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.
AIA’s members consistently rank education as a critical value of membership. AIAU is AIA’s flagship online learning platform. In 2021, more than 17,000 learners earned credits exceeding 43,000 hours through 300+ live online and on-demand courses delivered through AIAU.
The Senior Director, Member Education, is a professional managerial position reporting to the Managing Director, Professional Development & Resources (PD&R), responsible for directing member education and strategic and operational management of AIA’s online member learning platform—AIAU. The Sr. Director works cross-functionally with other departments, member committees and groups, and AIA chapters and components to successfully deliver learning programs through AIAU and provides expert consulting and serves as an advisor for other member education programs including the AIA Conference on Architecture and other events. Key responsibilities include positioning AIAU as AIA’s flagship member learning platform, developing AIAU as a significant source of non-dues revenue, and executing plans that achieve the organization’s member learning goals.
Manage the AIAU program including business and content strategy, financial performance, marketing strategy, and customer satisfaction.
Lead the creation of curricula for AIAU programs.
Oversee the procurement, design & development, and delivery of AIAU learning products.
Provide thought leadership and direction on the design and development of member education across the Institute.
Serve as the point of contact for collaborations with internal AIA teams, interest groups, components, chapters, and collateral organizations looking to research and understand AIA member professional learning needs to develop new courses and curricula aligned with Institute priorities.
Work closely with the Meeting and Events team to assess needs, decide priorities, and design effective Conference on Architecture, meeting, and Events educational programming.
Coach, mentor, and develop AIAU staff to create a supportive and engaged team environment.
Other duties as assigned.
Frequent Contacts AIA Knowledge & Practice SVP and department members AIA Senior Leadership Team members AIA Managing Directors AIA Knowledge Community members AIA Components and Chapters AIA Members
Demonstrated experience leading and managing learning and development programs, especially online delivery of live and on-demand content.
Strong business acumen and experience developing and managing program budgets, understanding financial statements, and controlling costs and expenses.
Confidence in leading and coaching others in a collaborative team environment that may include remote employees.
Demonstrated experience and understanding of current instructional design methodologies and practice as well as proven understanding of adult learning principles.
Outstanding written/oral communication skills and organizational skills.
Experience with online course development tools, technologies, and standards including Articulate 360, Adobe Captivate, and SCORM.
Ability to coordinate a diverse resource pool, interact effectively in an individual membership environment, analyze issues and concepts to correctly state a problem, and develop recommended solutions.
Experience developing face-to-face as well as online and blended learning solutions.
Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Instructional Design, Instructional Technology or a related field with a minimum of 8 years of experience or a degree in business with direct experience managing training and learning programs and products. An advanced degree is preferred and may be substituted for experience. Association experience and interest in architecture is a plus.
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: None
Lead a department of four (4)
100% Remote from the AIA Approved States: DC, MD, VA, 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.
This position will periodically be required to be on-site at the AIA Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Applicants from states not listed above are ineligible.
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.
The AIA, in existence for more than 150 years, works to advance the value of architects and architecture and increase the living standards of people by improving their built environments. The AIA, with a membership of over 90,000, is the largest voice of the architectural community.
*Educating the public to strengthen the value of architects and the overall role of the profession in the building industry. *Using our influence in legislative and regulatory concerns that affect and potentially govern the professional lives of architects. *Researching new job markets and new career specializations to ensure architects can meet society's needs now, and in the future. *Expanding the architectural knowledge base as changes in the profession occur. *Offering a network for support and information exchange with colleagues and industry professionals across the country and the globe.