Community Engagement Director,
AIGA Philadelphia

  • This is a volunteer position
  • Start/End Date: January 2020 – June 2022

Founded in 1914 as the American Institute of Graphic Arts, AIGA is now known simply as “AIGA, the professional association for design.” In 1981, a group of Philadelphia designers formed AIGA Philadelphia, the first local chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. AIGA Philadelphia’s purpose is both integral and complementary to the national organization: to provide the highest standards within the profession and the business community and to stimulate interest and understanding of graphic design and visual communication through lectures, exhibitions, and other activities. We recognize diversity through professional backgrounds, years of practice, areas of professional experience, economic level, cultural background, age, ethnicity, place of origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and cognitive and physical abilities. 

AIGA is the profession’s oldest and largest professional membership organization for design—with more than 70 chapters and more than 18,000 members—we advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force.

For more information about AIGA Philadelphia, please visit us at

As the Community Engagement Director, you will lead efforts in maintaining and growing the local community. The Community Engagement Director will focus on developing and maintaining our creative community. They will create a retention strategy and collaborate with different members of the board to engage existing members and create networking spaces for them within the chapter. The Community Engagement Director will facilitate membership recruitment and retention, but the focus will be on the local community, with equal access for AIGA members and non-member.


  • You will develop and implement strategies to strengthen and grow our creative community.
  • You will maintain the current community list (members and non-members) and add new contacts from event registrations
  • You will plan social events and networking opportunities for our community to connect with each other and AIGA
  • You will attend events and engage with prospect community members
  • You will be the main point of contact for membership supporting new members and reminding existing members to renew their membership
  • You will collaborate with the Program Director and Professional Development Chair to identify opportunities to engage the current community
  • You will create and administer an annual community satisfaction survey
  • You will be the lead person for local membership (membership levels, how to join, membership tracking, etc)
  • All new board members will be expected to attend group anti-racism training within the first 90 days on the board.


  • You enjoy building relationships and making people feel welcome
  • You are eager to contribute to the local creative community
  • Board members are encouraged to become AIGA members to enjoy official standing with AIGA National; if access to membership is a barrier to entry, we will support you in securing membership

We are very excited to review your application. Please follow the steps below and you should hear from our team within 72 hours. All documents and questions should be submitted to Bernardo Margulis at

  1. Letter of Intent: please submit a one-page letter of intent explaining why you are interested in the role and what makes you particularly qualified for the position. 
  2. Current Resume and Contact Information
  3. Two professional reference statements: may be current or former supervisors or colleagues. 
    1. This is a short statement (250-500 words)  that speaks to the skills required for the role, and why the candidate is a fit.