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Director of Inclusion - American Alliance of Museums

Director of Inclusion - American Alliance of Museums

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 a major fieldwide diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) initiative to foster inclusive institutional cultures in museums. The Director of Inclusion also leads AAM’s internal DEAI work as we seek to embed DEAI in our organizational policies and practices as well as the programs/resources we deliver to the field.

About the position:
The Director of Inclusion uses their deep understanding of DEAI theory and practice to:
• lead and establish goals & outcomes for AAM’s DEAI initiatives
• develop systemic and sustainable programs, policies, and structures that encourage and support diverse, inclusive, accessible, and equitable museums
• drive increased understanding, know-how, action, and accountability in the museum field’s and AAM’s own DEAI work

The Director of Inclusion will lead AAM’s $4 million Facing Change initiative, a three-year project that will:
• Develop a Continuum of Excellence for DEAI based on AAM’s existing Continuum of Excellence. This work, led by the Excellence in DEAI Task Force, will include determining the characteristics of an inclusive museum and building a framework to support museums in moving from awareness/commitment to assessment/training to implementation/accountability.
• Develop a curriculum for DEAI education and training for museum leadership
• Work with a consulting firm and 10 senior AAM fellows to deliver education and training to cohorts of museums around the nation and support the development of sustainable inclusion plans and practices
• Establish an online Museum Trustee Resource Center with DEAI-related tools, sample documents, case studies, benchmarking/evaluation resources, and research to be used with or by museum trustees
• Establish a board matching portal and support process for diversifying museum boards
• Working with a research firm, produce qualitative and quantitative DEAI-related research

The Director of Inclusion leads this initiative, including overseeing the work of the task force, consulting firms, ten senior fellows, and two project managers to deliver the expected outcomes of the grant. They will work closely with the President/CEO, Special Advisor to the President on DEAI, and other senior leaders to build a sustainable framework for the next phases of Facing Change. This may include developing grant proposals and business plans, presenting the Alliance’s work and learnings at nonprofit and other conferences, speaking with media, etc.

The Director of Inclusion leads the development and delivery of other DEAI professional development opportunities and resources to support museum professionals in creating more diverse, inclusive, accessible, and equitable museums. They identify case studies and help the Alliance celebrate examples of best and next practices across the field.

The Director coordinates their work with relevant staff members across the organization and volunteer leadership (e.g., Professional Networks, Board, Accreditation Commission, peer reviewers) to ensure DEAI is embedded organization-wide and, along with AAM’s internal Inclusion Team, is a key advisor for staff and volunteer 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. Salary $110’s.

Skills and qualifications: The successful candidate has:
• a deep understanding of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion theory, practice, and strategies
• a proven record of effectiveness and impact in advancing DEAI initiatives, including through direct work/training with C-suite executives and boards
• experience conceptualizing, building, and leading new programs and initiatives
• strong personnel management skills and previous supervisory experience
• 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

Nonprofit and/or museum field experience or familiarity 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: Please follow the directions below when submitting your application materials.
• Submit a cover letter and resume to:, using “Director of Inclusion" in the subject line.
• As part of your resume, or as a separate attachment, please list presentations/trainings delivered and articles/papers written on DEAI-related topics
• 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 by July 5, 2019 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 the Alliance. 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