Port Discover Executive Director

Port Discover: Northeastern North Carolina’s Center for Hands-On Science, Inc., seeks to hire an Executive Director.   The Port Discover Executive Director is responsible for oversight of the administrative, programmatic, fiscal, and daily operations of the organization.   As the public face of the organization, the EC will represent the organization’s mission, goals, and programs among a wide array of stakeholders and partners.   Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, development, direction and implementation of a strategic plan as well as community outreach.  This position reports directly to the Board of Directors.

Other duties include:

·         Management of staff and volunteers through hiring, oversight, staff meetings, and feedback.

·         Developing relationships and partnerships locally and with other science centers across the state.

·         Seeking, writing, facilitating and reporting on grants for both current and new projects.

·         Oversight of the retail gift shop including inventory purchase and merchandising.

·         Participation in community committees and events such as HAS It, and DBPA and statewide such as NC Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative

·         Oversight of building maintenance.

·         Determining new projects within the scope of Port Discover’s mission and creating plans and funding to make them work.

·         Delivering presentations and reports to a variety of governmental and civic organizations, as well as the ability to fill in as a Science Educator for programs, is also required

This position is full-time, 40 hours, and includes weekday, weekend, day and evening hours, depending on center programming and staff scheduling. 


Related advanced degree preferred - bachelor’s degree required (e.g. Education, Science, Mathematics, Non-Profit Management or Business Administration). 


Strong written and verbal communication skills with experience in presentations to diverse groups of people.

Experience with budget management of an organization, knowledge and experience using Quickbooks (or similar program) for general financial tracking of the organization as well as specific oversight for restricted grants is required.

Experience in managing a community based or non-profit agency/program.

Experience in staff management and development of strong working relationships among relevant organizations, staff, and board.

Salary Range:  $36,000-$42,000

About Port Discover:  Port Discover is a community-based, non-profit organization, established to enhance youth science understanding through interactive and guided discovery.  Elizabeth City State University along with the Elizabeth City Area Chamber of Commerce initiated the project which has broad community support.   Port Discover is also a provisional associate of the Grassroots Science Museum Collaborative, a consortium of 25 North Carolina science centers working together to improve science education. 

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume,

Executive Director Position

Port Discover

611  E. Main Street

Elizabeth City, NC   27909

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Port Discover:Northeastern North Carolina's Center for Hands-On Science

611 E. Main St. Elizabeth City, NC 27909 (252) 338-6117

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