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Homewood officials posted an advertisement this week seeking applicants for the executive director of the Homewood Science Center, hoping to attract a visionary leader for the post.

The board is seeking a professional who can “build an organization from the ground up that positively impacts the lives of thousands of people.”

The job description asks candidates to think big: 

“Imagine: A mad scientist’s penny arcade, a scientific funhouse, and an experimental laboratory all rolled into one. … All that is missing is an executive director who will take the lead in moving the project from concept to completion.

“Candidates must show evidence of fearlessness, fortitude and boundless optimism. The ideal candidate must possess a love of learning and a commitment to nurture and develop lifelong learning with all people. A desire to change the world is also welcome.”

Candidates must have a minimum of five years experience in a nonprofit or business leadership role. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, business or public administration, science, education or a related field. Candidates with an advanced degree are preferred.

The annual salary range will be $60,000 to $80,000, plus benefits. 

The deadline for applications is Jan. 22, and the science center’s board of directors is expected to conduct interviews soon after. The board hopes to have a director in place by March 1, according to Village Manager Jim Marino.

Applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Homewood began the science center project in earnest at the end of 2014, when the village purchased the former Ryan Funeral Home at 18022 Dixie Highway to serve as home for the future science center. 

The village then hired the Exploratorium, an established science center in San Fransisco, to help with planning. The Exploratorium delivered a conceptual plan in July 2015 that will help guide the development of the center. 

Disclosure: The writer’s spouse is a member of the science center’s board of directors.

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