Director for Strategic Engagement

REMOTE

LSST Inc. (dba LSST Discovery Alliance) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that develops and implements bold programs that accelerate transformative breakthroughs in astrophysics through scientific networks, interdisciplinary collaboration, and inclusive access to research opportunities and resources.  LSST-DA is now hiring a Director for Strategic Engagement to play a leading role in developing and nurturing relationships and networks with the people and institutions interested in the LSST Discovery Alliance. This work will include responsibilities in organizational planning, research and tracking, media relations, and communications.  We are looking for someone with a (social) scientific or technical background who is excited to support scientific innovation and inclusion in a unique way. This position reports to and partners closely with the Chief Executive Officer.

We offer an outstanding benefits package, a supportive work environment, and opportunities for professional growth and development.   To apply for this position, please submit a resume or CV, a cover letter that describes your interest in and qualifications for this position, and the contact information for 3 professional references. 

Go to https://lsstdiscoveryalliance.org/director-for-strategic-engagement/ for full information about this job opportunity, including detailed qualifications and job responsibilities.  

Organization Overview

The Vera C. Rubin Observatory will soon begin an unprecedented 4-dimensional map of the Universe with the world’s largest digital camera on a new telescope in Chile.  This map – the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) - will generate open access, curated astronomical data at a scale never previously seen.  LSST is destined to have a transformative impact on humankind’s understanding of the Universe.  LSST Discovery Alliance (LSST-DA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to maximize the scientific and societal impact of LSST. 

Fulfilling LSST-DA’s mission requires changing how astronomy is done and who’s at the table.  To do this, LSST-DA develops and implements bold programs that accelerate transformative breakthroughs in astrophysics through scientific networks, interdisciplinary collaboration, and inclusive access to research opportunities and resources.  LSST-DA leverages the expertise, ideas, and commitment of Alliance members and our close collaboration with the Rubin Project and LSST Science Collaborations. We are funded by dues from member institutions, grants from foundations, and donations from corporations and individual donors.

Who You Are

You are a creative and strategic thinker with exceptional communication and collaboration skills.  You enjoy meeting new people and building new relationships.  You are highly organized and detail oriented in research and the documentation of your work.  You have a strong understanding of the landscape of large scientific projects and the process of conducting scientific research.  You are energized by Rubin LSST’s potential to revolutionize humankind’s understanding of the universe through inclusive discovery.  You have a (social) scientific or technical background and are excited to support scientific innovation and inclusion in a unique way.  You have a sense of humor and don’t take yourself too seriously. 

What You Will Do

You will be responsible for developing, implementing, and assessing strategies to engage and build relationships with key stakeholders, including Alliance members, current and potential funders, relevant disciplinary experts, and potential participants in LSST-DA programs.  Your work will ensure that the people and institutions interested in LSST-DA are engaged with LSST-DA in authentic, dynamic, and trusting relationships that are meaningful and beneficial to them and beneficial and productive for the Alliance.  In close collaboration with LSST-DA staff, you will also play a crucial role in developing LSST-DA strategic initiatives and in external communications. Reporting to and working closely with the Chief Executive Officer, you will partner with the Chief Scientist and a fundraising consultant to form a working development team and execute key strategies to increase fundraising capacity and memberships.