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Executive Director - Minnesota Academy of Science

Category: Other
State: St. Paul, MN
Position: Executive Director
Deadline: July 1, 2019
Posted: May 15, 2019

Job Description / Duties

The Executive Director (ED) provides leadership to advance the initiatives of the organization. The ED has the ultimate management responsibility either directly or through delegated authority. The director designs and implements strategic goals and objectives of the organization in conjunction with, and at the direction of, the Board of Directors.

Job Description
• Adhere to and promote the mission and vision of MAS
• Administer programs of MAS
• Hire, oversee and maintain an effective staff
• Work with volunteers
• Report on activities and financial status to the board on a regular basis
• Attend after-hours board meetings and MAS sponsored events
• Fundraising to maintain current donor base and cultivate new donors
• Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with the community, sponsors, educational and corporate leaders, regional STEM directors and related national organizations
• Ensure compliance with organizational by-laws, and state, federal, and other external organization regulations
• Manage the financial resources under the advisement of the board hired CPA and external investment advisors to ensure it operates with efficiency and effectiveness

Qualifications / Required Skills

Essential Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree or higher
• Management experience in a non-profit, educational or corporate environment
• Ability to support an environment that is equitable, diverse and inclusive
• Excellent leadership, supervisory and organizational skills
• Ability to build relationships/networks for external and internal collaboration
• Outstanding oral and written communications skills
• Background in corporate fundraising
• Grants and contract writing experience
• Ability to plan program activities (setting objectives, developing strategies, budgeting, develop policies and procedures, measure success)
• Knowledge of budgeting processes and general computer technology
• U.S. Citizen or U.S. work visa

Preferred Qualifications
• STEM field/education experience
• Master’s degree
• Social media marketing experience

The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years’ experience and a proven record of outstanding management skills in a non-profit organization reliant upon corporate and individual donations and grants. The candidate will be a key communicator, both internally and externally, with a passion for promoting the academy’s activities and mission.

The MAS is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)

Contact Information

To be considered, please email your cover letter and resume to:

Dr. Stephanie Yancey, MAS Board President at

Employer Profile

The Minnesota Academy of Science is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. The Mission of The Minnesota Academy of Science (MAS) is to advance science, technology, engineering and math in Minnesota by connecting aspiring STEM students and practicing STEM professionals with resources and opportunities to engage in STEM learning, research and communication, and to recognize excellence in these areas.

The major activities of the MAS are to run high-level State STEM competitions that include:
• Middle School and High School Science Bowl
• Junior Science and Humanities Symposium
• State Science & Engineering Fair
• Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium

The MAS also sponsors a developmental science research program for underrepresented students (FORSE)