A tremendous opportunity to influence the entire museum field! The American Alliance of Museums—the largest organization representing the nation’s museums—seeks an experienced professional to lead our diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) initiatives. Use your deep understanding of DEAI theory and practice to establish goals and outcomes; drive increased understanding, know-how, and action in the museum field’s DEAI work; build systemic and sustainable programs, policies, and structures that encourage and support diverse, inclusive, accessible, and equitable museums; ensure inclusivity in AAM organizational policies and practices, as well as in the programs/resources AAM delivers to the field; and support the enhancement of the intercultural competencies of Alliance staff and volunteer leadership.
About the position:
A key member of AAM’s executive office, the Director of Inclusion develops, implements, executes, and evaluates the Alliance’s long-range DEAI goals and objectives, including by:
Building awareness in the field by continuously drawing attention to the rationale, the opportunities, and the inspiration for museum leadership to pay attention and actively address DEAI issues.
Developing professional development opportunities/trainings and resources to help museum professionals and trustees develop the skills and find the tools/resources to diversify/make equitable their hiring practices, board recruitment, collections, and programs; and to be more inclusive and accessible in their operations, structures, and programming.
Identifying and sharing case studies and tangible examples of best and next practices for inspiration and tactical ideas that museums can adapt for their own institutions/communities.
Supporting the field in its self-regulatory approach to museum excellence as it relates to DEAI—including serving as a platform for discussion/debate about what museums should do and require of themselves as well as providing self-assessment tools and ways to measure standards that address diversity and inclusivity.
The Director coordinates this work with relevant staff members across the organization and volunteer leadership (e.g., Professional Networks, Board, Accreditation Commission, peer reviewers) and is a key advisor for staff and leadership on DEAI issues. The Director represents the organization with partners, funders, and other constituents – in meetings, on panels/keynotes, and in providing professional services. The Director also supports other DEAI-related strategic initiatives such as in the areas of trustees, P-12 education, and financial sustainability. Salary is low-mid $90s.
The successful candidate has:
a deep understanding of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion theory, practice, and strategies for nonprofit organizations
a proven record of effectiveness and impact in advancing DEAI initiatives, including through direct work/training with C-suite executives and boards
experience conceptualizing and building new programs and initiatives
exceptional project management abilities, including oversight of budgets and personnel
superior communications skills, including delivering compelling keynote speeches and presentations; writing articles and blog posts; and drafting grant proposals
Museum experience and/or familiarity with the museum field is strongly preferred. The ability to speak additional languages, particularly Spanish, is also a plus. This position travels out of state for conferences and industry events 10-15 times per year.
How to apply: In order to encourage a broad pool of candidates with various backgrounds to apply and to mitigate any potential implicit bias during our review of applications, we are applying some principles of “blind hiring.” Please follow the directions below when submitting your application materials.
Submit a cover letter and resume to: email@example.com, using “Director of Inclusion" in the subject line. Please do not include your name or address on either document. Please include education but omit school names and graduation years. Include your email address as the only personal identifier on these documents.
As part of your cover letter, please tell us about a time you developed and implemented a DEAI-related program or strategy in a museum or other organization, including your process, the outcome(s), and what you learned
Limit your cover letter to no more than two pages.
Applications must be received byOctober 8, 2018 to receive full consideration. Submissions will be reviewed by our hiring team; if you are selected for an interview, we will contact you by email within three weeks of this deadline.
About American Alliance of Museums
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 and diverse individuals, institutions, and communities. With a budget of $10M, the Alliance provides leadership, advocacy, and service to its membership and the museum field, which includes a broad range of museums, from art museums to zoos. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace. For more information, please visit www.aam-us.org.