Chief Digital Officer

Museum of Science
Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 20, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

An Invitation to Apply for the Position of

Chief Digital Officer

The Museum of Science (MOS), one of the world's largest science centers and the most attended cultural institution in New England, seeks a forward-thinking and collaborative digital leader to serve as its inaugural Chief Digital Officer (CDO). This is an opportunity to join MOS as the organization takes its mission—"to inspire a lifelong love of science in everyone"—to scale. Reporting to the President, the CDO will refine and execute an expansive digital strategy, build a team to implement this strategy, serve as champion of and ambassador for MOS's digital identity, and drive technological innovation to connect global audiences with its exhibits, programs, curricula, and experiences.


Established in 1830, the Museum of Science currently engages with an annual audience of approximately 5 million—on site in Boston, in classrooms throughout the country, in other museums around the world, and online. Its home since 1951 has been Science Park, a sprawling campus which straddles the cities of Boston and Cambridge and overlooks the Charles River Dam. Each year, MOS hosts about 2 million visitors, who engage with world-class hands-on exhibits and programs in the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center; the Thompson Theater of Electricity; the Charles Hayden Planetarium; and the Mugar Omni Theater, the only domed IMAX screen in New England. In addition to its Science Park visitors, the Museum of Science reaches almost 3 million more people annually through K-8 and professional development curricular programs, virtual events, web-based content, and social media content.


The Chief Digital Officer will play a pivotal role in dramatically growing participants across three "channels"—the Museum, which provides mostly in-person offerings with some digital exhibition content; Classroom, which includes educational programs and supplementary lessons delivered in-person and online; and Anywhere, which includes live events, interactive virtual exhibits, and social media content, all accessed online. MOS intends to increase total audience engagement to 23 million people by 2023 and 100 million by 2030. To achieve impact at this level, the CDO will work closely with the President and colleagues at MOS, including the Chief Learning Officer, the Chief Marketing Officer, the Senior Vice President for Advancement, the Senior Vice President for Finance and System Services, the Vice President for Information Technology, and the Chief of Staff. Together their work will result in an integrated and cross-organizational approach to strengthening content design, production, program delivery, and user experience.


The Museum of Science seeks a strategic leader with vision and ambition, and the ability to translate both into concrete plans and results. While technical knowledge and ability will be important, key success drivers will be a strategic understanding of the digital landscape and its 

potential; the skills to work productively with others to implement concepts and effect process and cultural change; ability to thrive in a dynamic, fluid, and fast-paced environment; and superb strengths in partnering, communicating, managing complex projects, and building and maintaining momentum.


For this critical role, the Museum of Science is being assisted by Isaacson, Miller, the national recruiting firm. Confidential inquiries, referrals, and nominations may be directed to Anita Tien, Partner and Joanna Cook, Senior Associate, at


The Museum of Science is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race/ethnicity, protected veteran status, disability or protected group status. Federal and State law prohibit employment discrimination. 


It is the Museum of Science’s policy when recruiting, hiring, training, promoting, and terminating employees to comply with those laws which prohibit discrimination as to race, color, religion, creed, gender, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, citizenship status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, disability, military status, status as a disabled, recently separated veteran, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or other covered veteran or any other protected status under applicable law. The Museum is dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees, interns and volunteer are treated with respect and dignity. 


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