Executive Director, Montshire Museum of Science


Norwich, VT


The Montshire Museum of Science is a nationally recognized, hands-on science museum in Norwich, Vermont. Sited on 110 acres along the Connecticut River, we offer over 150 exhibits on nature, technology, astronomy and the physical sciences. Montshire is committed to the social and intellectual development of our community, and to providing new, rewarding experiences with each visit. Our team is passionate about creating rich opportunities for inquiry-based learning and discovery.


The Montshire seeks an innovative and visionary leader who demonstrates a passion for engaging others in a lifelong learning agenda of science and the natural world.  The Montshire is a special and joyful place, and our next leader must be a steward who builds upon our success while growing and evolving for the future.  The ideal candidate is a proven leader who understands the power of collaboration and has extensive experience and success leading high performing teams that foster a culture of excellence from programming to facilities to the visitor experience.


Experienced and motivated executive with the skills and competencies to provide oversight for the operational and financial management of a growing organization. The candidate should have a keen understanding of their role as steward as demonstrated by a track record of managing and overseeing long-term projects and initiatives. High integrity, sound judgment, humility and decision-making skills are essential to success in this role.  A track record of successfully partnering with an engaged governing board will be essential.  


Passion for Science is critical; experience in a setting like a museum and a fierce commitment to the idea that science education, research and discovery can contribute to a better world is highly valued. Our next Executive Director will be a curious and lifelong learner who is passionate about our natural world. This person will be a champion for the sciences, and the Montshire, and will inspire others to support the outcomes and success of our mission. Our next leader will bring a love of science education to the community with a corresponding commitment to the mission and brand pillars. The Executive Director will be an advocate for education and will be skilled in creating and sustaining strategic partnerships with other organizations locally, nationally and internationally.


Team builder and mentor who can cultivate, develop and inspire a united high-performing team of staff and volunteers who embody the organizational values of collaboration, trust and respect for one another.  The Executive Director will have the temperament and skills to continue the development of talented staff as well as a demonstrated ability to bring passion, vision, direction, business discipline and inspiration to the organization.  A management approach that is  accessible, collaborative and empowering must be demonstrated, and balanced by results-oriented accountability. Guided by an authentic interest in hearing all voices, the Executive Director will be deeply committed to creating an engaging, joyful, respectful and inclusive work environment.


Strategic Visionary who serves as the Chief Mission Officer of the Museum and has a clear vision for the organization. The Executive Director will excel at confronting the complex realities of the environment and inspiring a better future by providing purpose, direction and motivation. A focus on strategic leadership and brand identity is balanced with authenticity, respect for others and trust-building within the organization, with the Board of Directors and with stakeholders. The Executive Director drives the organization to a higher level of performance, efficiency and growth through inspiring action and commitment to excellence at all levels of the organization.  


Persuasive and Charismatic Communicator who will serve as the key spokesperson for the Museum.  The Executive Director will be a dynamic communicator who can influence others to action, be they staff, board members, donors, elected officials, corporate executives or other supporters.   This person must eagerly and enthusiastically take on the role as the public face of the Museum and share the story of the Museum and the beauty of science and nature passionately and convincingly.


Engaging Fundraiser with experience working to build and cultivate a network of relationships, our next Executive Director will show evidence of successful fundraising leadership that includes the acquisition of major gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, individuals and the public sector at the local, state or national level.   The Executive Director will bring others along as we explore the opportunities ahead.  As the Museum approaches its 50th anniversary in 2024, the next leader must value and engage fully in the successful development of a fundraising strategy for the next 10 years.  Capital campaign experience is highly desirable.


Partner and Relationship Builder who will understand the importance of leveraging the Museum’s unique position to proactively increase the visibility and reputation of the organization. Politically savvy, the Executive Director thrives in partnerships and successfully navigates the dynamics of the local and regional environment, particularly in relations with other nonprofit organizations, academic partners and other public/private partnerships.


A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university is required; a graduate degree(s) is preferable. A respect and appreciation for science, conservation and our natural world is a must. Evidence of continuing education in the sciences, museum studies, general business, finance, marketing or related disciplines would be a plus. The preferred candidate will demonstrate museum experience with evidence of advancement to high levels of responsibility and leadership.

The Montshire is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.

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