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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 30,000 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

Vice President, Development

The American Alliance of Museums seeks a capacity- and relationship-builder and fundraiser to prepare and lead transformational change in fund development. Adding new sources of funds and creating partnerships will sustain AAM’s leadership position in the global field of museums and achieve the Alliance’s strategic priorities such as diversity and inclusion, museum-based P-12 education, professional development, and global training models. The VP will have passion for museums; experience establishing and leading an institutional culture of philanthropy; proven expertise in change management; ability to execute a staffing, infrastructure, and system integration plan for development; and wisdom to advance institutional alignment and team collaboration.

About the position: Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President of Development will lead all aspects of the Alliance’s fundraising programs and activities with the primary goal of building a culture of philanthropy in support of the Alliance’s 2016-2020 strategic plan. The VP will implement strategies that significantly raise contributed revenue, and will mobilize the Alliance’s Board and staff to cultivate strategic partnerships to produce content, programs, and thought leadership that will serve and engage the museum field at large, both nationally and globally.

Skills and qualifications: The successful candidate will have:

  • Understanding of development and fundraising models, practices, and strategies for museums or arts and cultural organizations
  • Demonstrated record of growing revenue with experience opening and closing major ($100k+) gifts
  • Ability to articulate and present the strategic goals of the Alliance in a compelling manner and to effectively represent the Alliance to existing and new stakeholders
  • Ability to adapt to changing circumstances/priorities and to offer solutions as challenges arise
  • Superior writing skills in a variety of formats including ability to draft proposals, edit copy, compose formal and informal donor communications, and create talking points and messaging for development initiatives
  • Contacts to access a broad network of sources to provide expertise to the Alliance
  • Proven ability to build and manage a team with emphasis on building productive relationships, creating professional development opportunities, collaborative communications, aggressive goal setting and successful outcomes
  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time
  • Ability to speak languages in addition to English (desired)

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 “Vice President, Development" in the subject line. 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):
    • Describe a development model you implemented in an arts or cultural setting. Include the outcomes achieved.
    • Articulate how you define a culture of philanthropy. Will and, if so, how will the process of establishing a culture of philanthropy at AAM be different than the process at an accredited museum or other direct service organization?

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

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.