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Posted February 16, 2020
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo
Brookfield, Illinois
Salary Range: $400,000–$500,000

The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which operates Brookfield Zoo, a world-class, 216-acre zoological park and conservation center, seeks an inspirational and visionary President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Brookfield Zoo opened to the public in 1934 and over time has grown to attract more than two million visitors annually, ranking it among the top five zoos in the country in attendance. With 2019 operating revenues and support totaling $70 million, and a workforce of 300 full- and part-time staff, supported by more than 250 seasonal workers, CZS is an enterprise of considerable complexity and diversity.

The CEO must be a strategic leader who is passionate about CZS’s mission and especially excited to meet the challenges of operating a dynamic cultural, scientific, and educational institution in the 21st century. The successful candidate will bring very strong communication, collaboration, fundraising, and managerial skills to this challenging leadership role. This person will ensure financial sustainability for CZS and Brookfield Zoo, especially coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic; will address major infrastructure improvements in coming years; will ensure exciting and up-to-date exhibits and programming and the highest quality animal care; and will continue to build a strong and positive culture and experience for guests and staff alike.

An eight-member Trustee Search Committee is working with the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to identify the next CEO. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the search firm:


The Chicago Zoological Society is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.

Posted February 10, 2020
Seymour Marine Discovery Center
Santa Cruz, California
Salary Range: $115,000–$125,000

The University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), seeks an experienced leader to serve as the next Director of the Seymour Marine Discovery Center (SMDC). SMDC, whose mission is to educate “people about the role scientific research plays in the understanding and conservation of the world’s oceans,” serves as the public outreach arm of UCSC’s Institute of Marine Sciences and a bridge to the surrounding community. The next SMDC Director will build upon the organization’s significant strengths while providing a new vision for the future that will grow and deepen visitor engagement, strengthen ties to UCSC, and ensure long-term financial sustainability. Download the job description here.

Posted February 10, 2021
CCLI Project Manager
Association of Children’s Museums
Arlington, Virginia
Salary Range: $50,000–$60,000

The Cultural Competence Learning Institute (CCLI) is a nationally focused collaborative organization that helps museum leaders catalyze diversity and inclusion efforts at their institutions. It was developed and is operated by the Association of Children’s Museums, ASTC, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, and Garibay Group. The CCLI Project Manager position will be housed at the Association of Children’s Museums and responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of CCLI’s programmatic offerings, including design, development, communication, and infrastructure support for the signature year-long cohort program, webinar series, and new initiatives. Click here to review the full job description and apply.

Posted January 22, 2020
Head of Partnerships and External Engagement
Brooklyn, New York
Salary Range: $90,000–$105,000, commensurate with experience. Full-time, salaried position.

MICRO is seeking a strategic leader to take charge of our partnerships and external engagement portfolio. As MICRO’s Head of Partnerships and External Engagement, you’ll oversee growth strategy, key partner relationships, lead identification, and external communications.

Your relationship management, public communication, and project leadership superpowers will help build and drive the future of museums and public spaces. You will be an important thought partner for senior leaders on revenue decisions, partner identification, and public engagement strategy.


MICRO creates six-foot-tall museums that transform public spaces into interactive learning environments, increasing access for diverse populations and making world-class museum experiences accessible to all. We bring together scientists, designers, and storytellers to squeeze a vast, complex world into museums the size of vending machines.

We are dedicated to reflecting the communities we serve, and especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ people and people with disabilities. MICRO is committed to building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages.

Apply with resume, cover letter, and any additional information via our applicant portal here.

For more information on MICRO, please visit www.micro.ooo.

Posted December 8, 2020
Chief Executive Officer
Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Juno Beach, Florida
Salary Range: $175,000–$190,000

The Loggerhead Marinelife Center (LMC), a treasured South Florida educational and scientific institution and a global leader in the research, rehabilitation, and protection of sea turtles, seeks a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Center is located in Juno Beach, Florida, one of the most densely nested sea turtle beaches in the world. Over the last decade, the organization has expanded from a small local nonprofit to a conservation hub with international reach, working with more than 90 regional and global partners across six continents and 16 countries.

The Center features an onsite world-class sea turtle hospital and research laboratory as well as educational exhibits and aquariums. Open daily, it welcomes more than 350,000 guests free-of-charge each year, and its educational, scientific, and veterinary programming extends to hundreds of thousands of collaborators, practitioners, academics, and students worldwide. With the 2021 opening of an expanded campus, following an ambitious $20 million capital campaign, LMC is poised for even greater growth and impact in the years ahead.

Reporting to a 25-member Board of Directors, the CEO oversees an operating budget of approximately $6 million and a current full-time staff of more than 30, supported by dozens of part-time and seasonal staff and hundreds of volunteers. The position calls for a bold, strategic, and creative leader and spokesperson with passion for ocean conservation. Strengths in fundraising and communication are essential, as is a willingness to play an active, visible role in the local community. Candidates must bring a track record of collaborative and inclusive staff management, ideally within in a scientifically based enterprise, with particular expertise in leading through growth and change.

More information may be found at www.imsearch.com/7688.

Posted July 16, 2020
Assistant Director for Education, Outreach, and Visitor Services
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History
Washington, D.C.
Salary Range: $150,000–$175,000

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH or Museum) invites applications and nominations for the position of Assistant Director for Education, Outreach, and Visitor Experience (ADEOVE). As the nation’s premier museum of natural history, the NMNH works to inspire a lifelong curiosity and appreciation for science and the natural world among all of the audiences who visit and who access the resources of the museum.

NMNH has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. For more information, as well as all applications, inquiries, and nominations, which shall remain confidential, please visit www.imsearch.com/7538.

The Smithsonian Institution does not discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.

The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed on the search website. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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