The AIA Louisiana Executive Director ensures that the programs, activities, and services of AIA Louisiana directly benefit the members and the profession as determined by the Board of Directors. Responsibilities include: facilitating long-range planning; implementing organizational goals and objectives; increasing non-dues revenue opportunities through programs, sponsorships, and collaborative initiatives; acting as liaison to state government agencies and identified public groups; assisting in board development and governance; growing the membership of the organization; and providing relevant and timely member services. The following summarizes the Executive Director’s responsibilities within the organization’s four strategic goal areas:
GOAL 1: PUBLIC AWARENESS
Serve as spokesperson for the component and promote AIA Louisiana through the media, communicate with state leaders, and promote the component’s interests with allied organizations and other public entities.
Provide advice and counsel to the Louisiana Architecture Foundation Board of Regents.
Grant potential interviews with media outlets, in consultation with and at the direction of the President, to present AIA Louisiana’s position on various issues of public interest.
Ensure such interviews reflect the current positions and policies of AIA Louisiana.
Maintain relationships with accredited architecture programs at Louisiana State University, Louisiana Tech University, Tulane University, and the University of Louisiana - Lafayette.
Forge meaningful and effective alliances with related professional organizations, sponsors/supporters, and Louisiana businesses.
GOAL 2: GOVERNMENT ADVOCACY
Serve as the organization’s political lobbyist with the Louisiana State Legislature and appropriate government agencies.
Engage actively in regulatory affairs, working closely with the Louisiana State Board of Architectural Examiners.
Maintain close personal contact with influential legislators, state officials, and key staff members in both the legislative and regulatory arenas.
Anticipate issues coming before state government and optimize effectiveness in furthering the interests of AIA Louisiana’s members.
Liaise with the State Department of Facility Planning and Control, the State Fire Marshal, and other statewide organizations on architectural issues.
Advise AIA Louisiana officers/board members on issues affecting/promoting legislative interests.
Assist the Legislative Affairs Committee in establishing positions, political strategies, and presenting testimony before committees.
Provide advice and assistance to the Political Action Committee.
File Louisiana PAC reports to the Board of Ethics on a monthly basis.
Monitor the activities of the State Architects Selection Board and facilitate the election of Board members and Selection Board policies.
GOAL 3: EXPAND AND SHARE KNOWLEDGE
Communicate effectively with members; actively encourage feedback to better the organization and enhance opportunities offered to members.
Oversee the execution of signature continuing education programs to include the annual convention and Celebrate Architecture.
Direct the annual honors and design awards programs.
Encourage and support development of programs and services to meet members’ needs.
Build programs to encourage increased membership by architects.
GOAL 4: OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY
Partner regularly with the President, serving as his/her ‘right hand’ on all matters.
Assist the President in appointing capable persons to various committees; advise and offer alternative solutions when committees fail to perform.
Serve as liaison and consultant to all committees, assisting them in organizing and completing yearly goals and objectives.
Diversify revenue streams by developing non-dues revenue opportunities and/or other income in collaboration with the Board of Director.
Manage the headquarters of AIA Louisiana and directly supervise staff team members.
Oversee receipts and disbursements to comply with the annual budget and investment funds.
Collaborate with the President-elect and Treasurer in the development of the organization’s annual budget.
Manage said budget and maintain best financial practices within the areas of governance, reporting, compliance, and risk management.
Anticipate challenges that may adversely affect members and offer suggestions to chapter leadership.
About the Organization
Formed in 1943 and based in Baton Rouge, AIA Louisiana is a state chapter (“component”) of the American Institute of Architects. With over 1,000 members, the organization represents the professional interests of architects, associate members, and allied professionals across the state. AIA Louisiana expands opportunities for the architecture profession to provide greater influence and impact through public awareness, government advocacy, and knowledge sharing.
AIA Louisiana is:
• The leader of the profession of architecture in Louisiana on behalf of its members
• The voice and resource for the profession of architecture in Louisiana
• The conduit for the exchange of information concerning the built environment