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Board Engagement & Leadership Manager

About Us: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is the largest and most interactive science museum in the Western Hemisphere. Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) exposes guests of all ages to awe-inspiring exhibitions that spark curiosity and bring science to life. MSI’s mission – to inspire the inventive genius in everyone – is realized through its world-class exhibitions and engaging guest experiences. The Museum of Science and Industry provides programs and experiences that deepen the engagement of students and teachers in science and science-related disciplines, with a vision to inspire and motivate our children to achieve their full potential in the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

We offer a creative, collaborative, and innovative environment for our employees. Our employees get great perks such as: benefits starting day one of your employment, free admission to MSI for family and friends, free admission to other museums, free parking in MSI’s garage and more! If you are equally passionate about our vision and want to be surrounded by a team of dynamic, smart and innovative people, the Museum of Science and Industry is the right place for you!

The Job: The Board Engagement & Leadership Manager will work with the VP, Operations and Chief of Staff to manage the engagement initiatives of high-level constituents including Board of Trustees and President’s Council.  This role will be responsible for the effective day to day implementation of the Museum’s President’s Council and other advisory committees. Additionally, this role is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with President’s Council members, proactively identify engagement opportunities for constituents and the preparation of materials related to constituent engagement.


  • Manage the administration of the President’s Council including overseeing the preparation and maintenance of rosters, communication of information, meeting materials including note for council chairs and progress reports.
  • Oversee the recruitment process for new council members including researching potential members, drafting of recruitment letters, roles and responsibilities and other pertinent committee information.
  • Serve as a participant in meetings with council and committee members and will handle follow up and engagement in between meetings.
  • Coordinate the strategic and logistic aspects of committee meetings including working with other departments and divisions on agenda content, meeting materials and talking points for key committee members and staff.
  • Manage the Advisory Council, the Museum’s continued engagement vehicle for past advisory committee members which includes maintaining group roster and information in RE and assist in preparation of communication pieces as needed.
  • Manage cross-divisional projects as needed including; drafting communications, facilitating meetings, event coordination; and manage the production of support documents and presentation materials.
  • Assist the Chief of Staff with managing the board of trustee committees as needed, including, but not limited to preparing materials, presentation materials, notes and follow up as needed.
  • Create, edit and provide support for projects related to strategic planning for the Museum including the drafting of content, managing design and preparation of final strategic plan documents.
  • Main point person on various museum wide initiatives, events and projects

Constituent Engagement:

  • Assist with building and maintaining relationships with council and committee members in coordination with primary staff managers.
  • Create, edit and manage communications to various constituents including external groups, donors and the board of trustees on behalf of the chief of staff or president.
  • Proactively identify and develop engagement opportunities.
  • Work with the President’s Council membership committee, Council Chair, and chief of staff to ensure that all members are actively engaged and participating.
  • Maintain open lines of communication with all development staff to disseminate information and to assist in the cultivation of constituents.
  • Assist in the dissemination of timely information to all constituents.
  • Plan, organize and attend internal and external planning meetings related to committees and President’s Council and other events.
  • Participate in division meetings, appropriate development events and other Museum activities as required.


  • Bachelor’s Degree and three (3) years of related experience, or in lieu of a degree, five (5) to seven (7) years of related experience. Interacting with constituents or volunteer leadership experience is a plus.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • High level of initiative and exceptional problem solving skills
  • Excellent project management abilities; strong communicator and collaborator.
  • Detail-oriented with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Exceptional time management and follow up skills.
  • Demonstrates active listening ability
  • Strong collaborator who works well independently or on team projects.
  • High level of initiative and exceptional problem solving skills.

The Museum of Science and Industry is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, which includes providing equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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