• EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, March Field Air Museum, Riverside, California
    The Museum:
    The March Field Air Museum is an AAM accredited, 37-year-old aviation museum. It is an
    official Department of Defense museum. The aircraft displayed are on loan from Wright
    Patterson AFB, the National Museum of the Air Force. The Museum is adjacent to the
    historically significant, 99-year-old March Air Reserve Base, the second oldest and 3rd largest
    Air Force base in the nation. The museum site consists of 40 acres, 4 exhibit hangers, a
    Discovery Dome, 25,000 artifacts and 77 aircraft on display.
    Job Description:
    The Executive Director will report to the President of the 35-member March Field Museum
    Foundation’s Board of Directors and provide leadership for the Museum including planning,
    organizing and directing all operational, administrative, financial disciplines, fundraising and
    programmatic aspects of the organization. The Executive Director will be expected to advance
    the Museum’s collections, exhibitions and educational programs. This creative leader will form
    effective external relationships with key local community, government, military and business
    leaders as well as the philanthropic, artistic, historical and educational communities. The ED will
    develop a comprehensive marketing and advertising campaign to increase and maintain the
    public’s attendance and participation. Supervises a staff of nine full-time employees that include
    an Operations Manager (accounting, banking, physical plant, gift shop and liaison with the Board
    of Directors) a Curator, a Collections’ Manager, an Event Coordinator, a Restorations’ Manager
    and over 140 volunteers.
    For more information, a time line and instructions how to apply, please visit ourwebsite:

Required Skills and Principal Responsibilities:

1.   Exhibits an initiative and independent judgment while operating within the general

policy framework established by the Board of Directors.

2.   Integrity, tact and diplomacy in politically difficult or controversial situations.

3.   Designs, establishes and maintains an organizational structure and staffing, within the

Museum’s adopted budget, to accomplish the organization’s goals and objectives;

recruits, employs, trains, supervises and evaluates staff.

4.   Establishes and implements long and short-range goals, objectives, policies and

operating procedures; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; effects changes

required for improvement.

5.   Successful experience administering not-for-profit fundraising strategies and grant

production targeted at individual contributors, corporations, public and other private

sources that generate resources and revenue for operating funds and special exhibits.

6.   Plans and directs development and communication of information to government

agencies, funding agencies, students, community stakeholders (e.g. schools, colleges

and universities, tribal organizations and the business community) and the general


7.   Develops the annual operating budget, supervises accounting controls and provides

accurate financial reports to the Board of Directors. Performs periodic cost and

productivity analyses.

8.   Directs and oversees the acquisition and professional management of a broad-based

museum collection and archives; directs the aircraft preservation, research and other

related professional activities.

9.   Oversees and coordinates a wide variety of temporary and permanent exhibitions;

directs and guides all aspects of research, interpretation and collections’ management.

10. Plans and implements marketing strategies for all Museum/Society activities.

11. Performs other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Oversees Museum fiscal matters: prepares annual budget and action plans, determines

and approves expenditures.

  • Directs facility use: oversees safety and security; develops policies and fee structures;

ensures maintenance and appropriate use of the facility.

  • Supervises Museum employees and volunteers.
  • Develops and secures funding through grants, donations, planned giving, special

events and other formal development activities.

  • Educates through tours, public presentations and other opportunities.
  • Reviews and plans Museum exhibits as part of overall public programs.
  • Establishes and maintains networks with other historical societies and museums.
  • Serves as liaison to local and regional historical groups, community partners,

sponsors and as official spokesperson to the media.

  • Ensures that best practices in museum and collection management are maintained.
  • Works with the Board of Directors to direct and implement a strategic plan.
  • Implements directives from the Board of Directors; attends board meetings, collects

and maintains statistics; prepares and distributes reports.

  • Attends workshops, conferences and seminars for professional development.

Minimum Qualifications:

The Executive Director for the March Field Air Museum will have a Bachelor’s Degree, a

Master’s degree is preferred. A minimum of five years of increasing responsibility at a

museum, with the past three years in a senior leadership position. Demonstrated “bottom

line consciousness”, proficiency in fundraising.

To Apply:

Applicants for the position of Executive Director should email a letter of application,

curriculum vita, five references, including an immediate supervisor, and three years of

salary history to our search consultant:

Mr. Sperry MacNaughton, President

MacNaughton Associates

1155 Via Vallarta

Riverside, CA 92506-3659


Candidates selected for consideration will be a subject to a criminal background check.

Application review will begin March 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled

Job Information
  • Riverside, California, 92518, United States
  • 27048571
  • February 24, 2016
  • Executive Director
  • March Field Air Museum
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 0-10%
  • $68,000.00 – $73,000.00 (Yearly Salary)