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Vice President,

Human Resources


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I. Overview

. . . . 3

The Organization

The AIA Vision, Mission & Goals The AIA’s Code of Ethics

Web Presence


Position Description

. . . . 4

Function of the Position Job Duties

Frequent Contacts

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities and Training and Experience Supervisory Requirement

Budget Responsibility


Organization Review

. . . . 6


Components of the AIA Membership

Advocacy & Resources


To further this vision and mission, AIA will focus on three priorities to:

■ Elevate public awareness ■ Advocate for the profession

■ Create and expand the sharing of knowledge

and expertise to ensure a prosperous future for our members.

The AIA’s Code of Ethics

AIA members adhere to a Code of Ethics (most recently updated in 2012) and professional conduct intended to assure clients, the public, and colleagues of an architect’s dedication to the highest standards in professional practice.

Web Presence

The AIA has an extensive presence on online, starting with its main website at:

The Organization

The AIA is the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners since its founding more than 150 years ago. The organization works to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities.

Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, including five international chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well-being. AIA provides

members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation, and world.

The AIA Vision, Mission & Goals

The organization’s vision is “Driving positive change through the power of design.” Its mission is to be the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society.

Vetted Solutions

is recruiting and evaluating candidates for the position of

Vice President,

Human Resources

for the American Institute of Architects (AIA). This position will be based

at the organization’s headquarters office in Washington, DC. The association has a 2015

budget of $64 million, 220 staff, and over 85,000 members.


II. Position Description

■ Consults with senior management on HR strategy

and may provide assistance to state and local components, upon request.

■ Counsels, guides and educates managers and

employees regarding HR policy interpretation, performance improvement and career


■ Directs programs to ensure that all HR functions

are administered consistently with best practices, quality service, and staff satisfaction.

■ Develops the organizational salary and benefits

budget and monitors spending against the plan, coordinating with the Finance department.

■ Develops a succession plan for key staff and a

talent management program to identify and build future leadership capabilities.

■ Participates as a member of the senior leadership

team and on the AIA Committee of Trustees.

■ Prepares materials annually for the AIA

Compensation Committee regarding EVP/CEO compensation.

■ Work with the EVP/CEO and COS on developing,

implementing and updating an organizational compensation philosophy.

■ Manages the AIA performance management

program to ensure that organizational goals are achieved through enhanced staff performance, motivation and commitment to AIA’s mission and values.

■ Ensures compliance with HR policies and

procedures and federal, state and applicable local laws, regulations and requirements governing employment, benefits and workplace.

■ Sets the standard for assuring that the AIA

national component is a continuous learning environment focused on on-going professional

Function of the Position

This is a senior management position reporting to and partnering with the Chief of Staff towards the ongoing transformation of the organization, leading change management efforts as well as driving organizational effectiveness strategies. The

incumbent will provide overall guidance, vision and leadership of all areas related to human resources including strategic integration of HR initiatives, recruitment and retention, compensation and benefits, training and continuous learning, employee relations, EEO and affirmative action, succession planning, statutory and legal compliance in

employment and benefits law, and administration of employee programs and HR-events. This includes supervision of the HR staff team and providing advice to senior management and guiding staff on HR issues and organizational development strategies. This position is considered a core staff position.

Job Duties

■ Serves as a member of the AIA national senior

leadership team in setting overall organizational strategy, collaboratively supporting others, in addition to providing functional leadership on his/ her own team.

■ Plans, develops and implements human resources

and organizational development strategies, policies, programs and processes; ensures fully aligned activities that help attract, on-board, retain, manage and reward the performance of a workforce capable of effectively executing organizational strategy.


recruitment and retention initiatives and performance management solutions.

■ Demonstrated skill in professional development

programming and creating a continuous learning workplace.

■ Extensive knowledge of statutory requirements

for an EEO/AAP workplace and skill in establishing and implementing employee relations programs to create a harmonious and productive working atmosphere.

■ Excellent consulting, diagnostic and proactive

problem solving skills.

■ Self motivated, goal-oriented with a sense of

urgency about HR. Excellent professional presence, communication and interpersonal skills.

■ Well-developed organizational, interpersonal

communications, negotiation, writing, and strong listening skills.

■ Practical experience in program development

and implementation.

■ Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to influence

others, create harmonious, productive working relationships and successfully collaborate with others.

■ Considerable demonstrated ability to accomplish

fiscal goals/objectives.

■ Solid skills in the use of Microsoft Office. ■ Ability to coordinate diverse resources in an

individual membership environment, to analyze issues and concepts to correctly state a problem and develop recommended solutions.

■ Understanding of the best ways in which to recruit,

retain, and compensate a staff base that is diverse (architects, association professionals, and technology professionals).

Supervisory Requirement

■ Sponsors specific project assignments, e.g. best

place to work, climate surveys, recognition programs, all staff events.

■ May at times provide HR support to AIA

component leaders.

■ Handles other duties or special projects as


Frequent Contacts

■ Committee of Trustees and Personnel Committee ■ AIA component leadership and staff

■ External consultants and staffing firms ■ Office of AIA General Counsel and Outside

counsel (employment and benefits law)

■ Vendors and Suppliers ■ HR networking organizations ■ EVP/CEO

■ Compensation Committee ■ COO

■ VPs

■ AIA staff and applicants for employment

with the AIA


and Training and Experience

■ Bachelor’s degree in Business, Human

Resources, Psychology or related field and a minimum of 10 years of relevant senior level management responsibility for human resources program initiatives.

■ Experience on staff at an association/nonprofit or

with a professional services firm would be a plus as would experience as part of the senior leadership team of an organization that has gone through a


At their second meeting two weeks later, 16 other architects were invited. A draft constitution and bylaws were read, with only one change made — rechristening their organization the American Institute of Architects. Five weeks after that, on April 13, Upjohn led a small group to City Hall to

incorporate. Two days later, the 29 members signed the AIA’s first constitution, and Upjohn assumed the role of President, for the next 19 years.

By the mid-1860s, architects from other cities wanted to join the AIA. The membership voted to accept chapters in other cities nationwide. On March 19, 1867, their original group met as the first official chapter of the AIA. By 1887, AIA had chapters in Philadelphia, Chicago, Cincinnati, Boston,

Baltimore, Albany, Rhode Island, San Francisco, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Washington, DC. They had a rival as well, in the Western Association of Architects, founded in Chicago in 1884 and focused on the Midwest and the South. Rivalty swiftly turned to cooperation, the AIA and WAA merging in 1889. In 1899, the AIA moved to Washington, DC, at a time when the federal government was

commissioning many public building projects. It made sense to base the AIA where the money and power resided in order to influence what was built and who would build it. The first DC headquarters was the Octagon, a historic house built in 1799 (at 1799 New York Ave., next door to the current AIA headquarters).

Each year the AIA carries out a vast array of initiatives, serving as the voice of the architecture profession and the resource for its members in service to society.

■ Sponsoring hundreds of continuing education

experiences to help architects maintain licensure.

■ Setting the industry standard in contract

documents with more than 100 forms and contracts used in the design and

construction industry.

■ Providing countless Web-based resources

for emerging architecture professionals.

■ Conducting market research and analyzing

the economic factors affecting the business of architecture.

■ Hosting the annual AIA National Convention

and Design Exposition.

■ Serving as an advocate of the architecture


■ Promoting design excellence and outstanding

professional achievement through awards.

■ Fostering collegiality and community in the

profession by organizing and maintaining real-time and online member groups to help like-minded architecture professionals share their interests, expertise, and experience, get to know each other, and stay informed of the latest issues and trends.


The American Institute of Architects

is the leading professional membership association for

licensed architects, emerging professionals, and allied partners. Association offices are

located in Washington, DC.


and the Middle East. These components link AIA members into a supportive network, providing members an opportunity to make a significant difference for the profession:

Local components sponsor a wide range of

activities, including educational conferences, community service projects, post-disaster and urban design workshops,

■ Many state components offer educational

conferences and networking opportunities, playing an integral role in representing member interests before state legislatures and regulatory agencies on architecture-related issues.

■ The national component of the AIA unites local

and state members in the common causes of advocacy, community, and knowledge.


Over time as well, membership in the AIA has grown from the original 29 members in 1857, to 11,500 in its centennial year, to 75,000+ by 2007. In 2015, more than 85,000 licensed architects and associated professionals are members. The AIA has five levels of membership:

■ Architect Members are licensed to practice

architecture in the United States.

■ Associate Members are not licensed to practice

architecture but work under an architect’s supervision in a professional or technical capacity; have earned professional degrees in architecture; are faculty members in a university program in architecture; or are interns earning credit toward licensure.

such as engineers, landscape architects, or planners; or senior executive staff from building and design-related companies, including publishers, product manufacturers, and research firms.

There is no national AIA membership category for students. However, they can become members of the American Institute of Architecture Students (based in the same building as the AIA), and many local and state chapters have student membership categories. The AIA’s most prestigious honor is the designation of Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, awarded to members who have made contributions of national significance to the profession. Slightly more than 2,600, or 2% of all members, have been elevated to the AIA College of Fellows. Prominent foreign architects may be elected to the College as Honorary Fellows of the AIA.

Advocacy & Resources

Ever since its move to Washington, DC, in 1899, the AIA has recognized the central importance of advocacy. Decisions affecting how architects practice are made daily by federal, state, and local lawmakers, and AIA Advocacy serves members not only as the voice of the profession to decision-makers at all levels of government but with a vast array of resources:

■ The Procurement Resource Center provides

information to help members navigate the federal, state, and local government procurement processes.

Tax and business resources include:

– Using tax incentives to grow your business. – Opportunities for business with the


■ Green programs created or supported by

the AIA include:

– The International Green Construction Code (IgCC), a new model code supported by the AIA to help conserve energy in both commercial buildings and residential structures while giving direction for safe and sustainable building design and construction. – The Local Leaders in Sustainability program,

developed by the AIA to aid government leaders and community stakeholders who seek to expand green building and foster livable communities.

■ The Emerging Professionals: Student Loan Relief

program gives members entering the profession assistance to help them succeed.

■ The AIA Center for Communities by Design

recognized that being an architect isn’t just about buildings; it’s about people and about making communities more livable.

Year of the Advocate is a program created to help

make the AIA and its members’ voices be heard year-round.

AIA Citizen Architect involves members in civic

activism — writing and publishing, gaining appointment to boards and commissions, and seeking elective office at all levels of government.

ArchiPAC, the AIA’s only federal political action

committee, founded in 1980, serves as the single voice for the architecture profession on the national political scene.

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