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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


Development Director

Detailed and engaging Development Director needed to carry out the strategic direction of the American Alliance of Museums’ fundraising activities and contribute to a robust development program that supports AAM’s mission, institutional goals and priorities. We are particularly interested in a candidate who can play a key role in our new focus of increasing support from foundations, corporations and individuals to support AAM’s Strategic Plan.

About the position: Reporting to the Vice President of Development and working closely with AAM leadership, program managers and volunteers, the Director will advance AAM’s fundraising donor relations and other development activities, in conjunction with the development team, to raise revenue of $1.3 million annually in support of AAM’s programs, products and services. Responsibilities include evaluating and implementing strategies to build financial resources and partnerships; identifying and pursing potential funders; pipeline management; and stewardship of relationships with major companies, foundations and individual supporters. Salary negotiable, based on experience.

Skills and qualifications:  The successful candidate has managed multiple fundraising strategies for cultivating and soliciting major gift prospects rated at $25K and above from opening to closing; ability to gather and synthesize information and turn it into a compelling case statement; and strong writing/editing skills  Persuasive presentation skills and building effective working relationships is also a key.

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: hr@aam-us.org, using “Development Director" 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. Please include your salary requirements.
  • As part of your cover letter (no more than 2 pages), please respond to the following:  Describe the process where you as the primary solicitor successfully identified, cultivated and solicited a major gift from a foundation or corporation.

Applications must be received by June 30 to receive full consideration. Submissions will be reviewed by our hiring team and candidates who are selected for further screening will be contacted by email within two weeks of this deadline.  Due to the large number of applications AAM receives, we can only contact those candidates selected for further screening.  

Manager of Application Development and Support

The American Alliance of Museums seeks a data management professional experienced in software development, system administration, data analysis and troubleshooting to provide expertise and guidance for the strategic use of data to advance AAM’s goals.  As part of a fast-paced, dynamic work environment dedicated to serving the museum field, the Manager ensures data integrity, consistency, and accuracy from data capture to reporting as well and throughout the entire customer lifecycle.

About the position:  Reporting to the Director of IT and Application Services, the Manager of Application Development and Support is the point person supporting staff use of database systems including such as  AAM’s Customer Relationship Management tool (Aptify) and develops appropriate documentation and training on these systems.  Duties include assisting staff members from a variety of technical and non-technical backgrounds in a collaborative and team-oriented environment; supervising the work of contractors; ensuring the health and reliability of application systems across the organization and proactively seeking continuous improvement to the system architecture and services.

Skills and qualifications:

  • 5 years’ experience in software development, system administration, data analysis, or other relevant disciplines
  • Clear and demonstrated knowledge of data management, retention, and disaster recovery best practices
  • Must have a demonstrated experience of work with increasing responsibility based upon superior performance
  • Ability to effectively communicate and work collaboratively with professionals from a wide variety of technical backgrounds and career experiences
  • Must enjoy the detailed work of quality data management, but possess an open mind about a variety of technical solutions.
  • Must be a problem-solver and fixer of things – a self-directed learner who enjoys contributing to a team beyond specifically defined job functions.
  • Ability to travel to annual meeting

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 hr@aam-us.org using “Application Development and Support” in the subject line by 6/30/17. 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), please describe a project you led in which you needed to meet the needs of various stakeholders internal and external to the organization. Describe your approach; challenges encountered; the final outcome; and lessons learned from the experience.

Submissions will be reviewed by our hiring team and candidates who are selected for further screening will be contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date above. 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 museum field, which includes a broad range of museums, from art to zoo. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace. For more information, please visit www.aam-us.org.



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.