Job Listing: Executive Director, Wonder Universe

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Wonder Universe - Christiansburg, VA

Closes - Open until filled.

Position Title – Executive Director

Salary - Commensuratewith experience, $42,000-50,000/Annually

Job Type - Full-Time

For more info and to apply - All applicants should email resume, cover letter and list of references to joinourteam@wonderuniverse.org

Wonder Universe is a nonprofit children’s museum located at Uptown Christiansburg, whose mission is to educate, amuse and inspire children and families through play. The Executive Director is responsible for the leadership of the Museum according to its mission and values and the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors. This position manages a staff team, oversees finances, participates in fundraising, and promotes a positive reputation for the organization in the community. Responsibilities include ensuring an exceptional guest experience for museum members/visitors, overseeing long term strategic planning in collaboration with the Board of Directors and serving as principal spokesperson. The Executive Director leads financial development efforts including donor relations and grant-seeking, exhibit and program planning, and community outreach.

 

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required.
  • A passion for the power of play and early childhood education.
  • Five years of related experience in early childhood development, education, business or nonprofit management. Leadership/administration experience preferred.
  • Experience in fundraising and grant-writing with a proven track record of securing mid to major level gifts from both public and private sources.
  • A high degree of cultural competence and experience working with and serving diverse populations.
  • Experience in financial management, including budget development and monitoring.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and relationship-building skills.
  • Knowledge of QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, and credit card processing.
  • Strong organizational skills including planning, implementing, and evaluating programs and events for children and families.
  • Ability to think and work creatively with a positive and flexible attitude.

Successful completion of a criminal background check is required.

About the Museum:

Wonder Universe is a nonprofit children’s museum located at Uptown Christiansburg (formerly New River Valley Mall). The museum offers 16 hands-on exhibits that educate, amuse and inspire children and families through play. With a 15,000 square feet space, Wonder Universe provides an interactive learning experience for children from birth through age 10 as well as camps, programs and special events for the community.   

 

Formerly known as the Children’s Museum of Blacksburg, the museum has expanded and relocated since its incorporation as a 501(c)3 in 2009. Wonder Universe is a proud member of the Association of Children’s Museums and offers the Museums for All program where families that receive SNAP/EBT benefits receive a discount on admission. The museum is also available for birthday parties, special occasions, and corporate events. To learn more, visit:  https://wonderuniverse.org/

 

To apply:

  • All applicants should email resume, cover letter and list of references to joinourteam@wonderuniverse.org
  • In your cover letter, describe how your professional experience and passion aligns with the Executive Director position.
  • Application review begins November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Phone inquiries, mail or in-person submissions will not be accepted.