The International Women's Air & Space Museum seeks an Executive Director.

This position provides management and conceptual leadership for the International Women’s Air & Space Museum in conformance with the policies and objectives established by the Board of Trustees with the assistance of committees, staff and volunteers.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership in the management of a dynamic museum organization. Directs and participates in fundraising and other development efforts, marketing, development of strategic vision, collections, general management, financial management and fostering volunteer/board/city relations.
  • Utilizes traditional print, social, and other forms of new media to bring visitors to the museum and foster museum growth.
  • Provides the vision and personal leadership for the museum’s growth and development; develops strategies and initiatives to fulfill the museum’s mission, increase its audience and ensure its financial stability and growth.
  • Effectively manages museum staff within the policies of the Board of Trustees by hiring, supervising and evaluating all employees of the museum.
  • Administers, directs and oversees all public relations and community relations efforts; serves as the official spokesperson of the museum to the public.
  • Administers, directs and oversees all fundraising, membership and earned income operations and efforts.
  • Oversees all museum education efforts and public programs functions.
  • Oversees the operation of the museum’s gift shop, as well as the maintenance, display and general welfare of the museum’s collection in accordance with the highest professional and ethical standards.
  • Communicates regularly with the Board of Trustees regarding museum operations. Where appropriate, develops proposals for review and approval by the Board of Trustees, including current and long-range program and facility plans.
  • Works with the Treasurer to develop the annual budget, and reviews and monitors investments and the museum’s investment policy.
  • Represents the museum in local, state, regional and national museum organizations. Maintains strong community relations through involvement in various community organizations and events.
  • Maintains an awareness of current developments in the museum profession.

This is a hands-on position, and the successful candidate must be willing to be involved in all aspects of operating the museum. The successful candidate will possess:

  • At least a college degree or equivalent work experience; museum studies a plus.
  • Experience with non-profit policies and governance.
  • Experience with fundraising and grant writing.
  • Knowledge about, or willingness to learn, artifact preservation and handling in accordance with current museum trends and methods.
  • Competency with QuickBooks, Word, Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher.
  • Experience with program and event planning.

The candidate’s skills and qualities should also include:

  • The ability to lead and inspire others, working cooperatively with a small staff. The candidate must demonstrate that he or she is able to work independently and is self-motivated, yet is able to function effectively with a team.
  • Passion for the museum’s mission.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Creativity and the ability to be flexible, and to improvise when needed.
  • The ability to network comfortably and create partnerships with governmental allies, as well as regional and national historic and other organizations.
  • Strong ethics, work ethic and commitment to the organization.
  • Comfort with public speaking, and the ability to represent the museum in a professional manner in public settings, as well as to create an enjoyable experience for guests of all ages at the museum or museum-related functions.

Salary range: $30-35K – salary commensurate with experience

Job classification: full-time, salary

To apply: Interested candidates should submit an updated resume, cover letter, and three professional references to the President of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, at [email protected] no later than September 8, 2020. PLEASE, NO PHONE CALLS.

It is the goal of the Executive Search Committee to make a hiring recommendation to the full Board of Trustees by late September, with the approved candidate able to assume the Executive Director position on September 28, 2020.

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is an equal opportunity employer. For more information, visit

Posted: August 25, 2020
Deadline: September 8, 2020