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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: Candidate materials received by Monday, May 6, are strongly preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately, with interviews scheduled for May 21 and 22, although applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

 

Position Overview

The STEM Executive Director will lead and manage the Department of Higher Education’s STEM education and workforce development initiative. This position reports to the Associate Commissioner for Economic and Workforce Development and serves as the lead staff to 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 all sectors of the Commonwealth’s economy. Working within this framework, the STEM Executive Director will lead the implementation of current STEM education and workforce development initiatives and develop new innovations to serve an increasingly diverse community of students, improving outcomes and transforming STEM education pre-K to college.

Essential Job Functions

  • Lead the Massachusetts STEM initiative
    • Serve as a compelling advocate for the essential role of STEM education to the future of the Commonwealth and the betterment of its residents.
    • Work strategically to advance the goals of the Massachusetts STEM plan, including closing achievement gaps across all STEM domains.
    • Develop, enhance and build new relationships with representatives of the administration, legislature and the business and education communities to align and focus resources on targeted outcomes.
    • Lead the development and execution of strategic statewide initiatives to address: regional resource alignment, best practices at scale, public awareness, communities-of-interest and performance evaluation.
  • Identify and disseminate STEM best practices
    • Research STEM education programs both within Massachusetts and in other leading states nationally to inform the discussion of best practices in STEM.
    • Review and maintain awareness of contemporary research in STEM education to inform new program innovations, project evaluations and future versions of the Massachusetts STEM plan.
    • Assess outcomes of Massachusetts STEM programs and share learning and results with the education, business and funding community.
  • Manage the Massachusetts STEM initiative
    • Governor’s STEM Advisory Council
      • Manage the quarterly meetings of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, chaired by Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray. This role includes planning and prioritizing agenda topics and proposals for consideration; recommending, managing and reporting on annual budget allocations; and administering grant programs initiated by the STEM Council.
    • STEM Pipeline Fund
      • Oversee the $1.5 million STEM Pipeline Trust Fund, including administration of expenditures and reporting as required by legislation.
    • Regional STEM Networks
      • Oversee annual planning, performance management and funding of seven regional STEM networks.
    • General Management and Administration
      • Supervise one direct report, oversee interagency service agreements, administer external contracts, and respond to legislative information requests

Required Qualifications

  • Education and Experience
    • Significant work experience in at least one, and preferably both, of the following:
      • Commercial work experience in a STEM field.
      • STEM education work experience at middle, secondary or post-secondary levels, or with a non-profit education provider.
    • Experience working with communities of diverse backgrounds, cultures and perspectives.
    • Undergraduate or graduate degree in a STEM discipline. In exceptional circumstances, a degree in a non-STEM field may satisfy minimum educational requirements when coupled with substantial relevant experience.
    • A valid Massachusetts Driver’s License and willingness to travel regularly, in-state and occasionally out-of-state
  • Skills and attributes:
    • Compelling presence when speaking with a group.
    • Strong listening skills and ability to work collaboratively.
    • Demonstrated ability to lead through influence and persuasion across organizational and institutional boundaries.
    • Ability to think and lead strategically.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills including demonstrated experience and comfort with public speaking and with various forms of technology and/or social media platforms.
    • Superior organizational skills and the ability to work independently and adjust to dynamic conditions or changing priorities.
    • Excellent planning, project/program management and project evaluation skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience securing public and/or private funding and a working knowledge of foundation and federal agency grant funding practices.
  • Master’s degree or higher in a STEM discipline or STEM education.
  • Prior experience staffing executive councils and committees for public/private partnerships.

Application Instructions

Confidential applications should be sent to:

David Cedrone
Associate Commissioner for Economic and Workforce Development
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
stem@bhe.mass.edu

Applications should consist of:

  1. a cover letter of no more than two pages,
  2. a resume of no more than three pages, and
  3. at least three professional references.

Candidate materials received by Monday, May 6, are strongly preferred. Review of applications will begin immediately, with interviews scheduled for May 21 and 22, although applications will be accepted until this position is filled.

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

 

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