Vedet R. Coleman-Robinson



Administrative and Membership Support Specialist


Founded in 1978, the Association of African American Museums (AAAM) is a non-profit member organization established to support African and African American focused museums both nationally and internationally, as well as the professionals who protect, preserve and interpret African and African American art, history and culture.  Established as the single representative and principle voice of the African American museum movement, the Association seeks to strengthen and advocate for the interests of institutions and individuals committed to the preservation of African-derived cultures.


Position:        Administrative and Membership Support Specialist

Type:               Part-time ($11/hour – $20/ hour based on experience)

Location:       Washington, D.C. (Must report to AAAM Office 2-3 times a week)

Open Until:    Open Until Filled


The Association of African American Museums (AAAM) seeks one part-time Administrative and Membership Support Specialist.  The ideal candidate will:


  • -Manage and update the AAAM membership database (Wild Apricot) used to process and produce annual memberships.
  • -Develop and manage a list of prospective AAAM members.
  • -Plan and implement a membership marketing program, including mailings/emailing andphone outreach.
  • -Coordinate fulfillment and queries regarding AAAM membership benefits.
  • -Assist with annual conference logistics.
  • -Assist in logistics and administration of AAAM programs and workshops, as needed.
  • -Serve as liaison between AAAM Office, Membership, and Communications Committees.
  • -Manage job postings.
  • -Checks and processes AAAM mail from P.O. Box.




  • -A minimum of three years’ work experience, preferably in the museum or cultural field preferred (may substitute one year of work experience with a Bachelor’s degree).
  • -Candidates should be able to have strong communication skills, be self-starters, achieve results with and without supervision, have friendly dispositions, prepared to work with the public as well as AAAM stakeholders.  Strong organizational and computer skills are required. (Word, Excel, website, etc.)
  • -Strong written and verbal skills are required.Please submit a writing sample with your application.


How to Apply:  Please email a cover letter, resume, and letter of reference to No phone calls, please.



SEMC and AAAM Partner

 for an Emerging Professionals 

Leadership Institute


I hope this message finds you well.

I’m writing to inform you that AAAM has entered into a partnership with the Southeastern Museum Conference (SEMC) to offer a Leadership Institute for our emerging professional members.  The program will focus on leadership training for staff of small- and mid-sized institutions to offer a professional development program for future museum leaders that supports diversity and inclusion.  

The Deadline to Apply is January 31, 2020

CLICK HERE to learn more…

The 6-day immersive Leadership Institute will take place April 19-24, 2020 at The Duke Mansion in Charlotte, NC. 

Duke Mansion

SEMC Leadership Institute tuition will be $1,500 for SEMC and AAAM members and $1,600 for non-members. Tuition will include Institute resources, breakfast and lunch daily as well as one dinner. There will be a follow-up workshop for Institute cohorts on Sunday, October 18, 2020 in Louisville. Conference registration for SEMC 2020 Annual Meeting in Louisville will be complimentary for 2020 Institute cohorts.

The SEMC Leadership Institute: Leading for Today’s Challenges will equip a new generation of museum leaders with outward-looking skills and strategies that increase their effectiveness as leaders and ability to create a productive and inclusive environment within the museum and among the museum’s board.

I believe a great deal in this program and hope to see several of you in North Carolina!

Kind regards,

Vedet R. Coleman-Robinson

Executive Director

Association of African American Museums



The National Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to share news that we are now inviting organizations and government agencies to submit Letters of Intent (LOI) for African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund grants. Grant funds range between $50,000 to $150,000. You can read more about this national grant program, funding categories, and schedule by clicking this link:


There is a two-step process to receive a grant. The first step is to submit the LOI by Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 11:59 PM local time through our online grants portal. If the LOI is accepted, a full application will be requested of the applicant. Up to 22 grant awards will be announced in July 2020. Since January 2018, the National Trust has vetted 1,292 proposals, invited 104 full applications, and granted $2,737,500 to 38 organizations.


Please share this announcement widely and help us support cultural heritage organizations nationally. For your reference, sample social media posts are listed below.



  • Handle:                @SavingPlaces
  • Hashtag:              #TellTheFullHistory


Sample Posts



Sample Posts

  • The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund grant program from the National Trust for Historic Preservation is designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscapes representing African American cultural heritage. Submit your Letter of Intent by Jan. 15. For full fund details, including the online form to submit your proposal, visit
  • If you or someone you know has a historic place such as a site, museum, or landscape representing African American cultural heritage, you’ll want to learn more about the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. From capital projects to organizational capacity building, there are many ways that you can put this funding to use within your community.


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