Partner Engagement Specialist

Location: Seattle - Pacific Science Center
Job Code: 656
# of Openings: 1


Partner Engagement Specialist

Status: Full; Regular; Exempt

Department:    Corporate & Foundation Relations

Reports to/ Division:   Director, Corporate & Foundation Relations/ Development

Purpose/ Summary:  

The Partner Engagement Specialist fulfills Pacific Science Center’s initiative to develop the Curiosity Days events that connect the public to current science being done in our local region by building strong relationships with external partners within the STEM community. The Partner Engagement Specialist works with the Development team to identify funding opportunities within this community; reports to the Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations; and is expected to interface with inside and outside organizations – Internally with staff in Events, Marketing, Development, Science Engagement & Outreach, HR, and Facilities; Externally with scientists and other STEM researchers and professionals in industry, government, non-profits and universities, as well as staff at other informal education organizations..

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Event Planning/Execution & Engagement with External Partners in STEM

  • Collaborate across teams to develop and oversee a series of Curiosity Days events that each explore a unique scientific theme by presenting topics through hands-on activities and presentations by local experts.
  • Build and manage relationships with Seattle-area science-based professionals in science organizations and science related industries.
  • Work with others at PSC to support scientist and corporate volunteers, helping them to think of new interactive approaches for engaging with the public.
  • Work with PSC’s Volunteer Engagement Manager and Corporate Development team to develop creative volunteer opportunities at the Science Center for scientists and other professionals working in STEM related industries.  
  • Lead evaluation activities by thinking on measures of and goals for partner and program success and liaising with internal evaluators to ensure evaluation data is not only collected but also used to inform future decisions related to programming and partnerships.


Collaboration and Communication:

  • Facilitate and support an effective, synergistic, and collaborative relationship between PSC and external partners, including local research organizations, local/regional industry, informal science education institutions, regional scientists, researchers and STEM professionals,
  • Work with the Corporate & Foundation Relations team and Development leadership to develop and implement strategic and holistic processes and plans that cultivate and steward relationships with external STEM partners.
  • Work with Development team members to help identify opportunities to expand those relationships with existing and potential new partners for sponsorship, corporate support and other revenue generating initiatives.
  • Collaborate with other team members and across departments to provide impact reports as needed.
  • Communicate and plan with other PSC departments (e.g., Events, Facilities, Exhibits, Guest Services, Development, HR, Portal to the Public, Science Interpretation) for programs and events
  • Write and maintain up-to-date information about the activities for inclusion in PSC marketing materials and additional media or social networking communication.
  • Serve as the main Development staff on the Curiosity Days leadership team
  • Maintain customer relations database with up to date notes on activities and relationships with external partners and organizations. 


Other Duties:

  • Plan and maintain annual Curiosity Days Budget in partnership with key stakeholders across teams.  
  • Other duties as assigned including 30 hours of alternative service.

Position Requirements: Knowledge, Skills, Abilities


Knowledge of:

  • Program coordination and event planning best practices
  • Development strategies and best practices
  • Understanding of program relevance to outside community as well as internal stakeholders



  • Proven verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented and excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent customer service skills including the ability to serve both Pacific Science Center staff and outside contacts in a courteous manner
  • Project management skills
  • Use of customer relationship management systems
  • Knowledge and understanding of Pacific Science Center Programs


Ability to :

  • Cultivate and steward relationships with external partners
  • Problem solve and take initiative
  • Maintain high level of productivity in a dynamic office environment
  • Possess flexibility to work on several projects at once
  • Change priorities as needed both in terms of management’s needs and the customer’s needs
  • Work cooperatively with a variety of people and at times, independently
  •  Keep a service-oriented and positive attitude in a fast-paced environment
  • Work dilligently as part of a greater team to ensure the success of Curiosity Days events


  • Bachelor’s degree in science, education, or related field or equivalent experience
  • Valid driver’s license and good driving record preferred
  • 2 years of event coordination experience preferred
  • Previous museum and/or nonprofit experience
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook email, Salesforce and Google Documents
  • CRM experience preferred
  • Must be 21 years of age for vehicle insurance purposes

Physical Demands/ Working Conditions:

This role requires working evenings and weekends as scheduled. Working conditions include conducting work in an office space and on the exhibit floor, the ability to travel within the local community.

Physical demands include the ability to see/hear/talk, stand/walk/sit, kneel/bend/squat, carry/climb, lift occasional heavy equipment with assistance, control objects using manual dexterity, tolerate heat/cold, work outside in the weather occasionally, operate various pieces of equipment (including demonstration equipment such as the Van De Graaff Generate), operate a vehicle (15 passenger van, mini vans), and wear appropriate attire and personal protective equipment (protective eye wear, gloves and cryogenic, latex, and other materials as needed).

This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position and the level of knowledge and skills typically required.  It does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee, and it is subject to change as the needs of the employer and the requirements of the job change.

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