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Reports To: Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer (CMBDO)

Director of Public Programs and Partnerships

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Are you a passionate dot-connector? Or perhaps a serial match-maker and relationship-builder who can see how 1 + 1 can almost always = 3? We at NYSCI are excited to bring someone onboard who can create awesome programs and partnerships by connecting our passion for making science surprising and joyful with relevant NYC events and activities. Link the science of sound with beats at a hip hop festival. Showcase the physics of gliding through water via a partnership with a local dragon boat festival. Partnership opportunities are all around us!


The Director of Public Programs and Partnerships is a crucial part of a growing Business Development team at NYSCI, and reports directly to the Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer (CMBDO). The Director will bring our growth strategies to life by linking our innovative approaches to STEM learning and engagement to relevant opportunities happening all around us in NYC and beyond. This critical team member leads the development and execution of attendance-driving and revenue-generating programs and partnerships that build affinity with our current audience, and reach and recruit new audiences.


Vision & Strategy

  • Design and develop an exciting and press-worthy annual calendar of programs and partnerships that mixes larger programs along with smaller targeted initiatives in service of our mission.
  • Drive the vision and overall strategy for multi-weekend, peak period and “tentpole" programs that are designed to stimulate near-term attendance and repeat visitation.
  • Lead the incubation and development of a profitable series of after-hours programming or partnerships designed to expand our audience or provide a novel way for our existing audience to experience NYSCI.

Program Development and Execution

  • Identify and engage potential partners, as applicable, with an eye to those that can help expand our audience of viable visitors through their own networks/followers.
  • Bring the vision for each program or partnership to life through high-quality, timely execution, lining up and negotiating with required third-party partners, working with our Institutional Advancement team to secure sponsors, and detail-oriented project management.
  • Supervise/manage any guest artists, third parties, or temporary employees/contractors working on the planning and presentation of these events.
  • Other relevant duties as assigned
Cross-functional Communication and Collaboration

From ideation through execution, collaborate with NYSCI teams (e.g. Marketing, Business Development, Visitor Experience, Explainers, Exhibits, Institutional Advancement/Corporate Sponsorship, Facilities, etc.) to ensure holistic integration, and a recognition of those teams’ capacity and capabilities as it relates to needs for their collaboration and support.

Administration, budgets and reporting

  • In partnership with CMBDO, Finance and other teams on whom events will be dependent, build budgets for each event, and ensure that each event remains on time, on budget, and with a high level of quality.
  • Partner with AVP of Contracts to ensure that all third-party business relationships conform to NYSCI policies and represent a clear definition of scope, timing, responsibilities, outcomes, etc.
  • Ensure that billing and administration of these relationships is managed efficiently and within financial and other controls.
  • Work with Analytics and Finance staff to provide wrap-up reporting that demonstrates program performance v. objectives and overall financial/budget management.
  • BS or BA
  • 7+ years of relevant experience (i.e. partnership development, event management, program marketing)
  • Proficiency verbal and written English
  • Proficiency with G-Suite and MS Office applications
  • Ability to work flexible schedule, that includes weekends, evenings and holidays as needed to deliver exceptional experiences for our audiences
  • Creative thinker and dot-connector who is capable of taking advantage of unique assets in Queens, NYC and beyond
  • Experience serving diverse audiences of children, adults, employees and partners
  • Ability to genuinely engage and influence stakeholders with a true spirit of co-ownership, and to bring bold ideas to life with their support and buy-in
  • Demonstrated ability to bring a strong program vision to life, on time and on budget

Proficiency in Spanish and/or Mandarin Chinese


Commensurate with education, skills and experience; annual salary range is $80-85K


NYSCI strives to be an inclusive and equitable place to work. We work to foster diverse voices and perspectives, empower staff as problem solvers, and support professional growth for all.

The New York Hall of Science offers generous benefits and perks for full-time employees.
These currently include:

  • Health, dental and vision insurance options
  • Flexible spending accounts for healthcare, dependent care and commuter benefits
  • Pension plan and 401k plan
  • Free life insurance coverage
  • Paid vacation and sick leave
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Free onsite parking
How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Please include the job title in the subject line.

No phone calls.

The New York Hall of Science is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering an inclusive and innovative environment with the best employees. We provide employment opportunities without regard to age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, military service, marital status or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. We support a drug-free workplace.

If there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience,
Please let us know.

If there are preparations we can make to help ensure you have a comfortable and positive interview experience,
Please let us know.

Organizational Background

NYSCI is New York City's premier hands-on science center and STEM learning lab, a place where everyone is invited to explore how science, technology, engineering and math shape our world, and how we can use STEM tools and ideas to answer questions and solve problems. Visitors pose questions, design solutions, explore phenomena, and work together to make amazing things happen.

Located in Queens, one of the most diverse counties in the U.S., NYSCI welcomes 400,000 visitors annually, including families, students on field trips, and camp and after school groups. NYSCI also works with thousands of teachers each year to make classroom STEM learning more relevant, exciting and meaningful to students, and conducts innovative research about how STEM learning happens through everyday experience.

Our exhibitions, programs, and products are informed by strategies of engagement called Design, Make, Play. The defining characteristics of Design, Make, Play — open-ended exploration, imaginative learning, personal relevance, deep engagement and delight — are the ingredients that inspire passionate STEM learners.