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Posted July 5, 2019
Vice President for Administration and Chief Financial Officer
Museum of Life and Science
Durham, North Carolina
Salary Range: $100,000–$120,000

The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top family destinations, located less than five miles from downtown Durham.

The Museum seeks candidates for the role of Vice President for Administration and CFO. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President is a member of the Executive Team and has primary oversight of the Accounting and Finance, Human Resources (including volunteer coordination), and Information Technology functions which consist of seven talented staff members and an information technology services vendor.

The position leads, executes, or provides oversight for budget, accounting, human resources, risk management, and information technology initiatives, and acts as the liaison for the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors.  The Vice President provides strong, creative, energetic, and strategic leadership on all financial, human resources, and risk management topics and is responsible for supporting an organizational culture of integrity and transparency.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest, resume, and references to

The Museum of Life and Science is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply.  Please note: all applicants must pass a criminal background check prior to receiving a firm offer of employment.


Featured Job—

Posted June 20, 2019
President & CEO
Exploration Place,
The Sedgwick County Science and Discovery Center
Wichita, Kansas
Salary Range: $145,000–$155,000

Exploration Place seeks a creative and visionary leader who demonstrates a passion for education and life-long learning. The ideal candidate is a proven leader with multiple aptitudes who understands the impact of interactive, informal learning environments, which may include children’s museums and science centers. S/he has extensive experience and success leading high-performing teams that deliver financially sustainable results.

For a full job description and application, please click here.


Posted June 18, 2019
Executive Director
Infinity Science Center
Pearlington, Mississippi
Starting Salary: $65,000+

The Executive Director, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, leads the organization and is responsible for identifying and responding to educational and community program needs as well as financial stability and health. This position leads a team of 43 employees.


  • Maintaining and building relationships
  • Directing, diversifying, and growing fundraising campaigns
  • Leading and fostering development/cultivation efforts
  • Exhibiting passion to engage and mobilize staff and volunteers for action
  • Communicating effectively with all stakeholders
  • Ensuring effective, compliant administrative and financial affairs of the center


  • Bachelor’s degree; master’s degree preferred
  • Minimum of five years of executive/senior level experience, including recruiting, onboarding, and managing staff and volunteers
  • Thorough knowledge of board governance, the principles and practices of managing nonprofit organizations, resource development activities, budget planning, and management of sources of funding
  • Demonstrated passion for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
  • Strong communication skills, both oral and written, internal and external
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the Board of Directors, staff, community groups, partner agencies, and other stakeholders
  • Capability to lead and manage budget and financial obligations
  • Thorough understanding and capability to develop, lead, and execute strategic planning efforts on items such as grant writing, fundraising efforts, sharing appeals, major gifts, annual giving, etc.
  • Ability to work outside of normal working hours, including nights and weekends

Full job description and requirements:


Please submit confidential cover letter and resume to on or before June 28, 2019.

Posted June 17, 2019
Discovery Center Supervisor
City of Ocala
Ocala, Florida
Salary Range: $38,100–$66,700

This is a professional supervisory position that is responsible for directing facility operations and program development and exhibit implementation of a family science center.

For a more detailed description, and to access the employment application, interested applicants should visit

Hiring decisions contingent upon results of alcohol/drug screening and physical examination.


Posted June 10, 2019
Assistant Director for Education, Outreach & Visitor Services
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Washington, D.C.
Salary Range: $137,849–$166,500

The National Museum of Natural History (NMNH), a science-based museum within the Smithsonian Institution’s complex of museums and research organizations, seeks a dynamic professional to lead the development and implementation of education, outreach and visitor programs for NMNH, with the goal of expanding the public impact of the museum and providing a first-class experience for our visitors. The successful candidate will have the unusual and exciting opportunity, working from a broad mission and mandate, to develop the department at a time when the museum is opening a series of new public spaces including the Deep Time gallery and exploring new strategic partnerships. Working in collaboration with the Deputy Director of NMNH, this key leader will be responsible for developing and delivering the museum’s large volunteer program and growing public-facing commercial activities.

The National Museum of Natural History is dedicated to understanding and explaining the natural world and is the most visited natural history museum in the world, thus providing an unparalleled venue for science education. The posting of this position represents the NMNH and the Smithsonian’s commitment to fulfilling the promise of its educational mission and its position as a world-class visitor attraction.

This is a full-time, permanent position to be filled as Trust (private sector, U.S. citizenship not required, proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. and college transcripts required). Salary commensurate with experience. The Smithsonian Institution offers a comprehensive package of benefits. This is not a Federal Position, but has similar requirements and benefits. For complete requirements, benefits and application procedures, please visit: and refer to Announcement 19A-JW-304811-TRF-NMNH. Applications must be received online by July 1, 2019, and must reference the announcement number. Applicants will be notified by email when their applications are received.

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply.

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Posted June 6, 2019
Vice President of Education
Orlando Science Center
Orlando, Florida
Salary range: $80,000–$90,000

The Orlando Science Center is looking for a dynamic individual who will assume a leadership role in the development and implementation of the science center’s educational and fee-based programs and oversee the daily operation of school programs, continuing education, and off-site experiences and associated programs that complement and enhance local, state, and national curriculum requirements.


  • Master’s degree with a minimum of eight years’ relevant work experience, or 12 years’ relevant work experience.


  • Broad education and community organizing experience with a minimum of eight years’ experience in senior leadership roles in a science museum, aquarium, zoo, botanical garden, or related informal learning and educationally oriented facility.
  • Proven track record fostering and managing dynamic partnerships with the community and stakeholders.
  • Ability to establish and maintain an effective rapport with all levels of management, employees, and museum visitors.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.
  • Excellent communication skills; presentation and public speaking.
  • Reliable, organized, self-starter. Ability to work with little direct supervision.

Supervisory Responsibility:

The role provides leadership to a skilled team of program/content development professionals, with the support of the department’s four Directors. Reporting directly to the VP are: the Director of Education Operations, the Director of STEM Learning and Engagement, the Director of Education Initiatives, and the Director of Preschool.

For more details on the position, please visit

To apply:

Please submit your cover letter and resume to

Posted June 5, 2019
Executive Director
Betty Brinn Children’s Museum
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Salary Range: $125,000-$150,000

The Betty Brinn Children’s Museum is seeking a dynamic, visionary leader with a proven track record of success in management to serve as its next Executive Director. The Executive Director will provide leadership, vision, and direction for all aspects of the organization to achieve the museum’s mission and goals. Ideal candidates will have a passion for early childhood education in all its forms, and the maker movement, with a focus on learning by doing, an appreciation for creativity, and the ability to embody and communicate that passion as a primary ambassador for the museum in the community. If you or someone you know may be interested, you can view the full position profile with directions to apply here:

Posted May 30, 2019
Executive Director
Headwaters Science Center
Bemidji, Minnesota
Salary Range: $40,000–$45,000

Headwaters Science Center (HSC) in Bemidji, Minnesota, is seeking an Executive Director who will lead and strengthen HSC as a hands-on science museum. The Executive Director is accountable for managing grants and the day-to-day operations of the center consistent with the mission, plans, budgets, and governance as approved by the board of directors. The ideal candidate is flexible, results oriented, knowledgeable of best practices in the field, and able to adapt to a dynamic work environment. Complete description available:

Posted May 7, 2019
Vice President of Museum Experiences
Ithaca, New York
Salary Range: $70,000–$85,000

The Sciencenter, a hands-on science museum in Ithaca, New York, seeks a creative and visionary team leader with a strong commitment to building dynamic, inclusive, and collaborative experiences that positively impact the local community, and national constituencies that the Sciencenter serves. The Vice President of Museum Experiences is a key member of the staff involved in developing, implementing, and overseeing the museum’s products/environments including exhibitions, “virtual” online experiences, live collections, building, and grounds. A proven ability to conceptualize innovative museum products and exciting, interactive visitor experiences are viewed as essential components of the role.

For a complete job description and application instructions, visit

Posted May 2, 2019
Chief Executive Officer
San Antonio Botanical Garden
San Antonio, Texas
Salary Range: $160,000–$180,000

Seeking leader with demonstrated career moving an organization forward in pursuit of vision; garnering broad community support; increasing visibility; and carrying forward major new projects/programs.

Exceptional communicator who can articulate vision to constituents including donors, businesses, civic groups, public officials, visitors, and members; and track record obtaining major individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, foundation support, and government grants. Project management experience, from infrastructure improvements to large-scale capital construction, is ideal.

Public gardens experience not required; passion for public gardens’ mission must be demonstrated. Senior-level leadership in destination venue delivering extraordinary visitor experience highly desirable. Bachelor’s required; master’s preferred.


Posted April 25, 2019
PHOENIX, Arizona
Salary: $90,000 DOE

The University of Arizona seeks a dynamic leader to direct the planning, implementation and operation of a re-envisioned museum located adjacent to the State Capitol Mall in Phoenix. The Arizona Mining, Mineral and Natural Resource Education Museum (AMMNREM) was recently established to promote Arizona’s natural resource heritage and future through education, research, and outreach. The Museum’s end-state vision is to create a recognized destination for lifelong experiential learning, showcasing current knowledge, cutting-edge research, and industry innovation. This vision includes the transformation of a dormant 1921 building into interactive galleries, idea labs, maker spaces, offices, and public engagement spaces.

For a complete position description, please visit

Posted March 7, 2019
Executive Director
Discovery Trail
Ithaca, New York
Salary Range: $50,000 – $55,000

The Discovery Trail is located in Ithaca, NY, home of Cornell University. We are a dynamic collaboration of seven museums and a public library that is unique worldwide. Our flagship program, Kids Discover the Trail!, provides field experiences for most of Tompkins County’s 5,600 elementary students at all eight sites of the Discovery Trail.

The Discovery Trail is seeking an energetic individual to serve as Executive Director (ED) who will provide vision, leadership, and administration for the two primary activities of the Discovery Trail: 1) educational outreach with local schools, mainly through the Kids Discover the Trail! program, and 2) developing new countywide educational programming to expand our reach and impact. The ED will be the primary relationship builder who leverages the capacity of member organizations to accomplish the mission of the Discovery Trail.

The ED will report to the Discovery Trail’s Board of Directors. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree (higher degree preferred); excellent written and oral skills; excellent judgement and demonstrated people skills; strong initiative and ability to work both independently and collaboratively; and ability to multi-task and work with a wide variety of people, set priorities, and meet deadlines. Experience in education and fundraising strongly preferred. Must have car and valid license. Salary $50-55K, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits.

Position Description:

Application Instructions: Please submit the following items in one PDF to

  1. Letter of application (including an explanation of how your previous experience relates to the duties and responsibilities of the Position Description)
  2. Resume
  3. Names and contact information for 3-4 references

Application Deadline: March 21, 2019, or until the position is filled. Screening will begin immediately.

The Discovery Trail is an Equal Opportunity Employer.