JOB POSTING: Executive Director, Association of Midwest Museums (AMM)

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JOB POSTING: Executive Director, Association of Midwest Museums (AMM)


Association of Midwest Museums is a terrific organization that serves museums large and small in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, and Iowa. We are seeking a full-time Executive Director to lead this organization: the work is flexible and can be done from anywhere within AMM’s 8-state region.

The Executive Director (ED) of the Association of Midwest Museums (AMM) serves as the chief administrative officer of the organization, initiating and/or implementing policies and programs approved or defined by the AMM Board. The ED is responsible for the day-to-day operations. The Executive Director, working with the AMM President and Board, provides a long-range vision for the organization and executes the strategic plan for the association. The Executive Director reports to the President of the AMM board while working closely with the AMM Board and board committees. S/he must be willing to travel throughout the eight-state region, including Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Missouri and Iowa, to national museum conferences, and to Washington, DC. S/he must be a firm and enthusiastic self-starter, adept at making connections and energizing a community.

  • Builds an effective membership program that includes a variety of products, programs, and services that meet the needs of museums, museum professionals and related organizations and individuals
  • Facilitates electronic and traditional communications for members, including but not limited to newsletters, directories, job listings and other services
  • Seeks feedback from membership regarding concerns and needs
  • Provides effective and timely response to requests for information and/or assistance
Program Development
  • Develops programs to address emerging trends and best practices in the museum profession to create and enhance value for the association’s membership
  • Explores opportunities to collaborate with other organizations and groups to develop programs and services to meet the needs of AMM members and the museum profession
  • Plans and executes the association’s annual conference (includes selection of host city, venues, development of program, committee organization, keynote speakers, catering, audio-visual, special events, hotel room blocks, and all related contract negotiations)
  • Coordinates, creates, and refines other professional education programs, such as AMM Leadership Academy and Workshop Series
  • Works with American Alliance of Museums to coordinate AMM’s participation in the annual museum Salary Survey
  • Develops other programs and services as needed
  • Manages the AMM website and the development and dissemination of the AMM quarterly newsletter
  • Represents AMM at the Council of Regions with the American Alliance of Museums
Marketing, Promotion, and Fundraising
  • Represents AMM in all business negotiations, fundraising, publicity, and professional meetings
  • Serves as the primary spokesperson for AMM
  • Assures the interests of the association are clearly advanced, taking care to foster AMM’s leadership in the museum field
  • Coordinates all marketing initiatives to promote AMM and its programs and services
  • Develops partnerships and sponsor relationships that will bring sufficient support to meet budget goals
  • Coordinates AMM annual fund
  • Explores fundraising opportunities to secure funds to support AMM operations
Budget and Finances
  • Develops operating and conference budgets for Board approval
  • Oversees revenue receipts and spending; maintains accurate and timely financial accounts
  • Reports to AMM Treasurer and AMM Board on a regular basis on the status of funds and budgets; alert Board to potential problems in advance and suggests proactive solutions
  • Works with outside auditor to coordinate annual audit
  • Maintains approved internal control systems
  • Coordinates appropriate tax filings and non-profit status filings
  • Maintains insurance policies on behalf of AMM (General Liability and Officers)
Administration and Supervision
  • Oversees daily administration of the association offices and business matters
  • Executes and leads periodic review of the AMM strategic plan
  • Secures association property, including computers, office furniture, telephones, fax machines, and other equipment
  • Manages all association records, including archives (both electronic and paper)
  • Writes and disseminates annual report
  • Facilitates communications with Missouri History Museum (AMM’s host institution) and assists with negotiation of agreement for office space
  • Oversees part-time and contract staff, volunteers, and interns to maintain office operations, including payroll and performance reviews
Board Relations
  • Works effectively with Board members and provides timely and useful information to the Board
  • Supports Board meetings and committee activities
  • Assists with Board recruitment, orientation and engagement
Knowledge, Abilities and Skills:
  • Strategic Planning
  • Project Management and Program Planning
  • Budget Planning and Fiscal Management
  • Strong Organization Skills and Time Management
  • Effective Communications (Written and Verbal)
  • Staff Supervision and Volunteer Management
  • Marketing and External Communications
  • Board Governance and Stewardship
  • Collaboration and Community Development
  • Resource Development and Fundraising
  • Advocacy
Training and/or Education:
B.A./ (minimum)
Master’s degree (ideal)
Minimum of five years of managerial experience in non-profit membership organization, museum, or similar organization
Send a Letter of Intent and a CV to: Melanie Adams, AMM Board President:


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