Strategic Policy Advisor

Position StatusFull time
Pay Range$62,620 – $81,406
Close Date6/24/19

Job Description: 

This is a newly created position that will support a new initiative at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, around science and policy. This position acts as a key advisor to the President of the Museum and makes recommendations that shape policies that have significant long-term impacts to the priorities, and direction for the Institute for Science & Policy (ISP). This position leads the planning, development, delivery, and promotion of informational/educational content related to ISP.

This person will work closely with the President of the Museum, as well as key leaders across the nation that are committed to ensuring that science is a respected and meaningful consideration in public policy.

Essential duties: 


Strategic Science Policy:

  • Researches and analyzes sensitive, controversial, and/or highly visible science related policy issues.
  • Defines/frames issues, determines appropriate methods of approach, and conducts or facilitates analysis of relevant data including best practices.
  • Participates in the analysis of proposed legislation, regulations, and significant issues related to the Institutes’ priorities.
  • Cultivates, fosters and maintains positive working relationships with representatives from agencies, departments, community and business groups, legislative officials, and other stakeholders to gain their cooperation and support to further the mission of the Institute.
  • Devises implementation strategies and their impact including developing internal and external involvement strategies.
  • Discusses with President: recommendations, options, alternatives, and courses of action that most effectively achieve the Institute goals.


Program Management:

  • Confers with President and designated consultants to maintain established program plans and goals, scope of work, timeframe, funding limitations, and allotment of available resources to various phases of offered programs.
  • Manages internal and external specialists to ensure that topics are relevant to the mission and vision of the Institute.
  • Tracks schedules, work plans, and cost estimates, and monitors programs for conformance to approved plans and contract specifications.
  • Monitors the budget for planning, design, and ensures project deliverables stay on-time, on-target, and on-budget.
  • Serves as primary point of contact to communicate information between partners and stakeholders in a timely and accurate manner, and proactively identifies and resolves issues.


Relationship and Facilitation Management:

  • Facilitates convenings, lunches, symposium sessions where attendees will be from different backgrounds and different belief systems.
  • Helps establish content for events such as: topics, speakers, session design, audience participation and dissemination of conversations after the events.
  • Skillful in deliberative dialogue, conflict management and bias training.
  • Advocates for the importance of inclusiveness and cross-cultural awareness in Institute programs.
  • Communicates and advocates for visitor and community perspectives to ensure the science and policymaking communities are stakeholders in ISP’s mission. 
  • Demonstrates active listening and understanding what is not being conveyed explicitly, picks up nonverbal cues. Encourages sharing of differing views, reaching consensus through brainstorming sessions.
  • Establishes relationships and dialogue with key stakeholders, including the DMNS Science and Policy Advisory Committee, Advisory Board, journalists, politicians, as well as policy leaders across the nation. 


Minimum qualifications/Requirements: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required.
  • 5 years’ experience in program/project management developing a new initiative including coordinating, administering, and monitoring required.
  • 5 years’ budget management required. 
  • Intermediate experience with Microsoft Office suite required.
  • Some travel may be required.
  • Some evening/night/weekend work may be required.

Ideal candidate will have: 

  • Experience writing science oriented documents, and has done research on science policy.
  • Strong interpresonal skills with ability to show understanding, courtesy, empathy, maintains relationshlips, relates to people from varied backgrounds and situations, sensitive to individual differences.
  • Manages and resolves conflicts, confrontations and disagreements in a positive and constructive manner to minimize negative personal impact.
  • Identifies internal and external politics that impact the work of the Institute. Perceives organization and political reality and acts accordingly.
  • Believes in the mission of the Institute and will be a Champion.
  • Skilled at group facilitation and deliberative dialogue.
  • Someone who wants to grow in their career.

Core values:

  • We love science.
  • We are curious, creative and playful.
  • We cultivate relationships with each other, diverse communities, the environment and for our future.
  • We think critically and act with empathy.


Perks of working at DMNS Include:

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision benefits
  • Paid vacation and sick time
  • Free DMNS Family Plus membership plus free admission to all Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC) across the country
  • Free access to Museum exhibits, IMAX, and Gates Planetarium
  • Free local admission to The Denver Zoo, The Denver Art Museum, The Denver Botanic Gardens, and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery
  • Free RTD ECO pass
  • Alternative transportation (ECOmmute) rewards program
  • On-site activities (run club, yoga, Spanish language)
  • American Alliance of Museums Membership (AAM)
  • And many more!

Application Instructions:

Please submit your cover letter and resume by June 24, 2019.   Resumes will not be accepted after this time.

 Applications will only be accepted electronically via the Museum’s website

 Due to the high volume of people who apply, we are not able to respond to specific inquiries regarding your application status.


The Museum is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff to serve the needs of our visitors. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

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