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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    AIAA Executive Director Search

    1 June 2017

    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest and most influential aerospace technical society, is searching for its next Executive Director. AIAA seeks a dynamic, visionary leader known for their contributions to the industry. The new leader will bring strong management skills, critical thinking abilities and the capacity to guide the organization through a series of governance, programmatic, and philosophical changes to its business and operational models.

    The Executive Director is one of the President’s and Board’s key strategic advisors.  As such, the new Executive Director will be skilled in strategic thinking and planning, particularly when it comes to meeting the Institute’s key priorities, growth objectives, goals, and challenges.  This individual directs and participates with the AIAA Institute and Foundation Boards in the strategic planning process.  The Executive Director also works with both Boards to establish performance requirements and metrics that guide each of those Boards in their roles to monitor and evaluate the organization’s performance toward those goals.

    The ideal candidate is a proven leader with 10+ years’ experience as a senior executive within an organization of comparable size and complexity. Also, candidates should have a scientific or technical background and demonstrated notable contributions that have earned s/he distinction and recognition within the aeronautics/astronautics profession. Candidates must have experience being a visible leader in the industry and possess excellent communications and public speaking skills. Candidates must be able to interface with a diverse set of stakeholders. i.e. corporate executives, Institute membership, senior government officials, donors, etc. and have the capacity to identify and develop creative solutions.

    If you are interested in applying for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to


    AIAA is an Equal Opportunity Employer


    About AIAA: The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) is nearly 30,000 engineers and scientists, and 95 corporate members, from 85 countries who are dedicated to advancing the global aerospace profession. The world’s largest aerospace technical society, the Institute convenes five yearly forums; publishes books, technical journals, and Aerospace America; hosts a collection of 160,000 technical papers; develops and maintains standards; honors and celebrates achievement; and advocates on policy issues. AIAA serves aerospace professionals around the world—who are shaping the future of aerospace—by providing the tools, insights, and collaborative exchanges to advance the state of the art in engineering and science for aviation, space, and defense. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter @AIAA.