CAF Careers

The CAF has the below positions available:

These job descriptions in no way state or imply that these are the only duties to be performed by the employees occupying these positions. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor. These job descriptions may be revised upon development of other duties and changes in responsibilities.

The Commemorative Air Force is an equal opportunity employer.

These jobs are civilian positions and do not require military service (including commission and enlistment).

Must meet training and background check qualifications and comply with the Protection of Minors policy. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

The CAF offers a generous benefit package that includes health, vision, dental, life and disability at a cost of $50 per month for the employee, and a retirement plan that is matched up to 3%. The value of this package is over $13,000.00.

The Commemorative Air Force is the world’s largest WWII Flying Museum with over 170 WWII aircraft and 80 units in 28 states and 4 international locations. The CAF has a volunteer membership of approximately 10,000. Information concerning our organization can be obtained at www.commemorativeairforce.org.

The Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center The mission of The Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center (Education Center) is to Honor the Past, Empower the Future by designing and operating programs that provide hands-on learning opportunities and activities for all ages. Located at Dallas Executive Airport, the Education Center is the flagship of the American Airpower Heritage Museum (AAHM), an affiliate of the Commemorative Air Force.

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Looking for further opportunities? Discover available positions at the CAF Headquarters here!


Donor Engagement Officer

Department: Development
Location: Commemorative Air Force Headquarters, Dallas, Texas

Job Summary:
As Donor Engagement Officer, you will help donors accomplish their philanthropic goals and ambitions through a relationship with our organization. You will cultivate, solicit and steward prospects and supporters for major gifts (capacity of $10,000 and above). Working in close partnership with other members of the Development Office, you will have a key responsibility to build a portfolio of potential major gift donors by identifying/developing a pipeline of prospects and will play a key role in building and nurturing donor relationships. An ability to empathize with donors and prospects, and clearly communicate our organization’s mission is key. You’ll be expected to persuade prospects and persevere to the end. This position is a front-line fundraising role focused primarily on individuals nationwide, with an emphasis outside of Texas. This individual is a member of the Development Office and reports to the Chief Relationship Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Working collaboratively with the Chief Relationship Officer, develop and execute a plan for major gifts that includes identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship processes that results in major gifts from individual donors.
• Develop tailored prospect and donor-specific strategies and tactics to advance the philanthropic relationship and giving potential.
• Using the available tools such as Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and Altru, Blackbaud Research Point, internet search programs, other research programs and personal relationship networks, research and create a list of potential qualified prospects/donors.
• Create proposals and marketing materials, as necessary, to solicit major gifts.
• Track interactions with prospects/donors in Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge/Altru and other tools to build an electronic history of information related to prospects/donors.
• Operate collaboratively with a high attention to detail to provide excellent service and develop strong working relationships based on trust and confidence with prospects, donors and staff.
• Using fundraising metrics, regularly report on the status and progress of major gifts to the Chief Relationship Officer.
• Work collaboratively with other staff to complete grant applications related to major gifts.
• Provide support for CAF activities and events, such as Fireside Chats, the Legends of the Skies Luncheon, CAF Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow and others.
• Conducts regular travel for one-on-one meetings and selected events, estimated for up to 50% of the time.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Employment Type:
Full-time

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Minimum 3 years’ experience in a fundraising role, preferably with at least 1 year experience in a role with a proven track record of cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors resulting in gifts of $10,000+.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and sustain positive relationships with donors, as well as other internal and external constituencies.
• Must be able to travel as necessary; some nights and weekends required.
• Demonstrated interest or experience in aviation and/or WWII history a plus.
• Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) credential a plus.
• Experience with planned giving a plus.

Required Skills & Abilities:
• Excellent interpersonal skills, written communication and presentation skills and the ability to work with many different people such as donors, volunteers and staff. Ability to listen is essential.
• Team oriented; works well within group situations.
• Must be very organized, analytical and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
• Proficient user of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and donor databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge Altru.
• Computer literacy.
• High level of enthusiasm, initiative, motivation and self-direction.
• Must be knowledgeable about, and capable of articulating verbally and in writing, the CAF’s mission, vision, and priorities.
• Must meet training and background check qualifications and comply with the Protection of Minors policy. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

If interested, please send a cover letter, résumé and salary requirements to rbeck@cafhq.org. No phone calls please.


Development & Grant Writer

Department: Development
Location: Commemorative Air Force Headquarters.5661 Mariner Dr, Dallas, TX 75237
Remote work allowed: No
Qualifications: Grant Writing: 2 years required; 3-5 years preferred Copywriting/Editing: 3-5 years preferred

Assessments: Proofreading, Editing, and Grant Writing

The National Headquarters of the Commemorative Air Force, located at the Dallas Executive Airport in Dallas, Texas, is seeking a full-time Development & Grant Writer.

Job Summary:

The CAF has a robust fundraising program, including a national direct mail program, planned giving program and grants program, and other fundraising appeals. The Development & Grant Writer supports the organization’s fundraising efforts by implementing a comprehensive grant funding and stewardship plan, in addition to developing proposals to high-level donors and provide input to a wide array of different types of fundraising materials, including appeals, social media copy, website updates and articles for multiple communication tools.

The Development & Grant Writer will work closely with the Philanthropy Manager, and other members of team, in creating acknowledgment letters, individualized funding proposals, content for organizational magazine, and other written communications as assigned. The ability to write persuasively and to clearly communicate our organization’s programs and mission that results in funding is key. This role reports to the Philanthropy Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Using persuasive communication skills, creates grants and proposals to secure funding, and coordinates internal staff and volunteer review and approval as needed.
• Supports the CAF’s grants program, planned giving program, and other special projects as assigned.
• Has the primary responsibility for ensuring grant submissions and required reporting to foundations and corporations is accomplished on-time and in compliance with guidelines.
• Using the available tools such as Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and Altru, Blackbaud Research Point, internet search programs, and other research programs, researches and identifies potential foundations, corporations and individuals who can become prospects/donors.
• Creates Research Profiles that are shared with Executive Staff and volunteers.
• Work with the Philanthropy Team to develop comprehensive fundraising strategies by identifying corporate, foundation, and government prospects and analyzing funding history to identify possible increases or enhanced relationships.
• Gathers and creates fundraising materials, including PowerPoint presentations, brochures, and other materials, as needed, to develop the case for funding.
• Working with the Philanthropy Manager, Chief Relationship Officer, the Marketing Department and other staff, collaboratively writes, proofs, and edits various organizational material, such as Annual Report, fundraising appeals and social media posts.
• Ensures all formal grant-related materials are documented and retained in an organized manner, both electronically and in paper files, as needed.
• Updates Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge and Altru, and other tools to build an electronic history of information related to grant submissions and other prospects/donors/funders as assigned.
• Operates collaboratively with a high attention to detail to provide excellent service and develop strong working relationships based on trust and confidence with funders, prospects, donors, volunteers and staff.
• Assists management in maintaining and updating the Unit fundraising tools provided to CAF volunteers across the country.
• Provides support for CAF activities and events, such as the Legends of the Skies Luncheon, CAF Wings Over Dallas WWII Airshow and others.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Employment Type: Full-time

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Minimum 3 years of experience grant writing and editing in a professional setting, 5+ years of experience in a nonprofit setting is preferred.
• Demonstrated ability to write persuasive, clear and concise fundraising proposals.
• Demonstrated interest or experience in aviation and/or WWII history a plus.

Required Skills & Abilities:
• Excellent persuasive writing skills.
• High level of poise and professionalism, including follow-through and attention to detail.
• Familiarity and basic knowledge of fundraising.
• Ability to prioritize work, manage multiple projects concurrently, and meet deadlines in a time-constrained environment.
• High level of enthusiasm, initiative, motivation and self-direction.
• Problem solver.
• Team oriented; works well within group situations.
• Must be able to handle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
• Proficient user of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and donor databases, preferably Raiser’s Edge.
• Strong computer literacy.
• Must be knowledgeable about, and capable of articulating verbally and in writing, the CAF’s mission, vision, and priorities.


National Aviation Education Center Educator

The NAEC Educator will deliver educational programs and assist in program development to further the mission (Honor the Past, Empower the Future) and strategic vision of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center (NAEC). The educator needs to be comfortable and experienced in teaching hands-on activities to a wide variety of ages and audiences.

Responsibilities:

• Performs and delivers all educational programs and services including historical experiences, school group tours, night/weekend programs, daytime programs, Scout merit badges, camps, and other education-related events.
• Effective communicator who can interact with diverse individuals in a small and large group settings
• Serves as an expert for education program offerings
• Supervise high school interns to provide authentic workplace experience with an emphasis on safety, and personal/professional growth
• Communicate actively with volunteers about responsibilities and logistics
• Participate in volunteer training and orientations as needed
• Assist with inventory and assessment of equipment and supplies
• Conduct workshops and trainings that demonstrate best practices in education
• Coach/mentor educators and instructors with pedagogy, safety, and program evaluation
• Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Education

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

• Knowledge of standards-based instruction and assessments
• Knowledge and demonstrated practice in creating hands-on, student-centered lessons with an emphasis on content integration
• Program implementation and program development experience
• Experience in delivering engaging teacher professional development
• Strong creative and visionary abilities to add value to current or future educational programs
• Good analytical thought process, including problem solving and decision-making skills and abilities
• Demonstrated attention to detail, with a strong ability to keep accurate records and statistics
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, in writing and orally across various media
• Good project management experience, including time management, coordination, and organizational skills
• Solid computer-proficiency skills and abilities, including applications, databases and Microsoft Outlook, Work, Excel, and PowerPoint
• Ability to work independently and maintain confidentiality
• Knowledge and experience in tool use, including handheld and power tools is a bonus
• Knowledge of science of flight or aircraft maintenance or restoration is a bonus
• Willingness to collaborate on projects and work with a team
• Must be enthusiastic about community-based work and youth development
• Ability to perform a variety of tasks concurrently with competing deadlines in a demanding environment
• Must be available to work a variable schedule to include evenings, weekends, overnight and holidays

Education and Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree
• Minimum 5 years of experience as a classroom educator
• Minimum 1 year of educational staff supervision
• Recency of experience working in educational settings, especially with K-12 school-aged children is required

Physical Demands:

• Regularly performs tasks with hands and fingers for grasping and holding objects
• Regularly performs office-related tasks at a desk or workstation while sitting, such as: keyboarding, phones, handwriting, filing, etc.
• Sometimes pushes, pulls, lifts, and/or carries up to 50 pounds across a distance with or without supportive devices
• Frequently stands, walks, bends, stoops, crouches, reaches, climbs, and kneels throughout the workday
• Sometimes drives or travels by car/aircraft; occasionally travels out-of-area or overnight

Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Must meet training and background check qualifications and comply with the Protection of Minors policy. A pre-employment background investigation is performed on candidates selected for employment.

Wage: Negotiable based on experience beginning at $20/hour

Thank you for your interest in working for the Commemorative Air Force. We are always looking for volunteers and accepting resumes should a position open up. Apply here: https://www.commemorativeairforce.org/pages/CAF%20Careers

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