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Seattle, WA

(206) 249-9909

AAF Seattle is the Western Washington chapter of the American Advertising Federation, serving Seattle's creative community through events, education and advocacy.

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Board Openings

Once a year a few board positions become available. Here's your chance to impact our community from a higher level.


We're looking for creative industry professionals with bright ideas who are ready to serve.

All positions have a baseline level of commitment, including attending monthly meetings and events, joining the club as a member, and representing the best interests of our creative community. Read up below on our expectations for all board members. It's no cake walk, but if you've got the stuff it's no problem either.

These Director-level positions require a commitment of one year, beginning July 1, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019. Each Director will be responsible for building and maintaining a strong committee to help facilitate all committee goals and objectives.

We insist on maintaining a diverse board of directors and encourage all creative industry professionals to apply.

If you're ready for a rewarding challenge, check out the open roles below and apply by May 30th.

Board Member Responsibilities

General responsibilities for all board members:

  • Must be an AAF Seattle Member in good-standing, either as an individual or through your company’s corporate membership.
  • Understand and support the policies, initiatives and programs of AAF Seattle.
  • Awareness of District and National initiatives, as reported on by the AAF Seattle President and/or Vice President.
  • Actively assist in resolving problems, meeting needs or answering concerns facing any board member or committee.
  • Actively participate in AAF Seattle content creation via website, newsletter and LinkedIn channels.
  • Continually recruit, inform and retain volunteers to support the club goals and growth of the AAF Seattle membership.
  • Attends at least three-quarters of all scheduled monthly board meetings. Per our club’s by-laws, if you fail to meet certain criteria around this, you may be asked to step down from your board position. If you are unable to attend, you are responsible notifying the President in advance of the meeting, and submit a written report to be entered into the official board meeting minutes. You may also arrange for a representative from your committee to attend in your place.  
  • Attend at least 75% of all scheduled events each year.
  • Attend annual club board retreat, generally taking place late summer/early fall.

Legal Responsibilities:

As Board Members of a 501(c)(6) Non-Profit, we have a legal responsibility to the local club, our district and the national organization. The following guidelines are recommended for non-profit organizations to reduce liability.

  • Attend board meetings regularly.
  • Be familiar with AAF Seattle’s by-laws and annual goals, objectives and programs.
  • Make sure the club keeps a written, permanent record of all board minutes.
  • Be certain to fulfill all aspects of non-profit and tax exempt status.
  • Exercise general supervision over AAF Seattle’s affairs.
  • Be familiar with the budget, budget process and financial health of the club, assuring the club maintains good credit and financial standing (as reported on by the club’s Treasurer).
  • Insist on meaningful board meetings with full disclosure of operating results.
  • Require the club to engage competent legal counsel, when necessary.
  • Require committees to report activities and achievements at board meetings.
  • Know the directors and officers of the club.
  • Adopt and follow sound business policies and practices.
  • Avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Monitor the community and professional image of the club.
  • Review the organization’s insurance program.
  • Question policies and practices that you don’t understand or cause concern.


Basic responsibilities:

  • Adhering to all general Board of Director responsibilities
  • Attending and participating in AAF Executive Committee meetings, outside of regular monthly board meetings
  • Working with AAF Seattle Executive Committee and/or Executive Director to keep financial accounts in good standing by means of bookkeeping, managing checking and other bank accounts, preparing and/or filing financial reports with AAF National, District XI, the IRS, and maintaining historical spending records for events
  • Preparing and disbursing a monthly Treasurer’s Report at each Board meeting, including a summary of banking activities and balances, checks deposited, expenses paid, etc.
  • Ensuring that the incoming Treasurer receives a complete set of financial records and relevant financial files, documents and instruments (i.e., access to accounting software, various passwords, checkbook etc.,)
  • Creating and managing an annual budget with the support of the executive board
  • Working with Immediate Past President and other Executive Committee Members on writing and crafting the narrative report for the club achievement submissions

Additional responsibilities if the club does not have an Executive Director:

  • Keeping physical records of key financial forms and documents (i.e., IRS 990 tax returns and non-profit status forms)
  • Recording revenue and expenses associated with each Club event or activity, and preparing a final profit and loss statement for each event, as part of a monthly budget report
  • Managing use of the cash box (i.e., ensuring that adequate change and a receipt book are provided, that good cash handling practices are followed, and that admission and other fees are collected at the door) at each Club activity or event
  • Managing and executing the payment of annual National membership dues, as well as District and National American Advertising fees


  • Knowledge of the mission and goals of AAF Seattle and the National organization
  • Familiarity with the financial management of an organization, 501(c)(6) non-profit in particular
  • Strong attention to detail with an interest in setting budgets
  • Ability to communicate financial metrics to non-finance savvy board members
  • Passion for bar charts and data visualization a plus

Government Relations Director

Basic responsibilities:

  • Adhering to all general Board of Director responsibilities, outlined earlier in this document
  • Developing an annual Government Relations strategy and plan with the board, and executing the strategy within the Government Relations committee. This strategy should take into account the questions/outline set forth in the AAF National Club Achievement package for Government Relations. Strategy to be presented at annual board retreat.
  • Organizing and leading a committee to assist with duties and responsibilities as set forth in the Government Relations strategy, and scheduling and managing a monthly meeting with the committee, outside of regular board meetings
  • Identifying, creating and/or overseeing projects and programs designed to build effective relationships with local, state and national governments.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships through the club or federation’s work which initiate favorable legislation, contribute to the defeat of adverse legislation, educate lawmakers and promote industry self-regulation.
  • Remaining informed on local and state legislative issues to report to the board and membership via the AAF Smart Brief daily email and the AAF Government Affairs Report from Clark Rector
  • Working with Immediate Past President on writing and crafting the narrative report for the club achievement submissions


  • Knowledge of the mission and goals of AAF Seattle and the National organization
  • Familiarity with local, state and national legislation relating to the advertising, marketing and communications industry
  • Effective communication and facilitation skills
  • Ability to follow through on commitments within the time frame allotted

If you want in, click the Apply button below to fill out our application form.

Deadline for submissions is May 23rd. The board will choose finalists and inform applicants by June 4th, then send the slate of proposed board members to membership for approval on June 5th. The new board will be announced shortly thereafter.