Open Staff Positions

The Summer Science Program is an independent, member-governed nonprofit and a virtual organization, with campus operations limited to six weeks each summer. All staff positions are part-time and telecommuting.

Equal employment and equal educational opportunity have been and will continue to be fundamental principles at SSP, where employment and enrollment are based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, or disability. We value a diverse organization and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Chief Academic Officer

SSP seeks a Chief Academic Officer (CAO) to oversee the quality and direction of its academic content.

Since 1959, SSP has operated summer residential programs in which students complete a research project in astronomy. Many alumni have cited SSP as a turning point in their lives, “the educational experience of a lifetime,” and gone on to prominent careers in the sciences and other professions. In 2017, SSP will open a new program focusing on protein biochemistry.

With expansion into additional fields of science at new campuses, SSP seeks an academic leader to maintain consistently high academic and research quality from year to year and across all curricula. Responsibilities include documenting SSP’s educational philosophy, assessing its impact, recruiting and evaluating teaching faculty, engagement with alumni, increasing various measures of diversity, and directing implementation of new curricula.

The CAO’s duties will be conducted primarily online / remotely, with the expectation to visit each of SSP’s (currently three) campuses for several days. During the academic school year, a nominal commitment of a few hours per week would be expected. Averaged over an annual cycle, we expect a 25% full-time-equivalent position.

The CAO’s values and priorities must be in alignment with SSP’s overarching goal: creating and maintaining high-quality academic programs. Candidates must have a PhD in a STEM field and experience teaching at the college level with research experience. Experience working with high school students, a demonstrable track record of promoting diversity, familiarity with research on STEM teaching methods and practices, and administrative / supervisory expertise are highly desirable.

Applications should include a CV, two letters of recommendation, and a statement of interest that connects the candidate’s experience with SSP’s mission. Candidates should also familiarize themselves with the website. SSP is an unusual educational organization, and this is a new position. Please help us get to know you by including any questions and/or comments with your application. Application materials and inquiries should be emailed to SSP’s Executive Director: We will begin reviewing applications on February 1, 2017.

Member Relations and Development Manager

The Summer Science Program (SSP) seeks an experienced professional to help us find new and better ways to engage our 2,000+ alumni, parents, friends of SSP, and institutions, with the goals of increasing member services, engagement, and fundraising.

SSP is a highly focused and successful non-profit, operating residential STEM programs for gifted high school students on three college campuses now, and expanding to more. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced generalist with a broad skill set to make an impact on science education by helping us grow. The successful candidate must be able to plan strategically and execute tactically, working with a volunteer board and a professional staff. Required travel is possible but infrequent.


Work with the Executive Director on:

  • Assessment and Planning: Provide ongoing assessment and strategic planning of member relations and development activities.
  • Communications: Lead in the creation of related documents and presentations.
  • Annual Fund: Create the year-end fundraising campaign: messaging, communications methods and timing, and customization for donors at various ages and incomes.
  • Events: Plan an Annual Dinner and other, smaller events during the year.
  • Major Donors: Manage the process of identification and cultivation of major donors.
  • Grants: Work with a Grants Manager to identify prospective foundations and corporations, and to write several grant proposals per year.

Time Commitment and Compensation

The initial commitment will be for up to ten hours per week. Compensation may be on an hourly or retainer basis, at a rate based on experience and qualifications.


  • A bachelor’s degree and at least five years of progressive experience in fundraising and/or alumni relations.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, in person and via telecomm.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently yet collaboratively.
  • Experience using constituent database software, analytical tools such as Excel, and document preparation tools including Word, etc.
  • Successful experience in several of these areas: annual giving, major gifts, personal solicitations, volunteer management, events, and alumni relations.


Review of applications is on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Email a cover letter and resume to the Executive Director: