We're in search for an established and experienced Museum Director.
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Job Type: Full-time

Work Location: One location

Benefits: Health insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement plan, Paid time off, and Tuition reimbursement

The Military Aviation Museum is seeking a dynamic, visionary and innovative leader to serve as Museum Director of the museum. The Museum Director serves as Chief Executive Officer of the museum, reports to and is responsible to the Board for all aspects of the operation of the museum, including but not limited to financial management, supervision and professional development of staff, fundraising and donor relationships, education programming, collection curation and development, community relations and outreach, and implementation of Board policy. This position offers significant growth potential, and the ideal candidate will be an innovative thinker regarding strategic planning, marketing, development of personnel, use of facilities, public and school outreach, publications, websites, and social media.

The Military Aviation Museum is a privately owned 501c3 non-profit organization which first opened to the public in 2008 and features one of the largest collections of flying WWI and WWII aircraft in the world. Situated on 130 acres, the museum features a 5000 ft grass runway, two historic buildings, four display hangars and other various structures. The mission of the Military Aviation Museum is “To be an institution that will restore, display and fly historically significant aircraft in order to provide an engaging educational experience that will increase visitor understanding of the important role of military aircraft in our nation’s history”. In addition, the museum hosts a variety of events, air shows, and exhibits throughout the year, and welcomed more than 75,000 guests in 2018. To learn more about the Military Aviation Museum, visit militaryaviationmuseum.org.


  • In collaboration with the Board, the Museum Director provides leadership, vision and strategic direction for the organization. The Museum Director serves as an ex-officio member of all standing Board committees and works with the chairs of each committee and with staff to accomplish the goals and objectives of the museum.
  • Provides day-to-day direction to the organization, executing its short- and long-range strategies and plans and taking full responsibility for all operations.
  • Oversees the financial well-being of the institution including budget, cost control, capital expenditures, financial controls, profit, pricing, and the reporting of all financial results to the Board.
  • Pursues an aggressive revenue growth strategy to ensure long term financial success.
  • Manages and develops new strategies for museum fundraising events, including air shows. Ensures quality events which result in positive net income for the museum.
  • Provides effective management, supervision and professional development for museum staff & volunteers, including the recruitment and development of talent for the organization.
  • Increases the visibility and public awareness of the museum and develop constituencies supportive of the museum, utilizing a variety of communication channels including newsletters, email blasts, website and social media.


  • A bachelor’s degree in business, the humanities or a field related to the duties of this position.
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in an executive or senior-level management capacity, including supervision of a staff of 8 or more, with an organizational budget consistent with the Military Aviation Museum (preferably in excess of one million annually, though less will be considered).
  • Significant experience in museum or non-profit management, including fundraising, finances, personnel, and community and board relations.
  • Demonstrated experience increasing revenue and net income through a variety of channels, including operations, events and fundraising.
  • Experience with strategic planning; marketing; innovative use of facilities; special outreach events, including fundraisers; publications; and website supervision
  • Must be self-motivated, organized, flexible and detail-oriented.
  • Must have leadership ability, strong writing skills, and a penchant for history.

If you have the experience, skills and ambition necessary to excel as Director of the Military Aviation Museum, please send your resume and cover letter to Jarod Hoogland at director@aviationmuseum.us. and give me a call at 757-721-7767. This position will remain open until filled.