Do you dream of a world where you can combine your love of
buildings and systems with your passion for a vibrant, sustainable
planet? The Edelman Fossil Park & Museum is seeking an
exceptional individual to join our team as the Director of
. Our mission is to excite visitors of
all ages about the wonders of the natural world and to provide
guests with immersive experiences like no other. Visitors to the
museum become active participants in uncovering the deep past,
contextualizing the present, and plotting a better course towards a
more sustainable future.
The new museum, designed by renowned architect, Thomas Wong, is
located at a paleontological site of global significance on 65
acres just outside of Philadelphia in South New Jersey. (See:
will be powered by photovoltaics and heated and cooled by 72,
250-foot deep geothermal wells. Construction is due to complete in
the coming months using reduced-carbon concrete, bird-safe UV-based
glass, and other features which come together to create New
Jersey’s largest carbon net-zero building — an architectural marvel
and physical manifestation of our mission, set into a resplendent
(See: https://www.ennead.com/work/rowan )
As the Director of Sustainable Operations, you will oversee
operations of the building and surrounding property, maintain the
museum's infrastructure and equipment, and lead the way on
sustainability initiatives across all aspects of museum operations.
You’ll also have the opportunity to engage museum guests with this
work through sustainability programming in collaboration with the
museum’s Director of Public Programming.
As a key member of a collaborative leadership team, you will also
empower our patrons to become agents of change, working towards a
sustainable and thriving future for our planet. And, as the
Director, you will have the unique opportunity to assemble a team
of diverse, highly skilled, and passionate individuals who strive
together towards a common vision, in a work environment that
nurtures the human spirit while fostering productivity and
innovation. Our organizational culture encourages individuals to
bring their authentic selves to work, a place where their unique
talents are valued and fully unleashed.
Moreover, this project has garnered global attention and has been
included in Smithsonian Magazine's list of Most Anticipated Museums
in the World. The project is led by world renowned paleontologist
and explorer, Founding Executive Director, Dr. Kenneth Lacovara,
and by Managing Director, longtime Head of Conferences and Head of
Curation at TED, Kelly Stoetzel. By joining us, you will be at the
forefront of a global movement, making an impact on an
international scale. If you are ready to kindle the flame of
exploration and planetary stewardship in hearts of all ages, take
on the climate and biodiversity crises, build a team of exceptional
individuals, and work in a purpose-driven, trust-based, inclusive
environment within a globally recognized project, then seize this
The Director of Sustainable Operations will be responsible for
overseeing the operations of the building and surrounding property
(including our fossil quarry and fossil field station, water
management system, playground, trails and flora and fauna),
maintaining the museum's infrastructure and equipment, and working
with other teams internally on sustainability initiatives across
all aspects of museum operations. You will also oversee critical
museum operations, such as IT and AV, value management, and
relationships with security, waste management, and other
The role ties into the museum’s broader charge of creating and
delivering exceptional experiences for visitors and learners of all
ages and backgrounds, to ensure an overall off-the-charts visitor
experience for each person who enters the door.
The ideal candidate will possess experience leading or building
commercial facilities, passion for sustainability, and talent for
innovative solutions and an unwavering commitment to excellence in
every aspect of the job. This senior leader must be committed to
pushing back on the climate and biodiversity crises, to creating an
inclusive and welcoming atmosphere for visitors and co-workers, and
to inspiring every staff member to deliver unparalleled visitor
experiences that are purpose-driven, convey a sense of amazement
for the natural world, and deliver unending moments of surprise and
delight to museum patrons. The successful candidate must be an
adept team-builder who can foster an inclusive, positive work
environment, and who thrives in a complex, fast-changing, publicly
facing live work environment. The right candidate for this role is
a builder—someone excited about this ground-floor opportunity to
create, innovate, and to give life to an immerging world-class
visitor destination. The position reports to the Managing Director
and is part of the museum’s executive team.
- Collaborate with executive director, executive team, and
facilities manager to manage and maintain museum infrastructure,
grounds, and equipment.
- Respond as needed to property emergencies and on an on-call
- Work with executive director to build an inclusive, fulfilling,
purpose-based organizational ethos.
- Assist in training all operations staff members, including
vendor employees, to deliver purpose-driven, quality care to all
- Lead a team of employees, including Facilities Manager, Value
Manager, Facilities staff, and IT/AV staff.
- Oversee vendor contracted services, including security, waste
disposal, landscaping, and others.
- Document and manage the museum’s many sustainability features,
and prepare submissions to sustainability certificate
organizations, such as the Living Building Challenge.
- Advise museum leadership and staff on sustainability practices
and take a leadership role in innovating and implementing new
practices across museum operations.
- Collaborate with public programming staff to create messaging
and experiences that teach sustainability and highlight the
museum’s many sustainable features and programs.
- Develop a publicly facing museum sustainability dashboard.
- Develop and execute a plan for maintenance of the fossil
quarry, water management system, trails, gardens, water features,
- Work with leadership team and public programming staff to
create and execute off-the-charts guest experiences.
- Stay abreast of the latest technology trends to improve the
sustainability of museum operations.
- Assist executive director and leadership team in evaluating
programs and operations to drive quality, optimization, value, and
- Work with the executive director and leadership team to develop
external partnerships that support and enhance the museum’s
- Host and/or participate in public and/or private events.
- Ensure that property complies with all local, state, and
federal facilities requirements.
- Other duties as assigned by the executive director and/or
Starting Date: ASAP
- A bachelor's degree or higher; A degree in Architecture,
Sustainability, Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering,
Civil Engineering, or in closely related fields, is a
- A minimum of 7 years of managerial experience in a relevant
field (building systems) is required.
- A minimum of 7 years of experience managing and leading teams
to foster an inclusive, positive, fulfilling work environment.
- Familiarity with building systems, such as HVAC, electrical,
plumbing, IT infrastructure, geo-thermal systems, etc.
- Evidence of strong networking skills and a proven ability to
build partnerships between organizations.
- Familiarity with the latest technological innovations in
sustainability, and the ability to use this knowledge to improve
museum operations and the visitor experience.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and ability
to host public events.
- Outstanding organizational and project management skills, and a
desire to produce the extraordinary.
- Ability to occasionally work outdoors, and to work flexible
hours, including on call/emergency response, some weekends and
evenings, and a willingness to travel on occasion.
All candidates should submit: 1) Resume; 2) Cover Letter outlining
their suitability for the role, focusing on their ability to help
advance the business, visitor experience, and sustainability goals
of the museum. Include a description of relevant experience; 3)
Provide references on request.
About the Edelman Fossil Park & Museum
The Jean & Ric Edelman Fossil Park & Museum of Rowan
will transform lives by providing a unique
opportunity to explore a remarkable site of scientific wonder.
Visitors will embark on a personal, hands-on voyage of discovery in
an extraordinary setting that bears witness to one of the most
momentous events in our planet's history. By opening a window to
the past, we imbue visitors with the thrill of scientific discovery
as they develop a new appreciation for the preciousness of life
that sustains our world today.
The museum under construction will become a one-of-a-kind
destination that both educates and entertains. The local community
will gain a world-class cultural institution that will attract
visitors from across the country and around the globe. The fossil
park and museum will energize economic development in the region,
elevate the prominence of Rowan University, and foster pride of
place for Southern New Jersey.
Globally Important Research
At the Jean &
Ric Edelman Fossil Park & Museum, visitors travel back in time
to when dinosaurs ruled New Jersey. Sixty-six million years ago, an
asteroid struck the Earth, wiping out the dinosaurs and 75% of
species. The fossil park’s 4-acre fossil quarry, set into a 65-acre
property, is providing scientists with the best view ever into this
pivotal, calamitous event that ended an Earth era, paving the way
for the modern world as we know it. Over the past 13 years, fossil
park founder, Dr. Kenneth Lacovara, and his team, have unearthed
over 100,000 fossils from a 66-million years old bonebed in the
quarry bottom, and have catalogued over 100 fossil species.
A Rich Heritage
Surprising to many, New Jersey boasts
a rich heritage of fossil discovery. In 1858, Hadrosaurus
the world’s first discovered nearly complete dinosaur, was found in
Haddonfield, New Jersey. In 1866, the world’s first discovered
, was unearthed just a mile from
the fossil park. (T. rex
, found in Montana, would come
later in 1905.) Many other new species of ancient creatures have
been discovered in New Jersey, from Cretaceous beds running from
Freehold southwest through Swedesboro. Although dinosaurs were
first recognized from fragmentary remains in England, southern New
Jersey can rightfully claim its place as the cradle of dinosaur
The Thrill of Discovery:
Hand-on, authentic discovery is at the core of the Jean & Ric
Edelman Fossil Park & Museum public experience. Above the
research layer, there are areas designated for public digging.
Nearly every child or grownup who visits the quarry to dig for
fossil, finds a 65-million-year-old fossil, with their own hands,
that they get to take home. Over and over, this has been a
transformational experience for people. When they make a personal
connect between themselves and deep time, and the place where they
live and the Earth’s ancient past, they never again see the world,
or their place in it, in quite the same way. Children seem to
understand the authenticity of the experience. The shark tooth or
ancient clam that they may dig up, is a real discovery. At that
moment, they become explorers, voyagers, authentic discoverers—an
experience that can set them on a new path.
The core concept behind the Jean &
Ric Edelman Fossil Park & Museum is that we must learn from
Earth’s deep past to guide our way into the future. The extinction
of the dinosaurs serves as a cautionary tale for the multiple,
simultaneous existential crises we face today. In the Hall of
Extinction & Hope, visitors will confront the alarming facts
about the unfolding climate and biodiversity crises. And they will
learn why there is hope in the battle to save Earth’s atmosphere
and biosphere, and that we all must act now to create the future
that we all wish for our posterity. Finally, through a personalized
RFID system, visitors will connect with sustainability programs and
organizations, giving them a sense of agency and avenues through
which they can make a positive difference.
Carbon Net-Zero and Sustainable Construction
& Ric Edelman Fossil Park Museum will be an all-electric
building, deriving its energy from photovoltaics and geothermal
heating and cooling. Upon opening, the museum will be New Jersey’s
largest carbon net-zero facility. Further, construction is underway
using reduced carbon concrete, bird-safe glass, and large amounts
of embodied carbon contained within sustainably raised accoya
cladding and wood-fiber-lamination beams.
About Rowan University
Rowan University is a
comprehensive national university. The university enrolls
approximately 22,000 students. Its main campus is in Glassboro,
N.J., 20-miles southeast of Philadelphia. Philadelphia
International Airport is 30 minutes away, and New York and
Washington, DC are easily accessible by train from Philadelphia.
Rowan has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and was
named the third fastest-growing public research university in the
nation by the Chronicle of Higher Education.
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