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Science Spark, a non-profit educational outreach initiative best known for creating the hugely successful and nationally recognized USA Science & Engineering Festival in October of 2010, and again in April 2012, is currently planning the 3rd Festival to take place in Washington, DC (dates TBD). Our mission is to re-invigorate the interest of our nation's youth (particularly underserved communities) in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by producing and presenting the most compelling, exciting, educational and entertaining science festivals in the United States.
General Function This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader to assist with planning the nation's Woodstock of Science! The Co-Director will work in tandem with the other Co-Director under the direction of the Executive Director to support all aspects of planning the 3rd USA Science & Engineering Festival, including fundraising, marketing, PR, government relations, event planning and execution. A background in STEM is preferred.
In consultation with the Executive Director, responsibilities include the following:
Provide vision, direction and oversight for all aspects of the Festival, leading the planning required to meet its ambitious goals
Serve as one of the key external voices and representatives for the Festival, acting as ambassador, advocate, and PR guru with all critical stakeholders
Recruit new and existing Exhibitors and Performers to participate in the Festival Expo
Manage fundraising and outreach activities with existing and prospective funders, including sources of corporate, foundation and individual support
Attend special events and network with prospective supporters of the Festival
Manage all aspects of the Festival’s programmatic initiatives, including program planning and implementation, expansion and program evaluation
Assist with managing a small and growing team of Festival staff, establishing a culture of results-orientation while promoting a fun, vibrant and collaborative environment
The candidate must be available the month leading up to the Festival (dates TBD) to provide on the ground event execution in Washington, DC during the Festival. A background or interest in the STEM field is helpful but not required.
Candidates should possess the following:
8+ years of experience as a successful leader in the nonprofit, government or private sector with proven leadership and strategic-planning capability
Commitment to the Festival’s mission, purpose and values
Experience creating and maintaining high-level relationships within the philanthropic community, government and private sectors
A record of success in raising significant amounts of money through major donors, partnerships and institutional grants
Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, and the charisma to use words to inspire in multiple formats with diverse audiences
Proven success managing a team through event planning and execution
Discipline and high energy level, able to execute ambitious plans across all functional areas with limited resources
Entrepreneurialism and resourcefulness, with the ability to deliver results in a deadline-driven, fast-paced, dynamic environment
Exceptional strategic thinking and problem-solving skills
Strong interpersonal skills and a collaborative working style
Competitive compensation commensurate with experience. This role is an independent contractor position, with no additional benefits offered.
Commensurate with Experience
Candidate can work from home office with frequent phone meetings with team, and occasional trips to DC. Physical location in DC or NYC preferred, but not necessary.
Please submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your salary requirements.