Upcoming changes in the governance and management of MAM involve the creation of an Operating Committee, composed primarily of Active Volunteers, to run the day to day affairs of the Museum and the hiring of a General Manager (GM) to act as the intermediary to a newly created higher level Board of Directors whose role it is to provide strategic and financial leadership and lead the Museum into the future.

The attached job description outlines the duties and responsibilities of the General Manager as well and the desired qualifications. The position is open to both internal and external candidates. The intent is to hire the individual as soon as possible so that the new GM can be integrated into the organization and begin to function. Please read the Job Description and forward any recommendations for candidates to John Lawson at or call 450 424 2893.


Position of General Manager

The museum seeks a qualified bilingual executive to act as General Manager (GM) to work in partnership with the Board of Directors to provide leadership and management to advance the mission, vision, values and strategic direction of the museum.
The General Manager is responsible for the day to day operation of the museum overseeing projects, financial and administrative duties, managing staff and volunteers while working with the Board of Directors to implement a progressive program for the Museum’s fundraising, exhibitions, collection management, educational activities, public relations and community outreach.
The GM will be assisted in his tasks by an Operations Chief, an Operations Committee of volunteers, and various sub committees focussed on specific tasks such as fund raising, display management, youth education, building management, etc.
Summary of Roles and Responsibilities
Work in conjunction with the Board to develop the strategic direction and establish initiatives to fulfill the mission of the Museum and increase the MAM’s prominence within the city of Montreal and the Province in general.
Plan, coordinate and direct the operations of the MAM including development, educational and public programming, finance, and external communications.
Lead and participate in fund raising and development activities, including grant writing and developing relations with funding entities, foundations, corporations and individuals donors.
Serves as a spokesperson and chief advocate for MAM, establishing partnerships in the community that enhance the Museum’s public image to expand interest and support.
Manage and lead employees and volunteers within a cooperative and congenial atmosphere that reflects the MAM’s Code of Conduct and Ethics.
Manage and maintain the property, facilities and its security, as well as the collections held in public trust.
Organize Board meetings including status reports on operations and budgets, including visitor attendance and satisfaction surveys.
Be responsible for the health and safety of volunteers and visitors
Organize the preparation and production of Planetalk and other interim communications.
Represent MAM on the CAPA Board and other professional museum organizations if required.
Develop strategies for attracting, motivating and retaining volunteers and the general membership.
Maintain a strong customer focus and to work toward increasing

A passion for aviation and history and a commitment to preserve Canada’s aviation heritage and to pass it on to future generations.
Proven ability to work cooperatively, diplomatically, and effectively with Boards, volunteers and in relations with the community and the media.
Background in civil or military aviation at a supervisory or managerial level.
Evidence of success in developing, managing and growing an annual operating budget.
Demonstrated excellence in writing and public speaking in both official languages.

Prior experience as an Executive Director or senior administrator in a museum environment
Demonstrated knowledge of best practices for museums, non-profit or similar organizations
Demonstrated success in fund raising and outreach to the community, government and corporations.
Prior experience as a board member or in working with a board.
Personal Attributes
Excellent communications, interpersonal skills, organizational and time management skills.
Respectful, inclusive and effective leader and developer of staff and teams.
A self-starter able to work alone and with others, a collaborator.
This position will appeal to an already retired person seeking a challenging and rewarding part time position. There is a modest stipend associated with the position that will be tailored to the qualifications of the selected applicant.