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Executive Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Official Job Title: Executive Director of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

Reports To: Associate Commissioner for Economic and Workforce Development

Direct Reports: Senior Program Manager, STEM Pipeline Fund

Salary Range: $80,000 to $90,000

Application Deadline: February 25, 2013


Position Overview

The STEM Executive Director will lead and manage the Department of Higher Education’s STEM education and workforce development initiative. This position will report to the Associate Commissioner of Economic and Workforce Development and STEM and will staff the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council (STEM Council).

A Foundation for the Future: Massachusetts’ Plan for Excellence in STEM Education (2010) established a framework to interest, engage and prepare all students with the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to pursue a wide range of careers in our innovation economy. Working within this framework, the STEM Executive Director will lead current strategic initiatives and develop new innovations to transform pre-K to college STEM education outcomes and achieve the goals of Massachusetts' STEM plan.

Essential Job Functions

  • Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
    • Staff the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, chaired by Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray. This Council serves as a vehicle for STEM advocates from the public and private sectors, as well as legislators and educators, to engage in meaningful collaboration with the Governor and Lt. Governor’s Office and six key state agencies on programs and strategies to advance the STEM plan.
    • Manage quarterly meetings of the STEM Council, including prioritizing agenda topics and proposals for consideration by the STEM Council.
    • Recommend, manage and report on annual budget allocations in support of program priorities established by the STEM Council.
    • Administer grant programs initiated by the STEM Council.
  • STEM Pipeline Fund
    • Oversee the $1.5 million STEM Pipeline Trust Fund, which includes all funds committed by the legislature as well as private contributions in support of the statewide STEM initiative.
    • Administer all expenditures from this fund in compliance with legislation, and report annually or as required by legislation.
  • Regional STEM Networks
    • Oversee annual planning, performance management and funding of seven regional STEM networks, which convene educators and community resources to prioritize local needs and align programs congruent with the state STEM plan.
  • Statewide STEM Initiatives
    • With the support of the STEM Operations Board, lead the development, execution, and performance management of major statewide initiatives approved by the Governor’s STEM Council, including:
      • @Scale - a program providing grants to a portfolio of projects spanning each STEM domain and all education levels from pre-K through primary/secondary and college/workforce development.
      • Public Awareness – a comprehensive communication campaign to increase awareness of the importance and relevance of STEM education for all students.
      • Partner/Stakeholder Alignment – an initiative to align education programs, assets and other resources of governmental organizations and institutions (non-profits, corporations, industry associations and others) with the goals and strategies of Massachusetts STEM Plan.
  • Management and Administration
    • Supervise, lead and support two reporting staff.
    • Oversee interagency service agreements for grant programs with government agencies and administer external contracts.
    • Support legislative information requests for information support regarding state appropriations and expenditures.
    • Assess national and other state initiatives to inform future versions of Massachusetts STEM Plan.

Required Qualifications

  • Education and Experience
    • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM discipline.
    • A minimum of three years commercial work experience in a STEM field.
    • STEM education work experience at middle or secondary school levels, community college or college/university or with a non-profit education provider.
    • A history of successful engagement with communities of diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.
    • Experience securing public and/or private funding and a working knowledge of foundation and federal agency grant funding practices.
    • A valid Massachusetts Driver’s License and willingness to travel regularly, in-state and occasionally out-of-state.
  • Skills and attributes:
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others and to lead through influence and persuasion across organizational and institutional boundaries.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills including the use of various forms of technology and/or social media platforms.
    • Demonstrated experience and comfort with public speaking and presentations. 
    • Superior organizational skills and the ability to work independently and adjust to dynamic conditions or changing priorities.
    • Excellent strategic and tactical planning, project/program management and project evaluation knowledge and skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masterís degree in a STEM discipline or STEM education.
  • Prior experience staffing executive councils and committees for public/private partnerships.
  • Prior work experience directly related to STEM education or STEM workforce development.

Application Instructions

Confidential applications—a cover letter, résumé, and at least three professional references—should be sent to:

David Cedrone
Associate Commissioner for Economic and Workforce Development
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Candidates must submit all application materials by email. The cover letter should include a description of the candidate’s experience.

Applications will be accepted through February 25, 2013.

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.


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