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Posted May 22, 2023
Planetarium Manager
Eugene Science Center
Eugene, Oregon
Salary Range: $36,500 — $40,500

Eugene Science Center seeks an experienced, reliable, upbeat, and positive individual to primarily work with children in grades K – 12, along with their parents, teachers, and caregivers within ESC’s recently upgraded 40′ digital planetarium. He/she/they will also be responsible for creating fun, safe, and inclusive experiences, and will facilitate indoor and outdoor age-appropriate activities and lead STEAM-based programming.

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Posted May 18, 2023
Chief Executive Officer
The Revs Institute
Naples, Florida
Salary Range: $395,000 — $450,000

Seeking an accomplished and visionary leader with a global perspective to oversee six operating centers including a museum exhibiting one of the world’s greatest automobile collections and automotive research facility. The successful candidate will demonstrate a track record of accomplishment as a strategic thinker, social innovator, scholar, systems thinker, team builder, fundraiser, and charismatic leader able to translate their vision into action. Operating budget of $6.7 million, $80 million endowment, 29 staff and 120 active volunteers.

EA/EO. Apply by July 10, 2023, to SearchandRef@museum-search.com. For details, visit: www.museum-search.com/open-searches. Apply early: candidates will be considered on a rolling basis, and nominations welcome.

Posted May 17, 2023
Executive Director
Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Salary Range: $139,400 — $249,000 salary is determined by the scope of the position, the candidate’s relevant experience, and internal equity.

The Executive Director is responsible for setting a strategic vision and leading operations, administration, exhibits, education, public events, marketing, visitor services, and institutional advancement. The Director also serves as an advocate for learning by engagement with the collections and research originating in the associated museums. The Executive Director will work closely with the faculty leadership and curators of each of the associated museums to plan and develop a comprehensive, coordinated, inclusive, and interdisciplinary outreach program for broad and diverse audiences including K-12 students and teachers that will highlight and leverage the extensive collections and research at Harvard. Primary areas of oversight include exhibition planning and implementation; K-12 and other formal and informal educational programs; public lectures and events; public participation for each museum within the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture; membership and development; visitor services; community outreach; operations, including facilities; and internal and external communications.

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Posted May 15, 2023
Museum Manager
EdVenture Children’s Museum
Columbia, South Carolina
Salary Range: $40,000 — $47,000

EdVenture is the Southeast’s largest children’s museum. Our enriching educational programs and exhibits engage visitors through play-based learning. We are seeking a hands-on Museum Manager who is responsible for providing our visitors with high quality customer service and a positive museum experience. This position oversees the daily operations of the Museum, including admissions, gift shop, group visits, and facility rentals and works closely with educational staff to integrate educational floor programs. The Museum Manager works alongside a dedicated group of team members providing them with leadership and motivation that promotes a culture reflective of the Museum’s Guiding Principles, Core Values, Vision, and Mission. Regular schedule of Tuesday through Saturday in a museum environment. Schedule includes nights, weekends, and holiday shifts.

If interested, please send your resume to hr@edventure.org.

Posted May 12, 2023
Executive Director of Corporate Relations
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Salary Range: $234,270 — $392,160

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) seeks an experienced, collaborative, and entrepreneurial leader to serve as the Executive Director of Corporate Relations. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to lead the world’s largest and oldest university corporate relations office, contribute to the future of research and innovation at one of the preeminent higher education institutions, and engage with international corporate partners focused on contributing to a better world. The Executive Director will collaborate with MIT leadership to advance President Sally Kornbluth’s vision for “the people of MIT to come together in meaningful ways to meet the great challenges of our time,” and “make Greater Boston the hub of the next biotech revolution.”

The Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) is part of the larger Office of Strategic Alliances and Technology Transfer (OSATT) at MIT, which plays a key role in a team-based approach to faculty-centric development and execution of sponsored research, collaboration, and related agreements. Reporting to the Associate Provost, the Executive Director provides strategic leadership for OCR in support of the Institute’s mission through multiple programs to aid and direct companies interested in multidisciplinary involvement with the Institute. The Office of Corporate Relations offers industry access to MIT through two major integrated programs including the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP) and the MIT Startup Exchange (STEX). Expert staff within OCR work with MIT senior administration, faculty, and company executives to structure and define individualized alliances that mutually benefit the company and MIT. The Executive Director is responsible for building strategic partnerships and relationships with business, government, and entrepreneurial leaders across the globe to collaborate and build relationships with MIT faculty, departments, labs, and centers.

The Executive Director works in close coordination with the Technology Licensing Office and OSATT Core teams to ensure relationships with external sponsors are collaborative, forward-looking, and built on strong, consistent communications from “one MIT.” Outside of OSATT, the Executive Director will work with key stakeholders across the Institute to support faculty-driven alliances in sponsored research, education, or capacity-building from non-federal sponsors. To succeed in the future, the Executive Director will strategically grow ILP membership, ensure OCR provides exceptional service and support to MIT faculty, and promote partnership opportunities between startups and corporate executives through the MIT Startup Exchange, all while leading a dedicated and highly capable group of expert staff.

MIT has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm to assist in this recruitment. Nominations, inquiries, and applications, including a letter of interest describing the individual’s qualifications for the position and curriculum vitae, should be sent electronically and in confidence to: Micah Pierce, Partner, Alexandra Lolavar, Associate, and Isaacson, Miller at https://www.imsearch.com/open-searches/massachusetts-institute-technology/executive-director-corporate-relations-office. MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin. MIT values diversity and inclusion and seeks to build and maintain a community and culture that celebrates and values diverse backgrounds, identities, and perspectives.

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Posted May 8, 2023
Executive Director
Brooklyn, New York
Salary Range: $100,000 — $110,000

Genspace is the world’s first community biology lab — a place where people of all backgrounds can learn, create, and grow with the life sciences. Learn more at: www.genspace.org. We are seeking a dynamic and passionate Executive Director (ED) to lead Genspace into its next chapter. The ED will oversee all aspects of strategy, programs, operations, community relations, fundraising, and financial management. The ED will be a passionate advocate for community biology and be a dynamic presence and an effective communicator strongly aligned with the organizational mission and values of Genspace.

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Posted May 2, 2023
Chief Learning Officer
Discovery Place
Charlotte, North Carolina
Salary Range: $120,000 — $140,000

The Chief Learning Officer and Head of the Children’s Museum Network serves as the lead staff member for all programs, experiences, exhibits, management, staffing and related activities for Discovery Place Kids (DPK) and leads the growth efforts to expand the DPK museum network. They are responsible for creating an inspirational climate for learning and discovery and supporting the dissemination of the brand through educational programs and experiences with our audiences and communities.

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Posted May 2, 2023
President & Chief Executive Officer
Creative Discovery Museum
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Salary Range: $150,000 – $200,000 commensurate with experience plus a competitive benefits package

About Creative Discovery Museum
The Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) stands as one of the trademark cultural institutions in the heart of Chattanooga. Located in the bustling downtown area, it attracts large numbers of locals and outside visitors consistently throughout the year and has served well over five million visitors since opening in 1995; averaging about 250,000 visitors a year and posting record attendance numbers in the first quarter of 2023. With a talented and committed staff of seventy-five, an annual budget of $3.6M, and a successfully completed capital campaign of $12M, the museum is an exciting place to be. It is part of the fabric of the city and serves as a critical partner to a host of different organizations, including schools, nonprofits serving children and families, and other local cultural institutions. Not only does CDM offer engaging activities and events within its walls, it also supports an extensive school outreach program that served close to 50,000 students a year prior to the pandemic. CDM is committed to bringing the joys of learning and playing to all.

The Opportunity
As the Creative Discovery Museum finalizes its major interior renovation and introduces exciting new exhibit galleries, it approaches another important step in its evolution. After 26 years of incredibly successful service, the President & CEO of the Museum, Henry Schulson, will be retiring by early fall. With decades of success and a freshened design, what an exciting opportunity for a successor to pick up the mantle as CDM begins writing its next chapter. The new President & CEO must be passionate about the mission, inspirational as a leader, innovative in approach and collaborative in spirit. They will be a champion for children and families, increasing access and ensuring that CDM’s audience reflects the Chattanooga community in all its diversity. They will be a forceful advocate in the community for making Chattanooga the best place for a child to grow up and serve as ambassadors locally, regionally, and nationally to the magic that is the Creative Discovery Museum. The President & CEO will join and be surrounded by a talented, creative staff and a supportive, approachable and dedicated board of trustees. Creative Discovery Museum is part of the heart of the downtown cultural community and a vital educational and inspirational resource for the greater Chattanooga area and all visitors.

• Knowledge and experience managing professional and operational staff
• Strong written, presentation, and oral communication skills and comfortable with public speaking
• Skills and capabilities in multiple facets of fundraising
• Strong professional reputation and record of integrity, sound judgment and respect for established ethical standards
• Must possess vision and creativity
• Ability to engage and foster relationships with the community, funders, public agencies and the Board of Trustees
• Knowledge of early childhood/elementary education, children’s museums, science centers preferred but not required

Educational & Experience Requirements
• Bachelor’s Degree required (Master’s preferred)
• Five or more years of experience in a senior level position and leadership experience working with, on or for a board of directors (Nonprofit leadership experience preferred but not required)
• A demonstrated commitment to fundraising (at least 5 years experience preferred)
• A positive track record in developing and maintaining strong, successful and transparent relationships as it applies to a board of directors, staff, partners (nonprofit and public), and donors
• A charismatic and inspiring leadership style that engages and supports the work of the board and staff
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with government/elected officials, business executives and community leaders who are central to the success of the museum
• Experience and strong skills in fiscal management, budgeting and forecasting
• Experience working with media preferred

Creative Discovery Museum has retained the services of ThinkingAhead Executive Search’s Nonprofit Division. Please submit your resume and expression of interest to: Kay Linder, Partner, Nonprofit Division, ThinkingAhead Executive Search, klinder@thinkingahead.com.

Posted April 25, 2023
Operations and Exhibits Director
Food + Farm Exploration Center
Plover, Wisconsin
Salary Range: starts at $75,000

The Food + Farm Exploration Center promotes agricultural literacy, increases the understanding of the origins of food, and deepens the relationship between farmers and consumers. The Exploration Center is a brand new, state-of-the-art science center/children’s museum. The Operations and Exhibits Director will report directly to the Executive Director and lead facilities staff, set operational priorities, and implement long-term strategies. The Director will possess a positive and creative approach to leadership. Familiarity or experience with youth and family interactive programming, science, technology, and agricultural programming is preferred. The ability to lead a highly functional team with enthusiasm and professionalism is required.

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