Chief Executive Officer

Frontiers of Flight Museum
March 3, 2023
6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX 75209, Dallas, TX
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The Mission of the Frontiers of Flight Museum is to educate, motivate and inspire all ages in North Texas by presenting aviation and space flight history and innovation through our comprehensive exhibits, collections, programming, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum.

Chief Executive Officer Position Description

Major activities, typical duties, and responsiblities:

  • Lead and manage the organization within the policies established by the Board of Directors. Organizational responsibilities include Human Resources, Operations, Strategic Planning, Fundraising, Collections, and Marketing and Outreach.
  • Consistently achieve the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s mission and financial objectives.
  • Conceptualize and implement annual fundraising goals and annual fundraising plan, including the development of strategies to ensure financial stability.
  • Lead all fundraising efforts, and identify, cultivate, and solicit new and existing donors to achieve long-range fundraising objectives that include expanding the Museum’s operating reserves.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to secure and expand fundraising events and strengthen individual giving, foundation grants, and government support, and to strengthen legacy and planned-giving to ensure long-term financial stability.
  • Establish and implement a marketing and communications plan that supports the Museum’s brand and mission including website content, social media, media relations, and printed materials.
  • Ensure compliance with all licenses and documentation for Frontiers of Flight Museum’s 501(c)(3) status and other legal requirements for operations.
  • Work in conjunction with the Board to develop the strategic direction and establish initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Museum and increase local, statewide, national, and international awareness and prominence.
  • Serve as chief spokesperson, representing the Museum to a broad constituency of local and regional governmental and elected officials, staff, community groups, industry associations, donors, and members of the media.
  • Recruit, hire, and manage department leaders and staff.
  • Manage, secure, and direct the maintenance of the property and facilities of the Museum, as well as the collections held in public trust.
  • Develop and sustain relationships with community partners and leaders, donors, volunteers, and members.
  • Serve as the liaison between the Board of Directors and staff.

Skills, abilities, and other requirements:

  • Strong commitment to a culture of unwavering ethical standards and integrity.
  • Strong commitment to a culture of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion for Museum staff, guests, and community partners.
  • Knowledge of, and a commitment to, strong education programs with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
  • Knowledge of, and a commitment to, the preservation of aviation history.
  • Ability to provide leadership, vision, and strategic direction.
  • Evidence of success in developing, managing, and growing an annual operating budget and cashflow. Strong business management skills.
  • Excellent planning, time management, and decision-making skills. Working knowledge of spreadsheet, database, email, calendar/scheduling, and word processing software.
  • Demonstration of extensive fundraising experience, particularly in cultivating and soliciting major gifts and capital campaigns.
  • Ability to foster a cooperative work environment with a culture of collaboration.
  • Excellent communications skills.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Dallas community and its donors is preferred.
  • Financially literate and highly cognizant of ratios and amounts needed for operational sustainment, growth, and development, as well as the ability to do realistic financial projections.
  • Competence in managing museum operations, including personnel matters. Demonstrated ability to supervise and work successfully with museum staff, volunteers, and diverse public constituencies


  • Minimum education of a bachelor’s degree is required. An advanced degree is preferred.
  • Minimum ten years of experience in a museum, nonprofit organization, or business is required. At least five years at a senior managerial level is preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of standards and best practices for the operation and financial management of museums, cultural/educational non-profits, or similar organizations.

Application Instructions

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