The 2017 call is closed. The 2018 call will open in late spring 2017. Position description below is up to date.
Information and Expectations
The AIA Knowledge Communities are volunteer member-led special interest groups of the AIA national organization. They help members to connect with others who share the same passions and commitment—and develop a project that advances the profession and the collective work of the AIA. Traditionally each group is led by five leaders and supported by project-based committees along with partial AIA staff support.
As an AIA Knowledge Community, the Academy of Architecture for Justice promotes excellence in design of justice facilities that:
- Operate efficiently, safely, and securely
- Contribute to more livable and sustainable communities
- Elevate the stature of these institutions within society
- Create a positive environment for those who visit, work, and live there
- Achieve prudent stewardship of public funds
We encourage all members to participate by first serving on subcommittees (detailed information below) and then by applying to serve on the national Leadership Group (LG).
The AAJ is governed by a five member Leadership Group. Each member is appointed by the American Institute of Architects to serve a five-year term in a rotation with the other members. During the course of the five-year term, each member will serve as Vice-Chair and Chair and act as a liaison to AAJ subcommittees. It is desirable that one member be an emerging professional, and one member be employed by a public entity.
We are currently seeking statements of qualifications to fill one (1) open position that would begin in January 2017 and end December 2021.
Characteristics of successful candidates:
- Member in good standing of the American Institute of Architects
- Professional or academic standing in the criminal justice industry that would normally include significant project work related to courts, detention/corrections, or law enforcement facilities.
- Demonstrated commitment to the AAJ over an extended period and should have further demonstrated that commitment through leadership of a committee, task force, or other position.
- Willingness and commitment to support the goals and strategic direction of the AAJ in collaboration with the other Leadership Group members, AAJ members, AIA Leadership, and AIA staff.
- Ablilty to serve the KC as Chair, demonstrating the experience and leadership skills to establish and execute strategic initiatives on behalf of the KC and its membership.
- The composition in any given timeframe should represent --- or more desirably, enhance --- the diversity of the overall KC membership. The Leadership Group includes a variety of specialties, geography, firm size, gender, age, career stage, and race. *
Duties and Expectations
- Attend annual two-day AIA Knowledge Leadership Assembly in July (including July prior to the term start date). (The KLA provides an opportunity for Knowledge Community Leaders, Board Knowledge Committee, and AIA Staff to network, share knowledge and best practices, and build coalitions.) Travel stipend provided.
- Attend the annual AAJ Conference held each November at various locations.*
- Participate in monthly LG conference calls.
- Liaison with one or more sub-committees including a monthly sub-committee conference call and regular outside consultation.
- Participate in other activities as necessary to support the strategic direction of the AAJ.
- Ability and willingness to commit the financial resources to attend the above-mentioned conferences with partial reimbursement from AIA.*
The following rotation was adopted in 2014, and is suggested for subsequent years of service:
- First year: Member shall participate as liaison to one or more committees (sustainability, research, knowledge communications, justice partners, emerging professionals/university outreach, and local components (if applicable).
- Second year: Member shall serve as Vice-chair, assisting the Chair with planning for the upcoming year. Member shall also be liaison to one or more committees.
- Third year: Member shall serve as Chair and liaison to the AAJ Conference. As such, member shall choose the topic for the conference, select the conference-planning chair and co-chair, assist in the selection of the track chairs, guide the communication among the planning team members, and participate in all planning activities for the conference. Member shall have no other committee responsibilities during this year.
- Fourth year: Member shall participate as liaison to one or more committees, and shall assist the Chair or AIA Staff with any special projects planned by the Leadership Group.
- Fifth year: Member shall serve as liaison to the Justice Facilities Review, and shall serve as liaison to one other committee.
- One Leadership Group position is reserved for an emerging professional and a member employed by a public entity each.
- Public/owner leaders. The AAJ realizes that owner-side/ public members may not have access to financial support from their employer. The AAJ commits to responding to requests for reimbursement in a timely manner.
- Emerging Professionals. The AAJ is committed to ensuring at least one merging professional participates in Leadership Group discussions and strategic planning.
- Letter of Interest including a vision of what would you like to accomplish during your appointment
- Resume with:
- Professional accomplishments including contribution to, and attendance at KC events, subcommittee work, etc.
- Skills include curriculum vitae outlining design experience, awards, publications, speaking events, knowledge sharing; what are the particular skills that you would bring to the committee that complement the existing leadership.
- Letter of Commitment from a leader in your firm that demonstrates your firm’s commitment to supporting your involvement.
The American Institute of Architects actively promotes a diverse profession, including race, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. The AAJ strives to be an inclusive Knowledge Community representing diversity of thought, geographic diversity, both traditional and non-traditional practice and as well as providing opportunities for seasoned professionals, associate members and young architects.
Please submit the above information via the online form by 5pm ET on October 3, 2016.
Questions? Contact Kathleen Simpson at firstname.lastname@example.org.