Powerhouse Science Center – Executive Director

Executive Director Position Opening The Board of Directors [BOD] of the Powerhouse Science Center [PSC] invites applications for the position of Executive Director [ED]. The mission of the PSC is to “spark curiosity, ignite imagination and power exploration.” Its vision is “to be a leading center for science and education in the Southwest that brings together curious minds of all ages, inspires innovative learning, and unleashes human potential.”

The PSC opened in the historic Durango Powerhouse in February 2011 as a science center for the Four Corners region. After more than a decade of community work, the building was rehabilitated and merged with the Children’s Museum of Durango.

The PSC offers education programs and interactive natural and physical science exhibits in a renovated 8,000 square foot science center. The Powerhouse building is the one of the oldest coal-fired alternating current power plants in the world, located in downtown Durango. The Powerhouse is located adjacent to the paved Animas River Trail, which parallels the Animas River for over seven miles. The PSC has over 250 members and serves as a community gathering place, with space and facilities available to rent for parties, weddings, celebrations, and meetings, as well as fundraising events. With a full and part-time staff of 5, The PSC attracts over 15,000 visitors annually. The PSC also provides in-house, in-school, and outreach STEM education programs for Durango and surrounding communities, including an after school “Sudden Science” program for elementary age students; field labs and tours of the powerhouse for K-12 students; summer science camps for pre-K to 6th grade; and LEGO league. Since 2008, the organization has served over 136,000 individuals with STEM programs. A community driven MakerLab was added to our facility in mid-2017, and has shown strong growth in membership and capacity. The BOD seeks a transformative leader with the innovative vision to advocate for and lead the PSC towards becoming one of the premier interactive science centers in the Southwest for children, teenagers and adults to explore and learn about earth, life and physical sciences. Reporting to the BOD, the ED will lead the next phase of PSC’s growth and is responsible for the overall direction, supervision, and coordination of the PSC’s operations in accordance with the mission, strategic plan and board policies. The ED will provide strategic vision and program leadership, manage operations and ensure the organization’s financial development and sustainability, including fundraising and the creation and implementation of capital campaigns for the future. The ED will work closely with and report to the BOD in these endeavors. Other responsibilities include: Serve as the face of PSC embodying its mission and brand; be an enthusiastic and highly visible representative, fundraiser and advocate for the PSC; actively participate in the cultural and civic life of Durango, develop and maintain relationships that will enhance PSC’s connection to its community. Facilitate partnerships with the Board, school systems, community leaders, local governments and industry; responsible for implementing change and continuing the PSC’s position as a regional destination for children, students, learners and “citizen scientists” of all ages. Apply innovative and strategic thinking to chart and implement the next phase of growth for the PSC. Direct and supervise 5 staff and more than 20 volunteers. Collaborate and establish clear communication with staff on marketing, education programs, development, financials, exhibits design, volunteer program and special events. The successful candidate should possess a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Museum Studies or related field, advanced degree preferred. Proven knowledge and experience gained in a senior staff position within a museum or science center. Required qualifications: Proven results in winning extramural funds from national granting sources, corporations and government sponsored programs Proven ability to create the necessary systems and infrastructure for a high performing organization Strong written and verbal communication skills, a persuasive communicator with excellent interpersonal skills Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people Self-directed with positive attitude, integrity and mission-driven Desired Qualifications: Proven results in planned giving, major gifts, direct mail and donor stewardship Clear understanding and knowledge of the Maker movement. Inclusive, culturally-aware approach to partnerships and people management Strong computer skills and experience with Microsoft Office Suite and the Google Suite Durango is home to approximately 17,000 residents, but serves a hub and the county seat for La Plata County’s 50,000 residents. The PSC’s service area includes those living in the rural, high-desert Four Corners region, including communities in the the Southern Ute Indian Reservation, the Ute Mountain Ute Indian Reservation and the Navajo Nation as well as more rural county populations. Durango is centrally situated within the Four Corners region, only a short distance to New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Durango is known for its wealth of outdoor activities and enthusiasts. Fort Lewis College, a liberal arts college established in 1911, is also located in Durango. Durango has a strong commitment to the arts and health care, and has a rich mining and agricultural history.

Please e-mail your PDF application package including your resume, references and a cover letter no later than January 16th to: search@powsci.org. Postal mail applications can be sent to Powerhouse Science Center, Attn: Search Committee, 1333 Camino Del Rio, Durango, CO 81301. Questions and requests for documents may also be directed to the search@powsci.org email.

You may access more information including budget, bylaws and staff structure from our website, www.powsci.org under the “About” tab, or via this document drive folder.