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Do you have a strong interest in Architecture????

Would you like to be a leader in the largest, most influential network of architects and design professionals in the US?  If so, this role might be for you!

We are actively recruiting for an Executive Director for a “member based” organization.  This dynamic leader will lead the team through a period of growth, leveraging the commitment and engagement of their dedicated staff and Board of Directors. This role is pivotal in achieving exceptional outcomes across all facets of the organization, focusing on empowering staff, engaging the Board, effective organization management, donor cultivation and stewardship, and the implementation of a sustainable and ambitious vision for success.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Collaborating with the Board to establish and implement a clear vision for the organization.
  • Articulate goals and objectives, implementing the strategy necessary to realize the vision.
  • Ensure all programs align closely with the organization’s vision and mission, achieving strategic goals.

Board Partnership:

  • Work with the Board to fulfill the organization’s mission, serving as the primary liaison for staff.
  • Collaborate with the Board President to set meeting agendas, ensuring timely communication on program, development, financial, and strategic matters.
  • Manage all administrative aspects of Board meetings.
  • Facilitate regular Board and Staff interaction to enhance knowledge of the organization’s programs and key staff.

Communications and External Relations:

  • Cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, including national/state, community, and business leaders, funders, etc.
  • Enhance the organization’s profile and brand recognition.
  • Oversee all internal and external communications, including lobbying activities.
  • Direct the organization’s social media presence.

General Management:

  • Recruit, lead, develop, and motivate a qualified staff to achieve program goals.
  • Ensure appropriate systems facilitate day-to-day operations (program management, development, and administration).
  • Manage the planning and execution of major events.

Program Oversight:

  • Ensure programs align with the mission and achieve strategic goals.
  • Demonstrate substantive knowledge of community-related issues and promote best practices.
  • Act as a strategic recruiter for all volunteers.
  • Personally engage in program delivery, including volunteer recruitment, retention, and leadership development.

Fundraising and Financial Management:

  • Lead fundraising efforts in conjunction with the Board of Directors.
  • Demonstrate clear understanding and ability to secure resources for financial sustainability.
  • Develop and implement a rigorous and continuous fundraising plan.
  • Manage the budget, ensuring stewardship of organizational financial resources.
  • Ensure appropriate financial controls and systems are in place.
  • Ensure timely preparation and filing of all financial and tax-related documents.

Operations Management:

  • Manage the organization’s physical space, infrastructure, and assets in partnership with the Associate Director.
  • Provide guidance on human resource issues, including developing and administering personnel policies, benefits management, employment practices, and handling individual personnel issues.
  • Ensure sound risk management policies and practices, including compliance with applicable laws and securing appropriate insurance coverage.


  • Passion for the mission.
  • Energetic, goal-oriented team player with excellent communication skills (oral and written) and relationship-building abilities.
  • Demonstrated interest in supporting volunteers and a strong commitment to advancing art and design.
  • 10+ years of related management experience, including direct staff supervision, financial reporting/oversight, and lobbying activities.
  • Self-starter, detail-oriented, successful at managing multiple deadlines.
  • Enjoys working in a close-knit team, embraces technology.
  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • 5+ years in an Executive Director or related role.
  • Past experience meeting and exceeding fundraising goals.
  • Full-time and exempt position with generous employee benefits and a great team atmosphere.

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