Director, Museum & Education

Experimental Aircraft Association - Oshkosh, WI3.6

Full-timeEstimated: $71,000 - $98,000 a year

EAA’s Director of Museum & Education will work with the VP, Communities & Member Programs to administer and advance EAA’s commitment to both youth and
adult education programming. The director also has responsibility of overseeing all aspects of museum operations, including: management and care of the world
class aircraft and artifact assets, exhibit development and fabrication, and all facets of museum education. Responsibilities will also include but are not
limited to relationship management, communications on behalf of the organization, scholarship program management, grant support and documentation,
strategy development and program execution. The Director of Museum & Education serves as EAA’s authority on best practices in the education environment.


1. Collections Management

a. Develop aircraft and artifact collections to represent the spectrum of interests within recreational aviation and complement the mission of the EAA.

b. Assist the Museum Committee in evaluating prospective donations with regard to their value to EAA and aviation history, as well as their appropriateness to the EAA AirVenture Museum collection.

c. Lead efforts for disposition of aircraft and artifacts not needed for present or planned purposes.

d. Provide leadership to maintain professional standards of preservation, conservation, and restoration.

e. Assure proper accountability and maintain all records and related correspondence regarding collections.

f. Interface museum collections with organizational Knowledge & Information efforts.

2. Exhibitions
a. Plan or direct creative efforts which engage the visitor in an ever-changing spectrum of aviation exhibits which educate as well as entertain.

b. Proactively seek to increase museum attendance, both from the region as well as the national tourist market, within reasonable budgetary guidelines.

c. Be responsible for the design, fabrication, and maintenance of exhibits.

3. Education
a. Management of EAA’s Scholarship Program (including but not limited to establishment of criteria, processes, recruitment of recipients, selection, and stewardship).

b. Curricula oversight and support for Air Academy, Museum Education, and KidVenture.

c. Represent EAA on various educational panels and leadership forums.

d. Be responsible for concept and content development in areas of targeted educational impact.

e. Represent EAA in external classroom environments to advance EAA programming.

f. Act independently to identify and assess potential grants and ensure compliance with education standards.

g. Oversee and/or conduct all operations of EAA’s Air Academy summer residence camp.

h. Oversee and/or conduct museum tours.

i. Oversee and/or conduct museum outreach events.

4. Operations
a. Prepare appropriate budgets and plans for the museum and the Air Academy operations and administer activities and projects.

b. Work with the Vice President, Communities & Member Programs to represent the museum’s place in strategic corporate plans.

c. Supervise all Museum & Education Department personnel.

d. Oversee museum admissions policies and procedures and coordinate special events’ requirements with all appropriate staff.

e. Work with the Vice President, Communities & Member Programs to develop agenda and input for the EAA Board and Committees.

f. Oversee museum special events and outreach programs.

g. Oversee the Docent program.

5. This position will require some travel in the field in support of the education and Chapters.

6. Embrace and support the EAA mission and performs safe practices in the workplace and aviation environment.

7. All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree with Educational certificate and 7-10 years’ experience
  • High degree of enthusiasm, energy level, and passion for engaging young adults in aviation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • 3-5 years’ management experience
  • Computer skills to include proficiency in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook. Experience with internet technology and tools
  • Broad knowledge of aviation – including antiques, classics, homebuilts and warbirds
  • Museum operations and experience with nonprofit organizations including management, museum education, and/or museum curatorial experience
  • Knowledge of EAA

  • Pilot certificate
  • Master’s degree

Typical office setting. Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally, and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally, and all other sedentary criteria are met.


EAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. This company will provide equal opportunity to all individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Information collected regarding categories as provided by law will in no way affect the decision regarding an employment application.


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.