Position Description and Application

Announcement:

The American Institute of Architects, California Council, is seeking a highly motivated leader to serve as its next Executive Vice President. The person must have awareness and appreciation for the power of design and the role architects play in shaping the future. Experience working with volunteers, committees, and especially with a Board of Directors, is critical. Strong organizational, fiscal, and staff management experience is required, along with a working knowledge and understanding of public policy and community engagement at the local, state, and national levels.

The position requires considerable public outreach, strategic planning and collaboration, as well as establishing and maintaining coalitions and partnerships with allied individuals, industry, and professional organizations. Knowledge and experience in the nonprofit sector is desirable.  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Position Description:

The Executive Vice President (EVP) serves as the chief executive officer, recommends and participates in the formulation of new policies, and makes decisions within existing policies as they have been approved by the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee. The EVP plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates the staff, programs, and activities of The American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) to ensure that its goals and objectives are being achieved and member needs are fulfilled. The EVP establishes and maintains internal and external relationships. Further, through effective management, leadership, proactive planning, and programming, the EVP manages the economical and productive performance and constructive growth of the association.

Requirements:

Education: Four (4) year degree in Business Administration, Management, or a field substantially related to design and construction.

Minimum Experience: 10 years in related field.

Relevant Experience:

  • Administrative: Experience and proven competence in the management and administration of organizations, planning, financial management, and personnel.
  • Communication/Leadership: The EVP must have excellent communications and leadership skills; the ability to motivate volunteers and staff; and, proven skills in delegation, planning, leadership, and oral presentations. The individual must be able to communicate clearly both as a speaker and as a writer.
  • Conflict Resolution: The EVP must be able to communicate and work with people at all levels, both in the public and private sectors. The EVP must be able to manage complex situations and issues in a professional manner and to attain consensus whenever possible. The EVP must be able to work well under considerable pressure, and be flexible to opposing viewpoints and opinions.
  • Knowledge of the Profession, the Design and Construction Industry, and the AIA: The EVP must have particular empathy for the profession of architecture and its value. Knowledge of the design and construction industry is an important asset, as is a sensitivity to, and a strong interest in, architecture and its role in society and the environment.
  • Programming: Ability to forecast issues and take ideas from the conceptual stages to completion.
  • Government Relations: The EVP must have working knowledge and understanding of regulatory agencies and the California legislature. Knowledge and experience in legislative and regulatory processes and in working with local governmental agencies is highly desirable.
  • Communications/Public Affairs: The EVP must have a working knowledge of the media, public relations, and public affairs and must be capable of managing such a program.

Office Location: The place of employment is Sacramento, California.

Relationships:

Membership: The EVP establishes and maintains a close working relationship with AIA members in California, the AIACC Board of Directors, and the AIACC Executive Committee. The position also works closely with volunteer members in other states and at the national level.

AIA Chapters: The EVP must establish and maintain a collaborative and supportive working relationship with component executives and leadership.

Governing Structure: As the chief executive officer, the EVP is an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors. The EVP interacts with the Executive Committee on a regular basis and works at the general direction of the Executive Committee.

Government: The EVP relies on program staff to establish and maintain working relationships with state and local government officials and agencies. However, there are frequent opportunities for the EVP to engage the political and administrative processes when deemed necessary.

Vendors: The EVP relies on program staff to establish and maintain working relationships with vendors.

Consultants: While the EVP relies on program staff to monitor and evaluate performance, as the chief executive, the EVP is responsible for the hiring and firing of all consultants.

Public: The EVP often responds to written and verbal inquiries regarding the profession and the AIACC, acts as a spokesperson for the AIACC, and gives presentations to civic organizations on AIACC programs and activities.

Media: The EVP relies on program staff to establish and maintain working relationships with the media. However, there are frequent opportunities for the EVP to participate in media opportunities.

Related Organizations:

  • Components: The EVP establishes and maintains relationships with officers and staff at National AIA and its state and local components. The EVP is an ex-officio member of the Council of Architectural Component Executives (CACE), which is comprised of the chief staff executives of the AIA components in the nation. As a member, the EVP represents the state and region of California.
  • The California Architectural Foundation/CALC-PAC: The EVP is an ex-officio member of the AIACC Foundation Board of Directors and The California Architects for Livable Communities Political Action Committee (CALCPAC).
  • Pension Plan: The EVP is a member of the AIACC Pension Plan Advisory Committee that administers the AIACC Money Purchase Pension Plan. The EVP plays a critical role in administering the program, investing the funds, and distributing benefits to plan members.

Allied Organizations: The EVP establishes and maintains coalitions and relationships with allied members and organizations, including the contractors, engineers, building officials, and other public and private groups concerned with the design and construction industry and the environment.

Association Staff: The EVP is responsible for the employment, direction, and management of all AIACC staff and consultants.

Responsibilities and Authority:

Policy Formulation: The EVP participates significantly in the deliberation and development of AIACC policy. The EVP routinely recommends procedures and policies to the Executive Committee, the Board of Directors, and the Board/Program committees on which the EVP participates as an ex-officio member.

Planning: The EVP plays a major role in the AIACC’s planning efforts. The EVP is a member of the Planning and Finance Committee and the Long-Range Planning Committee. The EVP keeps the governing structure informed on issues of immediate and future concern to the members and assists in the planning of programs and activities in response.

Decision Authority: As it concerns the execution of adopted policy, the EVP has considerable authority for making independent decisions, and has complete authority concerning AIACC staff. As it concerns the transaction of business matters, the AIACC documents provide certain powers and duties of the EVP, and additional duties are delegated by the AIACC Treasurer and Secretary.

Budgetary: The EVP is a member of the Planning and Finance Committee and participates in the preparation of the operating plan and budget for the following year. The EVP is responsible for ensuring that the AIACC assets are safeguarded, financial reports and statements are prepared for the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee, and works with the Director of Finance and Program Directors in monitoring expenditures and investing AIACC funds.

Supervisory Responsibilities: The EVP supervises and directs the Chief Operating Officer, Director of Government Affairs, Director of Professional Practice, the Director of Finance & MIS, and the Executive Assistant.

Other Characteristics:

Hours: Long and irregular hours required

Travel: Extensive travel required

Supervision Received: Limited to evaluation of results

 

Application Deadline: July 31, 2017

To apply, see Workable.

Note: Please, no phone calls or email to AIACC staff regarding this position.