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Science Club for Girls (SCFG) seeks an inspiring and visionary leader, dedicated
to the advancement of girls and women in science, technology, engineering and
math (STEM), to serve as its next Executive Director. In this dynamic role, the
Executive Director will lead a growing 24-year-old organization based in
Cambridge. The Executive Director will work to advance the overall mission of
the organization by enhancing and communicating the compelling vision for
SCFG. She or he will work closely with the Board of Directors and staff to ensure
that SCFG is running outstanding, financially sustainable programs that are
assessed for effectiveness and positioned for improvement and growth.
We’re looking for someone who has:
• Strong leadership skills and a passion for promoting gender, racial, and
economic equity, excitement about the opportunities to diversify and
create equity in the STEM workforce, and a commitment to the mission
and goals of Science Club for Girls.
• Experience with out-of-school time programming, youth development or
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills, ability to connect
effectively with people of all ages and backgrounds.
• A track record of success in fundraising for a non-profit organization.
• A focus on problem solving and ability to adapt to changing conditions, to
find creative solutions, and to create strategies for greater effectiveness.
• Experience in developing and sustaining partnerships with and between
organizations focused on providing skills, education and other
opportunities for economic mobility.
To apply: Email your cover letter and resume in PDF format to
email@example.com. Your cover letter should briefly and
specifically address your experience as related to the key elements of the job
We welcome and encourage persons of all backgrounds, gender identities, race,
and ethnicities to apply.
Science Club for Girls (SCFG) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to
foster excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls in grades K-
12, particularly from groups most underrepresented in STEM fields by racial and
economic background, by providing free, experiential programs and by
maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology,
engineering & mathematics. Girls work with mentor-scientists who model and
foster leadership, affirm college as an expectation, and promote careers in STEM
as both goals and options. We target girls who may be first in their family to
attend college, and we embrace a mentoring approach that engages women and
girls across generations and academic/career stages to create a network of
support for their mutual advancement.
SCFG opens a new world for our participants, so they can make meaning of and
be delighted by the world around them, so they can connect with role models, so
they can imagine themselves and their future differently, and so their universe
can expand. The organization has received several important awards including
the 2017 Verizon Innovative Learning Best in Region winner, the Massachusetts
Department of Transportation Community Service Recognition Award, The
Engineering Center Education Trust Leadership Award in STEM Education, a
Root Cause Social Innovator in STEM Education and Enrichment, and the MA
Conference for Women Advancement Award among may others.
The new Executive Director will assume leadership at a time of great opportunity
when SCFG is poised to grow its proven programs and to attempt new,
innovative approaches. In Spring 2018, we worked with a strategic planning and
development team to develop a plan for sustainable growth. During this period,
fundraising momentum has accelerated, with important support from individuals,
foundations, and corporations and from the City of Cambridge, as well as the
parents and friends of our girls. Demand for our program continues to increase.
We are looking for a leader to play a significant role in leading our organization
into the future. The incoming Executive Director will play a pivotal leadership
role in our expansion and in securing the financial resources to grow and sustain
our programs in pace with increasing demand. With the support of the Board of
Directors and staff, the new Executive Director will be poised to make a deep
impact on the future of Science Club for Girls and the lives of the young women,
scientists and girls we serve.
The Executive Director (ED) should be committed to Science Club for Girls’
mission and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its
mission and financial objectives, through sound programmatic and fundraising
strategies. The ED should be an adaptive leader, skilled fundraiser, and
exceptional communicator, with experience managing a growing organization.
• Ensure that the organization continues to have a long-range strategy and
associated short-term goals to achieve its mission.
• Lead implementation of the strategic plan and ensure the organization
makes timely progress toward its goals, with the flexibility to adapt to new
circumstances as needed.
• Create and execute a fundraising plan to expand and diversify funding
sources to ensure both adequate funds for the organization to carry out its
work in the short term and long-term financial stability and strength as the
• With support from staff and the Board of Directors, generate $500,000 to
$1,000,000 annually to support operations through major gifts, annual
giving, corporate and foundation grants, community support and special
events; cultivate and steward institutional and individual donors.
• Maintain sound financial practices and ensure that the organization
operates within budget and is financially sustainable.
• Prepare annual operating budget in collaboration with the Board, its
finance committee, and staff.
• Conduct periodic financial analysis of existing programs and operations
and provide strategic financial forecasts of future operational models.
Board Management and Development
• Maintain strong partnerships with Board members, activating, engaging,
and supporting them while receiving appropriate guidance and direction.
• With Board Chair and governance committee, support Board members in
fundraising activities; provide information and data as requested to
support their financial and programmatic oversight responsibilities.
• Establish and maintain clear, transparent communication so Board
members are adequately informed and appropriately involved in critical
business and strategic decisions.
• In collaboration with the Board’s governance committee, cultivate new
Communications and External Relations
• Lead the organization’s communications and outreach efforts and serve
as the visible champion and spokesperson of the organization, advocating
on its behalf to individual and institutional donors, government agencies,
corporations, as well as civic and philanthropic organizations, and
establishing mutually beneficial working relationships and cooperative
• Research and track significant developments and trends in the field.
• Ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws and regulations.
• Increase staff as appropriate in proportion to revenue and program
• Provide oversight, ensure program quality, and oversee program
• Research and make recommendations to the Board of Directors on
potential partnerships for greater sustainability and effectiveness.
• With staff, conduct ongoing evaluation and improvement of the
organization’s volunteer engagement efforts, based on a keen
understanding that the organization’s impact on our mentor scientists is an
important outcome of our work.
• With staff, build a team in which every member identifies as a fundraiser
and contributes to a team mentality focused on outreach and
• Foster a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff and
build a culture of inquiry, experiential learning, collaboration, and fun.
Manage the hiring, performance and personal development of direct
The Search Committee seeks candidates with the following qualities and
characteristics, understanding that each candidate brings relative strengths and
weaknesses and that no single candidate will likely be strong in every area.
Candidates should have proven leadership and relationship management
experience and a passion for gender and economic equity. Demonstrable
experience and other qualifications include:
• Experience as an Executive Director or Chief Executive Officer of a nonprofit
• Experience developing and operationalizing strategies that have taken an
organization to its next stage of growth.
• Experience building partnerships between non-profits with shared
• Strong external relations experience with the ability to engage a wide
range of stakeholders and cultures.
• Track record of raising $500,000 or more annually, with personal
experience closing six-figure gifts.
• Success working with a Board of Directors, with the ability to cultivate
board member relationships.
• Experience in STEM, STEM education, youth development, and/or out of
school times programs.
• Demonstrated capacity to think strategically, set priorities. and achieve
• Ability to build, lead, motivate, and support a team of talented
professionals with integrity and diplomacy.
• Ability to provide leadership that is inclusive, is culturally sensitive and
reflects and affirms an egalitarian organizational structure.
• Commitment to goals and outcomes-oriented management and datadriven
These will benefit your application, but are not required:
• Advanced degree, such an MBA or MPA.
• Experience creating and implementing a technology-focused curriculum
and/or building a team of staff with experience running technology-focused
Minimum Education Required