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Posted April 7, 2021
Arizona Museum of Natural History
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.
Posted April 6, 2021
Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
Wilmington, North Carolina
Salary Range: $76,381–$103,114
New Hanover County is seeking a Museum Director to lead the Cape Fear Museum of History and Science and steward the next phase of the museum’s growth. This leadership position will build on the museum’s century of service to the community and be a part of a dynamic, professional county organization that is looking to position the museum as a model for modern in-person and virtual museum experiences.
The museum director is responsible for leadership and vision, overall operations, and day-to-day management of the museum. This position directs and evaluates the work of 21 staff members; prepares and administers a $1.5 million county budget and $1.4 million in non-profit funds; directs the museum’s strategic plan and policies, as well as intellectual and programmatic direction in accordance with its mission; conducts oversight and maintenance of facilities; manages board relations and resources donated from the private sector; and communicates the museum’s activities to the Board of Commissioners, county management, staff, and the public.
For a more detailed description, and to apply, visit humanresources.nhcgov.com/job-opportunities.
Posted March 29, 2021
Assistant Director of Experience
Children’s Science Center
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.
Posted March 24, 2021
Aspen Science Center
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: email@example.com.
Posted March 18, 2021
The Nature Museum
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
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.
Posted January 13, 2021
Director of Education
Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab
Salary Range: $51,694–$84,286
Discovery Lab, a hands-on science center and children’s museum, is looking for a mission-oriented, creative, strategic leader to direct its education department. The Director of Education is a senior leadership position that reports to the Executive Director/CEO.
The Director of Education plays a critical role, partnering with the museum’s senior leadership team, in strategic decision making and operations as Discovery Lab continues to enhance its quality programming and build capacity. This is a tremendous opportunity for an education leader to maximize and strengthen the educational capacity of a well-respected, high-impact organization.
The Director of Education advances the educational vision for Discovery Lab’s family and school programs, implementing effective strategies to meet diverse audience and stakeholder needs that measurably increase school participation and family-learning engagement. The Director of Education provides oversight of the development, creation, implementation, and evaluation of the museum’s dynamic, high quality programs of fun and engaging science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) and health- and wellness-based learning experiences. This position works collaboratively across the museum to execute the strategic plan of the museum.
For more information and specific duties, responsibilities, and requirements, please see the museum careers page at discoverylab.org/about/careers.