Job Opportunity: Executive Director - University of Minnesota

The University of Minnesota seeks an Executive Director who will oversee the Bell Museum of Natural History and Planetarium’s (BMNHP) mission through its personnel, research programs and facilities. As part of the University of Minnesota, the Bell Museum has grown to encompass world-class collections and award-winning public programming. In 2011, the Minnesota Planetarium Society joined the Bell Museum in a merger that expanded the capacity and increased the range of educational experiences for youth and adults. A new, state-of-the-art museum facility with improved exhibits space, a versatile 120-seat planetarium and expanded educational areas is scheduled to open in St. Paul on the University of Minnesota campus in 2018.

Required Qualifications:

  • An advanced degree (Masters and/or Ph.D.) in a relevant field including biology, environmental science, earth science, business administration or education;
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of relevant experience in leading and managing complex organizations with a public outreach or education mission;
  • Experience with complex budgets and strategic planning;
  • Experience developing successful funding and concept proposals;
  • Experience as an advocate;
  • Experience working with diverse audiences;
  • Demonstrated success in leading fundraising efforts and extensive public speaking experience;
  • Demonstrated experience building partnerships with diverse organizations, communities and partners.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Be a visible leader at the University, local, regional, and national level who will represent the BMNHP and build support for the institution;
  • Advance innovative educational programs and visitor experiences that deepen science literacy and serve the educational needs of a diverse, urban community;
  • Engage in fundraising efforts and events to develop major donor support;
  • Ensure strong, evidence-based operations that are efficient and fiscally responsible;
  • Create a dynamic social gathering space for life-long learning and informed discussion of scientific and environmental issues;
  • Oversee and facilitate the museum’s curatorial mission.
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please attach: a letter of interest/application that includes a description of your leadership stylea current curriculum vitaenames and contact information for references (after the initial screening of applications) Initial screening of applications by the search committee will begin on March 28, 2016. This position will remain open until filled. For more information feel free to contact Sally Brummel, Planetarium Program Manager: Sally Brummel.

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