Senior Director, Industry and International Relations

American Institute of Architects
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Apr 11

Position description

This is a senior professional managerial position in which the incumbent reports to the Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Strategy and works closely with the EVP/CEO to develop, maintain and ensure the Institute’s strategic relationships and partnerships with domestic and related international professional organizations in the design and construction industry further the Institute’s mission. These relationships are comprehensive in that they encompass more than one initiative and are ongoing.  In many cases, there are financial and other resource obligations. The Senior Director will oversee the International Relations division and represent the Institute by negotiating the affiliation or alliance agreement and managing the ongoing relationship through the fulfillment of partnership agreements involving other staff and AIA members, as appropriate.

Job Duties:

  • Oversee and serve as the initial point of contact within the AIA for industry and international relations topics for AIA officers, presidential appointees, and volunteer members.


  • Oversee the development of strategies and plans for the industry and international relations.


  • Develop and lead briefings for leadership and senior staff prior to travel to meetings of organizations within the design and construction industry or visits from delegations from these organizations.

  • Ensure coordination of visits and communicate with members, presidents and executives of organizations within the design and construction industry.

  • Coordinates with the executive office to support AIA official delegations for representation at industry events.

  • Track and reviews incoming correspondence and drafts responses for the officers and the EVP/CEO relative to the AIA’s industry relation activities.


  • Oversee and work closely with the Director & Manager, International Relations to ensure support and coordination with international alliances &programs.


  • Respond to information requests from AIA members, AIA components, AIA International Components and the general public on practice activities and industry issues.


  • Oversee, initiate, develop, maintain and enhance relationships with domestic and international organizations and firms within the design and construction industry including:


  • Facilitate assessment of prospective alliances with other domestic and international organizations against the Institute’s strategic goals and operating objectives.


  • When appropriate, develop and negotiate alliance and partnering agreements that clearly support mutual objectives. 


  • Serve as one of the key AIA contacts and liaison to officers, members and staff of other organizations for ongoing relations as well as participation in partnership agreements.


  • Serve as the staff liaison for any cross-organizational domestic and/or international committees or task forces that form to support ongoing relations.


  • Annually, reviews and assesses results of the domestic and international alliances.


  • As directed from the Senior Vice-President of Advocacy & Relationships, develop and implement an engagement and value strategy related to the AIA’s Design and Health portfolio with design firms.


  • Provide regular recommendations for change, improvements, etc. (identifying areas for mutual collaboration with other AIA staff).


  • Serve as the primary contact for the AIA with its domestic and international alliances, working across departments to coordinate fulfillment of partner agreements.


  • Provide resources and facilitate opportunities, whenever possible, for extending partnerships with domestic and international organizations to the AIA’s local and state components.


  • Develop and manage budgets related to committee and staff travel and other costs in fulfilling domestic relationships; oversee budget for international division.


  • Direct a comprehensive communications plan for industry and international relations activities. Plan, develop, and implement communication program to ensure ongoing awareness of AIA industry & international relations activities and outcomes; practice issues and trends; member needs; feedback, etc.


  • Maintain a database of domestic and international allied organizations, contacts and agreements.  
  • Coordinate with other AIA staff who also work with domestic and international allied organizations to ensure accuracy of content.
  • Facilitate strategic alignment and opportunities between the domestic and international relationships.


  • Oversee and work with staff to ensure all content posted on related to industry and international relations including all content posted on the AIA Alliances Website.
  • Works to ensure Industry Relations and International member volunteers are assisted with website postings and other meeting preparations.
  • Oversee coordination with other members of the AIA staff who also work on international and industry-related projects to ensure accuracy of content.
  • Handles or leads other special projects assigned by the Senior Vice President, Advocacy & Relationships and/or the AIA Executive Office.

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