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Posted May 5, 2021
Director of Communications and Engagement (DCE)
The Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI) at the University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
Salary Range: $80,000–$90,000

The Institute for Mathematical and Statistical Innovation (IMSI) at the University of Chicago seeks a Director of Communications and Engagement (DCE). Among IMSI’s three strategic pillars (Science, Communications, Broadening Participation), Communications is key to advancing IMSI’s societally relevant scientific mission by building audience for IMSI activities, translating IMSI science for broad audiences, and lowering barriers to participation from groups historically underrepresented in the mathematical sciences. The DCE will be a leader in developing and executing IMSI’s communications and public engagement plan. To learn more, go to uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/External/job/Hyde-Park-Campus/Director-of-Communications-and-Engagement_JR10843.

Posted May 3, 2021
Deputy Director, National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.
Salary Range: $132,000–$269,000

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) is seeking an experienced executive to work with the Director and Executive Team to lead and manage a wide portfolio of programs and activities spanning the museum’s scientific, public, and operational programs. The successful candidate will bring extensive experience in leadership and management of museums or organizations, strategic planning, financial, operational and personnel management, and policy formulation to the NMNH, which has over 450 employees plus large student and volunteer bodies. Working in collaboration with the Sant Director, this high-profile leader will formulate and implement strategic directions for the science, public, and operational programs of the museum; lead the management of the research departments, collections programs, exhibits, education, outreach and visitor experience, finances, operations, facilities, specialized laboratories, field stations, and other similar programs and partnerships; assure the quality and breadth of all museum activities; and provide institutional leadership in broader national and international programs.

The National Museum of Natural History: The National Museum of Natural History is a public-facing, science-based museum within the Smithsonian Institution’s complex of museums and research organizations. The NMNH is dedicated to understanding and explaining the natural world and is one of the most visited natural history museums in the world, reaching more than four million museum visitors each year and millions more through its education programs and digital channels. With over 146 million specimens and objects, the museum’s collections represent over 90% of the holdings of the Smithsonian and are the largest of its kind in the world. These collections, and the work of the scientific staff, form the foundation for the museum’s extensive public programs, and include exhibitions, education, and citizen science.

The Smithsonian: The Smithsonian Institution was established by an Act of Congress in 1846 with a clear mission: the increase and diffusion of knowledge. It is the largest museum and research complex in the world with 19 museums, eight research facilities, and the National Zoo. The Smithsonian has national and international impact in science, research, history, art, and culture. Each year, it welcomes more than 25 million visitors to its public facilities as well as 180 million web visitors, and employs approximately 6,500 staff and is supplemented by over 6,000 volunteers, interns, fellows, and visiting scientists annually. The Smithsonian is supported by a combination of federal appropriations and government grants, awards and gifts from private foundations, corporations and individuals, and self-generated commercial revenue. The Smithsonian’s endowment also provides additional financial support.

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. required). Salary commensurate with experience. The Smithsonian Institution offers a comprehensive package of benefits. For complete requirements and application procedures, please visit: www.si.edu/ohr and refer to Announcement # EX-21-09. Applications must be received online by 5/31/2021. 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 April 13, 2021
Bilingual STEAM Educator
Da Vinci Science Center
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Salary Range: $35,000–40,000

The Da Vinci Science Center is seeking a creative, passionate educator to deliver extraordinary, fun learning experiences in both English and Spanish, integrating STEAM subjects across the Lehigh Valley. Programs will take place off-site, online, and on-site for students, teachers, families, public visitors, and members. Specific responsibilities include delivering (in-person and online) classroom programs, afterschool programs, science celebrations, summer learning programs, and science shows. The educator also develops programming materials in both English and Spanish and translates existing program materials into Spanish when needed. Flexible schedule includes some evenings, weekends, and holidays. Bilingual in Spanish and English. Degree or equal experience. International diplomas are welcome. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Qualified applicants should send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to careers@davincisciencecenter.org by Thursday, May 13, 2021.

For more information about this position go to www.davincisciencecenter.org/about/jobs-and-internships.

Posted April 7, 2021
Arizona Museum of Natural History
Mesa, Arizona
Salary Range: $84,929.98–$118,664.00

The City of Mesa, Arizona, is seeking a new director after the retirement of long-time director Tom Wilson. The Director (City title: Museum Administrator) is a senior manager within the City’s Arts and Culture Department and reports to the Director of Arts and Culture. This position leads the museum staff, setting programmatic, research, and operational priorities; articulating and leading the implementation of vision and long-term strategies; and acting as the liaison to the AZMNH Foundation, a 501(c)3 support organization. AZMNH’s next director should be an experienced, visionary, creative, and skilled leader, able to work with staff and volunteers to enhance the museum’s programs and facilities. Significant knowledge of anthropology/archeology, paleontology, natural history, and museum practices are strongly desired, with an advanced degree in one of those fields at the master’s level required.

The ideal candidate will have substantial experience in senior museum management, as well as fundraising and audience development. Experience in municipal government is a plus. The City of Mesa seeks an innovative thought leader, an outgoing and articulate spokesperson, and a community-engaged advocate.

Please see the full job description for additional information. Apply at the City of Mesa, here; please include a cover letter and resume with your application.

Posted March 29, 2021
Assistant Director of Experience
Children’s Science Center
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary Range: $50,000–$60,000

The Children’s Science Center is looking for a dynamic, multitalented individual interested in working with a collaborative team as we continue to grow our impact on the community.

We are a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing an entertaining and educational hands-on STEM learning experience to children and their families. We serve over 50,000 people annually at our Northern Virginia LAB location, and another 26,000 people off site with our outreach programs.

The Assistant Director of Experience oversees all day-to-day operations, programs, and personnel for the Experience department, including science center “LAB” operations, offsite programming, volunteer coordination, and outside vendors for IT, janitorial, and security. The Assistant Director ensures that we provide friendly, fun, safe, and meaningful hands-on STEM educational experiences for tens of thousands of family and school group visitors. This position works closely with the Director of Experience, and periodically with the rest of the leadership team.

For a more detailed description of the job requirements and responsibilities, go to www.childsci.org/get-involved/job-openings. Please submit resumes to jobs@childsci.org.

Posted March 26, 2021
Manager, Program Delivery
Museum of Science and Curiosity
Sacramento, California
Salary Range: $55,000–$60,000

MOSAC is looking for a key individual with a nose for talent, who is skilled at developing and managing visitor-engagement teams. The Experience team needs your skills and talents as we prepare to open the new science center this fall. We are seeking a Program Delivery manager to build the team of educators and science communicators who daily, will deliver programs to school groups, the visiting public, and after-hours special events audiences. This role is responsible for the hiring and training of team members, and scheduling of all daily programs staffing requirements.


  • Developing and managing daily, weekly and monthly program staffing schedules
  • Hiring and leading the training of Program Delivery team members
  • Hiring and managing the Registration team
  • Managing, assessing, and providing regular performance reviews to team members
  • Ensuring safe working conditions, and training in collaboration with the Manager, Exhibits & Theater
  • Building and managing annual staffing budget, with an emphasis on staff scheduling and cashflow

For more information, and instructions on applying, please visit: powerhousesc.org/careers.

Posted March 24, 2021
Camp Inclusion Specialist (Seasonal: May–August 20, 2021)
San Mateo, California
Wage: $25/hour

CuriOdyssey is a serious science playground providing opportunities for all learners to explore and understand their world. We have a fantastic opportunity to work as a Camp Inclusion Specialist for our 2020 summer season helping all kids express the superpower of science.

The Camp Inclusion Specialist trains and works with camp staff and camper families, to support, integrate, and develop learners who may have autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, or other social emotional developmental needs.

The Camp Inclusion Specialist reflects CuriOdyssey’s institutional personality and values and is creative, curious, and responsible. An effective Camp Inclusion Specialist has completed or in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in education, special education, or related field from an accredited college or university, and has a minimum of one year of experience working with children particularly those with autism spectrum disorder.

For more information or apply visit our website.

Posted March 24, 2021
STEM Day Camp Director (Seasonal: May 10–August 20, 2021)
San Mateo, California
Wage: $20/hour

CuriOdyssey is a serious science playground inspiring the next generation of critical thinkers. We have a fantastic opportunity to work as a STEM Day Camp Director for outdoor science camp in which we help children acquire the tools to deeply understand the changing world.

The Day Camp Director develops and facilitates camp activities, in a way that is engaging, fun, and safe, and leads a staff and youth volunteer team who together provide tools for personal discoveries, model inquiry, and create meaningful learning experiences.

The Director reflects CuriOdyssey’s institutional personality and values and is creative, curious, and responsible. An effective Day Camp Director understands and respects learners, recognizes that learning is a process, and leads campers through activities in a way that allows the camper to drive his/her own learning.

For more information or apply visit our website.

Posted March 24, 2021
Executive Director
Aspen Science Center
Carbondale, Colorado
Salary Range: $65,000–$75,000

Small nonprofit serving both resident and visiting youth, adults, and families in the Roaring Fork Valley is seeking enterprising and energetic professional to advance organization’s mission and vision for public understanding and engagement in science and engineering. Successful candidates will have a minimum five years’ experience developing and delivering innovative STEM educational programs as well as a proven record of successful nonprofit management, fundraising, grant writing, and community engagement. Send letter of introduction, resume, and three references to: dheil@aspensciencecenter.org.

Posted March 18, 2021
Executive Director
The Nature Museum
Grafton, Vermont
Salary Range: $55,000–$65,000

The Nature Museum is searching for a strategic and innovative leader for our small but ambitious environmental education organization. We seek a dynamic professional who will share our determination to guide the museum forward in fulfilling its mission to be a champion of the natural world by facilitating interactive, immersive experiences in the outdoors.

Our compact museum is located in an historic building in one of the most charming towns in Vermont. In addition to indoor exhibits, we have teaching habitats that include woods, a pond, meadows, and gardens. Currently we are expanding our trail network and constructing a new nature playscape for our younger visitors.


  • Minimum of three years of advancing leadership positions in museums, nature centers, or closely related organizations.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • A career trajectory of progressively more responsible roles that illustrates readiness for organizational leadership.
  • Additional desired qualifications are listed in job announcement on the website, below.

Position open until filled, with review of applications beginning in early April 2021.

For complete information on position responsibilities, qualifications, compensation, and application instructions, please visit nature-museum.org/executive-director-21.

Posted February 16, 2021
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, 2021
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.

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