Director, Government Affairs
Since its founding at the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) has inspired millions of people—children, teachers, and families– by offering creative, participatory ways to learn and encouraging people to explore their curiosity and nurture their creativity. Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in the country, NYSCI engages half a million people annually through museum visits and public events, outreach in schools, teacher professional development, research initiatives, and a deep partnership with schools and families from our neighboring community of Corona.
NYSCI’s mission is to nurture generations of passionate learners, critical thinkers, and active citizens through an approach we call Design Make Play. NYSCI is a leader in the field of STEM education. We are a vibrant, proven ecosystem for STEM learning, spanning Pre-K through college. Our core commitment to diversity, coupled with our investments and advances in research, innovative programs, and digital tools that extend our impact around the world, position us to address one of the greatest opportunities of our time: preparing young people from all backgrounds to be leaders in a world driven by the STEM disciplines.
NYSCI has approximately 80 full-time and over 100 part-time staff members.
Reporting to the President & CEO, and working closely with NYSCI’s leadership team, the Director of Government Relations will serve as the organization’s principal point of contact with local and state elected officials, and other key governmental stakeholders within the city of New York. NYSCI is a member of New York City’s Cultural Institutions Group (CIG) and the Director will be responsible for working closely with this organization, attending the weekly CIG government affairs meetings and participating in all relevant CIG activities, particularly those that involve supporting strong working relationships with key elected officials, and will be proactive in seeking out City and State funding opportunities.
The Director will be responsible for ensuring positive community relationships by coordinating and promoting community-based activities and events that help to utilize NYSCI’s assets with a broad range of stakeholders including local elected officials, community- based organizations, education leaders, and community residents.
The Director will build and strengthen community partnerships and collaborations by building effective channels of communication and maintaining cooperative working relationships with local, city, and state government officials and the general public, and fostering strong working relationships within NYSCI.
Working closely with the President & CEO and the Associate Vice President of Contracts, Compliance, and Capital Projects, the Director will help to advance NYSCI’s legislative and governmental affairs agenda; develop legislative strategy to carry out the museum’s objectives; and track both policy and funding legislation that can advance the museum’s mission and role in the community.
The Director will serve as NYSCI’s representative to the Government Affairs Committee of the Cultural Institution Group.
The Director will serve as NYSCI’s representative to the Elmhurst Corona Recovery Collaborative with the goal of fostering programs that enable the communities to heal from the pandemic and serve community needs more broadly.
The Director will work across NYSCI teams to foster partnerships that help to anchor the museum as a trusted community resource.
The Director will develop communication strategies that help to promote and represent NYSCI’s work to local, city, and state officials and other stakeholders.
The Director will provide quarterly external and internal communication about the initiative to partners, elected officials and NYSCI staff.
The Director will manage the collaborations with NYSCI colleagues to ensure that events involving community partners are effectively coordinated and well-run.
Other tasks as assigned.
· Bachelor’s Degree.
· Fluency in Spanish.
· Minimum 5 years of progressive leadership experience in a non-profit organization with a successful track record in community- based relationship building and government relations.
· Strong communication skills.
· Demonstrated commitment to improving access to STEM education and leadership opportunities for traditionally underrepresented populations.
· Engaging personality that can cultivate strong relationships and work successfully in partnership with a range of stakeholders, including members of the community, community leaders, board members, donors, and staff.
· Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed.
· Ability to provide team leadership and supervision.
· Ability to organize data into logical formats for presentations in reports, documents and other written materials.
· Ability to solve problems and work independently.
Commensurate with education, skills and experience; includes an excellent NYSCI benefits package.
How to Apply: Please send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include job title in subject line.
No phone calls.
The New York Hall of Science is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive and innovative environment with the best employees. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service, marital status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. We support a drug-free workplace.
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Job posted: 2021-07-27