Alaska Aviation Museum Seeks Executive Director

Full time exempt position, paid holidays and vacation. Salary DOE

Undergraduate degree in Business Administration or equivalent business / management experience 

Job Description

The Alaska Aviation Museum’s (AAM) Executive Director (ED) is the chief executive of the Museum, responsible for the overall fiscal leadership, management and day to day operations. Operations include staff, admissions, memberships, programs, partnerships, events, fundraising, budgets and external relations. The ED is also responsible for overseeing the maintenance of Museum facilities and to develop strategies to optimize building use.

The ED is charged with delivering on the mission and goals of the organization in a fiscally sound manner, working closely with the board and staff to develop and articulate the strategic direction of the Museum and implementing the resulting strategies and initiatives. The ED is expected to provide leadership to staff for consistent direction, communication and organizational alignment.

The ED coordinates business development and marketing efforts with the Business Development Director and will be called upon to represent the Museum in fundraising, recruiting and other public efforts. The position requires the flexibility to work weekend and evening activities and events when necessary.

The ED must interact effectively with museum constituents: guests, members, donors, tour organizations, school and civic groups, local and state units of government, funders/funding organizations, students, other nonprofit aviation entities and associations and museums in the state of Alaska.

The ED must be a proactive, visible symbol of the Alaska Aviation Museum and must possess a deep passion for preserving history and an enthusiasm in particular, for the critical role of aviation in Alaska. He or she is expected to take a leadership role in monitoring public history and aviation museums to keep pace with a changing environment.

Job Requirements – Fundraising, Teambuilding, Community Outreach

  • Increase local and regional public awareness of the Alaska Aviation Museum’s mission and programs to achieve name recognition and to attract people to the museum as visitors, members, volunteers and donors.
  • Connect directly to Anchorage, Juneau, Fairbanks and rural Alaska communities to ensure the Museum reflects their needs and recognizes and values their contributions to aviation history in the state.
  • Develop new fundraising strategies to bring in additional revenue from public, corporate, foundation and individual sources, effectively balancing income and expenditures to assure the financial health of the organization.

This position requires an outstanding leader with exceptional communications, teambuilding and fundraising skills. He or she must have a strong public presence and enthusiasm for promoting AAM to a variety of donors and partners.

The ED must have the ability to work with the Board to create and carry out a unified vision for sustainability and future growth, to articulate the vision and the drive to achieve results.

The ideal candidate is a hands on leader and motivator committed to fostering a positive and forward thinking environment and leading by example,

The ED must demonstrate an authentic passion and commitment for the mission of the AAM. They must be creative, innovative and have the drive to achieve excellent timely results.

About The Alaska Aviation Museum

The Alaska Aviation Museum was opened to the public in 1988, an outgrowth of The Alaska Historical Aircraft Society founded by Ted Spencer in 1979. The core mission of the Museum is to preserve, display, educate and honor Alaska’s rich and diverse aviation history. The long term vision of the Museum is to create a world class destination which tells the story of Alaska’s impact on aviation and inspires the next generation of aviators and aviation entrepreneurs.

Submit resumes with cover letter to to the Executive Director at

No phone calls please.


Salary Range                        DOE

Position Open Date            September 5, 2018

Position Close Date            Until filled