Get involved. Become a volunteer.
We are 100% volunteer-powered! AIGA Philadelphia’s success depends solely on the efforts of our many volunteers. It takes smart, dedicated, creative people like yourself to make everything we do possible. Get involved and meet some amazing people! Levels of contribution can vary based on your time and availability—volunteers are needed for short one-hour tasks for specific events or for an entire season on a committee.
People that design, people that support design and people that work with designers. Sound like you? Most of our volunteers are print designers, interactive designers, copywriters, art directors, small business owners educators, artists and more. It is a great way to network and make contacts, learn some new skills and stay connected to a community of folks who share the same passion—design.
Why is it valuable?
Advancing the field of design benefits you as well as society. AIGA Philadelphia is the perfect conduit for moving the design community forward. Plus, you make great connections that can advance your own career. The volunteers at AIGA Philadelphia are also lots of fun to work with. You will likely make great friends along the way. We also look to our exceptional committee members and volunteers as future leaders of the chapter board.
Join us on Slack to learn about current and upcoming volunteer opportunities!
Join a committee.
The Mentorship Committee is responsible for managing and growing the chapter’s mentorship program. Started in 2010, the program has grown from an initial 22 participants to 90 and growing. In addition to recruiting seasoned designers as mentors and up-and-coming designers as mentees, the committee is responsible for pairing partners and managing the program throughout the year.
- Recruit mentors and mentees to program through various channels (word of mouth and connections, social media, web site to name a few)
- Manage applicant database
- Pair partners (this involves an awesome wine-filled matching party!)
- Coordinate kick-off and wrap events to mark the beginning and end of the program
- Coordinate and manage monthly workshops, happy hours and other events throughout the year
The Education Committee connects students in our region to the design profession and introduces them to AIGA’s mission and objectives. The committee encourages active student participation by assisting faculty and students who are interested in forming a student group. The Committee plans activities and programs to prepare students to enter the professional field. Student leaders and active alumni are encouraged to become part of the team as “Ambassadors” to assist with communication at their schools. Interested faculty are welcome to join us casually for interscholastic networking. Faculty advisors are our key liaisons to student groups.
- Plan student -focused events that provide opportunities to meet professionals through initiatives such as Open Studio Tours for Students and Feedback: Annual Senior Portfolio Review
- Create opportunities for students and emerging designers to network and showcase their work through initiatives such as the Biannual Student Competition/Exhibit and website.
- Provide information and resources to educators, advisors and students
- Support student groups
The Membership Committee is responsible for maintaining and growing the chapter’s membership by demonstrating the benefits of the organization and leading recruiting/membership drive initiatives. The committee maintains tools and reports that assist with communicating to lapsing members and by creating ways of demonstrating the value of membership. In addition, the committee is also available to help answer questions about member benefits and opportunities.
- Maintaining an accurate and current local membership list
- Adding new contacts from event sign-in sheets
- Developing and implementing a member recruitment and retention strategy
- Attending events and presenting membership materials and answering questions
- Welcoming new members and reminding members to renew their membership
- Maintaining awareness of benefits and categories of membership
The mission of the Communications Committee is to position AIGA Philadelphia as the authoritative design resource to members, local designers, those working in design-related industries, local government, media and the general public by telling compelling stories about events and initiatives that advance the design industry, are relevant to our community, and promote social change.
- Assisting the Communications Director and working with volunteers to ensure quality communications are produced in a timely manner
- Writing and editing copy for events/initiatives, website updates, blog posts, press releases, social media posts, and emails as needed
- Posting events to area community events calendars
- Conducting interviews, writing event wrap-ups and creating featured content for website
- Attending an occasional chapter event to manage social media coverage, taking event pictures and publishing posts to the Chapter’s social media streams
- Maintaining the quality and consistency of the Chapter’s social media streams
- Leveraging measurement tools to provide reports and data insights, while continually finding ways to improve on those metrics through testing and new initiatives
The Interactive Committee is responsible for the chapter’s website and interactive engagement. This committee is responsible for maintaining the chapter’s WordPress platform-site, setting-up events in our registration system, Eventbrite, and all ancillary online services. This committee is also responsible for developing new ideas for ways to improve the site, implementing improvements and iterating new features. A secondary goal of this committee is to help the board reach out to the local web development community and bridge the gap between AIGA’s traditional print designers and the wider design-focused mission of AIGA.
- Manage and maintain chapter’s website, ensuring up-to-date site content and continuous site functionality.
- To keep the AIGA Philadelphia website updated in a timely matter. Be in close contact with all board members, to ensure the current events and needs are being met by the website.
- Oversight and development of all website initiatives that coincide with Board activities including forms, database development and site enhancement.
- Updating chapter job board as listing requests come in and coordinating closely with the Communications Chair.
- Setup registration of all events
- Create and send chapter eBlasts
- Demonstrate working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and content management systems is a must. Ability to write and edit online/professional content is also necessary.
- Review analytics to continually review how to utilize the website as a source of income
- Provide a voice for the interactive design community by organizing related events and workshops
The Partnership Committee is responsible for creating guidelines and structure for financial support for AIGA Philadelphia. By supporting AIGA programs, partners receive direct access to the consumers of their products and service, as well as, marketing opportunities they cannot obtain elsewhere. In turn, AIGA is strengthened by their support.
The committee is responsible for maintaining and developing relationships with companies and individuals who are currently or can potentially provide financial support to the chapter for both event-based and long-term financial initiatives. They are responsible for actively promoting sponsorships to various companies, developing marketing materials to highlight different levels and benefits of sponsorships, and are available for any questions or concerns, sometimes during business hours. Because you will be working with partners from other industries and/or organizations, Partnership is a great opportunity to expand your network and to help our organization move forward.
- Develop and update partner contact list
- Create materials promoting AIGA Philadelphia and its value to potential partners
- Coordinate with committees for event and program funding/in-kind donations
- Evaluate ongoing partner efforts to identify new opportunities
- Work with current/past partners for future engagements
- Ensure AIGA keeps its commitments to partners who engage
Design + Business Programming
This committee prepares annual programming related to design and business initiatives. This committee’s programming focuses on the lessons they don’t teach you in design school, but that are vital to advancing your career, running your own studio or freelance practice, and balancing work and life. This committee helps identify potential programs/speakers/issues of interest to our community and is responsible for selecting and promoting a calendar of events that offer lessons for a designer at every stage of their career.
- Determine programming to increase impact of design within the business community
- Support the chapter membership in engaging with Philly’s business community through networking, consulting, speaker recruitment
- Help the chapter membership in staying current with developments in how design supports business, such as the design thinking movement.
- Planning events and initiatives that offer lessons for a designer career and business advice
- Creating promotional graphics and writing event descriptions
Social + Workshop Programming
The Social and Workshop Programming Committee conceives and executes inspirational, social and educational events that are relevant to our members, colleagues, chapter partners, the businesses we serve as professionals, and the culture of our city. These programs create value for AIGA Philadelphia and help build our community. This committee manages event content and identifies program formats, venues, and speakers; and manages catering, AV, invitations, promotions, volunteers and other needs within budget. Attention to detail and top-notch time management skills are a must.
Responsibilities will include:
- Assisting Social and Workshop Programming Director in generating ideas for and planning monthly workshops and social events
- Ensuring events are attractive to members and add value to their memberships
- Collaborating with other board members on their event needs
Design for Good/Legacy
This committee is seeking designers with a passion for making a difference when it comes to social issues. The goal of Design for Good is to create a climate of social impact within the design community, to address social and economic conditions locally and to enhance the understanding of design thinking as a problem-solving tool. This committee is also responsible for the recording of our chapter history, including documenting pivotal events and initiatives. They are responsible for sharing this legacy with members to tell the story of our chapter, its founding and the individuals that have contributed to its success. Excellent writing, grammar, editing and communication skills along with a penchant for detail, accuracy and follow through are important characteristics for members of this committee.
The Women’s Leadership Committee is committed to empowering women in design and advancing the vital discourse on issues facing professional women today without generalizing or segregating women designers. Instead, we aim to address persistent biases and inequities inclusively and constructively through programming that celebrates the achievements of women in design and cultivates awareness of gender-related issues, while building knowledge and leadership skills. This committee also cultivates new ideas and resources that take a comprehensive approach, that considers not only gender, but also race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability and disability, age, and other factors that shape creative perspective and professional experience.
Philadelphia Design Awards
In an effort to engage and strengthen the regional design community, AIGA Philadelphia invites all designers to submit their work to our biennial Philadelphia Design Awards competition, affectionately nicknamed PDA. We feature work from creative teams of all sizes in the tri-state area, giving designers the opportunity to present their work to a prestigious panel of internationally recognized judges. Members of this committee get a first-hand peek at the exceptional design work being produced in the Philadelphia region, build relationships in the design community, meet national design leaders, and help organize the competition, exhibition and reception. We are looking for a team that is organized, motivated, and enthusiastic about making this initiative a success!
- Concept and produce event theme and creative: call for entries, submission/judging website, web graphics, catalog, signage (work with local designer or studio to work on design-related tasks)
- Contact and secure a panel of prestigious, internationally-recognized judges
- Manage submission process and promotion for call for entries
- Work with judges on reviewing submissions and selecting winners
- Plan exhibition/event that will feature winning work
The Fellow program is a means of recognizing longtime members who have made a significant contribution to raising the standards of excellence in practice and conduct within their local or regional design community, as well as in their local AIGA chapter. Biannually, this committee nominates qualifying members for this award, oversees the voting process, announces the Fellow and plans the award reception in their honor. This committee also awards the bi-annual Fresh Award that celebrates the work of a young and up-and-coming designer.
- Selection of nominees, oversight of voting process for Fellow
- Planning and promotion of Fellow Award reception
- Selection of judges for Fresh Award, management of submissions
- Coordination with National on award recognition
This committee fosters awareness and respect for the role of the in-house designer by providing resources, support, education, and enhanced programming specific to their needs. In-house designers make up nearly 50% of AIGA Philadelphia’s membership, and this committee works to give this group a voice and enhance the connection of in-house designers to the local chapter. Consider volunteering on this committee to plan the annual In-house Conference, the In-house Roadshow series, represent in-house designers at chapter events, and share ideas for new initiatives for this community.
Be a general volunteer.
Event volunteers are needed on a frequent basis at events in the areas of registration, preparation of give-away materials, ushering, light food service and cleanup. Generally, you are asked to arrive an hour before the presentation begins, you’re introduced to your fellow volunteers, and you get to work on setting up the event. At show time, you’re on your own to enjoy the presentation.
Exhibition volunteers assist in gallery show installations by hanging artwork, creating labels and assisting at opening receptions. These volunteers also help with deinstallation and packaging all artwork to return to artists.
We are looking for social media experts that are passionate about live-capturing the excitement and action of AIGA events and programs throughout the year. Volunteers will engages followers in real-time conversation to attract event attendance, create buzz, and share breaking news.
Photography + Video
We are seeking photographers with the drive to capture our events in action and tell a story through images. Volunteers send image files to Communications Committee to share these memories with members and our design community via Flickr, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We are also currently recruiting experienced and talented chapter videographers who will be responsible for capturing and editing video footage of chapter events and for special projects.
We need skilled wordsmiths to enhance AIGA Philadelphia’s communications through follow-up reports of events, writing for special projects, proofreading and editing, researching and preparing social media posts, and more.
Work directly with the Board on a design project that directly benefits the local chapter of AIGA. This could be an event promotion or chapter membership piece. This is great opportunity to create work that is seen by the entire local design community.