Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Space Science Institute

The Space Science Institute (SSI) in Boulder, CO, invites applications for the position of Executive Director.  A dynamic and forward-looking individual is sought to lead the institution in its 21st Century mission of advancing scientific understanding of Earth and the Universe, engaging the public in science-technology learning opportunities, and inspiring youth to pursue science-technology careers. The successful candidate will be responsible for maintaining and augmenting the scientific excellence and vitality of the institute, for implementing long-term strategies and organizational goals, for developing and overseeing effective management and financial practices, and for cultivating good relationships with the general public, scientific and educational professionals, and potential funding agents.  The Executive Director will be expected to maintain his/her own independent research program to help support a dedicated portion (ideally, 25-50%) of time/salary.

Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. and a strong reputation in their own field of expertise relevant to the institute (e.g., planetary science, astrophysics, space physics, or Earth sciences).  A minimum of ten (10) years of experience in project management is required, and the candidate must possess excellent leadership, managerial, interpersonal, and administrative skills.

Review of applications will begin in October 2013, continuing until the position is filled.  Applications submitted by late January, 2014 will receive the highest consideration.  The position will start in September 2014.  Applications should include a cover letter, CV, description of current research and/or educational interests, and contact information for three references.  Inquiries and applications should be sent to

SSI is a non-profit, public-benefit 501(c)3 corporation and operates as an Equal Opportunity employer.  This job description is general in nature and should not be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications of the position. More information about SSI can be found at

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