Space Center Houston is a nonprofit science and space exploration learning destination with extensive education programs. The center is the cornerstone of the nonprofit 501(c)(3) Manned Space Flight Education Foundation’s science learning mission and offers unique exhibits, space exploration artifacts, immersive experiences, public programs, learning programs for youth and adults, live presentations and hand-on activities that tell the story of NASA’s human space flight program from its beginnings to the challenges and opportunities of today and plans for the future. A Smithsonian Affiliate, Space Center Houston has the largest collection of space artifacts in the American southwest. It is also the official visitor center for NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC). 

Space Center Houston’s 250,000 square-foot educational complex welcomes over 1.2 mission visitors annually, including more than 250,000 teachers and students through field trips and facilitated educational programs. Visitors from around the world enjoy opportunities to view more than 400 space artifacts and changing exhibits related to America’s achievement in space, as well as go behind the scenes on tours of JSC laboratories and research facilities, including the historic Apollo Mission Control Room; the Vehicle Mockup Facility, housing a full-scale replica of the International Space Station, astronaut training areas, a robotics laboratory; and Rocket Park, where a Saturn V rocket is on exhibit. 

We are currently seeking to hire a Vice President of Communications & Marketing. In this role, you will create and oversee the implementation of a communications and marketing strategy to advance the Space Center’s strategic plan framework, its brand, and drive attendance as part of the executive leadership team. This encompasses developing and implementing integrated communications and marketing plans for new and existing exhibits, education programs, events, community initiatives, and other outreach efforts to advance Space Center Houston’s mission, communicate a consistent message, and drive attendance. With a department of 20 employees, you will create, implement, and manage center-wide strategies and timeliness for communications, marketing, advertising, community relations, social media platforms, media relations, corporate sponsorship, group sales and reservations, and audience and program research.  

Reporting to the President and CEO, you will develop and maintain relationships with the Board of Directors, vendors, sponsors, advertisers, promotional partners, and community contacts to maximize marketing dollars. In addition, you will oversee the production of an approval process for all Space Center Houston center-wide communications and marketing materials. You will also lead the management of all facets of the Space Center Houston brand. Additionally, you will work collaboratively with all Space Center Houston departments and peers on the Executive team to meet goals, execute strategies and ensure communication needs are met for all departments. 

The selected candidate will be a representative of Space Center Houston and the Communications and Marketing Department both internally and externally. Cross-promoting and supporting mutually beneficial programs, events and advertising will be expected. Therefore, it will be imperative to establish and promote professional relationships at the local, state and national level to increase Space Center Houston’s visibility and partnerships. Collaboration with other museums, NASA centers, local tourism organizations, elected officials, local economic development organizations, corporations, and other nonprofit organizations will also be essential. You must place high awareness that Space Center Houston is the official visitor’s center for Johnson Space Center (JSC) and ensure that all SCH communication plans are sensitive to and supportive of NASA, (particularly JSC, messaging).  

REQUIREMENTS:

Proven communications and marketing experience

Track record of consistently demonstrating the highest standards of practice by striving for excellence, fostering creativity, building organizational brand and contributing to staff/team efforts and development

High level of experience in leveraging earned media (television, news reporting, etc.), owned media (website, social media, etc.) and information-based reporting and marketing (paid promotion)

Proven ability to research, recommend, and implement communication initiatives using social media and advancements in technology

Experience in communication and marketing strategy development and implementation in support of development and capital campaigns is preferred

Bachelor’s degree in Communications or a related field

Demonstrated leadership experience of 5+ years

Previous experience in the museum/science center, hospitality or communications industry is preferred

High emotional intelligence and ability to forge and maintain relationships with a wide variety of personalities is highly desired

CONTACT:

Qualified candidates may submit their cover letter (that speaks to your experience and interest in this role) and resume online by clicking here.  Space Center Houston promotes a culture of respect, inclusivity, and collaboration. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.