DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM), a national force for early learning, ignites the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math, and science. The Museum welcomes over 300,000 visitors annually and offers world-class exhibits, innovative in-house and off-site school programs, a regional community access network, inspiring events, and a prestigious research collaborative.
DCM seeks an innovative, visionary leader who demonstrates a passion for engaging others in a lifelong learning agenda. The ideal candidate is a proven leader who has a passion for early childhood education and understands the impact of interactive, informal learning environments, which may include children’s museums, science centers, and/or other innovative, free-choice learning centers. The ideal candidate has extensive experience and success leading high performance teams that deliver financially sustainable results.
A passion for early education programming is critical; experience in a setting like the Museum is helpful but not required. Understanding of an experience developing creative learning capacity is a must. A business-principled approach demonstrating a successful track record of astute financial and operations oversight, data-driven decision-making, and delegation is expected. The President & CEO is an advocate for informal education and skilled in creating and sustaining strategic partnerships with other organizations, locally, and nationally.
As the key spokesperson for DCM, the President & CEO will be a dynamic, energetic communicator who can influence others to action, be they board members, donors, elected officials, corporate executives or other supporters. The ideal candidate will show evidence of successful fundraising leadership that includes the acquisition of major gifts and grants from foundations, corporations, individuals and the public sector at the local, state and national level. Experience working in an organization that values and sustains strong community partnerships in both public and private sectors and a high level of community engagement and impact are essential.
Experience managing and overseeing long-term projects and initiatives is advantageous. High integrity and sound judgment are essential to success in this role. This person must demonstrate consistent success in selecting highly-qualified staff and developing a cohesive team of professionals. A management approach that is described as accessible, inclusive, collaborative and empowering must be demonstrated and balanced by results-oriented accountability. A keen understanding of what it takes to develop and promote highly-effective, customer-centric services and attitudes among all staff, i.e. enhancing the visitor experience, is a must. A strong desire to build and support volunteer resources is highly valued.
A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required. A master’s degree is preferred.