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Executive Director of the National Space Grant Foundation

Posted by Tish on 09/23 at 09:11 AM

  Job Title
  Executive Director of the National Space Grant Foundation

  National Space Grant Foundation

  National Space Grant Foundation
  United States

  Application Deadline
  Dec. 1, 2015

  Position Start Date
  Available immediately

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  Administration - General

The National Space Grant Foundation is a tax exempt organization whose purpose is to support and enhance the Space Grant Consortia in every state and to initiate, coordinate and/or carry out education, research, and public outreach activities in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology and additional fields, related to space, aeronautics, aviation, and Earth system science. The Foundation presently is responsible for $2 million in funds.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have operational responsibility for fiscal management, services/contract proposals and execution, and for strategic development and expansion of programs that support the Foundation’s mission and thereby enhance the Foundation’s visibility and service to the Space Grant community. This is a part-time position. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Leadership & Management:

  Ensure ongoing programmatic excellence, rigorous program evaluation, and consistent quality of execution, finance, administration, communications and systems; Monitor the day-to-day services of the organization to maintain or improve quality.
  Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors: serve as ex-officio of each committee, seek and build board involvement with strategic direction for both Foundation operations as well as for the national rollout of new programs.
  Actively engage and energize staff, board members, event committees, alumni, Space Grant consortia, and funders in an open and engaging environment.
  Ensure effective systems to track scaling progress, and regularly evaluate program components, so as to measure successes that can be effectively communicated to the board, funders, and other constituents.
  Recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  Planning & New Business:
  Design and implement a national expansion and complete the strategic business planning process for expansion into new programs to support the Space Grant mission in support of a diverse STEM workforce in aeronautics and space consistent with the strategic goals of NASA.
  Develop and implement an operational plan which incorporates goals and objectives that work towards the strategic direction of the Foundation.
  Build partnerships for new markets and programs, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders.
  Be a national presence that communicates program results with an emphasis on the successes that enhances the capabilities of the Foundation.
  Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people (clients, staff, management, volunteers), property, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.
  Partnership Development & Communications:
  Expand revenue generating activities to support existing program operations and regional/national expansion.
  Deepen and refine all aspects of communications-from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating enhanced opportunities for space grant participants.
  Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.

All candidates should have proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience.
Required Qualifications
Concrete demonstrable experience and other qualifications include:

  Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget,
  Familiarity with the Space Grant organization and activities,
  Unwavering commitment to quality programs and data-driven program evaluation,
  Demonstrated ability to write proposals,
  Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills,
  Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning,
  Ability to travel to Space Grant meetings,
  Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people.

Desired Qualifications

  Experience in fiscal management of a large budget, and track record in effectively leading a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff.
  Advanced degree, with at least 5 years of management experience.
  Past success in working with a Board of Directors.

Interested candidates should send a letter of application, resume, and the names of three professional references, to the President of the Space Grant Foundation Board, Dr. Philippe H. Geubelle (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)), to whom inquiries about the position should be directed. Full consideration will be given to applications received by December 1, 2015. Applications received after that date will be considered until the positions are filled.

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