Arlington, VA
Oct 03, 2018
Nov 07, 2018
Executive, President
Full Time


Air Force Association (AFA) is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and is a 501(c)(3) organization under the Internal Revenue Code. It is an independent, professional military and aerospace education association whose mission is to promote a dominant United States Air Force and a strong national defense, and to honor Airmen and our Air Force Heritage. AFA has approximately 97,000 members and some 150 chapters across the country.


The President is an officer of the Association and is an ex-officio, non-voting member of its Executive Committee and Board of Directors. The President is responsible to the Chairman of the Board and to the Board of Directors, and is appointed by the Executive Committee, with approval by the Board.


As AFA’s chief salaried officer, the President is responsible for the strategic management and operation of the Association with an annual operating budget in excess of $19 million. The President works with and through an active “volunteer” Board of Directors and other Association governing bodies.  The President will:

  • Perform duties pursuant to the mandates of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee; perform duties enumerated in the Constitution and in the Operations and Procedures Manual and other such duties as are usually incident to a President or CEO
  • Serve as a nonvoting member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee
  • Serve as the Publisher of AIR FORCE Magazine
  • Oversee the management of the AFA-owned headquarters building
  • Maintain liaison between AFA HQ and all elements of the Association, government, Congress, industry, media and other organizations
  • Organize and direct the operations of the Association HQ office and its related activities
  • Prepare and submit through the Treasurer to the Finance Committee a proposed annual budget itemizing and justifying estimated revenues and expenditures for the ensuing twelve-month period
  • Manage the finances of the Association to ensure that income is sufficient to meet the budgeted needs of AFA
  • Work to acquire philanthropic monies, grants and donated funds for specific programs and the general operation of the Association
  • Work with the Chairman to maintain an excellent working relationship with the leadership of the USAF
  • Develop and implement national outreach programs including conferences, symposia, and seminars on defense and education-related issues
  • Support the operation of the AFA field structure in its efforts to fulfill the AFA mission
  • Maintain a strong public relations presence that alerts the public to the many things AFA does in support of its mission


An undergraduate degree is required; an advanced degree is desired. Experience working within the Department of Defense or within other federal departments or agencies is desired.  The President should have a strong affinity for the Air Force and a clear understanding of its values but must realize that AFA is independent of the Air Force and may, at times, take a stance substantially different from that of the Service.  Experience as a senior executive managing a staff and a substantial budget is desired. Business skills are necessary.

Specific background/qualifications should include:

  • Demonstrated management experience
  • Ability to direct the budget and staff as well as to influence a diverse volunteer organization toward a common goal;
  • The ability to make data-driven, fact-based decisions, measure success and failure.
  • Outstanding leadership skills
  • An ability to work with and merit the respect of executives in the defense and aerospace education industries, as well as in the Air Force worldwide.
  • Ability to develop Capitol Hill, White House, DoD, government committee/regulatory body, media, industry and educational community contacts. Must be able to guide the efforts of various members and staff focused on a variety of issues critical to AFA.
  • Must be able to work skillfully with the USAF and with a broad membership.


  • A manager of the highest integrity; candid and straightforward
  • Decisiveness; ability to evaluate the merits of alternative responses, select optimum courses of action, both in minimum time, and carry them through
  • A good communicator with exceptionally strong verbal, presentation and writing skills
  • Professional, self-confident, participative and capable of successfully working with diverse audiences
  • A collaborator able to mold views from staff and volunteers into common goals/actions that support objectives
  • An efficient day-to-day manager with a long term, strategic focus
  • A person who checks their ego at the door, encourages others to get the credit, is flexible, and adaptable
  • Ability to articulate short and long-range vision, describe and successfully forecast its implementation while anticipating the future association environment
  • A person who can understand and appreciate an annual evaluation based upon volunteer goals and objectives and who appreciates the value of a 360o rating system. Further, one who will do likewise for direct reports.
  • An energetic, hard-working, enthusiastic, people-oriented, motivated manager, leader and communicator


A competitive compensation package will be provided to attract outstanding individuals.  This will include base compensation in the six-figure category, performance-based incentives, as well as a suite of benefits to include retirement, health, life insurance and more.  Other executive perquisites may be negotiable.

Note: The President is also allowed to serve on up to two boards of other companies or associations on a not-to-interfere basis with his or her duties to the Association.

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