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Alaska Aviation Museum seeks Executive Director

Executive Director
Alaska Aviation Museum
Museum website: alaskairmuseum.orgAnchorage, Alaska

Full time position, flexible schedule required for weekend and evening activities/events.
Undergraduate degree in Business Administration preferred or equivalent business experience
Experienced Manager, salary DOE

Job Description

The Alaska Aviation Museum [AAM] Executive Director is the chief executive of the Museum and is responsible for the general and fiscal leadership and management of the entire organization, including programs, partnerships, fundraising, budgets and external relations. The ED is charged with delivering on the mission and goals of the organization in a fiscally sound manner. This person plays a leading role working closely with the board and staff in developing and articulating the strategic direction of the Museum and in implementing the resulting strategies and initiatives.

Other job responsibilities include providing the day-to-day direction of the organization, executing short and long range strategies and plans and taking full responsibility for all operations. The ED leads business development and marketing efforts and will be called upon to represent the Museum in fundraising, recruiting and other public efforts. The ED is expected to provide leadership to staff for consistent direction, communication and organizational alignment and visioning.

The ED is responsible for managing the maintenance of the facility and to develop strategies to optimize building use. The ED develops appropriate action, processes, and procedures to inform the Board and staff as to key decisions, meetings and information.

The ED must interact effectively with many constituencies: tourists, tour organizations, school and civic groups, local and state units of governments, funders/funding organizations, students, and other nonprofit aviation entities/associations and museums in the state of 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.

This individual 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’s history.

Job Requirements – Fundraising, Teambuilding, Community Outreach

  • Increase local and regional public awareness of the Alaska Aviation Museum’s mission and programming to achieve name brand 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 making the case for AAM to a variety of donors and partners.

This individual must have the ability to work with the Board to create and carry out a unified vision for what the Museum can and should do. The ability to articulate a vision must be combined with the drive to achieve results.

The ideal candidate is a hands on leader and motivator committed to fostering a positive and forward thinking environment, leading by example, that is “boots on the ground”.

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

About Us

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.

  • 2017 annual operating budget of $700,000
  • 15,000 annual visitors to Museum
  • 400 current memberships
  • 5000 students impacted this school year by Museum programs & activities
  • 100 minimum facility rentals annually
  • 42 vintage aircraft in collection with twelve complete restorations and six restored to flying status
  • 2500 attendees total at the four annual museum-sponsored major events
  • 2017 designated recipient of the prestigious Smithsonian Exhibit – Art of the Airport Tower

Submit resumes with cover letter

No phone calls please. Please email both director@alaskaairmuseum.org &chuckm@chazltd.com

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $60,000.00 to $75,000.00 /year

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