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Posted January 13, 2020
Director of Education
Tulsa Children’s Museum Discovery Lab
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Salary Range: $51,694–$66,009

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.

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Posted December 18, 2020
President & CEO
Museum of Life and Science
Durham, North Carolina
Salary Range: $200,000–$225,000

The Museum of Life and Science seeks an inspiring, visionary, and innovative President & CEO with a passion for science and experiential learning and the team leadership skills to elevate the Museum to its greatest potential and impact. Located in Durham, North Carolina, the award-winning museum attracts more than 561,000 visitors a year to explore 84 acres of indoor and outdoor open-ended science and nature experiences and is one of North Carolina’s leading family destinations. The Museum’s next leader will exemplify a spirit of wonder and excitement along with the drive, relationship skills, and collaborative leadership style to meet ambitious strategic and revenue goals. Learn more at www.mossandross.com/active-job-searches.

Posted December 16, 2020
Vice President of Education
Orlando Science Center
Orlando, Florida
Salary Range: $80,000–$90,000

Job Description:

The Vice President of Education at Orlando Science Center 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.

Minimum Qualifications::

  1. Education: Master’s degree with a minimum of eight years of relevant work experience, or 12 years’ relevant work experience.
  2. 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.
        • Enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing; must love working with people.

To learn more about this position, please visit www.osc.org/about/employment.

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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.

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Posted November 23, 2020
Chief Operating Officer – Birch Aquarium
UC San Diego
La Jolla, California
Salary Range: $110,000–$135,000


The Chief Operating Officer (COO) position is responsible for developing and executing operating plans to support delivery on mission and strategic direction for Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The COO is responsible for oversight of organizational strategy, business development, and operational execution. The COO reports directly to the Aquarium’s Executive Director and is an integral member of the BAS senior leadership team. The COO manages all operational aspects of BAS including general administration, finance, human resources, IT systems, facilities maintenance, marketing, membership, visitor services (admissions, group sales, food service, first aid, parking), special events, and retail.

The COO provides strategic leadership by formulating a clear institutional plan that is thoughtfully orchestrated, through integrated departmental and individual plans, to achieve coordinated organizational outcomes. The COO leads annual and long-term strategic and budget planning and oversees and monitors an overall annual budget of approximately $10M. The COO embodies an entrepreneurial spirit and drives new business initiatives that contribute to BAS’s long-term fiscal sustainability.


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Posted August 19, 2020
Science Center Supervisor
City of Monroe
Monroe, North Carolina
Salary Range: $44,034–$68,245

Planning, scheduling, coordinating, and supervising the activities and part-time staff of the New Monroe Science Center; overseeing the preparation and maintenance of files and records. Plans and administers a diversified program suited to the needs of the center’s participants and potential participants. Receives, receipts, and accounts for program fees. Promotes center activities by preparing and distributing promotional brochures. Works with outside agencies to plan and present programs aimed at a diverse population. Conducts science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related programs and seminars for participants. Recruits volunteers for various programs. Schedules and supervises use of City facilities by participant groups, enforces rules and regulations, and maintains order and discipline. Prepares information for program brochures. Prepares reports on activities; requests materials and supplies. Supervises or assists in the maintaining of cleanliness and order of the science center. Prepares facilities, equipment, and grounds for center activities; maintains security. Maintains personnel and activity reports; fills out accident reports and administers first aid. Performs related tasks as required.

Performs intermediate technical and administrative work in conducting a variety of specialized programs and activities in an activity center or similar facility; does related work as required. Work is performed under the limited supervision of the Director of Communications and Tourism. Supervision is exercised over subordinate part-time center personnel.

General knowledge of the principles, rules, materials, and equipment requirements of a variety of science center exhibits and ability to give routine instructions; general knowledge of the philosophy and objectives of STEM programs; ability to adhere to program standards and objectives outlined and to lead and instruct groups in activities; ability to resolve disputes with firmness and impartiality; ability to meet and deal tactfully with the public.

For more information, and to apply, please visit www.governmentjobs.com/careers/monroenc/jobs/2830605/science-center-supervisor.

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Posted August 10, 2020
Facilities and Exhibits Manager
Exploration Place
Wichita, Kansas
Salary Range: $50,000–$55,000

Exploration Place, a science and technology museum, seeks a full-time Facilities and Exhibits Manager. This position will be responsible for all aspects of maintaining the facility, exhibits, and grounds. Several of the job responsibilities include the maintenance and repair of all HVAC, electrical, and plumbing equipment; supervision of the technical services and custodial staff; compliance with all building codes, ordinances, and laws; and the planning and oversight of traveling exhibit installations and de-installations. Contribute to the design and fabrication of new exhibits. This position requires a good work ethic, attention to detail, strong management and organizational skills, and a positive attitude. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. Prior experience in facilities management required. Work schedule is generally Monday through Friday, with a 40-hour week but must be able to respond to emergencies and be flexible to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as needed. Please send resume to Careers@exploration.org. EOE.

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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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