Sterling Search Inc. has been exclusively retained to recruit for the Vice President, Tech for Global Good (VP,TGG) for The Tech Museum of Innovation (“The Tech”).
Mission: To inspire the innovator in everyone
Vision: The Tech, by what it does directly and through others, helps build a civil society that enables everyone, especially low-income young people, to succeed in a world driven by technology
The idea to build a museum devoted to science and technology in the Silicon Valley was formed in 1978 by the Junior League of Palo Alto, which was joined in the effort by the Junior League of San Jose. Twelve years later, The Garage opened on San Carlos Street in the former home of downtown San Jose’s convention center. It quickly became a valuable educational resource for children and young adults. Eight years later, The Tech moved into a dazzling 132,000-square-foot facility designed by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta. The building’s distinctive mango and azure color scheme and domed theater are San Jose landmarks.
Today, The Tech welcomes half a million visitors each year. Through programs such as The Tech Challenge, the annual team design competition for youth, and internationally renowned programs such as The Tech for Global Good, which honors people doing work to benefit humanity. The Tech celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative technology for a more promising future. It has grown to be far more than just a museum. It is a valued community resource for education and innovation, one that in 2015 was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor a United States museum can achieve.
From its founding, The Tech has had the goal of inspiring the innovator in everyone. Much of the inspiration has been focused on creating the interest and confidence to become an innovator. However, inspiration comes not only from knowing that you can innovate but from understanding the positive impact your innovations can have. For one day a year over the past 16 years, The Tech Awards has been The Tech’s vehicle for celebrating people who use technology to benefit humanity – inspiring innovators by demonstrating the positive impact their innovations can have on the world.
The time has come to further inspire the innovator in everyone by creating a year-round program to highlight the good that technology can do around the globe. The new program, called The Tech for Global Good (TGG), will use all of the assets of The Tech – its exhibits, education team, convening/broadcasting capabilities, and global brand – to produce the next generation of global problem solvers.
To make this vision a reality, a key area of focus for The Tech’s next fiscal year is to appoint a Vice President who will build this unique, globally recognized and sustainable program. Although there has been success in the TGG initiatives over the years, until more recently there has not been the focus and resources to have a holistic approach in building a sustainable, comprehensive and collaborative program.
In 2011, Tim Ritchie joined the organization as President and CEO. Tim is a long-tenured professional leader who has brought a renewed vision to The Tech. His deep passion for creativity, innovation and quality outcomes has been a driving force in building a strong leadership team, developing new partnerships with schools and creating new teacher training programs.
With an organizational annual budget of $20M including $12M in contributed income and a $2.5M budget for the TGG program, The Tech is committed to ensuring their mission is perpetuated through strong fiscal oversight and governance. Proudly, the Board has a give/get policy with 100% participation and administration costs are kept low with 92 cents of every dollar donated going directly to support the mission.
The VP, TGG will serve in a leadership capacity for the vision and strategy of the TGG function which is an evolving initiative. The VP will oversee and continue to develop all aspects of TGG’s: exhibit development, education programs, conference and summit planning, selection of the year’s awardees and fundraising.
The VP also will explore new ways to bring relevance and significance to the TGG program. Next steps may include the development of long-term strategic partnerships with global leaders in social innovation and the building of an organizational network of like-minded activists and funders who join together in a long-term commitment to TGG. The VP must be able to balance the immediate needs of a fast-paced program with ongoing deliverables, while charting its greater future. All the while, the VP must ensure the program’s sustainability by helping to achieve its annual fundraising needs.
As a member of a seasoned management team, the new VP will have an entrepreneurial spirit as they advance the mission and community impact far beyond its physical location to reach a global audience.
Reporting to the CEO, and working closely with senior leadership, the VP is a mission critical position and a career-making opportunity to serve in partnership with an accomplished, cohesive and successful team. This unique opportunity offers the successful candidate the ability to build their own enterprise by leading a comprehensive program and its associated strategies.
Specific duties and responsibilities:
The VP, TGG will be charged with overall management of the program. Currently those components include:
The Executive Advisory Council: The TGG VP will recruit, staff and support a TGG Executive Advisory Council that’s representative of Silicon Valley’s C-level leadership. The VP will cultivate the council’s active involvement with TGG strategy and fundraising.
Student Board: The TGG VP will recruit, staff and support the TGG Student Board. This board will help ensure that TGG is relevant to students. The board will plan and execute summits and programs throughout the year.
Theme Development: Each year TGG will focus on a theme, such as Technology and Health, or Technology and the Environment. The VP will be responsible for creating a vision for how The Tech can be relevant to the world with respect to this theme. That is, the VP will help shape the development of exhibits, programs, conferences and the selection of TGG Laureates in ways that make The Tech relevant locally and globally to the year’s theme.
Exhibits/programs: The TGG VP will partner with the Learning Department to ensure that the TGG exhibits and programs evoke empathy and inspire hope about the capacity that humanity has to use technology to create a sustainable and equitable future.
Laureate Selection: The TGG VP, together with rest of the TGG staff, will work with partners to source and select awardees (whom The Tech calls “Laureates”) for the year’s theme.
Celebration: The TGG VP will facilitate the execution of the TGG Celebration, which is likely to continue to evolve over time. The VP will work with various internal departments—events, development, marketing, learning — to ensure that the opening celebration develops its own brand of recognition and following, with maximum attendance at The Tech.
External responsibilities: The TGG VP will be the face of the TGG program to the local and global community. The VP will become entrenched in external programs around social entrepreneurship, build partnerships with foundations and global non-profits, and keep informed about similar programs.
Internal responsibilities: The TGG VP will elevate the staff’s (and volunteers’) understanding and embrace of The Tech for Global Good. The VP also will manage internal communications for the overall program ensuring that all necessary parties are well informed of decisions that have been made.
Management responsibilities: The TGG VP will manage one direct report and will have leadership responsibilities extending to multiple departments throughout The Tech.
Funding: The TGG VP will be the program’s top fundraiser and strategist. The TGG VP will work with the CEO and the fundraising team to achieve TGG’s funding needs. This may require the VP to work with the development team to retool its fundraising strategy and/or develop a better strategy.
Budget: The TGG VP will manage a balanced budget for the program. The current budget is $2.5M/yr.
We are seeking candidates offering the following qualifications:
Passion, imagination, vision, leadership, and integrity.
Strong belief in The Tech’s mission to inspire the innovator in everyone.
A minimum of 5 years of senior management experience, with increasing levels of responsibility and management of staff, preferably with direct recruitment and stewardship of volunteer leadership
A demonstrated ability to plan and operate strategically, to build public support, to strengthen infrastructure, to inspire staff and volunteer leadership, and to develop effective programs
Experience leading or, being a key contributor taking an organization through significant growth and/or change
A strategic approach and demonstrated track record in traditional and innovative fund and program development.
Demonstrated ability to plan, set goals and objectives, organize, and implement to completion
A strong interpersonal and communication skill set and demonstrated ability to work effectively with and gain the respect and support of The Tech’s constituencies and other key stakeholders.
Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies, including key community leaders and organizations
A track record as an effective communicator skilled at writing and public speaking; adept at writing proposals, donor correspondence, marketing collateral and other types of materials to enhance the TGG initiative.
Proven track record of management success with comparable P&L, planning, and operations responsibilities
A team builder with a track record of effective staff management, including hiring, rewarding, and retaining talented managers and administrative staff members
Ability to juggle many responsibilities at once, and to operate both independently and with the flexibility to be part of a team.
Computer literate: Working knowledge of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, and experience with CRM technology.
Bachelor’s degree with a Master’s preferred
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:
Commitment to the mission and work of The Tech with the credibility and persuasiveness to secure support from others.
A manager who leads by example and exemplifies the values and ethics of the organization.
An organized individual with strong creative and conceptual skills.
A doer who functions effectively without being autocratic or political; must be a team player who is inclusive, flexible, creative, energetic and fair minded.
An entrepreneurial, decisive and resourceful individual who will accept responsibility and take charge of results, as well as work successfully with limited resources.
A self-starter who is confident enough to express opinions, to forge ahead when appropriate and hold back when necessary, with a sensitivity to the feelings and opinions of others.
An energetic person who is emotionally mature and dependable; a collegial individual
Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends.
A competitive compensation package will be offered to an outstanding candidate.
To be confidentially considered, send a resume or make a referral, please contact
Sarah Agee at 714-433-7040, Julie Lugo at 714-433-7042 or email us at
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