SEE Science Center
Executive Director Job Description & Posting
About SEE Science Center
Mission: SEE Science Center is where everyone can discover the excitement of STEM through fun, hands-on experiences.
SEE has been engaging visitors of all ages in the pursuit of science discovery for over 30 years through museum hands-on exhibits, school field trips, summer camps, the SEE Mobile, LEGO® Millyard Project, Science on Tap and other programs. Founded by inventor Dean Kamen, SEE is located in 30,000 square feet in the Manchester Millyard and welcomes over 50,000 visitors annually.
The Board of Directors is embarking on a search for an Executive Director to lead SEE into a new era of increased outreach, innovative partnerships and interactive STEM education. Managing and leading a staff of four FT and eight PT long-time dedicated professionals, the Executive Director will also work in partnership with the ten member Board of Directors to guide the vision and future of the organization. SEE is a 501(c)3 organization with an annual budget of $1M.
Key Attributes of the Executive Director
· Experienced and motivational manager
· Entrepreneurial and change-agent mind-set
· Passionate about running a small, innovative organization
· Vision and Goal oriented
· Ability to utilize analytics and trends for assessment and innovation
· Outward facing enthusiastic presence as the face of SEE in the community
· Passion for and/or background in STEM, interactive education, lifelong learning
· Innovative problem solver
Required Qualifications and Skills:
· Energetic leader with a track record of achievement and 5+ years of non-profit/business senior management experience.
· Strong public speaking and communication skills, with the ability to maintain and build new partner and community relationships.
· Experienced in building/managing budgets, implementing new programs and driving an organization forward.
· Proven ability to develop funding sources that translates to new revenue.
· Experience working with the public. You will be the public face of SEE Science Center.
· Significant board development, marketing/branding and fiscal management experience desired.
· Bachelors degree required. Masters degree preferred. Museum or interactive education experience a plus.
Executive Director Essential Functions:
Program Development and Delivery
Demonstrates creativity and initiative in creating new programs that align with the organization’s mission, keeping apprised of the latest developments in the field.
Effectively leads the development of new program plans and initiatives and monitors their effectiveness. Analyzes current programs to ensure relevance to current trends and relevance in the STEM fields. Monitors program goals and quality standards and consistently meets goals. SEE programming is currently focused on K-8th grades, as well as some adult programming.
Operations and HR Management
Able to motivate and encourage staff effectiveness, including providing opportunities for professional development. Successful in recruiting and retaining a highly qualified staff and in administering an effective personnel program that includes position descriptions, performance standards, performance appraisals and a compensation system. Maintains the necessary financial, human resources, and operational policies and procedures to keep the organization running smoothly.
Leadership and Board Relationship
In partnership with the Board of Directors, provides a clear vision for the future direction of the organization; upholds and promotes the mission and vision. Develops, maintains, and supports a strong Board of Directors. Works well with the Board and its Officers and provides clear information in a timely way. Brings the necessary resources to keep the Board informed regarding current trends, problems and opportunities that are important to the future of the organization. Effectively leads the formation and implementation of the Strategic Plan, including monitoring and accomplishing the annual goals set out in the plan.
Develops and implements fundraising plans, and regularly monitors progress against goals. Maintains strong relationships with various funding sources, including grantors, corporations and private donors. Actively develops new sources of funding, expanding SEE’s revenue base.
Effective public spokesperson for SEE, representing it well in its relationship with major funders, sponsors, government officials, business and community leaders and the media. Ensures the development and cultivation of strong relationships with existing and new funders and influencers. Involves Board Members and public leaders in developing relationships and awareness of SEE.
Financial Management and Compliance
Expands revenue generating and fundraising activities to support existing programs and operations. Provides appropriate financial stewardship for the organization, including preparing an annual budget and operating in a manner consistent with the approved budget.
This is a full-time, salaried position. Salary will be commensurate with the qualifications of the candidate. Benefits include medical, dental, 403(b) and EAP.
How to apply: Submit cover letter, resume and listing of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org
Equal Opportunity Employer: Employment decisions at SEE Science Center are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. See Science Center does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. All SEE Science Center employees, other workers, and representatives are prohibited from engaging in unlawful discrimination. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, training, promotion, discipline, compensation, benefits, and termination of employment