Cox Science Center and Aquarium seeks a Vice President, Development to grow and manage a comprehensive development program, successfully complete its $100m+ capital campaign and deliver on its mission to “Open Every Mind to Science.”
Serving Palm Beach County since 1961, the mission of the Cox Science Center and Aquarium is to “Open Every Mind to Science.” The Cox Science Center delivers on this promise every day by providing schools, visitors, and campers an entirely new set of science programming and tech ventures based on computer coding, robotics, and other leading-edge educational programs. These programs have allowed the Cox Science Center to educate more young minds than ever before, now serving over 500,000 students, teachers, and visitors annually.
In November 2021, the Cox Science Center and Aquarium announced exciting expansion plans along with a name change, thanks to a record donation from philanthropists Howard and Wendy Cox. Their $20 million lead gift served as the keystone for the $100 million+ capital expansion campaign to take the Cox Science Center into the future with expanded exhibit and programming spaces, including one of Florida’s largest aquariums.
Upon completion, the Cox Science Center will triple in size and more than double its attendance to over one million visitors per year. The ground level will house the new grand lobby, the 130,000-gallon Kenneth C. Griffin Aquarium, and STEAM Studio Exhibition. The second level will feature an expanded Traveling Exhibit Gallery, Digital Exhibit Gallery, and Technology & Me exhibits.
Renovations to the original building will create a hub of education spaces – The Schwab Family Next Generation STEM Learning Center which will feature:
School programs will grow from 150,000 students to 350,000, with 50% of those being Title 1 students. The educational partnership with Palm Beach County School District (the 10th largest district in the nation) will double the schools served to over 200. Construction is set to begin in 2024 and over $73 million has been raised as of October 2023.
Born and raised in Jupiter, FL, Kate volunteered at the Cox Science Center in the late ‘90’s and is a proud product of the Palm Beach County public school system. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy, she served as an Officer in the U.S. Navy for seven years.
Kate’s tenure at Cox Science Center during the past 13 years has been transformational and earned her such recognition and awards as South Florida Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award, Sun Sentinel’s Top Workplace Professional Award, Women of Worth Award winner, ESPN’s veteran of the month, and PBC Distinguished Alumni Award. Kate also received West Palm Beach’s Hometown Hero Award, recognizing the selfless efforts of community leaders and organizations for their boundless energy and devotion to the residents of West Palm Beach, Palm Beach County, and the nation.
Reporting to the President and CEO, Kate Arrizza, the Vice President, Development (VPD) will be responsible for planning, managing, and implementing activities that increase, diversify and sustain philanthropic support for the Cox Science Center and its affiliates from individuals, corporations, foundations and the government.
The VPD will lead the development program through an exciting historic next chapter of growth and momentum, play a critical role in helping the Cox Science Center successfully close out its capital campaign, and elevate fundraising for the institution.
The VPD will manage, mentor and coach a motivated and high performing Development team as well as hire future development team members. Additionally, this person will work closely with a talented senior team in enhancing current programming and in developing new program initiatives.
The Cox Science Center has an operating budget of around $8m with $4m raised from philanthropy which includes government funds. As the museum expands and the operating budget grows, this person will elevate and significantly enhance philanthropic support.
Cox Science Center and Aquarium offers a competitive salary based on qualifications and experience as well as a generous comprehensive benefits package
Cox Science Center and Aquarium is an equal opportunity employer and educational facility providing equal experiences without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, age or disability. Cox Science Museum believes that curiosity and critical thinking are essential to equity and justice for all and diversity is a key component to the success of STEM fields.
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