President, Pritzker Military Museum & Library

Pritzker Military Museum & Library
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Jul 01, 2021
Jul 30, 2021
Position Type
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Description & Summary Statement

The President of the PMML shall be the principal business leader of the Museum & Library, including both the Chicago and Somers campuses, and shall general supervision and control of the business and affairs of the Museum & Library.

The President will collaborate with the Founder of the PMML, and COO of Philanthropic Activities on initiatives designed to further the mission of the PMML.

Essential Position Qualifications

  • Successful senior executive with 7-10 years’ experience in non-profit operations and fundraising; museum and/or library services preferred. Individual with significant experience in for-profit business or high level professional practice such as law or accounting will also be considered.
  • Master’s Degree or higher required; Military education at the level of Command and General Staff College or War College will also be favorably considered.
  • Energetic self-starter with the ability to exercise appropriate discretion, a high level of professionalism and excellent personal reputation.
  • Willing and able to promote and develop the PMML and maintain the highest standards of operational integrity and reputation.
  • Personable, articulate, dependable, organized, and attentive to detail.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; able to communicate effectively and establish rapport with a wide variety of people including but not limited to the Founder, board members, staff, members, supporters, donors, vendors and colleagues.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities and experience in managing and developing professional staff.
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills
  • Willingness to travel as required/requested
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain partnerships and relationships with a diverse array of organizations and individuals.
  • Financially literate and highly sensitive and cognizant of ratios and amounts needed for operational sustainment, growth and development as well as some ability to do realistic financial projections at the non CPA level.

Assigned Responsibilities & Duties


  • Supervise the Director of Development and development staff to lead the annual fundraising planning process and develop effective strategies to achieve income targets;

  • Increase overall growth by 20% annually through donor base expansion and additional giving opportunities;

  • Achieve public operating charity status in line with the strategic plan and organizational goals;

  • Identify new potential income sources and produce strategies to access these funds;

  • Lead an Individual Giving Development Plan which includes recruitment and development of new donors, as well as major gifts and planned giving programs.

  • Lead all non-programmatic activity related to the planning and execution of the annual Liberty Gala;

  • Work with the Director of Development and designated consultants to raise funds for the PMAC and Cold War Memorial in Somers, WI.

  • Work with the Director of Development toward the growth of the membership program.


  • Work with the Chief Military Historian and Associate Director of Programs and Outreach to develop events, programs, and initiatives for audiences at varied levels of understanding of the military;

  • Work with the Chief Military Historian to integrate subject matter into outreach efforts and expand the reach of the Museum & Library to reach new audiences;

  • Work with the Senior Director on all financial matters and volunteer and intern activities;

  • Serve as the key liaison with the Marketing & Communication Department to develop and implement marketing campaigns and press releases as necessary;

  • Collaborate with the TAWANI Foundation and Pritzker Military Foundation to establish and maintain partnerships with local and national organizations;

  • Develop outreach programs that link the PMML (Chicago) with the PMAC (Somers, WI) for cross-promotion and engagement.

Board of Directors and External Relations

  • Organize and Participate in meetings of the Board of Directors as an ex officio member, assuming responsibility for all Board communications and documentation;

  • In cooperation with the Board of Directors, lead the strategic development process to achieve agreed upon long term goals;

  • Establish and maintain relationships with VIP members and donors in order to be a conduit for their message;

  • Work with MarCom team to effectively advance the visibility, mission and message of the PMML;

  • Oversee all Front of House and Electronic Communications to maintain high quality visitor experiences;

  • Establish and maintain partnerships with local and national non-profits.

  • Understand and execute on the terms of complex business relationships and contracts;

  • Work with Chief Operating Officer of Philanthropic Activities and Founder & Chair to grow a board of directors with local, regional and national reach, overseeing any governance and onboarding requirements;

  • Serve as the administrative head of the PMML Citizen Soldier Award Committee.


  • Work with TAWANI CFO and COO of Philanthropic Activities to develop and execute annual budget;

  • Advise and inform the COO of Philanthropic Activities on all issues related to administrative matters of the PMML;

  • Attend and support PMML regularly scheduled and special events, including but not limited to evening events;

  • Develop and deliver reports relevant to PMML operations at both Chicago and Somers campuses as directed/requested by the Board of Directors;

  • Coordinate with TAWANI Enterprises, TAWANI Foundation, Pritzker Military Foundation and other organizational counterparts to support operations and activities;

  • Special projects or assignments as requested by the Board of Directors

  • Direct the work of key PMML contractors including individuals hired toward PMML book production, PR, Fundraising, special project work.

  • Work with other Tawani Enterprises contractors as required toward special projects and regular operations  

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