Architecture Foundation of San Antonio
Executive Director Job Description and Posting
The Mission of AFSA
The Architecture Foundation of San Antonio’s mission is to educate the public regarding architecture,
the building arts, and design. Complementing the education mission of the Foundation is the goal to
enlighten the public regarding the cultural, aesthetic, historical, and technical significance of the
unique urban history of San Antonio and to preserve, celebrate, and nurture the legacies of Texas,
Mexico, and the San Antonio region.
About the AFSA
The Architecture Foundation of San Antonio, a 501.c.3 non-profit corporation founded in 2008, is
hiring its first Executive Director. The AFSA will join the San Antonio Chapter of the American
Institute of Architects and the College of Architecture from the University of Texas at San Antonio in
the Center for Architecture at the Pearl Brewery development on the San Antonio River.
The AFSA will offer educational programming and public outreach in ways unique to San Antonio:
K-12 Educational Programs
• KIDS (kids Investigating Design Solutions) – In association with the San Antonio
Independent School District and the Southwest School of Art and Craft the AFSA
conducts in-school programs where an architect and artist team with a classroom teacher
to develop and deliver a program focused on the value of architecture and design. The
program serves 3rd – 5th grade students, encompasses 12 class periods, and includes field
trips to architecture firm offices. The AFSA would like to grow this successful program
and eventually develop curriculum for local school districts.
• Weekend Workshops, Summer Academy, and After School Architecture – The AFSA
would like to further its programmatic reach by engaging students, parents, and educators
in these expanded offerings.
Public Education Programs
• Lecture Series – The AFSA will host a lecture series that presents approximately four
nationally prominent individuals or groups each year who engage in significant
architectural, urban design, development, or building arts projects that advance the cause
of improving the quality of the built environment.
• Symposia – The AFSA will host or partner with organizations to host public symposia
that focus on the improvement of the built environment in San Antonio and south Texas.
• Exhibits – The AFSA will host exhibits featuring drawings, models, photographs and
digital media that highlight the aesthetic, historical, cultural, political and technical
significance of the architectural, building arts, and urban history of San Antonio and South
• Tours – Using volunteer docents the AFSA will offer, for a fee, guided tours of
architecturally and culturally significantly areas of San Antonio to student groups,
convention and tourist groups, and the general public.
• Architecture Foundation Awards Gala – The AFSA will host annually a gala that
recognizes individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the
built environment of South Texas through their advocacy, public service and patronage.
Proceeds from the event will generate revenues to support the programs of the AFSA.
• Dining by Design – The AFSA will offer dining opportunities that pair significant
architecture with outstanding culinary offerings.
• Website – The website will provide information about upcoming AFSA events and
activities as well as provide links to other information sources that focus on San Antonio
and south Texas built environment.
• Journal – The foundation will produce a journal that will focus on salient architectural,
urban, and building arts issues in our area.
• Memberships – The AFSA will offer memberships to groups and individuals to provide
them a means to support and engage in foundation activities.
Governed by a growing board of directors that is expected number is approximately 15, the AFSA
has to date received 5-year pledges of financial support from the American Institute of Architects
and 11 architecture, development, contracting, and banking corporations to promote its mission.
Developing programs, recruiting sponsors and members, and building collaborative partnerships in
the educational, design, development, and construction communities are key organizational goals.
The Executive Director Position
The AFSA seeks an Executive Director who can build on its nascent steps and move the
organization into a new phase of sustainability through meaningful community partnerships.
Desired Experience and Attributes
• The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors, provide leadership to the
organization, and manage day-to-day operations with a warm, engaging, and open
interpersonal communication style. Ideal candidates will bring strength in the following
• Visionary Leadership – to bring creativity and inspiration to AFSA to help shape
programming in ensuing years
• A Practical Work Ethic – to implement the systems, processes, and infrastructure
necessary to support and grow the organization
• Fundraising Acumen – to elicit corporate, individual, foundation, and grant support
• Strategic Collaboration – to grow and sustain a paid membership program and provide
income-earning workshops and programs
• Effective Communication – to connect with the community, policy-makers, and financial
• Passion – for working with the education, architecture, development, and construction
• Administrative Expertise – to organize financial management, strategic planning, and
• Presentation Skills – to create compelling and effective writing, graphic, and oral
presentations that effectively communicate vision and detail to appropriate constituents
• Polished Grant Writing Skills – to create opportunities for funding through various
organizations that dispense grants for educational non-profits.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the effective
leadership, management, and financial health of the Chapter.
Program Development and Administration
• Ensure effective, efficient, and impactful day-to-day administration of program and
• Work with committee chairs to build mission driven programs
• Thoughtfully sustain and grow earned income through workshops, programs and
• Provide strategic leadership to paid membership program, ensuring Chapter’s financial
goals are met while members’ educational and professional goals are satisfied
• Foster a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse team of top quality
• As organization grows, create, maintain, and support an effective management team,
building strong collaboration among stakeholders
Development and Marketing
• Lead a successful fund development strategy, working closely with the board to maintain
and increase current levels of giving while identifying new funding sources
• Raise the profile of the AFSA by actively and effectively representing the organization to
donors, community leaders, and the community at large and implementing sound
marketing and public relations strategies
• Organize an effective grant tracking, writing, and acquisition program to increase
potential for expanded programs
Budget and Marketing
• Ensure the Chapter applies sound financial and administrative practice through effective
• Work with the Treasurer, Finance Committee, and the board in preparing a budget and
see that the organization operates within budget guidelines
• Produce an annual report summarizing the past year’s accomplishments with programs,
membership, development, and finance and project future direction in each of these realms
Send letter of interest describing relevant experiences, resume, and up to three references to
firstname.lastname@example.org by May 1, 2009. Interviews begin as soon as the board believes we have
an appropriate number of qualified candidates. We reserve the right to accept applications until the
position is filled.
The Architecture Foundation of San Antonio is an Equal Opportunity Employer.