Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining.
The Astrobotic Foundation, a new Pittsburgh-area nonprofit, seeks a passionate and visionary Executive Director to lead the founding and operation of the Moonshot Museum, the first museum in Pennsylvania dedicated entirely to space exploration. Working alongside the Foundation’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have the exciting opportunity to shape the Museum and its exhibits, programs, messaging, fundraising, and operating strategy from the ground up.
The Moonshot Museum will provide educational and experiential opportunities designed to make space accessible to all, not just billionaires and astronauts. Its core mission is to inspire a diverse audience to write the future of human space exploration and settlement by pursuing space careers across a variety of disciplines ranging from science, technology, engineering, and aeronautics to medicine, business, law, policy, humanities, and the arts. The Museum will accomplish this in part by taking visitors on a journey across the past, present, and future of human space exploration through the lens of a real lunar mission: the assembly and operation of the first American lunar lander since the Apollo program at the headquarters of the commercial space company Astrobotic Technology, Inc. It will also feature hands-on interactive exhibits, rotating collections of spacecraft, space artifacts and space art, educational workshops, curated experiences, and online virtual programming.
The Board is currently building the foundation necessary to launch and execute the bold mission of the Museum. Current activities include fundraising, establishing local and national partnerships, expanding the Board to include community leaders, international experts, and student and educator advisory committees, launching the Museum’s website, social media channels, and marketing program, and designing and planning for the opening of the physical museum.
The Executive Director will work closely with the Board on these initial foundational activities, play the leading role in the launch of the Museum, and direct day-to-day Museum operations. The Executive Director will be responsible for supporting the mission and vision of the Moonshot Museum and defining its strategic direction. This includes ensuring that resources are in place to accomplish important mission goals, recruiting and retaining staff and/or volunteers, keeping teams motivated and capable of exceeding expectations, and building a strong, positive organizational culture. The ideal candidate will have a combination of passion for the vision of the Museum, a track record of organizational management, and the ability to generate diverse financial support for innovative programming.
KEY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Oversees and coordinates all Moonshot Museum operations and services, including planning, organization, and direction of the Museum
- Leads fundraising and partnership efforts in conjunction with the Board of Directors
- Drives engagement through Museum marketing and communications, including keeping the Museum’s website and social medial channels up to date and active
- Oversees, tracks, and provides regular financial and operational reporting to the Board
- Develops, implements, and curates physical Museum exhibits, in-person programming, and virtual programming
- Builds, maintains, and strengthens local community ties and regional and national partnerships
- Manages staffing for regular open hours, educational programs, and special tours and events; Fills in if staffing is not available
- Manages the Museum Gift Shop
- Assesses outcomes and measures analytics such as visitors, engagement, and website traffic
- Bachelor’s degree or higher; Experience will be considered in lieu of or in combination with formal education
- Organizational management or operations experience
- Passion for space and connecting a diverse audience to STEAM topics
- Familiarity with developing and executing a budget plan; Establishing cost accounting policies, procedures, and operational reporting metrics
- Adept at community engagement and building membership via both traditional networks and new media social channels
- Excellent communication and presentation skills and enthusiasm for engaging with a wide range of audiences
- Integrity and a professional work ethic
- Willingness to relocate to Pittsburgh, PA
- Experience with nonprofits, education, science, or social enterprise strongly desired
- Knowledge of museum policies, programs, issues, and strategies
- Experience launching and leading a new organization and team from the ground up
- Experience implementing programs focused on diversity and inclusion for underrepresented groups in STEAM
- Experience with museum or educational content creation including but not limited to developing lesson plans, designing exhibits, conducting demonstrations, or performing outreach
- Prior volunteer experience
Commensurate with experience within an anticipated range of $60,000 to $75,000 per year. This is a full time, salaried position which requires some weekend and evening hours. The work schedule is flexible, and some duties may be performed from home.
The Executive Director will be principally based at the Moonshot Museum in the historic Northside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, PA. The Museum is located near downtown Pittsburgh and the newly revived public waterfront overlooking the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. It is within a short walking distance of restaurants, a metro stop, several museums, and Heinz Field. Pittsburgh has been frequently rated as one of America’s most livable cities, and boasts one of the lowest costs of living and average workplace commute times in the country. The greater Pittsburgh region has numerous parks, hiking trails, and outdoor recreational opportunities. NOTE: Work may initially be remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Employees of the Astrobotic Foundation must also be capable of completing and passing:
- Pennsylvania State Police (PA Access to Criminal History) PATCH Record Check
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Certification Check
- FBI Fingerprint Clearance
The Astrobotic Foundation does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send a request to AstroboticFoundation@gmail.com.