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Inspire, Enable, Propel

Director - Space Foundation Discovery Center

Job Location: 
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Reports To: 
Vice President - Education & Discovery
Position Summary: 

The Director – Space Foundation Discovery Center (“Director – SFDC”) ensures that the Space Foundation Discovery Center (“SFDC”) consistently and effectively interprets and communicates the Space Foundation’s mission, “To advance space-related endeavors to Inspire, Enable, and Propel Humanity.”  The Director – SFDC adapts exhibit presentations for various ages and audiences, presents a variety of interactive displays for the visiting public, and works collaboratively with the Education team on Discovery Center initiatives to engage visitors of all ages and learning styles/levels.  

The Director – SFDC is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the SFDC, including overseeing the coordination of SFDC volunteer staff and directing SFDC visitor programs and activities.  The Director – SFDC determines operating hours and staffing requirements, and any changes necessary to either or both over time.  The Director – SFDC also coordinates and directs special events that may take place in the SFDC, liaising with Space Foundation Operations/Events staff and others as necessary, on both Space Foundation events and/or client/customer events. 

  • Collection management, acting as curator for the Space Foundation collection, coordinating and managing the work of the Collections Committee and supervising the work of collections volunteers.  In this capacity, is responsible for all collections processes related to pursuing, negotiating, accepting, accessioning, documenting, managing and preserving the Space Foundation collection.
  • Exhibit management, including shipping, receiving, restoring, installing and removing, and managing team support (e.g. graphics, communication, signage, operations, volunteer orientation, etc.).
  • Financial oversight, to include collaborating with Space Foundation Operations, Education and Finance & Accounting teams to collect and account for admissions fees and donations, management of retail and vending operations, facilities rental revenues, and lab fees for Science On a Sphere®, AGI Missions, Mars Yard, and any other labs.
  • Assessment of requirements for the SFDC to become an accredited facility and, after doing so, sustainment of accreditation status.
  • Coordination of routine and necessary SFDC maintenance and upkeep with the Vice President - Operations.
  • SFDC duty officer scheduling with the Vice President – Human Resources & Administration to ensure that the Director – SFDC or a team leader, director or manager is designated as the responsible supervisory duty officer at all times that the SFDC is open to the public.
  • Acts as chief “imagineer” for the SFDC by consolidating inputs from Space Foundation development, strategic partnerships, education, and operations teams to form and continuously improve a comprehensive vision and incremental development plan for the SFDC.
  • Prepares and maintains detailed budgets for the full development of the SFDC and the incremental development of its component pieces, and works with both the development and strategic partnership teams to present these opportunities to potential funders.
  • Develops contingency plans for future growth of the SFDC to be prepared for “catastrophic success” in fundraising.
  • Prepares the detailed business plans, financial models and staffing plans necessary to ensure operational and financial success at each stage of growth.
  • Represents the SFDC in public and community outreach efforts, in orchestration with the Development team, in coordination with the Manager - Community Relations & Protocol, and in accordance with Space Foundation public communication policies.
  • Performs other duties and projects as may be assigned.

The following briefly describes knowledge, skills, abilities and characteristics associated with this position, including any required experience, education, licensure, certification, or combination thereof.

  • A four-year degree in museum studies or a related field, plus five years’ experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. 
  • Supervisory experience, particularly oversight of a volunteer program, is desired.
  • Experience with groups of students, children and families, is required.
  • Knowledge of industry standard museum collections management practices and procedures.
  • Excellent organizational and office skills.
  • Knowledge of copyright procedures as related to image use.
  • Basic art-handling skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook (both for email and calendar), the internet and other peripheral office equipment.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Skill in establishing priorities and meeting goals in multiple areas
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written; strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to organize workflow, coordinate activities and work under pressure and with deadlines.
  • Skill and knowledge of project management.
  • Ability to hold sensitive information confidential.
  • Physical coordination/skills to handle and move fragile collection objects.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills; must be team oriented.
  • Ability to multi-task and be flexible in work assignments.

The elements of this position require an individual who is comfortable when meeting and/or presenting to people of a variety of ages.  He/she must be adept at effective relationship building and have good interpersonal skills.

This individual must diplomatically respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, particularly the visiting public and members of the business community.  

The Director – SFDC must have the ability to compose written items for publication that conform to the prescribed style and format used at the Space Foundation, and must be able to effectively present information to top management, public groups and/or boards of directors.

This results-oriented individual must be disciplined, a self-starter, and must be flexible in adapting to changing schedules and deadlines.  He/she must be able to attend to all details of a project, regardless of scope, and must be proactive in dealing with projects.

The Director – SFDC must be able to respond with creativity and flexibility in a dynamic work environment.  Operating days/hours may vary seasonally and/or according to events that may be planned in the SFDC, and the work schedule may include weekends, evenings and/or holidays.

No telephone inquiries please.

Thank you.

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