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About the Alliance

Founded in 1906, the American Alliance of Museums (the Alliance) is the largest cultural organization representing the museum industry. We serve over 35,000 members, including museum professionals, trustees, independent professionals and the full range of museums--art, history, science, natural history, military, maritime and children's museums as well as aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens and historic sites.

Our office is currently located at 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 1005 Arlington, VA 22202 (near the Crystal City Metro Station). We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace.

Workplace Culture

The American Alliance of Museums respects, values and celebrates the unique attributes, characteristics and perspectives that make each person who they are. We believe that our strength lies in our diversity among the broad range of people and museums we represent. We consider diversity and inclusion a driver of institutional excellence and seek out diversity of participation, thought and action. It is our aim, therefore, that our members, partners, key stakeholders reflect and embrace these core values.  See our Diversity and Inclusion Statement.

Our Organizational Values

AAM employees embrace and demonstrate these core operational values in support of an engaging and inspiring workplace culture

Celebrate Our Passion and Creativity - We are passionate about museums, and we are proud to work in support of their success. We take our work—but not ourselves—seriously, and we like to have fun. We creatively tackle challenges (not people!), boosting each other up with positive energy and a focus on solutions, not problems. We celebrate accomplishments big and small, and we are inspired by the diversity and creativity of the museum field.

Deliver “Wow” Service - We provide excellent and courteous service and demonstrate a “can-do” attitude. We surprise and delight our customers by anticipating their needs, proactively addressing their concerns, providing solutions and exceeding their expectations.

Learn & Grow - We are a learning organization that identifies challenges/opportunities, raises new ideas and courageously tests new approaches to improve our quality, efficiency and collaboration. We embrace teamwork and we seek to continually learn from those in and outside of our organization—just as we seek opportunities to share our knowledge and experience with colleagues. We exhibit humility and are unafraid to acknowledge what we don’t know. We accept failure as an inherent risk of innovation and know that it’s our response to failure that matters most—identifying, correcting and learning from it.

Respect Each Other - We trust each other to work openly, honestly, sincerely and ethically—and in the best interests of the organization, rather than individuals or departments. We value a diversity of people, perspectives and work styles and recognize that our field, our organization and our teams benefit from this diversity. We respect each other’s creativity, individualism and time, and we follow through on our commitments to each other. We welcome rigorous and respectful debate in the interest of achieving our goals, and we actively seek feedback from colleagues. We celebrate the contributions of all of our colleagues.

Our Employees

Creative. Resourceful. Collaborative. The Alliance carries out its mission of providing leadership to the museum community through the dedicated efforts of our talented staff. We are always looking for service-oriented individuals in a variety of disciplines to join our team. We often recruit candidates experienced in association management, meeting planning, membership, administration, research, writing and editing, and museum operations.

Employee Benefits

We offer a full array of benefits including:
  • Friendly work environment
  • Medical & Dental Plan (Generous portion of employee premium paid by the Alliance)
  • Flexible Spending Account (medical expenses & dependent care)
  • Life & AD&D, Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • 403(b) Tax-deferred annuity plan
  • Prepaid Legal Service
  • Pre-Tax Commuting Benefits
  • Voluntary Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • 8 Paid Holidays plus the office closes during the last week of the year
  • 2 Personal days each year
  • Vacation & Sick Leave
  • Alliance Membership

Current Employment Opportunities

Accountant and Office Manager

The American Alliance of Museums seeks a motivated, organized, financial professional to support the finance and administration departments of the nation’s largest association of museum professionals.  The desired candidate has knowledge of basic accounting principles and the ability to perform processes such as accounts payable/receivable; reconciliations; batch processing and is eager to learn about financial maintenance, reporting, and analysis in non-profits.

About the position: Reporting to the Accounting Manager and working closely with the Director of Finance and Administration, the Accountant & Office Manager is responsible for processing and supporting day-to-day accounting transaction and functions. Primary duties include accounts payable maintenance, cash receipts batch distribution and data entry, cash reconciliations, and routine data/order imports. He/she directly supports the Accounting Manager in all month-end close processes, including the monthly reconciliation of the bank accounts against the general ledger, preparing recurring and ad-hoc journal entries for review, and assisting with year-end audit preparations.

The Accountant & Office Manager also provides administrative support to program and management staff including data entry, data base maintenance, office supply maintenance, office equipment support, and general administrative and executive office support.  Salary range is low to mid $50’s.

Skills and qualifications:

  • Ability to perform basic bookkeeping functions
  • Understanding of general accounting principles
  • Non-profit accounting experience preferred
  • Experience with accounting software, association management software (AMS) and MS Office  preferred
  • Strong and versatile communication and customer service skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Exceptional attention to details
  • Ability to work with, and maintain, confidential financial information

How to apply: In order to encourage a broad pool of candidates with various backgrounds to apply and to mitigate any potential implicit bias during our review of applications, we are applying some principles of “blind hiring.” Please follow the directions below when submitting your application materials.

  • Submit a cover letter and resume to using “Accountant/Office Manager" in the subject line by 9/8/17. Please do not include your name or address on either document. Please include education but omit school names and graduation years. Include your email address as the only personal identifier on these documents.
  • As part of your cover letter (no more than two pages), provide an example of how you have applied your accounting skills to solve a problem.

Submissions will be reviewed by our hiring team and candidates who are selected for further screening will be contacted by email by 9/15/17. Due to the large number of applications AAM receives, we can only contact those candidates selected for further screening.

About the Alliance:  The American Alliance of Museums, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, is a trusted leader, partner, and advocate for museums and works to build a field that includes dynamic and diverse individuals, institutions, and communities. With a budget of $10M, the Alliance provides leadership, advocacy and service to its membership and the field at large. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace. For more information, please visit

The American Alliance of Museums is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and prospective employees without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, personal appearance, sexual orientation, political affiliation, family responsibilities, disability, matriculation, marital status or any other category protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment at the Alliance, including but not limited to recruitment, promotion, compensation, benefits, training and development, access to facilities, discipline, separation of employment, and other terms and conditions of employment.