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The President/CEO is responsible for leading and managing the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force (NMAF), including a large museum, library and archives, memorial garden and chapel, public exhibitions, educational programs and meeting rooms for corporate retreats. The Museum also operates a gift shop and restaurant. The President/CEO is responsible for all aspects of management and program development for NMAF, including strategic vision and planning; fundraising and membership development; budgeting and financial management; marketing and promotion; personnel supervision and administration; educational and public program development and implementation; community and constituent relations; and relations with representatives of international, national, state, regional and local organizations and agencies.
Located twelve miles west of Savannah, Georgia along Interstate 95, the NMAF opened in 1996 to tell the story of the United States Eighth Air Force, established in Savannah in January 1942, and to honor more than 350,000 members who served during World War II and during the Cold War period. Savannah, one of America’s great historic cities, is a major tourist attraction with 11 million visitors each year. It is also an important port city, the fourth largest and fastest growing container port in the United States.
The NMAF occupies a 90,000 square foot facility on a 12-acre site and houses a significant collection of artifacts, aircraft, art, books, photographs, oral history interviews, and films. Through exhibitions, educational programs and research centers, the Museum offers a wide range of resources and materials for use by the general public, teachers and students, scholars, authors, journalists, and amateur historians. A total of 120,000 people visit the museum annually.
The NAFM is a 501(c)(3) organization, governed by a Board of Trustees that enjoys significant private support and does not depend on government support for its general operations. The annual operating budget is approximately $2.5 million with 18 full-time and 16 part-time staff members. In addition, there are more than 60 dedicated volunteers who provide guided tours, conduct research, and participate in special projects and events. The President/CEO must work with and motivate the staff and volunteers, build a spirit of teamwork, and maintain a positive working relationship with the Board and the NAFM’s various constituencies and stakeholders.
The President/CEO reports directly to and participates as an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees and is a non-voting member of the Executive Committee.

Major duties include:
Lead the institution in shaping and expressing a vision of NAFM as a valued and valuable local, national and international asset in understanding the history and contemporary significance of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in America and around the world.
With the Board of Directors, NAFM members, and staff establish and implement periodic strategic plans to accomplish the institutional vision through measurable outcomes and accountability.
Propose and manage the NAFM budget to achieve annual and long-range goals, to provide for financial accountability and to ensure the organization’s long-term financial health.
Organize, plan and direct private fundraising efforts, including capital and membership campaigns, corporate grants, annual giving, planned giving, major gifts, and public and private grants in order to meet organization priorities.
Ensure successful operation of earned income activities including admissions, memberships, rentals, retail and restaurant.
Lead, inspire, and supervise staff and volunteers to meet the organization’s goals.
Supervise the development and implementation of programs that serve identified audiences, realize the full educational potential of NAFM’s resources, meet the highest professional standards, and achieve the strategic goals of the organization.
Ensure that all artifacts, aircraft, art, library and research materials, and historical resources are protected, conserved, cared for, and accurately interpreted in a variety of formats.

Job Requirements

Education and Experience

Graduate level degree in history, public history, museum studies, business, public administration or another field related to the mission and activities of NAFM. Undergraduate degree in one of the above or related fields is acceptable with additional experience.
Minimum of three years of successful leadership experience in a non-profit organization, agency or business, or senior management level leadership of a unit of a larger organization or agency with responsibilities for strategic planning, fundraising, personnel supervision and evaluation, budget preparation and management, and program implementation.
Minimum of five years of experience working in a non-profit organization, museum or historic site, corporation or business, military service or government agency, with progressive responsibility.

Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills

Experience and success in working with a board of directors in either the non-profit, private, or public sector and a broad understanding of the role of cultural and conservation organizations.
Understanding of the roles and potential of museums, research libraries, museums, and cultural organizations in contemporary society.
Appreciation of the professional requirements, standards and best practices in historical interpretation, public programs, and education activities.
Supervisory knowledge of the principles of nonprofit accounting and financial management systems.
Success as a supervisor in organizing, motivating, leading, and managing paid and volunteer staff for results in a nonprofit organization and/or government agency.
Practical experience in establishing, measuring, and analyzing program goals and objectives.
Proven success in presenting and representing a historical or cultural organization or agency to funders, constituents and their communities, peer organizations, governing boards, public officials and agencies, and representatives of the press.
Effective written and oral communication skills.
Working knowledge of electronic information systems generally used in museums, libraries, archives, and nonprofit organizations.
Awareness of, and proven ability to implement, the opportunities that digital technologies and social media offer for expanding the reach and impact of museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural organizations.
Familiarity and appreciation of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, World War II, and the core values of NAFM.

Preferred Characteristics

Ability to manage an organization successfully and motivate staff and board to fulfill the NAFM’s mission
Entrepreneurial spirit
Strategic thinking and problem-solving ability
Ability to maintain balance and perspective in a demanding work environment
High People Quotient
Energy, enthusiasm, and creativity
High ethical standards and personal integrity
Working knowledge of and appreciation for the field of military history

The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is an Equal Opportunity Employer

How to apply

Review of candidate materials will begin immediately with a deadline of June 30, 2017. Please email your application to The application should include a resume with contact information for at least three professional references and a letter of interest addressed to Dr. Brent Glass, c/o Bryan and Jordan Consulting LLC, 1921 Sunderland Place NW, Washington, DC 20036.

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