Executive Director

Company Name: 

Association of African American Museums


POB 23698
Washington, DC 20026-3698

Contact Name: 

Brian J. Carter





Job Description: 

Association of African American Museums

Job Description: Executive Director

The Association of African Museums (AAAM) seeks a dynamic and innovative professional to lead a growing national member organization. Located in Washington, D.C., AAAM is a non-profit member organization established to support African and African American focused museums national and internationally, as well as the professionals who protect, preserve in interpret African and African American art, history, and culture. AAAM recently completed a National Needs Assessment of African American museums and cultural centers. The findings from this study resulted in the creation of an ambitious four-year strategic plan that responds directly to the needs and developing trends of the field, and offers a path forward to more efficiently and effectively serve AAAM’s members. The successful candidate for this position will have the unique combination of skills, talents, and experiences to fully implement the vision and direction outlined in the current 4yr strategic plan.

The Executive Director of the Association of African American Museums serves as the chief administrative officer of the organization, initiating or implementing policies and programs approved or defined by the AAAM Board of Directors, and is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Association.

Primary Job Functions
• Plan and implement the AAAM Annual Meeting. Work with the AAAM Board, Program Committee, and local Host Committee to coordinate all Annual Meeting logistics, marketing, and programming.
• Serve as the primary development officer of the Association. This includes identifying and obtaining financial support for operations and programs from a wide variety of public, corporate, and individual revenue sources.
• Plan and coordinate all AAAM Board meetings, committee meetings, and other organizational meetings. This includes setting meeting times/dates/locations; preparing agendas, budgets, and other necessary meeting materials; and preparing and disseminating meeting minutes in a timely fashion.
• Serve as the primary administrator of the association. This includes preparing annual budgets, implementing the budget, and working the AAAM Board to review, update, and implement the organization’s 4yr strategic plan.
• Manage day-to-day operations of AAAM’s office, which will include staff and volunteer management and supervision. Maintain organization records, execute contracts and commitments approved by the AAM Board, and be available to members and stakeholders for regular and consistent communication.
• Oversee all membership related activities, in concert with the Board Membership Committee, toward increased member numbers and increased member satisfaction levels. Maintain and disseminate information to members regarding professional policies and practices.
• Serve as the primary development officer of the Association. This includes identifying and obtaining financial support for operations and programs from a wide variety of public, corporate, and individual revenue sources.
• Oversee all written and verbal coordination from the association, including quarterly e-newsletter, blog posts, website, and social media presence.
• Serve as the primary spokesperson for the Association, representing the values, mission, and mission of the organization to the public. Promptly respond to phone, e-mail, mail, or social media inquiries with information, technical assistance and reference.
• Represent AAAM to the larger museum field, which will include attending meetings, convenings, and conferences for our partner organizations, including but limited to, SEMC, MAC, NMAAHC, AASLH, and AAM.
• Plan and coordinate all AAAM advocacy efforts in support of mission/value aligned initiatives that support the work and people of the African American museum field.

Required Education and Experience
• B.A. degree in history, public history, art history, public administration, museology or other advanced education being equally relevant for this position.
• A minimum of five years-experience working in African American museums and/or cultural organizations.
• A strong knowledge of the African American museum and cultural community

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
• Demonstrated ability to take initiative and shape the association’s direction
• Proficiency with a range of computer programs, including Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, and database and web-based applications
• Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines
• Superior organizational skills
• Interpersonal skills including ability to work cooperatively with members, donors, staff and volunteers

Additional Information
• The work location for this position will be the administrative offices of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
• This position works a 40 hour work week, generally Monday through Friday. Evening and/or weekend hours are required.
• This position will require travel, approximately 5-10% of working time.
• This position reports directly to Association of African American Museum’s Board President.
• This position includes a comprehensive benefits package and is classified as Regular Full Time.
• Pay range is $80,000-$90,000 annually, depending on experience.

To Apply:
• This position remains open until October 19, 2018.
• Send cover letter and resume to Brian.Carter@4Culture.org