Director of Development - Air Zoo

Compensation: $65,000 to $85,000 per year.

At the Air Zoo:

Our Pledge is to provide the best experience possible to everyone, every time.

What we do:

With over 100 rare aircraft & spacecraft, amazing hands-on exhibits, amusement park rides, full-motion flight simulators, a state-of-the-art theater experience, educational programs, and much, much more, the Smithsonian-affiliated Air Zoo aerospace & science museum in Portage, MI is unlike any you’ve ever seen!  The Air Zoo brings science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) to life through our roots in aerospace science, and provides guests with unique, hands-on experiences that include interactive exhibits, amazing displays, rare artifacts, and amusement park rides.  Recently voted the #1 museum in Michigan as well as “Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners” and “Best place to spend the day with your Family”, the Air Zoo is one of southwest Michigan’s top attractions for families and museum enthusiasts. 

Our Core Values:

  • Our guests’ needs, wants and desires come first, always
  • A can-do attitude, and will-do, attitude for every team member
  • Invested in momentary and long-term success
  • Learning oriented in BOTH directions
  • Fearlessly Innovative

The Director of Development Opportunity:

Do the words strategy, cultivation, development, advancement, legacy, growth and innovation generate more energy and excitement than your morning pot of coffee? Do you consider yourself a whiz at fund development, capital campaigns, donor relations and building philanthropic corporate relationships? If you answered yes – you may very well be the super-human we are looking for. The Air Zoo Leadership Team is searching for a motivated, organized, innovative and relationship savvy individual to lead their Fund Development Programs, to create new and sustainable corporate relationships, and to help develop and lead the execution of the Air Zoo’s impending capital campaign – we have BIG exciting plans.  Still reading and brimming with excitement? Well then, you may be the perfect addition to this dynamic team.

What the Air Zoo is providing:

  • Compensation commensurate with experience in a range of $65,000 to $85,000 per year.
  • Benefits – medical, dental and vision; long term, short term disability; life insurance, AD&D, 403b, paid time off.
  • Membership in the number one aerospace and science museum in the world.

How to apply:

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Posted on 3/8/2021

The Michigan Museums Association is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Thank you to our Partners!


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