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Senior Director, Culture and Belonging

  • Museum of Science, Boston
  • Boston, MA
About the Museum of Science

As science and technology increasingly shape our lives, the Museum of Science (MOS) strives to equip and inspire everyone to use science for the global good. Among the world’s largest science centers and New England’s most attended cultural institution, the MOS engages nearly five million people a year – at Science Park and in museums around the world, in classrooms, and online. The Museum of Science is ideally positioned to lead the nationwide effort to promote engineering education awareness, bringing science, technology, and mathematics alive through its exhibits, programs, and more.

The Museum of Science, a well-known American museum of science and technology, founded in 1830 in Boston, was started as the Boston Society of Natural History. In 1948, it moved to larger quarters on the Charles River, now known as Science Park, and was renamed the Boston Museum of Science.

The Museum’s singular location connecting Boston and Cambridge puts them at the junction of some of the world’s most influential academic institutions and industries, local and state government, schools, and the public. Trusted by each sector, they are ideally positioned to convene, inspire, and create meaningful experiences for all.

The museum’s permanent exhibits across multiple wings feature such topics as rocks and minerals, plants, models of manned space capsules, animals, computers, the human body, the universe, and electricity. The museum includes a five-story domed theatre, and the Charles Hayden Planetarium is located on the museum grounds.

Centered around the vision of a world where science belongs to all for the good of all, MOS’ culture embodies key values focused on providing science to everyone through service and learning while fostering connections across communities and boldly pursuing new ideas that inspire purpose, spark imagination, and encourage hope.

The governing body of the Museum of Science prepares, publicizes, and is guided by the Museum’s mission to play a leading role in transforming the nation’s relationship with science and technology. Find out more about the MOS’s president and trustees and museum advisors, or examine our annual reports and code of ethics.

For more information on the Museum of Science please visit this website.

Leadership at MOS

Tim Ritchie, President

Appointed as President in February 2020, Tim Ritchie has sought to turn the Museum’s focus to the needs of the surrounding community, pushing the Museum to ask “how will the world be better in positive ways because we exist.” One of Ritchie’s chief goals is to help the Museum transform from a traditional museum to a community resource for innovation: an institution that seeks to understand the challenges that the community faces, and one that convenes the community’s resources to address those challenges. The Museum’s board and staff enthusiastically support this direction and vision.

Another high priority for Ritchie is equitable access to high quality STEM education. He is deeply convinced that the Museum can play a role in helping people cross the opportunity gaps they face on the path to succeeding in a world driven by science and technology, and he is committed to aligning the Museum’s programs to this end. Again, the staff and board support this commitment.

Yet another major strategic commitment for the Museum under Ritchie’s leadership is to become a digital organization, as well as a place-based one. The transformation of a 191 year-old institution into one that is as digital as it is place-based is requiring nearly every division and department to rethink its work. Such a transformation, however, is necessary to enable the Museum to achieve its goal of impacting 100M people a year by 2030: a 20X increase from the present. Such a transformation is required for the Museum to make good on its commitment to equitable access.

Finally, Ritchie is focused on enabling the Museum to develop an innovative culture: one that is willing to take risks, is transparent, is accountable, and is resilient. Such a culture celebrates diversity, drives decision-making to the most knowledgeable people in the organization, and acts on the belief that “you can lead from any chair.”

Tim earned his master’s degree in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School, his Law Degree from Duke Law School, and his Bachelor’s Degree from Davidson College. His commitment to science education and social justice was deeply informed through his experience practicing law in a poverty law clinic and on North Carolina’s death row, directing education programs in a public housing community, and leading an organization that creates jobs for adults with disabilities.

Yuisa Pérez, Chief People Officer

Yuisa Pérez as the Museum’s first Chief People Officer. In this new role, she leads the Museum’s Human Resources Division, helping the Museum build an innovative, inclusive, and high-performing culture. Pérez will also work in partnership with the Museum’s staff-led Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion committee to continue to foster equity and diversity strategies across the organization.

Pérez brings to the Museum over 20 years of experience as a passionate human resources leader, K-12 educator, and a champion for creating safe spaces for all communities to realize their natural talent.

Most recently, Pérez served as Senior Director of Human Resources at Family Health Center of Worcester, Inc. Leading the human resources department for the federally qualified community health center, she successfully implemented opportunities that celebrated individuals’ unique talents through operational structures that met the needs of the workforce.

Prior to that, Pérez was an educator in public schools in Connecticut and Massachusetts, where she dedicated herself in creating connections between schools, families, and the community. She worked closely with students of color to increase participation rates in STEM programming and Advanced Placement courses by infusing culturally responsive practices that mirror the diversity of the community.

The Opportunity

In this newly created role, the Museum of Science, Boston seeks a collaborative human resources partner who will champion the organization’s core values and strategic commitment to attract, retain, advance, and support a broadly multicultural workforce while supporting and advancing a respectful, engaged, and equitable workplace culture.

Reporting to the Chief People Officer, the Senior Director of Culture and Belonging will oversee the strategy and delivery of our employee, volunteer, and internship experiences at the Museum alongside our diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and belonging initiatives.

The Senior Director will collaborate regularly with the MOS Management Team, the Museum Diversity council, and cross-functional museum departments and external partners to advance DEAIB principles.

The Senior Director will be a champion of the organization’s core values and strategic commitment to attract, retain, advance, and support a broadly diverse workforce of the highest level of excellence that thrives in a respectful, inclusive, and equitable workplace culture.

The Senior Director of Culture and Belonging at the Museum of Science, Boston will possess the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • Lead and inspire an employee centered culture that celebrates the principles of inclusivity and belonging.
  • Provide proactive leadership, direction, and collaboration in all areas of human resources and shaping the institutional culture.
  • Promote and foster a unified strategic plan to achieve diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility and belonging goals that are directly connected to the Museum’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Foster an institutional focus on practices that foster resilience, compassion, equitable practices, innovative thinking, and high-impact work.
  • Strategize and oversee the Museum’s employee life cycle together with interns and volunteers that includes an inclusive recruitment process, onboarding, succession planning, learning and development and exit strategy ensuring that it is cost effective, efficient and complies with the Museum’s diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and belonging plan goals.
  • Design and implement strategies, including ongoing education and training programs, to build the capacity of staff to work effectively, respectfully, and equitably across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender orientation and expression and other social identities.
  • Lead efforts to establish stronger talent pipelines through enhanced sourcing, effective onboarding, and retention programs.
  • Create and encourage a sense of partnership and involvement among divisions and departments within the Museum’s organizational structure.
  • Research, design, update, and implement staff learning and development programs that supports an innovative employee professional growth management system.
  • Direct comprehensive volunteer and internship programs that creates meaningful opportunities for volunteers and interns to engage in the power of science.
  • Analyze and redefine current volunteer and internship programs to steward prospective community partners that will engage excluded communities.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualities, skills, and experiences:

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Access, and Belonging

The ideal candidate will be tenacious in their efforts to bring people along as a teacher, coach, and advocate of DEIAB initiatives and they will be creating a new path forward with team members and leaders, guests, visitors, and community partners in mind. They will have knowledge of HR and DEIAB best practices and be skilled and empathetic in supporting others as they develop awareness of, comfort with, and confidence in DEIAB goals. An advocate for DEIAB, they will bring their lived experiences and commitment paired with strategies that support cultural change. With experience working in complex, multicultural, and dynamic organizations, this leader is able to deftly navigate conflict and lead courageous conversations with others.

Human Resources Expertise

The ideal candidate will possess a comprehensive knowledge of human resources areas including talent acquisition and on-boarding, enterprise-wide learning, and development programs, and will have a comprehensive approach to achieve sustainable, well-supported solutions with accountable, measurable systems for tracking and reporting. Serving as an agile and adaptable change agent, the ideal candidate will bring a demonstrated ability to manage execution of programs at all scales. As a leader who is goal oriented, this candidate will possess a key ability to see the larger strategy and the steps needed to make progress with the proven ability drive change aligning people strategy with organizational goals.

A Collaborative Relationship Builder

The ideal candidate will be emotionally intelligent and comfortable connecting with people of different philosophies, backgrounds, and cultures. With strong interpersonal skills and both social and emotional intelligence, they will have the ability to build trust and earn respect at all levels within a dynamic and complex environment. An active listener and persuasive communicator who exercises a high level of discretion, tact, and confidentiality, this leader will partner with others to push forward to sustainable cultural and systemic changes the Museum aspires to achieve.

Passion for the Mission

A purpose-driven and values oriented professional, the ideal candidate is driven by a passion for the Museum’s values and mission and an appreciation of the organization’s culture and aspirations. Demonstrating integrity and transparency, they will have the ability to inspire, motivate and empower colleagues to contribute to building a culture that promotes inclusion, access, belonging, and respect for divergent points of view.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing staff.
  • Certification in human resources (PHR/SPHR and/or SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP) and/or advanced degree desired.
  • Experience working with volunteer and internship programs.
  • Bilingual in English and another language preferred.
Compensation & Benefits

The range for this role is $140,000 – $160,000. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. MOS employees enjoy a wide range of benefits including a Museum Membership, staff parking, T accessibility, commuter spending account, Duck Tours, and more.

Covid-19 Vaccination

Staff, interns, and volunteers will be required to show proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. The Museum will consider an exemption from the vaccine requirement if they are unable to get vaccinated due to a qualifying medical disability or a sincerely held religious objection. The Museum is not required to provide an accommodation or exemption from the vaccine requirement if doing so would pose a direct threat to others in the workplace or would create an undue hardship for the Museum.

Contact

Beth Schaefer and Marisa Chock of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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The Museum of Science is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive work environment and strongly encourage and welcome an application pool that reflects our commitment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or other protected status.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.