with the committees and officers of the Chapter, the Institute, and the South Atlantic Region.
  • Attend scheduled meetings for the AIA North Carolina Board of Directors.
  • Use various vehicles (i.e., Friday Facts, email distribution lists) to communicate with members, public officials, and client groups.  

Event Planning and Coordination

  • Plan, coordinate, and carry out meeting/event activities to foster fellowship and professional development for membership approved by the Board of Directors.
  • Provide staff support for all events. 
  • Manage the calendar of events for the organization. 
  • Coordinate and maximize continuing education opportunities for members.
  • Serve as ex-officio member of all committees.
  • Offer leadership, encouragement, and facilitation for all committee activities.
  • Recommend to the Board of Directors the role of various committees.

Required Education, Experience, and Skills

  • A bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of five years of previous management-level experience working in association management, non-profit, and/or chapter relations.
  • Skill to interact effectively, efficiently, and professionally with individuals at all levels of the organization: board members, volunteers, partner organizations, stakeholders, and staff.
  • Solid organizational and administrative abilities, including planning, delegating, program development, and project management.
  • Strong financial management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision making, and reporting.
  • Proficiency in data base management, Microsoft Word, and related software programs.
  • Proficiency in both QuickBooks and WordPress.
  • Ability to oversee the strategic use of the organization’s digital tools including social media and applications.
  • Commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity in the membership, volunteer, and staff environments.
  • Strong written, organizational, communication, public relations, diplomatic, and customer service abilities.
  • Strong public speaking ability.

The Executive Director position is based in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Executive Director will work from a home office; however, local presence is required. Some evening and weekend hours, and travel, are required. 

Salary Range: $80,000-100,000 plus benefits including a health stipend, paid holidays, vacation and paid time off. 

The AIA Triangle provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, gender identity, protected veteran status, or disability status.

Please submit your cover letter and CV/resume to by May 30, 2023. 

No phone calls please. 

AIA Triangle is seeking a full-time Executive Director (ED) responsible for advancing its mission and overseeing the organization’s operations and programs. The Executive Director position is remote, however, the position is based in…

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Carga Horária Integral
Prazo para Inscrições
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2 de junho de 2023
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Ensino Superior Requerido
Nível de Experiência
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USD $80.000 - USD $100.000 / ano


Health stipend, paid holidays, vacation and paid time off. 

Health stipend, paid holidays, vacation and paid time off. 


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Raleigh, NC, USA

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