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Executive Director, GYSTC

Kennesaw State University
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Executive Director, GYSTC

Job ID: 228486
Location: Kennesaw, Georgia
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular

Job Summary
Leads the Georgia Youth Science & Technology Centers (GYSTC), Inc. non-profit statewide organization which provides science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs to improve the teaching-learning process for teachers and students at the kindergarten through eighth grade levels across the state of Georgia. Responsible to, advises and works with the GYSTC Board of Directors on all significant matters of the organization's operations and leads the organization in manner which fulfills the GYSTC mission. Works with the GYSTC Board of Directors, staff and regional GYSTC centers' coordinators and local boards of directors to implement, enhance and expand, as appropriate GYSTC programs serving teachers and students. Works with a diverse group of influential stakeholders including legislative, governmental, business and community groups to assure that GYSTC leverages resources and implements policies to meet the organization's goals.

  1. Assure organization's goals are met through strategic planning, budgeting, program development and sound stakeholder relationships
  2. Assure GYSTC financial performance and viability through appropriate fiscal policies and controls and effective fundraising that leverages adequate resources to meet organizational goals
  3. Establish and maintain relationships with all internal and external stakeholders including Board of Regents, Technical College System of Georgia, Department of Educational, Georgia General Assembly, Kennesaw State University, host educational partners of all regional GYSTC centers and programs, regional GYSTC centers, regional center boards of directors, STEM teachers, students and parents
  4. Develop, implement and monitor organization's program offerings to assure they meet the needs of Georgia's teachers and students as well as Board of Regents, GA Department of Education and Local Education Agencies assessment protocols
  5. Continuously identify opportunities for improvement both for the organization and for the programs offered
  6. Provide effective management and supervision of both professional and administrative staff
  7. Coordinate services provided by the contracted or outside consultants
  8. Participate in policy activities affecting STEM education in Georgia

Required Qualifications
Educational Requirements
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution of higher education

Other Required Qualifications
Current, valid and unrestricted Georgia driver's license

Required Experience
Ten (10) years of comparable or related experience leading an organization

Preferred Qualifications
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Extensive leadership, non-profit management and supervisory skills
Effective interpersonal skills and ability to establish cooperative relationships across business, legislature, governmental and community organizations
Sound financial management skills
Ability to act independently and proactively to develop innovative solutions and approaches to meet the goals of the organization

Preferred Educational Qualifications
Masters Degree from an accredited institution of higher education

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Strategic planning
Able to handle multiple tasks or projects at one time meeting assigned deadlines

Fiscal acumen
Effective knowledge of marketing techniques and protocols
Knowledge of State of Georgia educational programs and policies especially involving STEM program areas

Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
Fundraising skills
Negotiation and conflict management skills
Excellent interpersonal, initiative, teamwork, problem solving, independent judgment, organization, communication (verbal and written), time management, project management and presentation skills
Proficient with computer applications and programs associated with the position (i.e. Microsoft Office suite)
Strong attention to detail and follow up skills
Strong customer service skills and phone and e-mail etiquette

Equal Employment Opportunity
Kennesaw State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Kennesaw State University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, national origin race religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected Veteran. Kennesaw State University is a participant in the Employment Eligibility Verification Program (E-Verify) effective October 15, 2007. Participant ID: 61415

Other Information
This is a supervisory position.
This position has financial responsibilities.
Yes, this position will be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position may travel 50% - 74% of the time

Background Check
  • Standard Enhanced + Education & DMV

Per the University System of Georgia background check policy, all final candidates will be required to consent to a criminal background investigation. Final candidates may be asked to disclose criminal record history during the initial screening process and prior to a conditional offer of employment. Applicants for positions of trust with screening results which confirm a disqualifying criminal history will be immediately disqualified from employment eligibility.

All applicants are required to include professional references as part of their application process. Some positions may require additional job-based screenings such as motor vehicle report, credit check, pre-employment drug screening and/or verification of academic credentials.

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Founded in 1963, Kennesaw State University (KSU) is the third-largest in the University System of Georgia with more than 22,500 undergraduate and graduate students representing 142 countries.

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Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), KSU offers 70 bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs including undergraduate degrees in education, health, business, the humanities, the arts, science and math and graduate degree programs in nursing, business, information systems, conflict management, public administration, education and professional writing. The university’s expanding doctoral programs currently offer a Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Learning, Doctorate of Business Administration and Doctorate of Nursing.

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In 2009, the Kennesaw State Owls completed a reclassification from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I, competing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. During the transition from 2005-2009, KSU teams have won six Atlantic Sun Conference tournaments in five sports, including men’s indoor and outdoor track, women’s soccer, softball and cross-country.

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Kennesaw State was originally established by the University System of Georgia as Kennesaw Junior College serving 1,000 students. The college became a four-year institution in 1976 and was named Kennesaw College in 1977. In 1988, on its 25th anniversary, it was named Kennesaw State College and in 1996 became Kennesaw State University.

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