Portland, OR

Vice President of Learning Experiences


The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a center of excellence in science teaching and learning and a valued destination for the community. Founded in 1944, OMSI is ranked as one of the nation’s top ten science museums and a world-class tourist attraction and educational resource. The Vice President of Learning Experiences will join the OMSI team at a pivotal time in the organization’s history and will play a key role in setting the course for realizing its vision. OMSI, collaborating with partners, has developed an ambitious 20-year vision to ignite an education transformation at the intersection of science, technology, and design, and weave a thriving innovation district into the fabric of Portland that spreads opportunities across the Northwest.

We seek a proven leader who has a passion for science and can demonstrate experience and impact in interactive, informal learning environments, which may include children’s museums, science centers, and/or other innovative, free-choice learning centers. The ideal candidate has had extensive experience and success leading high performance teams that deliver excellent results. A passion for science education programming is critical; experience in a setting like the Museum is helpful but not required. A business-principled approach demonstrating a successful track record of astute financial and operations oversight, data-driven decision-making, and delegation is expected.  The Vice President is an advocate for informal science education, and skilled in creating and sustaining strategic partnerships with other organizations, locally and nationally.

As one of the key spokespersons for OMSI, this individual must have strong oral and written communication skills. High integrity and sound judgment are essential to success in this role.  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 is ideal.  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, 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.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of five (5) years of leadership and management experience in an organization in the education and/or not-for-profit sector. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university is required, and preference will be given to those candidates with undergraduate and graduate degrees in science and/or technology.

Applications and nominations are being received by Kittleman & Associates, LLC.  To apply, please visit  For more information about Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, please visit

Job Information
  • Portland, Oregon, 97200, United States
  • 28090913
  • April 19, 2016
  • Vice President of Learning Experience
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
  • Education
  • No
  • BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • 5-7 Years