Warner Nature Center Director
The Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) seeks a director for the Warner Nature Center (WNC) in our STEM Equity & Education (SEED) division. As Director, this position will provide vision, leadership and strategic direction for the Center. This position leads a team of naturalists, outdoor environmental educators and volunteers to envision, plan, create, and deliver the highest quality, facilitated STEM and equity learning experiences for youth, family, communities, and school audiences. The Director facilitates the strategic and annual planning for the Center, ensuring it aligns and integrates with the mission, goals, strategies, and principles of SMM and the Manitou Fund. This position works collaboratively across SMM to optimize the reach and impact of WNC programs for local, state, and regional audiences.
Work Environment: This position is located at Warner Nature Center, in the city of Marine on St. Croix, MN – 30 miles north of the Twin Cities.
Job Duties & Responsibilities:
- Lead, manage, develop and support Warner Nature Center (WNC) staff and volunteers to achieve high performance while meeting the needs of the organization. Ensure staff are collaborating and working on the right strategies by providing clear direction, support and guidance while identifying and nurturing their professional development.
- Facilitate the strategic planning process for WNC to align program plans, resources and program efforts with the STEM Equity and Education Division (SEED) and SMM’s goals along with the Manitou Fund strategic direction, pursuing collaborative efforts with various Science Museum of Minnesota departments and external partners that will strengthen efforts of fulfilling WNC’s mission statement.
- Develop, implement, and appropriately update the WNC long-range plan for the establishment and sustainable development of nature center lands, facilities and programs.
- Manage and oversee the development, preservation and maintenance of all property and buildings of the approximately eight hundred acres of nature center lands and waters. This includes the coordination, management and care of appropriate biological collections and reference libraries- available to staff and volunteers.
- Pursue additional funding sources to expand and strengthen WNC programming efforts. This might include seeking grant opportunities, initiating fee structures, establishing a Friends of Warner group, special events, etc.
- Develop, nurture, and sustain the relationship between SMM and Manitou Fund representatives and board. Maintain critical relationships with internal/external partners and stakeholders that contribute to the vision, experience development, engagement, inclusion, and access for WNC audiences, including adjoining property owners and other community members.
- Working closely with the Vice President of SEED, WNC staff and Manitou Fund designated representatives, manage the financial performance of the Nature Center, ensuring established goals are met or exceeded.
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field and/or proven experience.
- Demonstrated experience leading and developing high performing teams.
- Proven knowledge of best practices for a facilitated learning experience in experiential learning and outdoor environmental education appropriate for all age levels and abilities as well as knowledge of research and implementation of STEM equity and inclusion best practices.
- Background in natural and biological sciences, practices and standards for local and state initiatives.
- Financial acumen to build and sustain funding sources to ensure programmatic excellence.
- Experience providing strategic direction and planning for multi-audience program and projects at local, state, and national levels.
- Cultural competency and experience working with diverse communities.
- Willingness to be open and respectful of all backgrounds.
- Fluency in language(s) other than English valued (Hmong, Somali, Spanish).