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Museum Director - ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum

08 Feb 2023 1:56 PM | Oregon Museums Association (Administrator)

*This position is NOT remote. The successful candidate must live, commute and/or relocate to Ashland Oregon.

ScienceWorks Hands-on Museum seeks a Museum Director to lead the epicenter of science-based exploration in Southern Oregon and Northern California. Entering its 20thyear, ScienceWorks inspires discovery through guided hands-on experiences and interactive exhibits. We are known for being a welcoming, safe space where young minds can explore, learn, and ignite their passions. We are more than a museum. We give tools to build lifelong learning. We invite all ages to discover, imagine, collaborate, and explore together.

ScienceWorks is located in one of the West’s most beautiful communities, with an abundance of outdoor activities, food, culture, and the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Its annual attendance is 50,000; its operating budget is nearly $1 million.

We're looking for a passionate collaborator ready to inspire our community’s next generation.

The Museum Director will work with skilled and enthusiastic staff and board to:

  • Provide leadership for strengthening SWx's business model, programs, and operations.
  • Foster strong collaboration with the larger community.

Position Summary: The Museum Director, under the direction of the Board, is responsible for running the museum which includes planning, organizing, staffing, funding, and directing the museum and its various departments including visitor services, education, sales, and marketing, and for overseeing all levels of the museum’s operations such as its annual budgets, financial and fundraising activities, exhibition planning, programming, and development.

Key Responsibilities (not an exhaustive list of responsibilities)

  • Builds and maintains a safe, fun, welcoming, and inspiring museum culture for all stakeholders
  • Keeps the museum at the forefront of innovative technology and scientific breakthroughs
  • Develops and leads a collaborative and passionate team
  • Drives programs, policies, and procedures to maximize volunteer and intern productivity
  • Drives the museum marketing efforts, increasing museum and camp attendance
  • Drives the museum's fundraising efforts, bringing in new donors, business sponsors, and grants
  • Represents ScienceWorks in organizations and groups (local, state, national) that have strategic value to the museum
  • Develops and promotes organizational best practices
  • Develops and implements the strategic plan and conducts periodic board reviews of progress
  • Develops annual budgets with quarterly and monthly reports to the board
  • Supports education director in developing school district partnerships
  • Solves problems and resolves conflicts

Board Collaboration

  • Collaborates with the Board in visioning, planning, budgeting, and resource development.
  • Works in partnership with the Board, supporting its leadership, policymaking, and oversight functions with information, coordination, staffing, and assistance.
  • Provides regular reports to the Board on the Agency’s operations, finances, and implementation of plans and policies.
  • Communicates regularly with board and board chair to co-strategize how to best grow the museum and its education programs

Personal Characteristics

  • Excitement about science and technology
  • History of strong leadership and management skills
  • Reputation for creative thinking, problem-solving, and capacity to put innovative ideas into practice
  • Collaborative. Enjoys solving problems together with others.
  • Highly disciplined individual
  • Strong interpersonal skills, from networking and communication to conflict resolution
  • Committed to diversity of ideas and backgrounds for enriching the organization.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in business or nonprofit leadership, with at least three years at a senior leadership level, preferably as executive or leading associate in a complex nonprofit organization.
  • Strong team and human resource management experience
  • Able to gracefully juggle the needs and wants of many stakeholders
  • Familiarity with fiscal management and budgeting
  • Success in securing public, private and foundation funding
  • Extensive project management skills.
  • Strong manager of people and leader of teams; inspires achievement; builds confidence and trust; models high standards of integrity and accountability.
  • Ability to speak and write persuasively with passion, clarity, and purpose
  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience
  • Experience working with a CRM


Full-time, with part-time optional for an exceptional candidate

Flexible hours and remote work are an option

Competitive Benefits Package

Salary: 70-85k, DOE

Headquarters in Ashland, OR

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $70,000.00 - $85,000.00 per year

Find out more and apply.

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 8604, Portland, OR 97207
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