Posted June 18, 2014:
Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania seeks a dynamic, experienced professional committed to the mission of Discovery Space with a demonstrated interest in the importance of experiential science learning in the development of children and youth. We are seeking an executive director who will engage community leaders, collaborate with Penn State University faculty and staff, lead fundraising efforts, and provide overall leadership for all aspects of organizational development. The successful candidate for this position will have a demonstrated skill and passion for fundraising. The Executive Director will expand the impact of Discovery Space in central Pennsylvania, helping to take the organization to the next level in physical size, visitor numbers, and sophistication of STEM-related exhibits and programs. The Executive Director will also lead our upcoming major capital campaign.
The Executive Director is the administrative leader of the organization and reports to, and works closely with, the Board of Directors of Discovery Space. The Executive Director is responsible and accountable for all aspects of advancing the organization’s mission effectively and ethically.
This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
- A Bachelor’s degree in business, education, a STEAM focus area, or the equivalent in experience
- A minimum of 3 years nonprofit organizational leadership experience preferred
- Demonstrated transparent and high integrity leadership and expertise in business, and management
- Demonstrated knowledge in one or more STEAM areas
- Demonstrated knowledge of educational strategies
To apply, qualified applicants should submit a letter of interest and resume, highlighting relevant qualifications and experiences, along with the names and contact information for three professional references, to BoardChair@MyDiscoverySpace.org. For full consideration, applications should be submitted by July 20, 2014; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Should an offer of employment be extended, the applicant will need to successfully complete post-offer, pre-employment criminal record screening, and child abuse clearances. Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications, experience, and demonstrated success of fundraising.