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Posted on 12/12/2014
Project Director
Association of Science-Technology Centers
Washington, DC

Supervisor: Director, Professional Development
Level: Manager (regular, full-time, exempt)
Travel: Periodic travel is required

The Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC) is a global organization providing collective voice and professional support for science centers, museums, and related institutions, whose innovative approaches to science learning inspire people of all ages about the wonders and the meaning of science in their lives. Through strategic alliances and global partnerships, ASTC strives to increase awareness of the valuable contributions its members make to their communities and the field of informal STEM learning. Founded in 1973, ASTC now represents over 650 members in nearly 50 countries, including not only science centers and museums, but also nature centers, aquariums, planetariums, zoos, botanical gardens, and natural history and children’s museums, as well as companies, consultants, and other organizations that share an interest in informal science education.

Position Summary
The Project Director works within the professional development department of ASTC, which contributes to the creation and delivery of successful programs for the science center field. This position includes administrative and programmatic direction of a pilot national initiative that will place AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers in ASTC member science centers across the US.

Primary duties relate to creation and management of the ASTC VISTA Volunteer Community STEM Initiative. The pilot stage of this initiative places 10 VISTA volunteers in six science centers located in Los Angeles, California; Berkeley/Oakland/San Francisco, California; Queens, New York; and Honolulu, Hawaii. The VISTA volunteers will work with site supervisors to document and connect STEM-rich programs, especially targeted at underserved youth in their local communities. The ASTC Project Director will act as liaison among these sites, connect them to each other and the broader field, and ensure the production of project deliverables.

The Project Director will work under the direction of the Director of Professional Development to fulfill responsibilities related to the project.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following:

  • Attend a VISTA supervisor training through the Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Advise the science centers about the VISTA volunteer recruiting and training process
  • Develop tools and protocols to document and assess the activities planned at the science center partner sites
  • Develop and distribute guidelines and resources about VISTA programs in science center contexts
  • Promote and represent the project to the science center field

Qualifications
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required to perform the essential functions of the position.

Education and Experience

  • Minimum education is Bachelor’s degree in a related field; Master’s degree preferred
  • Project management experience
  • A minimum of 3 years experience working in a science center/museum or similar informal learning environment
  • Familiarity with the design and delivery of online resources
  • Science, education, and/or museum background

Other Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate with science center personnel and VISTA volunteers
  • Proven time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to plan and problem-solve effectively
  • Proficiency with qualitative survey data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Experience with community outreach programs

Compensation and Benefits
Salary range $55,000 to $60,000 annually, commensurate with experience. ASTC offers employees a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, disability and life insurance and an employer funded retirement plan. ASTC is an equal opportunity employer. This position is initially funded through May, 2016. Continuation of the project will be contingent upon the availability of future funding sources.

Applications
To apply, please send letter of interest and resume to Mglass@astc.org by January 9, 2015.

Posted 12/2/2014
Exhibit & Facility Director
Omaha Children’s Museum
Omaha, NE

The Omaha Children’s Museum is seeking an experienced full-time Director of Exhibits and Facility to oversee both the exhibits and facilities department. The ideal individual must have strong communication skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to function in a fast paced environment, skill in reading blue prints, working with CAD, and knowledge in exhibit construction methods are needed.

The role of The Director is to coordinate the production of in-house exhibits for Omaha Children’s Museum and ensure the on-time and on-budget delivery of the highest quality experience. S/he will manage exhibits and facilities projects from concept to finished product. He/she will act as an active member of the exhibits and facilities team, participating in kick-off and status meetings, ensuring effective communication of timelines, deadlines, deliverables and pertinent details. The Director will analyze job requirements, define scope, determine resource requirements, and establish production schedules and deadlines. S/he will assist in securing required materials, manage the production budget and ensure the exhibit team meets requirements and quality standards. Working with the creative director, exhibit designers and facilities staff, The Director coordinates the construction and installation of the permanent exhibits as well as the ongoing facilities projects and schedules.

Work Experience

  • Demonstrable evidence of the delivery of successful, innovative exhibition projects to time, quality and budget, preferably in large organizations
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering audience-focused projects
  • Demonstrable experience of managing a team to deliver high quality visitor experiences
  • Experience of working in museums or large-scale visitor attractions, interpretive environments or theatrical productions
  • Evidence of successfully working with sponsors and partners
  • Experience of managing budgets, from small-scale up to $300,000
  • Evidence of managing projects and ensuring appropriate resource allocation
  • Proven ability to work effectively on more than one project simultaneously, managing different programs to achieve high quality results
  • Ability to obtain, analyse and use information for effective decision-making
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with internal and external consultants/contractors, including managing both internal and external customer/agency agreements
  • Ability to deal with diversity, ambiguity and multi-tasking

Interested candidates send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to:

Director of Exhibit & Facility
Omaha Children’s Museum
500 South 20th Street
Omaha, NE 68102.

Or email all information to gmorgan@ocm.org.

POSTED 11/13/2014
Director
Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
Washington, DC

The Smithsonian Institution is seeking an individual to lead its major outreach program – the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). Founded in 1952, SITES has long established itself as one of the largest, most trusted traveling exhibition services in the world, and serves as the Institution’s main exhibits ambassador beyond Washington, D.C. SITES shares the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people through a wide range of exhibitors – from major museums and universities, to schools, libraries, and rural community centers. SITES collaborates with museums and national organizations with like-minded missions to extend the reach of the Smithsonian.

This is an excellent opportunity for a creative, multi-disciplinary thinker to develop and oversee a pan-Institutional outreach program. The ideal candidate will have experience in fundraising and managing a complex budget, possess core exhibition knowledge and entrepreneurial instincts, be able to build coalitions internally and externally, and have strong project and staff management skills.

SITES is reinvigorating its program and embarking on change. New adapted strategic and business plans are guiding the transition. There remains extensive latitude to further refine the business model in support of the Smithsonian’s mission and strategic plan.

At the Smithsonian, the Director of SITES is considered a peer to the Directors of the national museums, research and education centers, and zoological park. Unlike an independent organization, SITES is part of a unique community of practice: the SITES Director is part of a cohort of leaders of some of the most visited and revered museums in the world, along with major programs devoted to education and access beyond Washington.

This position represents the chance to develop and refine business management and fundraising skill sets in a unique environment with a national, and potentially global reach. In this position, an individual will develop a strategic vision, raise the organization’s profile, and lead organizational change in a museum and research organization – skill sets that translate well to future opportunities.

This is a Trust position with a salary range of $120,749 to $181,500. The Director reports to the Under Secretary for Education and Access and is a member of Smithsonian leadership team. This position is located in the heart of Washington, D.C with an office comprised of approximately 45 FTEs and 10-15 interns/contractors.

The Smithsonian Institution receives approximately 70% of its funding through Congressional appropriations and the remaining 30% comes from Trust funds – revenue generated by the Smithsonian’s business enterprises and non-government funding. SITES operates a combined Federal, Trust, Gift and Grants annual budget of approximately $9 to 10M.

The Smithsonian offers excellent benefit to its Trust employees. Highlighted below are:

  • Smithsonian offers a Defined Contribution retirement plan with TIAA-CREF and contributes 12% up to the social security wage base rate of $118,500 for tax year 2015. Once the social security base rate is reached for the specific tax year, then the employer contribution increases to 17% up to maximum salary of $265,000. You are immediately vested in your employer contributions.
  • Smithsonian offers various health insurance plans and pays a portion of the health insurance premiums. Life insurance, long-term disability insurance, voluntary accidental death and dismemberment insurance (VADD) and flexible spending accounts (FSA) are additional insurance options available to employees.
  • The Smithsonian provides Transit Pass Program and Pretax Commuter benefits. The transit subsidy for eligible enrolled participants is $130/month. Under the pretax commuter plan, Smithsonian allows pretax deductions for parking (up to $250/month).
  • There are 10 paid holidays; annual leave is accrued 8 hours per pay period; and sick leave is accrued 4 hours per pay period.
  • The Smithsonian also offers rich programs of services and opportunities to balance and enhance your work life. They include: professional interest groups and committees, employee advocacy groups, Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center, lectures and events, discounts on museum shops and restaurants. These and other programs have made the Smithsonian one of the top 10 places to work in the government.

Resumes can be submitted directly to Suleyka Lozins at LozinsS@si.edu; (202) 633.6334 or Greg Bettwy at BettwyG@si.edu; (202) 633.6287.