Established in 1973, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center was the first science museum in the world to combine interactive science exhibits with a planetarium and an IMAXÒ Dome Theater.  Today the Fleet continues to be an innovator among science museums, reaching nearly 450,000 children and adults each year through an expanding array of stimulating exhibits, breathtaking IMAX films, transformative educational programs, and experiences that bring the brilliance of science to people in their own communities.

With new executive leadership, an annual budget of approximately $7.5 M, a staff of 45 full-time employees, 61 part-time employees and more than 250 volunteers, the Fleet has reimaged how we can make an even greater impact on science learning throughout the region.   Find out more about us at


The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is a strategic thought-partner to the CEO with hands-on experience leading a sophisticated financial and administrative system within a complex nonprofit organization.

The COO oversees and integrates the work of multiple departments and external contractors through collaborative efforts that engender efficiency, trust and respect among all parties.  An entrepreneur and a “people person” with an eye on margin and mission, the COO provides the CEO and board with data and insights that propel the vision of the Fleet.

Among, the COO’s many duties, this executive is responsible for:

Strategic Leadership


  • Managing the work of the Finance, Facilities, HR, IT, Guest Services and Retail Sales departments through data-driven decision-making, goal setting, clear communication, knowledge sharing, collaboration, guidance, mentorship and coaching of department leaders
  • Providing on-going strategic recommendations to the CEO based on creativity, real-time performance metrics, financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis
  • Partnering with the CEO and board on developing long-term operational and strategic plans
  • Maintaining continuous lines of communication, keeping the CEO informed of all critical issues
  • Engaging the board on issues, trends, and changes in the operating model and operational delivery
  • Representing the organization externally, as necessary, particularly in contracting, banking and other business negotiations and ensuring compliance with all contracts.

Financial Management and Administrative Oversight

  • Managing and overseeing all financial activities including the accounting function, in partnership with the controller
  • Developing and monitoring all budgets and financial plans in collaboration with appropriate personnel (i.e., CEO, controller, and department heads)
  • Advising the CEO on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters
  • Ensuring effective internal controls
  • Reviewing and analyzing financial reports, producing financial metrics, and ensuring that relevant financial data is properly prepared, presented and effectively communicated to the CEO, senior management team and Board of Directors
  • Working closely with the Board of Directors to ensure the Fleet’s fiduciary and compliance responsibilities are fulfilled in a transparent and responsible manner
  • Overseeing renovation and construction projects
  • Ensuring policies and procedures are in place to protect the organization.

Other duties as required



  • Advanced degree in business, finance, nonprofit management or related field.
  • Experience in high-level financial and organizational management within a nonprofit setting including prior responsibility for the quality and content of all financial data, reporting and audit coordination.
  • Keen analytic, organization and problem solving skills which support and enable sound decision making.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Prior experience supervising, coaching and mentoring a team.
  • Ability to translate financial concepts to and effectively collaborate with colleagues who do not necessarily have finance backgrounds.
  • Experience working with grants management and endowments a plus.
  • Fundraising experience a plus.
  • Museum experience a plus.
  • A commitment to lead by example, passion for creating change, and dedication to the mission.

Salary range: $115,000 – $150,000. Full benefits provided

Posting Expiration Date: July 8, 2016

How to Apply:  Please submit a resume and cover letter to our online website:  

The Fleet is an equal opportunity employer committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity and inclusion in its work and staff.

Job Information
  • San Diego, Balboa Park, 92101, United States
  • 28730205
  • May 26, 2016
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • Chief Operating Officer
  • No
  • Full-Time
  • Indefinite
  • Master’s Degree
  • 7-10 Years
  • None
  • $115,000.00 – $150,000.00 (Yearly Salary)