AIGA Asheville: Your Local Professional Association for Design
Who We Are
We’re not just a group of creatives; we’re a community united by shared values, a passion for design, and a drive to make a meaningful impact. At AIGA Asheville, we don’t just talk the talk; we walk the walk. We’re an all-volunteer Board, supported by Committees, each led by Chairs who are dedicated to specific facets of our mission. We value collaboration, innovation, and the joy that comes from creating something bigger than ourselves.
United by shared values and an insatiable passion for design, we aim to elevate, educate, and empower the creative community. Our currency? Money, meaning, and memories.
Who Can Join Our Creative Collaboration?
You don’t need to be a designer to serve on our Board or Committees, but you do need to be passionate about uplifting the creative community. Here’s who we’re looking for:
Designers, artists, makers, and creatives of all kinds
Professionals in marketing, strategy, development, or writing
Directors, educators, and mentors
Novices and veterans in your respective fields
Professionals from other industries who have a keen interest in design
We cherish team players who are:
Good with time management
Why Should You Jump On Board?
Are you an innovative thinker, a proactive doer, and a stellar communicator? Are you itching to make a real impact on Asheville’s vibrant creative community? If you said yes, then keep reading. AIGA Asheville is steered by an all-volunteer Board that enjoys the synergy of collaboration as much as the thrill of creation. Our committees are chaired by Board Members who bring their unique skills and perspectives to the table. You’re the right fit if you’re motivated, have excellent time management skills, communicate effectively, and believe that teamwork makes the dream work.
Perks & Benefits
Joining the AIGA Asheville Board or a Committee isn’t just a role; it’s a gateway to a myriad of opportunities:
Expand your network within the larger creative community
Gain invaluable skills in event planning, public speaking, and more
Develop leadership qualities and project management expertise
Enhance your resume and portfolio
And let’s not forget—have an amazing time, make lifelong friendships, and be a part of something awesome!
Board members may also attend AIGA AVL events for free—so that’s a bonus!
We are often recruiting for a wide range of positions:
Board Chairs: Lead, strategize, and execute as one of the captains of our ship.
Committee Members: Dive deep into specific projects and initiatives that fuel our mission.
Volunteers: Be the boots on the ground, helping to make our vision a reality.
Community Partners: Collaborate with us to create a lasting impact on the creative business scene.
How To Board This Ship
Interested? Here is the process.
Review the roles: For more details on each role, expectations and responsibilities, click here. Apply: Submit your application by November 17th To apply to join the board OR a committee use this same application. click here.
Interview: Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by our selection committee.
Selection: Successful applicants will be notified by Dec 15th. Understand the Bylaws: Board Members will be expected to read and understand our bylaws. They are publicly viewable here.
Orientation: All new and existing members undergo a comprehensive orientation to get them up to speed at our board retreat scheduled for January 20th or 21st TBD by popular vote of the newly elected board. Please save the date if possible, when you apply. But don’t let it stop you if you can’t make those dates.
Board and Committee Roles:
Executive Board Roles
President: The chief executive officer responsible for the overall leadership and strategy of the organization.
Vice President: Assists the President and steps in during their absence; also responsible for membership management.
Secretary/Treasurer: Manages meeting minutes, notices, and financial matters including budgets and filings.
Membership Director: Manages membership growth and retention, and serves as the primary liaison between the board and the members.
Sponsorship Director: Oversees the acquisition and stewardship of sponsorships and partnerships.
Board Roles (Each of the below also have various committee member opportunities)
Education Chair: Focuses on educational programming and partnerships with schools and universities.
Design & Marketing Co-Chairs: Lead the Design & Marketing Committee, responsible for branding, communications, and promotional activities.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Chair: Works to ensure the organization reflects the diversity of the community it serves and is inclusive in all activities.
Programming Events Chair: Coordinates and oversees all event planning and execution.
Business Outreach Chair: Builds relationships with local organizations and oversees community service initiatives.
Design Weekend Chair: Plans and facilitates AIGA Asheville Design Weekend, held annually in Q4.
A Few Important Notes
Only elected Board Members have decision-making authority in line with our bylaws.
Advisors and Volunteers operate in a supportive capacity and do not have decision-making authority.