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Executive Director/CEO


Muncie, Indiana, USA

Commensurate with Experience

Executive Director/CEO

Academy of Model Aeronautics

Muncie, Indiana, USA

Commensurate with Experience

Organization Overview:

The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) is an 82-year-old national association representing nearly 200,000 members of all ages and backgrounds who build and fly model aircraft as a hobby or for competition. Most of its members belong to one or more of AMA's 2,500 clubs, with flying sites throughout the country. AMA provides members with liability insurance and safety programming for remote piloting of model aircraft in accordance with AMA rules and FAA regulations. AMA members enjoy camaraderie and having fun flying model aircraft with other like-minded people who have a passion for aviation. Video of AMA’s International Aeromodeling Center & Museum may be seen at

Position Overview:

AMA is in need of a dynamic Executive Director to lead the drive to increase visibility, improve member awareness, and grow the brand of the world’s largest model aviation organization. In addition to directing a 60-person staff, the Executive Director will be responsible for working with an active President and Executive Council (board of directors) to create member growth and retention initiatives, review and improve member services, and lead marketing, advocacy, and outreach programs. The Executive Director will represent the AMA’s aeromodeling community to national and local governmental regulatory bodies and agencies, other stakeholder organizations, donors, funders, supporters, and the general public.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs the overall operations of the AMA, with direction on policy from its Executive Council, including managing a $12 million annual budget and capital assets.
  • Maintains official records/documents to ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations.
  • Works with the Executive Council, staff, and committees in developing policies, programs, organizational plans, and long-range strategies to carry out the AMA’s mission.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the aeromodeling community, related fields, government policies, and association management.
  • Develops and maintains professional liaisons with all levels of government, the modeling community, and other stakeholders.
  • Serves as an effective spokesperson representing and promoting the AMA and its programs to members, agencies, organizations, the general public, and the media.

Executive Management:

  • Implements all policies, programs, and directives of the Executive Council and provides support, consultation, and adequate information in a timely manner to the council and committees.
  • Assists the AMA President in his duties and attends and oversees the logistics and the formal reporting and recording of all Executive Council and membership meetings held by the AMA.
  • Oversees the sanctioning of national, international, and regional competitions and events.

Membership Service:

  • Ensures that the needs of members and clubs are met and/or exceeded, and that clubs, members, and membership issues are resolved in a timely fashion.


  • Establishes and sees that effective management-team personal are in place along with appropriate provision for succession.
  • Maintains a climate that attracts, keeps, and motivates a staff of top-quality people and enables them to be effective team members.
  • Acts as a conduit to ensure good communication between the staff and the Executive Council and facilitates a positive working relationship between both.
  • Facilitates an atmosphere of open communication with the staff through regularly scheduled staff meetings and frequent interaction with key personnel.
  • Ensures that programs, policies, and procedures are in place to maximize volunteer involvement.
  • Ensures adequate security, upkeep, and maintenance of all property and equipment owned, rented, or leased by the AMA.


  • Provides general direction to all employees and oversees all areas of human resource management, including administering disciplinary action when necessary.
  • Establishing positive relationships with employees, volunteers, members, committees, and the Executive Council, and provide for ongoing evaluations of employees’ performance.
  • Establishes and maintains a fair and competitive compensation program and appropriate educational programs for staff members relating to their specialized work area.


  • Ensures that the Executive Council is kept fully informed about the condition of the AMA, its operations, and all important factors affecting it.
  • When called upon, present the AMA’s point of view on aeromodeling and the AMA to outside agencies, organizations, and the general public.
  • Ensures that staff and employees are well informed, and maintain open lines of communication.


  • Assists the Executive Vice President, the Finance Committee, and its auditors in developing financial strategies, annual budgets, and in preparing tax/financial reports.
  • Authorizes and monitors expenditures and ensures for adequate control and accounting of funds.
  • Ensures that an annual independent audit is conducted and reported to the Executive Council.
  • Identifies and pursues all revenue sources, coordinates fundraising activities approved by the Executive Council, and ensure that recognition is extended to donors.


  • Provides administrative support to the Executive Council and committees for fundraising.
  • Establishes and maintains positive relationships with potential donors, existing donors, government, foundations, and corporate benefactors.

Public Relations:

  • Acts in a senior public relations role to promote AMA goals and objectives at community functions, membership gatherings, or events as requested by the Executive Council or the President.
  • Establishes positive relationships with the public, government agencies, cultural entities, and the media, and monitors public perception of the AMA and aeromodeling activities.
  • Develops and maintains professional liaisons with the modeling and industry-related communities in support of issues of mutual concern.

Program Management:

  • In collaboration with the Executive Council, provides leadership, and develops, implements, and maintains programs that provide value and benefit to the membership and the AMA.
  • Assists the Executive Council in identifying non-dues revenue opportunities, and develops and executes revenue strategies to meet the AMA’s goals and objectives.
  • Utilizes analytics to evaluate how well program goals and objectives are met and makes recommendations to modify or terminate programs that do not meet or exceed established goals.


  • Executive Director reports directly to the AMA President and bears overall accountability to the Executive Council as a whole.
  • The performance of the Executive Director is reviewed by the Executive Council once a year.

Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Must be an experienced leader with proven executive management and administrative skills.
  • Must possess strong strategic planning, implementing, executing, and evaluation skills.
  • Must work effectively with the Executive Council, President, Executive Vice President, staff directors, and staff.
  • Must demonstrate excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, and electronic communication skills. Must have the ability to work with and supervise others as a team builder and team player.
  • Must be a role model and a lead-by-example team builder who is willing to empower and delegate authority.
  • Must have the ability to mentor, inspire, motivate, and maintain the morale of the staff.

Education and Experience:

  • Should have a four-year degree in business/management or equivalent work experience.
  • Should have five years of work experience in a senior executive management position with organizational and administrative experience in membership association.
  • Should have experience managing a professional, technical, and clerical support staff.
  • Should have experience managing a multimillion dollar annual budget.
  • Aeromodeling or aviation experience is a plus but not a requirement.

Job Type:

Full-time position. We offer competitive salary and benefits package including paid time off, medical, dental, disability, and a 403(b) plan.


Indiana area: AMA Headquarters, 5161 E. Memorial Dr., Muncie IN 47302.


Position requires some travel to promote, protect, and advance the mission of the AMA at Aeromodeling or Unmaned Aircraft System or Drone events, Aviation Industry and Government-Related events or meetings in the USA. 



Please send a cover letter, résumé and compensation requirements via first-class mail to Academy of Model Aeronautics, C/O ED Search Committee; 5161 E. Memorial Dr., Muncie IN 47302. Résumés may also be sent via email to Résumés will be accepted through July 25, 2018.

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