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The Science Center of Iowa & Blank IMAX Dome Theater engages and inspires Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning.

Thank you for your interest in joining our dedicated, enthusiastic staff!

Use the filters below to view full-time, part-time, cafe/event, internship and preschool positions. Once you have identified a position to apply for:

  • Complete SCI’s application materials.
  • Email application materials, including a cover letter and resume, to scihr@sciowa.org or send to 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, IA 50309.

For more information, contact scihr@sciowa.org.

Positions

  • Director of Major Gifts

    Classification: Full-Time, Exempt
    Department: Community Engagement
    Reports To: VIce President of Community Engagement
    Direct Reports: No

    Position Overview:

    The Director of Major Gifts is responsible for strategy, cultivation and solicitation of individual major gifts, which advance the fundraising for major campaigns and the organization. The Director will work with staff and campaign volunteers to reach identified goals outlined in campaigns and the organization’s strategic plan.  

    The position reports directly to the Vice President of Community Engagement and will be:

    • Passionate about the mission of SCI and the community served by its assets and programs;
    • Committed to building meaningful relationships;
    • Highly motivated to raise funds to support the organization;
    • Able to develop strategies for successfully closing major gifts;
    • Comfortable working with SCI donors, staff, volunteers and clients; and highly collaborative with the science center staff and volunteer leadership to achieve overall goals

    Responsibilities:

    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily and perform other duties as assigned.

    • Develop strategy in concert with the organization’s case for support and in collaboration with the advancement team and volunteers
    • Develop and recommend a strategy for major gift donors that will: Engage and retain existing donors; increase the average gift size; and expand the number of donors.
    • Create and manage a major gift donor plan for an assigned portfolio of dedicated prospects
    • Communicate the donor plan tactics and goals to the Vice President of Community Engagement to ensure the plan is accepted and incorporated into the overall advancement plans and operations
    • Engage donors through effective communications (e.g., written, face-to-face, web and social media, events).
    • Build relationships with donors
    • Cultivate major gift donors and solicits gifts to maximize philanthropic giving for targeted segments
    • Work closely with the team to ensure overall success of the advancement function
    • Support team members with parallel fundraising activities, such as mid-level, annual fund, events, planned-giving and campaigns
    • Develop appropriate metrics and reports for major gifts
    • Maintain donor tracking and systems via the CRM system
    • Develop documentation and work closely with donor communications, finance, annual fund and grants
    • Utilize the approved messaging and brand of the Science Center of Iowa to promote the amenities of the campaign in order to elevate the organization and position it for success

    Requirements:

    Education and Experience

    • A bachelor's degree in an appropriate field
    • Extensive fundraising preferred with 5-10 years of experience in related fundraising practices (e.g., donor relations, engagement, planned-giving, annual fund, event management)

    Competencies, Skills and Abilities

    • Deep, passionate commitment to SCI’s mission and the ability to communicate its objectives enthusiastically to potential donors
    • Strategic mindset and ability to develop plans to maximize philanthropic giving from the assigned portfolio and major-gift donors
    • Knowledge of fund development principles, strategies and tactics
    • Customer focus – ability to engage donors, staff, volunteers and community constituents
    • Drive for results
    • Interpersonal savvy and ability to establish relationships with integrity and trust
    • Persuasion skills
    • Political savvy in working with donors, funders, community leaders and volunteers
    • Ability to work independently and collaborate
    • Effective problem-solving and decision-making skills
    • Communicate effectively (verbal, written and presentation)
    • Manage ambiguity and be flexible in responding to the needs of a fast-moving, dynamic and complex department
    • Proficient with computer software with preference to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and donor data base management

    Licenses and Certificates

    • Valid drivers' licence preferred
    • Must be able to pass a criminal background check

    Working Hours: Full time, which will include, but not be limited to nights, weekends and possible holidays. Schedule will vary based upon SCI events and organizational needs. 

    To Apply: Email your cover letter, resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org by October 28. Review of applications will begin immediately and remain open until the candidate is hired. Only electronic applications are accepted. No paper applications will be considered.


  • Programs Presenter

    Classification: Part-Time
    Department: Science Learning
    Reports To: Director of Learning Experiences
    Direct Reports: None

    Position Overview:

    The Program Presenter is responsible for delivering presentations of SCI programs for public and group participants. This may include both onsite and offsite delivery, throughout the week, weekend and evenings.

    Responsibilities:

    • Deliver a varied and changing repertoire of live programs and demonstrations ranging from small to large format presentations
    • Provide support with the Program Coordinators on program and project development
    • Maintain individual training log on program presentations and demonstrations
    • Coordinate with the Director of Learning Experiences to keep schedules up to date
    • On-floor supervision of program supplies in experience platforms and work alongside volunteers
    • Responsible for daily programs operation troubleshooting
    • Report consistent program attendance records and monitor their impact in supporting SCI’s mission and existing exhibits
    • Function as a direct representative from the Science Learning Team to the public
    • Support exhibit staff; including but not limited to opening and closing of the experience platforms
    • Program Department daily operational support including but not limited to printing daily program guides, conducting live programs and labs and orientations for visiting schools/groups, including Outreach presentations
    • Additional duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Awareness and sensitivity in interacting with diverse populations
    • High school diploma with an interest in the sciences, education or theater
    • Experience in program presentation to small and large groups
    • Ability to communicate complex science concepts in a fun and interesting fashion
    • Motivated and resourceful self-starter with effective multitasking skills
    • Excellent communication skills; engaging, entertaining and confident public speaker
    • Able to work as part of a creative team, being flexible, dependable and creative
    • Proactive; able to identify and improve product quality and development
    • Service-oriented; upholds Science Center of Iowa values and integrity
    • Willing to travel, if necessary, for Outreach presentations
    • Working knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

    Working Hours: Hours will vary based on business needs and will include some evenings, weekends and holidays.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


  • Cafe Associate

    Classification: Part-time, Non-exempt
    Department: Retail Operations
    Reports To: Cafe Coordinator
    Direct Reports: None

    Position Overview:

    This position is expected to provide exceptional guest service to all patrons visiting SCI’s Food Chain Cafe. Under guided leadership from the Cafe Coordinator and the Director Retail Operations, the Cafe Associate will also be responsible for operational duties, as assigned, to ensure a satisfactory experience for all guests and patrons visiting SCI.

    Responsibilities:

    • Maintain a commitment to excellent guest service in Cafe and all areas of SCI
    • Greet and tend to the needs of all guests in a timely manner
    • Processing all cash and credit card point-of-sale transactions accurately
    • Provide knowledgeable information regarding product offerings and general SCI information for guests
    • Accurately check all identification necessary to ensure patrons meet minimum age requirements for the purchase of alcohol products
    • Maintain the cleanliness of tables, floors, counters and windows
    • Maintain optimum food safety standards as required
    • Stock, merchandise and inventory Cafe supplies and products
    • Assist Cafe Coordinator with various tasks and duties as assigned

    Requirements:

    • Must be of legal age to sell alcoholic beverages in accordance with the State of Iowa
    • Must have food service, retail, and/or strong customer service related experience
    • Must maintain a professional and polite demeanor at all times
    • Enjoy working with people in a public setting
    • Have great problem solving skills
    • Needs to have accurate and efficient bookkeeping/money handling skills
    • Well groomed, clean and presentable
    • Ability to multi-task various duties and projects
    • Ability to lift 35 lbs. 
    • Must uphold the values and integrity of the Science Center of Iowa

    Working Hours: Part-time hours varying between the hours of operation for SCI and the Blank IMAX Dome Theater. This may include a combination of shifts during days, nights, weekends and holidays.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


  • Development and Communications Intern

    Position Overview:

    The Science Center of Iowa serves more than 300,000 people each year and has a mission of engaging and inspiring Iowans along their journey of lifelong science learning. With both full-time and part-time staff helping in every area of SCI’s mission, the need for volunteer support through internship opportunities is essential. The Community Engagement Team at SCI consists of a development team and communications team, among other areas. We are seeking a qualified intern to support development by identifying, initiating, researching, compiling and completing written charitable grant proposal applications, leading and supporting events including fundraising events as well as ongoing SCI events such as our Mixology and Girls in Science Initiatives. Additionally, the internship would include supporting communications and social media for the organization.

    Responsibilities:

    • Work with Director of Advancement and Special Events/Community Engagement Coordinator to plan, execute and attend fundraising events, special events and ongoing events at SCI
    • Assist with management of social media accounts and content
    • Distribute information about SCI events and programs to community partners and news organizations
    • Work closely with the SCI Grant Writer to develop and implement the charitable initiatives for the Science Center of Iowa
    • Assist in the daily operations and planning calendar for proposal writing and due dates
    • Identify new funding opportunities and implement strategies for securing new commitments and renewing existing grants and partnerships
    • Collaborate with SCI staff and subject matter experts to ascertain accurate information and identify opportunities for funding support
    • Write, edit, prepare proposals and applications for funds sought from individuals charitable foundations and corporations, as well as other funding sources, both locally and nationally, to support SCI strategic initiatives
    • Assist with other marketing and communications tasks as needed

    Qualifications:

    • Enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds
    • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with a good vision for opportunities to enhance the mission of SCI and its overall development goals
    • Excellent writing and editing skills, able to present information concisely and persuasively
    • Must be able to work on multiple proposals simultaneously, providing detail-oriented work, troubleshooting, writing, editing and planning guidance while consistently meeting deadlines
    • Demonstrates strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills; excellent listener with excellent follow-through skills
    • Must be trustworthy and of high integrity, showing high respect for confidential donor information
    • Demonstrates general computer proficiency with access to a PC compatible-systems
    • Punctuality and dependability are key
    • Ability to learn how research items
    • Other duties as assigned

    Expectations

    • Understand and support the purpose, structure and policies of the Science Center of Iowa
    • Conduct yourself in accordance with the standards of conduct and ethics of SCI
    • Be flexible in accepting assignments, perform assigned responsibilities willingly and courteously to the best of your ability, and accept the guidance of the Director of Advancement
    • Comply with the dress requirements of the Science Center of Iowa
    • Respect the confidentiality of sensitive information
    • Provide timely notification of tardiness or absence to the Volunteer Manager

    Working Hours: Generally will be Monday-Friday during normal operating hours of 9:00 or 10:00 to 5:00 pm. Will need to attend events on evenings/weekends when necessary. Up to 20 hours per week would be necessary for this position. This is an unpaid internship.

    To Apply: Email your cover letter and resume to volunteer@sciowa.org.


  • Substitute Preschool Teacher

    Classification: Hourly, Non-exempt
    Department: Preschool
    Reports To: Preschool Director

    Position Overview:

    This position is responsible for assisting the development and implementation of the Science Center of Iowa Preschool program.

    Responsibilities:

    • Assist with classroom activities
    • Prepare and maintain classroom for daily use
    • Meet with classroom teacher to prepare materials for daily use
    • Communicate daily with parents on any discipline problems that might arise
    • Meet with Preschool staff once a month for planning and activities of the ensuing month
    • Attend and assist with all parent/preschooler special events during the school year, if desired
    • Create and design classroom games and materials

    Requirements:

    • Maintain current first aid, universal precautions, CPR and mandatory peporter credentials
    • Pass a physical examination and TB every two years
    • Excellent teaching and communication skills
    • Love of children
    • A desire to work with and teach preschoolers
    • Inexhaustible patience
    • Must enjoy working as part of the Science Center of Iowa team
    • Must be able to pass background checks and DCI fingerprinting

    Working Hours: Varied hours; needs to be available during normal school hours Monday through Friday 7:15 am–5:30 pm.

    To Apply: Email your resume and completed application materials to scihr@sciowa.org.


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