MAS Seeks New Executive Director

The Board of Directors for the Minnesota Academy of Science seeks a visionary and strategic leader with a passion for promoting STEM engagement at all levels who also possesses outstanding management skills.

The Minnesota Academy of Science is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. The Mission of The Minnesota Academy of Science (MAS) is to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in Minnesota by connecting aspiring STEM students and practicing STEM professionals with resources and opportunities to engage in STEM learning, research and communication, and to recognize excellence in these areas.

The major activities of the MAS are to run high-level state STEM competitions that include:

Middle School and High School Science Bowl

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium

State Science & Engineering Fair

Winchell Undergraduate Research Symposium

MAS also sponsors a developmental science research program for underrepresented students (FORSE).

The Executive Director (ED) provides leadership to advance the initiatives of the organization.  The ED has the ultimate management responsibility either directly or through delegated authority. The director designs and implements strategic goals and objectives of the organization in conjunction with, and at the direction of, the Board of Directors.

Job Description

Adhere to and promote the mission and vision of MAS

Administer programs of MAS

Hire, oversee and maintain an effective staff

Work with volunteers

Report on activities and financial status to the board on a regular basis

Attend after-hours board meetings and MAS sponsored events

Fundraising to maintain current donor base and cultivate new donors

Develop and maintain an effective working relationship with the community, sponsors, educational and corporate leaders, regional STEM directors and related national organizations

Ensure compliance with organizational by-laws, and state, federal, and other external organization regulations

Manage the financial resources under the advisement of the board hired CPA and external investment advisors to ensure it operates with efficiency and effectiveness

Essential Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or higher

Management experience in a non-profit, educational, or corporate environment

Ability to support an environment that is equitable, diverse and inclusive

Excellent leadership, supervisory, and organizational skills

Ability to build relationships/networks for external and internal collaboration

Outstanding oral and written communications skills

Background in corporate fundraising

Grants and contract writing experience

Ability to plan program activities (setting objectives, developing strategies, budgeting, develop policies and procedures, measure success)

Knowledge of budgeting processes and general computer technology

U.S. Citizen or U.S. work visa

Preferred Qualifications

STEM field/education experience

Master’s degree

Social media marketing experience

The ideal candidate will have at least 5 years’ experience and a proven record of outstanding management skills in a non-profit organization reliant upon corporate and individual donations and grants. The candidate will be a key communicator, both internally and externally, with a passion for promoting the academy’s activities and mission.

MAS is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO).

To be considered, please email your cover letter and resume to: Dr. Stephanie Yancey, MAS Board President at