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October 23, 2019

AIA Executive Director Job Opening

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Archaeological Institute of America

Executive Director

The Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) is North America’s oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology. Founded in Boston in 1879 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1906, the Institute functions as a professional organization for archaeologists and a membership organization. Today the AIA has some 200,000 members organized into a network of 108 Local Societies in the United States, Canada, and overseas. Members include professional archaeologists, corresponding members, students, and enthusiasts, all united by a shared passion for archaeology and its role in furthering human knowledge.

Since 1948 the AIA has published the highly regarded bimonthly popular magazine ARCHAEOLOGY with a readership of more than 700,000 and the acclaimed scholarly publication the American Journal of Archaeology. The AIA is an educational organization offering financial support to scholars, an Annual Meeting for the exchange of ideas and information, and a wide-ranging public education program for inquiring minds of all ages.

The AIA seeks a strategic and experienced Executive Director to guide the development and implementation of the Institute’s strategic plan and to evaluate existing programs, policies, and practices. The Executive Director will be responsible for the management and development of 21 employees and an annual budget of approximately $6 million. Reporting to the Governing Board and working collaboratively with a committed staff, the Executive Director will oversee Institute administration and operations with a focus on increased membership, extensive fundraising, and expanded outreach. 

The successful candidate will have 10 years of progressively responsible leadership, fundraising and management experience at a relevant professional society, nonprofit organization, or academic institution. Knowledge or familiarity with archaeology or a related academic field is a plus but not required. The new Executive Director will have an appreciation for, and commitment to, the challenges and global opportunities facing the membership and the field and will identify strategies to expand AIA’s impact in supporting and advancing archaeology.

Sage Search Partners is assisting AIA with this search. Confidential nominations, inquiries, and applications (please include a letter of interest and curriculum vitae) should be submitted to Paula Fazli, Managing Partner: All materials will be kept in strict confidence.

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