This is a professional position in the AIA Policy and Community Relations department, responsible for directing programs related to resilience, codes and standards development, disaster assistance, and community development. The Director focuses on the strategic policy development of the AIA on issues relevant to regulation of the built environment. The incumbent directs and participates in the development of research and materials for use by AIA Components, AIA members, and industry stakeholders including but not limited to policy resources and toolkits, development of proposed changes to laws, regulations and building codes, and other policy resources for direct delivery to AIA members and components. The Director will represent the AIA in coalitions and industry groups related to built environment policy and manage a team of staff and consultants that engage in industry activity related to resilience and codes and standards, working collaboratively with other AIA teams to promote AIA policies and members. The Director reports to the Managing Director, Policy and Community Relations.
Experience managing multiple priorities and responsibilities independently, and superior ability to prioritize and delegate work in a fast-paced environment is necessary for success in this position. Candidate must maintain a collaborative, creative spirit amid competing values and be diplomatic in approach to conflict. Candidate must have experience or demonstrated ability to conduct the necessary research on a variety of platforms to support policy proposals and decision making. Flexibility and high energy are a must. Experience working independently and using initiative and independent judgment to direct complex projects on or before deadlines. Superior organizational skills, skills in identifying and developing opportunities for outreach to underrepresented groups, and the ability to multi-task and manage multiple duties simultaneously. Strong writing skills and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and a strong ethic of customer service Demonstrated experience writing marketing materials, reports, manuals, articles and correspondence. Demonstrated experience analyzing complex subjects quickly, researching and providing logical presentations both orally and in writing to a wide range of audiences. Ability to package and coordinate multiple products and services and present them in a cohesive whole. An understanding of Codes and Standards, zoning and other land use regulations, Emergency Management, Building Assessment, Disaster Assistance and the built environment are preferred. Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook and knowledge of Internet research methods, and good graphic presentation skills are desired.
Graduate degree in Architecture, Public Policy, Planning, Urban design or related field and 10-15 years of relevant experience desired.
Supervisory Requirements: Manager, Building Codes Policy, and Consultants
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