Executive Director (PhD)

Position Opening: Executive Director

The National Center for Science Education, a non-profit organization that defends the teaching of evolution and climate science, seeks a new Executive Director to serve as chief executive officer and public face of NCSE.

Prospective candidates should have:

* a Ph.D. or the equivalent in a field related to science and/or science education; biology, geology, science education, and climate science are particularly desirable
* a record of scholarly research and publication
* a record of outreach to the public on science education issues
* experience in teaching in formal (K-12 or college) or informal (e.g., museum) settings
* knowledge of non-profit management and finance (experience preferred)
* experience in fundraising and development with foundations and individual donors
* superb communication skills, both written and oral
* a high degree of computer literacy, including expertise with social media and digital communication
* the ability to work cooperatively and manage effectively
* a record of effective involvement with public controversies over evolution and/or climate science
* the ability to work effectively and diplomatically with diverse communities and allies

The Executive Director supervises all NCSE staff and reports to the Board of Directors.

This is a full-time permanent position with medical, dental, and retirement benefits. The Executive Director would be expected to be on site in NCSE’s office in Oakland, California; telecommuting is not an option. Extensive travel and public speaking is required. A detailed description of the position follows below.

Salary will be commensurate with skills and experience and comparable with similar positions in similarly sized non-profits in the San Francisco Bay Area. Applications should include three references familiar with applicant’s qualifications for the position, a résumé, and a writing sample demonstrating applicant’s ability to communicate effectively with a general audience. Applications will be accepted until July 1. Anticipated start date is September 1. Send application materials to:

Executive Director Search
National Center for Science Education, Inc.
420 40th Street, Suite 2
Oakland CA 94609
Fax: (510) 601-7204
e-mail: ED-Search@ncse.com

NCSE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a staff of fifteen and an annual budget of approximately $1.2 million. NCSE is an equal opportunit employer.


The Executive Director performs (or delegates) two main classes of duties:

Serving as the public face of NCSE: its primary representative to the public, the press, and NCSE’s allies;
Serving as the chief executive of NCSE, ultimately responsible to the Board of Directors for the conduct of NCSE’s internal and external operations

Advocacy (public face)
* Public speaking at conferences, invited presentations, etc.
* Answering inquiries from the press (television, radio, print, internet, etc.)
* Writing articles, reviews, etc. for popular and scholarly venues
* Maintaining a working knowledge of the issues related to the teaching of global warming, evolution, and the nature of science
* Maintaining a working knowledge of the political, legislative, regulatory, economic, and social frameworks relevant to NCSE’s work
* Maintaining productive relationships with NCSE’s multiple constituencies (e.g., grassroots activists, decision makers, donors, etc.)

Management (chief executive)
*Policy and Strategic Planning*
* Setting and implementing the vision and direction of the organization within its mission
* Articulating and implementing the ways in which NCSE works to achieve its goals, within the guidelines set by the Board of Directors

*Support/operations (through the director of operations)*
* Overseeing financial accounting and administration
* Overseeing human resources
* Overseeing office management
* Board administration and support
* Reviewing and approving quarterly financial reports for the treasurer of the Board of Directors
* Preparing reports for meetings of the Board of Directors
* Cultivating, expanding, and communicating with the Board of Directors

*Financial management*
* Developing (with the director of operations) the annual budget
* Reviewing the financial statements quarterly (or more frequently)
* Containing costs

* Supervising program staff
* Instituting and monitoring tasks and projects of program staff
* Assisting with handling outbreaks of attacks on the integrity of science education and mentoring staff on how to handle such outbreaks
* Providing innovative and strategic leadership for planning, executing, leading, and evaluating programs and projects

* Supervising in-house fundraising and new member recruitment campaigns
* Identifying and cultivating major donors
* Developing and implementing strategies to increase revenues by leveraging new and long-term support
* Grantwriting for private foundation grants
* Analyzing membership and fundraising data for trends

* Supervising Reports of the NCSE (as ex officio publisher)
* Reviewing articles and other work appearing in NCSE publications and website, as needed
* Reviewing articles by NCSE staffers appearing in non-NCSE venues

More information available at:
http://ncse.com/news/2013/05/ncses-scott-to-retire-0014832 and

Oakland, California
National Center for Science Education
Human Resources