Programming Director, AIGA Philadelphia

This is a volunteer position
Start/End Date: July 2021 – June 2023


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


The Programming Director partners with the Board to prepare an annual programming schedule that supports the chapter’s mission and vision, while meeting the needs of the local creative community. The Director helps identify potential programs, speakers and issues of interest based established initiatives and goals. The Programming Director offers support to other board members in producing events, including evaluating event proposals to make sure they support the board’s objectives.


  • Oversee the strategic direction of the chapter’s programming
  • Lead chapter programming efforts and establish the annual programming plan
  • Work with Partnership Director to identify and secure local sponsors for events
  • Generate ideas and finalize the year calendar of events and venues
  • In collaboration with the Finance Director, create and manage event budgets 
  • Assist team with event needs and logistics.
  • Coordinating with Communications Team on event posts, updates, announcements and reminders
  • All new board members will be expected to attend group anti-racism training within the first 90 days on the board.


  • The director is required to attend 8 – 10 board meetings per year and to submit a brief report before each meeting. A director may send a substitute if unavailable, or submit a detailed report prior to the meeting. Board meetings are generally held in the evenings during the week, in person or over video conference.
  • The director is required to attend 1 – 2 board retreats during the year, or to schedule a catch-up session with the president. Board meetings are typically conducted in person and will take a full weekend day.


  • You enjoy planning events, lectures, workshops, etc
  • You like to create strategies for better programming
  • You enjoy collaborating, mentoring, assisting, and supporting in the production of events
  • You are interested in facilitating meaningful professional events 
  • You are eager to contribute to the local creative community
  • Board members are required 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 Stef Sutton 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. This is a short statement (250-500 words)  that speaks to the skills required for the role, and why the candidate is a fit.