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Director, Public Relations and Communications
The Director of Public Relations and Communications is a member of the Academy’s dynamic marketing and communications team and plays a key role in the Academy’s brand positioning and profile. The position is responsible for developing and implementing the Academy’s public and media relations strategy, promoting the museum, related exhibits, events, educational programs, and community learning initiatives to local and regional media, while also creating strategies that drive awareness of the groundbreaking research and scientific discoveries made by Academy scientists. This position collaborates with the development department in the creation of communications materials and guides the editor’s work on high-level written content.
The Director of Public Relations and Communications will also work collaboratively with Drexel University Communications to devise campaigns that will garner coverage in tier 1 national press. They report to the Executive Director of Marketing and Communications and supervise the Editor and Content Coordinator, in addition to co-ops, interns and agencies as needed.
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Senior Director Exhibition Design and Production
The Senior Director of Exhibition Design and Production is responsible for the production, design, and installation of a dynamic temporary exhibition program in the Academy’s Spotlight, Dietrich, and Temporary Exhibition Galleries as well as the maintenance, repair, restoration and renewal of the Academy’s signature galleries and public environment.
The work of the Senior Director is guided by the Academy’s Strategic Plan (2019-24) and Experiential Masterplan (2019) and informed by the Casson Mann concept designs (2022) for the renewal of its signature galleries.
The role – which is central to the effective delivery of the Academy’s strategic plan - requires a collaborative and purposeful leader with a passion for: natural sciences, collections-based storytelling; a commitment to design thinking: an ability to prioritize resources; a proven track record of project management; and a natural bias for action. The Senior Director is comfortable with collaborative development processes and skilled at balancing creative excellence against deadline delivery.
Reporting to the Vice President of Experience and Engagement and working closely with both the Senior Director of Creative Development and Partnerships and the Experience and Engagement Manager, the Senior Director engages staff from across the institution in advancing the Academy’s values, shaping a positive culture, and leading a department whose success resides to a great extent in the agency of others.
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Vice President Collections and Research
The Vice President of Collections and Research (the VP) is a new position that has been created to provide support to, management of, and leadership for staff who steward and research the Academy’s remarkable specimen collections and associated data and databases.
The VP’s main deliverable is to make the Academy’s unrivalled specimen collections and knowledge more accessible to, useful for, and integrated with a global network of scientists and conservationists by (a) securing increased funding for collections management (especially in support of the extended specimen concept), research, data management, and computation; (b) widening digital and physical access to and engagement with collections among researchers, students, educators, and community scientists; (c) advancing a common purpose with nature conservation by devising and implementing a collections strategy and research initiatives that address extrinsic environmental challenges; and (d) leading, managing, and supporting staff and faculty so that they can work more effectively, efficiently and enjoyably within an institution they care deeply about.
The VP must be a highly inclusive leader, capable of shaping and delivering the Academy’s strategic and annual plans while ensuring the professional growth and wellbeing of staff. The VP must establish and maintain productive working relationships with the Chair of BEES and as well as Faculty-Curators. To ensure optimal operation of the Academy’s taxonomic and systematic research enterprises, the VP will work with Faculty-Curators and Collections Managers to provide clarity of management on the one hand while maintaining the strong links and close collaboration between them on the other. The VP will have the opportunity to hold a Research Faculty appointment in the BEES department to provide opportunities for research and student mentorship. Additionally, the VP will collaborate closely with the Executive Directors of the Library & Archives, the Patrick Center for Environmental Research, and the Bioko Biodiversity Protection Program.
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There are no Part-Time opportunities at this time.