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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 21,000 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 located just two blocks from the White House in downtown Washington DC, across from the McPherson Square Metro Station. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace.

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 (100% 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
  • 11 Paid Holidays Each Year
  • 2 Personal Days Each Year
  • Vacation & Sick Leave
  • Fitness Center & Access to Rooftop Terrace On-Site
  • Alliance Membership

Current Employment Opportunities

Senior Manager, International Programs

Experienced non-profit program manager with grant experience needed to support the Alliance’s international programs and initiatives through the management of the Museums Connect grant program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (DOS/ECA.) Working with the international department staff, the Sr. Manager identifies opportunities to leverage the Museums Connect program to inform the Alliance’s international initiative, to expand the Museums Connect model, and to recommend new programs and partnerships that advance related interests in cross-cultural exchange on museum practice and to assist with new international partnerships.

Museums Connect is a grant funded cultural diplomacy program which AAM has operated on behalf of the US Department of State since 2007. Museums Connect partners US with international museums and their communities through innovative, museum-based exchanges. Museums Connect enhances cultural competencies; strengthens museum-community relationships; engages underserved populations; generates renewed excitement and interest in participating museums/communities with legislators and funders. See the Museums Connect video. 

Requires 3-5 years of program management experience including federal grant management; grant compliance/reporting and development and tracking of budgets; non-profit administrative and program experience, preferably in the museum and/or arts fields.  Ideal candidates will possess a very high level of commitment to customer service;  ability to exercise discretion, diplomacy, and independent judgment in working with senior museum staff, board members, government officials and funding agencies; excellent administrative and organizational skills with high level of attention to accuracy, planning, and detail ; high proficiency in database management systems and Excel; excellent project management skills and ability to manage multiple deadlines; acumen for grant writing and strong presentation skills with sensitivity to cross cultural communications. Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in the cultural sector to attend site visits and travel to professional conferences 5% of the time. Previous international experience preferred and foreign language competencies.

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 individuals, institutions and communities. With a budget of $10M, the Alliance provides leadership, advocacy and service to its membership and the field at large. Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to, citing "International Programs" in the subject line. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace.

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.