VP, Learning & Programming [Vancouver]

VP, Learning & Programming



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VP, Learning & Programming




Science World BC


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Vancouver, British Columbia


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Science World is a BC-based charitable organization that engages the people of British Columbia in STEAM literacy. Their mission is to ignite wonder and empower dreams through science and nature. Their vision is that within a generation, Canada will be a country of thriving, sustainable communities rooted in science, innovation and a deep connection to nature. This year, Science World will celebrate its 30th anniversary, having served over 18 million people since Expo ‘86 with attendance increasing annually.

Title: Vice-President, Learning & Programming
Company: Science World BC
Business Address: 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7
Location Address: 1455 Quebec St, Vancouver, BC V6A 3Z7
Term: Full-time Permanent Position
Language required: English
Salary: CAN$110,000 - CAN$175,000
Benefits: Benefits will include provincial medical and private extended group benefits plans (Life, AD&D and disability insurance, health, dental, vision care), employee and family assistance program, health spending account, RRSP matching program
Vacation: Starts at 20 days per year

Position Responsibilities

Reporting to the President & CEO, the Vice President of Learning and Programming will provide overall leadership and direction in content development and community partnerships both at the TELUS World of Science building in Vancouver and through outreach programs across British Columbia.
Directs the long-term and annual planning of public and school programs and events at TELUS World of Science and throughout British Columbia.
Prioritizes established and new programs, events and opportunities (internal and external) to achieve the maximum impact for our Mission.
Leads the strategic development and growth of Symbiosis: STEAM Learning Ecosystem for British Columbia.
Oversees the quality and growth of programs as activities expand to other locations in British Columbia and understanding increases around expertise and collaboration of other organizations through Symbiosis.
Participates in the ongoing operational and strategic planning process as member of the Science World Senior Leadership Team.
Fosters and supports close working relationships between program and initiative leads and Science World’s Development team in identifying viable funding opportunities and contributions to donor proposals, reports and meetings.
Builds collaborative connections and efficiencies between Science World’s functional teams:
Fosters holistic, high-quality experience standards through the support of cross-departmental teams including: gallery-specific teams, the research and evaluation team, the digital team and the indigenous engagement team.
Regularly coordinates content and experience priorities with the Exhibits Department and Theatre Department that includes periodic sharing of key content development for special exhibition projects.
Works collaboratively with Science World’s Marketing and Development departments to effectively promote, manage and maintain community awareness and support of programs and priorities.
Represents strategic initiatives and signature programs in front of external audiences such as Science World’s Board of Directors, funders and community leadership circles.


A Master’s Degree (or equivalent) in education, science communications or related discipline. Broad education and community organizing experience with a minimum of 10 years’ experience in senior leadership roles in a science museum, aquarium, zoo, botanical garden or related informal learning and educationally oriented facility. Part of Science World’s new strategy entails building capacity in outdoor, nature-based learning. Skills and experience in this area are highly desirable.
Infectious passion in community collaboration and STEAM education. Ability to inspire and influence through articulation of purpose and impact. A depth of experience in creating and nurturing mutually rewarding, collaborative community partnerships among a complex network of partners. Extensive community organization experience, with a skill set that can be applied to connecting and scaling efforts across program content within an organization.
Strategic and big picture oriented, yet able to exercise impeccable organization skills to keep complex and dynamic programming running efficiently and smoothly in several locations. Strong ability in building teams, coaching senior staff and supporting creative teams.
Superb interpersonal, communication (oral and written) and presentation skills. Proven ability to engage effectively with audiences at all levels, both within the organization and externally, with a wide range of stakeholders such as Board Members, funders, teachers, community partners, parents, teens and children.
A proven leader who can develop, create and implement programs and learning strategies to meet the short and long-term goals of Science World—a stakeholder-driven organization with an innovative and evolving outlook.
Strong, proven abilities around management of people, related budgets and the operations of programs within facilities such as a technology museum, science centre, zoo, aquarium or botanical garden.
Well-developed analytical skills within an organization. Focus on customer service and building strong working relationships internally and externally with key partner groups and stakeholders.
Expert knowledge in leading strategy, programs and related initiatives. Proven understanding of working effectively with a diverse group of stakeholders internally and externally.
Innovative and creative. Adaptable and creates an atmosphere where people contribute to the success of the organization and its natural evolution related to the program area.
Personal integrity of the highest degree and an outstanding work ethic.
Sincere involvement with highly trained and motivated colleagues. Understands things get done through people working together with a common purpose.
Balanced approach to life with a focus on engagement and a true interest and curiosity in doing things in an innovative and creative manner.
Playful with a sense of humour.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit www.pfmsearch.com and submit your resume to George Madden or Shelina Esmail or via email at pfm@pfmsearch.com.

PFM Executive Search
999 West Hastings Street, Suite 510
Vancouver, BC V6C 2W2
Tel 604.689.9970
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Email: pfm@pfmsearch.com
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