This is a professional position in the Diversity and Emerging Professionals department reporting to the Managing Director, Diversity & Emerging Professionals. The K-12 Director is a thought leader in education K-12 pedagogy and will contribute to the organization’s mission to advocate for the value of architecture to young people. The Director leads the K-12 initiative and development of work related to K-12 education issues and policy and will develop a strategic direction for the K-12 initiative, manage projects, and lead AIA to national visibility.
The following are primary responsibilities carried out in cooperation with AIA staff, members and components as directed by the Managing Director.
Conduct regular program assessments within AIA to identify opportunities to improve and increase K-12 awareness.
Develop and monitor ongoing strategies to ensure the AIA’s K-12 vision and strategic plans are communicated throughout the organization (including state and local components) and facilitate the development of new programs and practices to support these goals.
Conduct webinars to encourage component support of K-12 initiatives.
Benchmark the AIA’s K-12 initiatives with external initiatives and communicate best practices.
Cultural Change and Collaboration
Working with the K-12 Working Group, explore, establish and pursue mutually beneficial collaborations with professional affinity groups (e.g. American Federation of Teachers (AFT), American School Counselor Association (ASCA), American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Association of Teacher Educators (ATE), National Education Association (NEA), etc.).
Build alliances with other disciplines within the design and construction industry to increase collaboration with K-12 programs.
Identify and advise the Managing Director about opportunities for the institute to secure positive recognition from diverse external organization/publications, through speaking engagements, editorial placement, etc.
As assigned, represent AIA in relevant groups and professional organizations to elevate awareness of architecture and diversity issues. Communicate consistently with departments to ensure alignment of K-12 initiatives.
Provide resources and training for members and the Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE) executives on the K-12 Initiative, as requested.
Facilitates the strategic vision and business plan for K-12 initiatives that address department goals and provides fiscal stability to the work of the programs.
Assists with AIA Advocacy Department in federal and local component K-12 policy leadership.
Ensures quality of work and alignment of AIA K-12 programs and broader AIA priorities.
Undertakes a wide range of research, writing, and presentations related to K-12 at the state and national levels. Requires commitment, sensitivity to political neutrality and a high degree of responsiveness toward members and other constituent.
Leads the K-12 Initiative. Manages and coordinates the work of independent consultants, request for proposals and contracts.
Communicates with AIA constituents upon request, which may include members, Board of Directors, components, education leaders, foundation program officers, and other AIA staff.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
-AIA State and Local Components
-AIA Volunteer Leadership
-Academic Partners (NAAB, AIAS, ACSA, AACC)
The successful candidate should have extensive experience and expertise in project management, as well as policy and grant development, team collaboration and strategic plan. Demonstrated success in managing multiple grant funded projects. Extensive knowledge of K-12 education policy and related issues Demonstrated ability and comfort working with diverse individuals and groups. Exceptional collaboration, presentation, facilitation, communication and organizational skills required. Ability to interact with all levels within an organization. Must be organized, pay close attention to detail and have the ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously. Proficiency with MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).
Bachelor’s degree in architecture, education, public policy, public administration, political science, or economics, Master’s degree preferred with a minimum of 7 years of experience in K-12 education teaching, academics or administration..