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About the Alliance

Founded in 1906, the American Alliance of Museums (the Alliance) is the largest cultural organization representing the museum industry. We serve over 30,000 members, including museum professionals, trustees, independent professionals and the full range of museums--art, history, science, natural history, military, maritime and children's museums as well as aquariums, zoos, botanical gardens and historic sites.

Our office is currently located just two blocks from the White House in downtown Washington DC, across from the McPherson Square Metro Station. We will be moving to Arlington, VA (near the Crystal City Metro Station) at the end of September. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace.

Our Employees

Creative. Resourceful. Collaborative. The Alliance carries out its mission of providing leadership to the museum community through the dedicated efforts of our talented staff. We are always looking for service-oriented individuals in a variety of disciplines to join our team. We often recruit candidates experienced in association management, meeting planning, membership, administration, research, writing and editing, and museum operations.

Employee Benefits

We offer a full array of benefits including:
  • Friendly work environment
  • Medical & Dental Plan (Generous portion of employee premium paid by the Alliance)
  • Flexible Spending Account (medical expenses & dependent care)
  • Life & AD&D, Long-Term & Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • 403(b) Tax-deferred annuity plan
  • Prepaid Legal Service
  • Pre-Tax Commuting Benefits
  • Voluntary Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Professional Development Opportunities
  • 11 Paid Holidays Each Year
  • 2 Personal Days Each Year
  • Vacation & Sick Leave
  • Alliance Membership

Current Employment Opportunities

Administrative Assistant

The American Alliance of Museums seeks an Administrative Assistant to provide administrative support in our fast-paced President’s office.  Under the direction of the Chief of Staff, the Assistant will provide administrative support for the President and CEO to include answering phones and emails; drafting routine correspondence and charitable donation acknowledgments; coordinating mailings; making travel arrangements; preparing expense reports; scheduling and handling logistics for internal and external meetings; and assisting with research as needed. Provide occasional administrative support to executive team of five VPs as needed.

Ideal candidate has superior writing skills and a minimum of 2 years administrative experience, preferably providing executive level support.  Requires strong organizational and Microsoft Office skills as well as ability to handle confidential information and maintain effective working relationships with external contacts as well as employees at all levels of the organization.  Bachelor’s degree, non-profit experience and an interest in museums preferred.

The American Alliance of Museums, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, represents all types of museums - art, history, science, and more – and works to support museums in their role as educational providers, community anchors, and stewards of our national heritage.  Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to, citing "Administrative Assistant" in the subject line. Please note:  our office is moving to Arlington, VA, near the Crystal City metro station at the end of September.  The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace.

Director, Communications

Serving as an integral member of the staff, the Director of Communications oversees the development and implementation of all of the Alliance’s communications strategies across multiple print and digital platforms to promote the Alliance’s brand, programs and initiatives, and the broader message of the value of museums. Working closely with senior management, the Director develops an integrated communications plan to cultivate meaningful relationships with internal and external stakeholders; supports key organizational goals; increases visibility of programs and activities, serves as the Alliance’s primary media point person and develops speeches and talking points for the Executive Team and Board Leadership.

The Director will lead a cross-functional Communications team made up of one direct report, one or more contract employees, and representatives from across the organization (advocacy, development, international, excellence programs, membership, meetings, IT/web departments, etc.).The Director plans and executes all communications to members and other constituents of the Alliance via multiple channels such as e-newsletters, advocacy alerts, social medial, the AAM website, Museum magazine, printed brochures, videos and other forums. The Communications team combines expertise in editorial, design, marketing, advertising, project management and media and public relations to ensure consistent messaging and brand unity across the Alliance.

Requires a bachelor’s degree in marketing, journalism, communications or related field required; advance degree preferred. 7+ years’ experience in public relations, communications, or marketing role with demonstrated experience managing a comprehensive strategic communications program that advances the organization’s mission and goals. Familiarity with magazine or similar publications and the associated editorial/printing processes and practices. Demonstrated understanding of the development and implementation of marketing plans, including strategies, target audience analysis, research, promotion, and distribution channels. Demonstrated experience in writing for a variety of formats (press releases, newsletters, social media, speeches, talking points, web content) and the ability to tailor messages to different audiences (museum directors, educators, policymakers, the public). Demonstrated ability to develop and execute a strategic plan in media relations, including the placement of stories in the media and ability to oversee organizational-wide communications strategies, including social media outreach. Excellent oral and written communication skills, including public speaking experience. Proven project management skills. Evidence of mature judgment in making decisions and responding to opposing points of view. Ability to encourage, motivate and sustain the cooperation of others. Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders. Ability to supervise and motivate staff to successfully achieve both personal and professional goals as they related to the strategic goals of the organization. Experience with MS Office and relational membership database applications such as Aptify. Familiarity with the museum field and a solid understanding of and interest in current museum and nonprofit issues a plus. Ability to travel to Annual Meeting annually.

Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume and salary requirements to, citing "Director, Communications" in the subject line. The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values a diverse workplace.



The American Alliance of Museums is committed to equal opportunity for all employees and prospective employees without discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, personal appearance, sexual orientation, political affiliation, family responsibilities, disability, matriculation, marital status or any other category protected by law. This policy applies to all aspects of employment at the Alliance, including but not limited to recruitment, promotion, compensation, benefits, training and development, access to facilities, discipline, separation of employment, and other terms and conditions of employment.