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Job Title: Director of Programs & Exhibits
Reports To: Executive Director
FLSA Status: Exempt
Date Last Revised: March, 26, 2015

Summary: ECHO’s mission is to educate and delight people about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO is a dynamic, nationally acclaimed, lake aquarium and science center committed to engaging diverse public audiences and providing experiential, relevant and lifelong educational experiences for all our guests. ECHO is part of the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a waterfront campus partnership between the University of Vermont Ecosystem Lab and Vessel, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial. ECHO employees are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful workplace by modeling humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, animals and guests.

The Director of Programs & Exhibits leads the planning and implementation of exhibit and education initiatives at ECHO, both within the facility and outside to the broader community consistent with the institution’s mission of promoting and enhancing stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. The successful candidate will be a hands-on and participative manager with a strong background in education and exhibits in a mission-focused environment. The position reports to the Executive Director and works closely with ECHO’s senior staff and Board of Directors to strengthen ECHO’s educational impact.

Supervisory Responsibilities: Direct reports include the following:

  • Group Programs Manager
  • Youth Education Specialist
  • Program and Exhibit Project Managers

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In coordination with the Executive Director, lead the strategic planning and visioning process for future programs and exhibits.
  • Serve as a member of the senior management team.
  • Produce successful grants and sponsorship materials in collaboration with the Development & Communications department.
  • Deliver innovative and relevant daily guest experiences in collaboration with the Guest Experiences department.
  • Build earned revenue opportunities through innovation and partnerships.
  • Serve as a leader within the Vermont community to expand current relationships and build new partnerships.
  • Represent ECHO in public media opportunities.
  • Oversee grant and project operations, assessment and reporting.
  • Manage departmental budget and organizational systems.
  • Supervise Group Programs Manager to create and implement school programs, vacation camps, overnights and grant projects.
  • Supervise several Project Managers to develop, design and fabricate exhibits or create and deliver grant programs through innovation and community partnerships.
  • Supervise Youth Education Specialist to create and implement school and early childhood programs and exhibit experiences.
  • Ability to work a 40-hour/week schedule (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm) with occasional evening and weekend responsibilities.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

This job description is not intended to be a complete statement of the position; it is intended merely to be a guide to the general work to be performed.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals who lack one or more of the following to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Masters degree in museum exhibit, education and/or science or related field.
  • Minimum five years of experience with environmental education, informal science education, interpretation, exhibit development and/or community building.
  • Knowledge and understanding of national trends in museum, science center, aquarium, and/or children’s museum fields or other informal education institutions.
  • Successful sponsorship development and grant writing skills. Proven experience in building partnerships (internal and external) that result in innovative exhibit and/or education programs.
  • Knowledge of exhibit and education program development processes.
  • Leadership and management skills to drive strategic planning, budget and project oversight.
  • Demonstrated skills in utilizing media, including broadcast, in exhibits and programming.
  • Successful staff supervisory experience and ability to lead small and large teams.
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and work with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Excellent organization, time management and communication skills.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Work is performed partially in a regular office setting and in various classroom and teaching settings. The Director of Programs & Exhibits must be able to work at a computer for several hours at a time. The position also requires the individual to effectively communicate subject matter to students and ECHO guests.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and professional growth opportunities.

Application Instructions: ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Send resume and cover letter to ECHO Job Search. Please put Director of Programs & Exhibits in the subject line of the email and send to: jobs@echovermont.org.

Application Deadline is Friday, May 1st, 2015


Spring Peeper at ECHO.Job title: Accounting Coordinator
Reports To: Director of Finance & Administration
FLSA Status: Exempt
Date Last Approved/Revised: April, 2015

Summary: ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is an innovative science center and lake aquarium located on Burlington, Vermont’s Waterfront. ECHO leverages its unique setting to inspire and engage people to become advocates for a healthier Lake Champlain. ECHO uses its numerous interactive exhibits and animal ambassadors to educate and delight about the Ecology, Culture, History, and Opportunity for stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. ECHO is the public face of the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, a 2.7 acre campus that also includes the University of Vermont Rubenstein Ecosystem Laboratory and research vessel, Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and the Lake Champlain Navy Memorial. ECHO employees are expected to contribute to a productive, respectful workplace by modeling humor, communication, collaboration and accountability to our colleagues, animals and guests.

The Accounting Coordinator is responsible for supporting the administration of all aspects of accounting, finance and database management consistent with the institution’s mission of promoting and enhancing stewardship of the Lake Champlain Basin. This full time, salaried position reports to the Director of Finance and interfaces with all members of the ECHO team to address a variety of accounting, payroll, banking, database management and staff office needs. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Business Administration, be detail-oriented, highly organized and self-motivated.

Supervisory Responsibilities: No

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Work directly with Director of Finance to support the installation of accounting software to integrate with Blackbaud Altru to streamline financial systems and provide more access and transparency.
  • Responsible for Accounts Payable and Receivable.
  • Responsible for daily cash receipts and daily deposits.
  • Prepare monthly book-to-bank cash and credit card reconciliations.
  • Prepare general ledger account reconciliations as required.
  • Responsible for payroll preparation, including grant billable hours.
  • Assist in month-end financial closing process and financial statement preparation.
  • Prepare various information returns (Federal, State, etc.) as required.
  • Assist in the preparation of information required for the year-end audit and tax return.
  • Manage the purchase and distribution of office & copier supplies. Petty cash administration.
  • Other duties, as assigned.

Other Duties: This job description is not intended to be a complete statement of the position; it is intended merely to be a guide to the general work to be performed.

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree in Accounting or Business Administration.
  • Demonstrated experience of financial accounting in a not-for-profit environment.
  • Minimum of two year’s, hands-on experience working with a financial accounting system such as QuickBooks.
  • Experience with Blackbaud’s Altru software a plus.
  • Knowledge of Payroll administration.

Essential Job Skills and Abilities:

  • Solid accounting and data entry skills.
  • Excellent analytical and technical skills including mastery of MS Excel and attention to detail.
  • Self-motivation; the ability to identify opportunities and problems and to take initiative to deal with them appropriately.
  • Open and comfortable learning and integrating new information and/or technologies.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Organized planner able to juggle multiple projects and to deliver on time.
  • Highly flexible and able to adapt to a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Comfort working with diverse groups of people and ability to communicate effectively across cultures and learning styles.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Work is performed in a regular office setting. The Accounting Coordinator must be able to work at a computer for several hours at a time. Some weekends, holiday, and after-hours work may occasionally be required.

Salary: Commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and professional growth opportunities.

Application Instructions: ECHO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes resumes from individuals who will contribute to our diversity. Send resume and cover letter to ECHO Job Search. Please put Accounting Coordinator in the subject line of the email and send to: jobs@echovermont.org.

Application Deadline is Monday, May 4, 2015


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