Sr. Director, Political Affairs & Engagement

American Institute of Architects



Established record of raising money for labor, corporate, or association PACs.
Demonstrated ability to speak extemporaneously before groups to inform, persuade or influence.
Proven skills in communicating complex ideas both in writing and orally, including analyzing complex subjects quickly, researching, and providing logical presentations both orally and in writing.
Demonstrated skill (with a proven record), in facilitation, team building, collaborative problem solving, conflict resolution, and negotiation as well as active listening.
Proven ability to successfully manage multiple priorities and responsibilities.
Demonstrated success working in a team environment through coordination and communication of delegated responsibilities; communicating ideas and issues with tact and diplomacy; and resolving problems collaboratively among internal stakeholders (ex: association members), partner organizations/agencies, and internal organization staff.
Demonstrated experience in leading change through vision and innovation, driving results, anticipating challenges, and identifying solutions, building a departmental culture of collaborative teamwork, exhibiting strong leadership/mentorship skills, employing analytical thinking, and effectively using diplomacy to work with a diverse membership and volunteer leaders.
Demonstrated skill in designing and implementing cross-team strategies.
Demonstrated work experience in organizations that prioritize the importance of political fundraising and political relationship building.
Considerable knowledge and familiarity with FEC regulations and campaign finance laws overall.
Broad network of political contacts, both elected and non-elected, at all three levels of government nationwide
Ability to successfully manage, execute, and complete multiple priorities and responsibilities on time.
Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office, including competence in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
Substantial knowledge of the American political system and grassroots/member engagement strategies and tools.
Demonstrated experience in leading change through vision and innovation, driving results, anticipating challenges, identifying solutions, building a departmental culture of collaborative teamwork, exhibiting strong leadership/mentorship skills, employing analytical thinking, and effectively using diplomacy to work with a diverse membership and volunteer leaders.
Experienced advocacy trainer with knowledge of advocacy training design.
Demonstrated skill in designing and implementing advocacy and political programs. Superior communication skills (written and verbal). Demonstrated experience in working closely with high-profile organization members and political leaders. Ability to successfully lead multiple priorities and responsibilities.

Bachelor's degree in Public Affairs, Communications, Political Science, or related degree with 7-10 years of political, public affairs, grassroots, and government relations experience in executive, legislative, corporate, non-profit, or private sector required Professional association related experience preferred.

Supervisory requirements:

Director, Political Affairs


What we offer
We offer a comprehensive benefits package that reflects our company values and workplace culture, including:

Medical and dental
Paid time off
Flexible spending accounts
Income protection- (Life Insurance Coverage up to 2x salary) & disability plans at no cost.
Tuition and membership reimbursements
AIA employees have access to a variety of other programs, including:
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employees and their family members
SmartBenefits transportation program, featuring up to $55 monthly in public transportation as well as pretax METRO parking
Computer purchase program
Fitness club discounts
Prepaid legal services program
Identity theft protection

Travel Requirements:                            Ability to travel is a must

Work Location                             Remote from the AIA Approved States:


Applicants from states not listed above are ineligible.

                                                          This position will periodically be required to be on-site at the AIA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

An Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability, in accordance with the applicable law.

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Job Description
The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

AIA will provide you with the opportunity to advocate for the value of architecture and give architects and design professionals the resources they need to do their best work. The collective voice of architects is essential, and our work drives positive change through the power of design. 


Each one of us at AIA is a leader committed to demonstrating our mission and values and designing a better future for our country and planet. Even in times of change, AIA’s values remain constant:

We stand for equity and human rights
We stand for architecture that strengthens our communities
We stand for a sustainable future
We stand for protecting communities from the impacts of climate change
We stand for economic opportunity
We stand for investing in the future
We speak up, and policymakers listen

The American Institute of Architects, as part of the global community, is building a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion within the profession of architecture to create a better built environment for all. Achieving this vision has a direct impact on the relevance of the profession of architecture and the world's prosperity, health, and future.


Job Summary

This is a professional managerial position on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Advocacy and Relationships team, reporting to the Managing Director of Advocacy and Engagement Programs.. This role is a key leader of the AIA's Advocacy & Relationships Team. The incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing a long-range strategy for increasing member engagement in political advocacy activities, including the component and member training and outreach and education about technological systems AIA uses to bolster state/member engagement, the Architects Advocacy Fund, ArchiPAC, and specifically the ArchiPAC pre-check program.

Job Duties:

Oversee and collaborate with the Director of Political Affairs in developing a long-range strategy for growing ArchiPAC both in contributors and contribution levels thru specific fundraising activities and the pre-check program.
Develop and implement AIA's political affairs strategic plan to increase the quality and quantity of AIA's political relationships with elected officials and leverage AIA's relationships with political groups to build influence.
Create an ongoing strategic messaging and communications campaign with a refreshed, rebranded, and consistent message regarding the importance of member donations to ArchiPAC (governed by the ArchiPAC Steering Committee) and the Architects Advocacy Fund (managed by the Government Advocacy Committee) that focuses on architects' interest in public policy issues impacting the profession, their businesses, and the communities they serve.
Provide monthly or timely detailed intel, election trends, and race-by-race analyses, including candidate profiles as necessary, primarily for members of Congress and certain local and state races.
Develop and manage the advocacy team's budget for Political Affairs, outreach development of the political affairs budget, strategic plan, programs, and projects, and ArchiPAC budget.
Plan a strategy and coordinate with the Director of Political Affairs to implement and grow AIA's pre-check program to support AIA's advocacy efforts through ArchiPAC.
Serve as Asst. Treasurer of ArchiPAC, and work with the Director of Political Affairs to ensure AIA is compliant with all election laws, campaign finance laws, and overall recordkeeping and reporting responsibilities.
Develop and implement a comprehensive multi-year strategy to grow awareness and investment in the Architects Advocacy Fund, with a primary focus on recruiting and retaining corporate donors.
Develop and manage the budget for efforts to raise and disburse contributions for the Architects Advocacy Fund.
Working with the Managing Director of Advocacy and Engagement Programs to develop and implement a multi-year work plan that integrates AIA's Capacity Building report and builds awareness of AIA's Advocacy and Relationships efforts.
Develop a comprehensive strategy for advocacy outreach communications and member engagement (in concert with other A+R staff members) using software/Web that enhances member participation in advocacy and political programs at the federal, state, and local levels.
Develop and implement a strategy that builds the Architects Advocacy Fund in enhancing internal relationships with AIA members and state components (and external relationships with organizations aligned with AIA's public policy initiatives).
Lead AIA staff responsible for staffing the ArchiPAC Steering Committee with strategic advice and support.
Lead political affairs staff, including project assignments, strategic plan progress, time allocation, and performance reviews.
Other duties as assigned.

Frequent Contacts:


AIA Board of Directors
AIA Strategic Council
AIA national leadership and Staff ArchiPAC Steering Committee
AIA Government Advocacy Committee
AIA state and local components directors and staff
AIA Brand and Engagement Team
AIA Members and Component Services Team
AIA Knowledge and Practice Team
Political groups and organizations at the local, state, and federal levels
State and local component directors and staff
Federal Campaign and party committees
Consultants and vendors
Other associations

Remote from the AIA Approved States: AR, DE, FL, GA*, ID, IL, IA, KS, KY, ME, MI, MN, MT, NH, NM, NY, NC, OK, PA, SD, TN, UT, VT, WI, WY
Due Date: 
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Posted by aao on October 31, 2022 - 11:36am