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*Paid Position* Managing Director

Do you believe the STEM community brings a valuable perspective to challenges faced by cities, counties, and states? Engineers & Scientists Acting Locally seeks to inspire, encourage, and empower people in STEM to be active civic participants. We are a dedicated group of volunteers working to help our fellow members of the STEM community more effectively engage with their local communities and governments. And we would be thrilled to have you join our ranks.

ESAL’s current all-volunteer organizational structure consists of a Steering Committee responsible for the organization’s strategic direction and a Leadership Committee consisting of volunteer team leaders that manage day-to-day operations. Currently ESAL has ~35 total volunteers, including leadership members. We have grown to the point where we need dedicated staffing to support the activities of volunteer leaders, foster community among volunteers, and provide consistency for external partners. For more on the Leadership Committee and volunteer roles, please see 

To meet these needs, ESAL seeks a part-time Managing Director (~20-25 hours/week). ESAL will accept applications from individuals with the ability to work alongside volunteers to support the following responsibilities. 

Organizational Management 

  • Manage ESAL’s Leadership Committee 
  • Provide strategic updates to the Steering Committee 
  • Support ESAL’s Chair and Vice-Chair and the Leadership Committee in managing the organization. This may include: 
  • Coordinating and fostering collaboration across all ESAL activities and teams - Driving strategic initiatives 
  • Stewarding strategic partnerships 
  • Facilitating leadership transitions 
  • Expanding ESAL’s reach across the STEM community 
  • Assisting with fundraising strategy and financial management 

Operational Management 

  • Support ESAL’s volunteer leadership in operational activities. This may include: - Managing the content development and publishing process 
    • Coordinating logistics for workshops and events, including travel for volunteers - Developing standard operating procedures and templates as needed 
    • Bookkeeping and budgeting 
    • Maintaining records

Volunteer Management 

  • Serve as ESAL’s volunteer manager. Responsibilities may include: 
    • Working with ESAL volunteer leadership to identify volunteer needs and develop and implement a recruitment strategy 
    • Onboarding new volunteers and leaders 
    • Fostering a sense of community among ESAL volunteers 
    • Maintaining and updating materials and procedures to foster long-term organizational stability through volunteer turnover 

Organizational and Administrative Support 

  • Other duties, as assigned, to support volunteer leaders, such as coordinating and scheduling internal and external meetings, assembling reports, and serving as the point-of-contact for project-based contractors. 

The Managing Director will report to the ESAL chair and vice chair and serve on the ESAL steering committee as an ex officio member. ESAL is a fully remote organization, and the Managing Director will be provided with appropriate tools to complete their work from home. ESAL will also reimburse the Managing Director for all necessary expenses incurred at ESAL’s direction, including but not limited to cell-phone and internet expenses. The expected annual salary for this part-time position is $35,000-70,000/year, commensurate with experience and depending on number of hours worked. 

Ideal candidates will have: 

  • Experience with volunteer-led organizations 
  • Knowledge of and experience in the STEM community and with STEM organizations - Demonstrated examples of working autonomously and driving from ambiguity to outcomes 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership and/or management role 
  • Experience in state or local policy and community engagement 

ESAL is committed to employee professional development, and we encourage candidates to apply even if they do not meet all criteria. ESAL is committed to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI), and alignment to our JEDI policy will be a factor in our hiring decision. 

If you are interested in helping us change how engineers and scientists think about policy engagement, please email us at with an application that includes a resume and cover letter detailing: 

  • Your educational background and professional experience 
  • Evidence of your familiarity with ESAL’s mission and a commitment to furthering it - Examples of your experience in the specific areas of responsibility 
  • Anything else you’d like us to know about you and your interest in this role 

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. To ensure full consideration of your candidacy, please submit your application by January 6, 2023. 

If you are interested in helping us change how engineers and scientists think about policy engagement, please contact us with a paragraph describing your interest and a link to a bio or an attached resume at
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