Executive Director

About the organization

The Journal of Emerging Investigators, Inc. (JEI) is a multi-national nonprofit STEM education and outreach organization that uses the scientific method -- from hypothesis to communication -- to mentor and educate middle and high-school science students. JEI was founded to address a large gap in today’s STEM education environment, where K-12 students are not exposed to authentic scientific communication practices, hampering their ability to understand and engage with scientific advances.

At JEI, we address this need and break down barriers with the online, open-access Journal of Emerging Investigators, a scientific journal operated by over 300 PhD students and scientists to review and publish original, secondary student research manuscripts. Since its inception in 2010, JEI has published over 300 scientific articles from students in over 30 different countries, and we project to publish over 150 articles in 2021 alone. JEI also operates STEM programming beyond the journal, such as a “mini-PhD” science research camp for public school students and an online science mentorship platform that directly connects student researchers with experts in their field.

JEI is currently headquartered in Boston, USA where a volunteer leadership team consists of several PhD students and postdoctoral fellows and a Board of Directors of 11 professionals.

The role

JEI is seeking a paid, full-time Executive Director to lead the transition into the next phase of our growth as a STEM education and outreach non-profit. The primary responsibilities of the Executive Director will be to ensure JEI’s financial stability and to build out our business and managerial practices, including: refinement and execution of a long-term business plan, maintaining and establishing new strategic partners, and coordinating the marketing of our services and resources to student authors, teachers, and other stakeholders. The Executive Director will also expand and diversify our core publication program, and further develop educational programming. We envision this role as a flexible leadership position and anticipate that the successful candidate will have a passion for STEM education and bring their own ideas for advancing JEI’s mission to the table.

The Executive Director will be supported by the current volunteer leadership team and will report to the JEI Board of Directors, consisting of business, STEM education, and scientific publishing professionals.

Beyond broadening the overall reach of our programs, JEI’s organizational goals also include the expansion and refinement of our activities to specifically reach and serve underrepresented demographic STEM student populations, and providing professional development and networking opportunities for our university staff.

The Journal of Emerging Investigators, Inc. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer committed to promoting diversity in STEM. In that spirit, we encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds in regards to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


  1. Fundraising and financial growth
    1. Refine fundraising plan and acquire stable funding streams from diverse sources
    2. Generate quarterly budget to calculate projected expenses
    3. Raise at least $150,000 in first year to support Executive Director compensation and continuation of education programs
    4. Coordinate payroll and oversee tax & legal concerns
  2. Non-profit strategy and business development
    1. Coordinated development of JEI’s existing and new education programs
    2. Impact assessment and cost-effectiveness of individual programs
    3. Establishment of strategic partnerships with STEM education and outreach organizations
    4. Development of coordinated marketing approach and visual identity
    5. Development of short- and long-term strategic plan that prioritizes inclusion and accessibility of JEI students and volunteers
  3. Staff management
    1. Meet on a regular basis with Board of Directors to provide updates and connect board members to the leadership team
    2. Oversee and coordinate communication amongst volunteer leadership, holding regular meetings to support, encourage, and advise on organizational efforts
    3. Provide miscellaneous support to JEI volunteers across the United States, including the organization of professional development opportunities for the volunteer staff


The ideal candidate will have at least 2 years of experience working in a non-profit organization, preferably in a leadership capacity and preferably an organization with a STEM-related mission.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related STEM or Education field.
  • 2+ years leadership experience in the non-profit sector.
  • Demonstrated ability to raise significant funds from diverse sources (public, private, corporate).
  • Experience evaluating and executing strategic decisions as a part of a non-profit organization or business.
  • Track record of strong managerial experience and facilitating excellent communication between teams.
  • Highly organized, self-disciplined, and capable of working from home with flexible hours.
  • Willing to travel to, or attend, conferences and conduct JEI site visits.
  • Strong passion and enthusiasm for accessible and high-quality STEM education.


  • Significant experience creating and implementing institutional diversity programs in a collaborative way.
  • Advanced degree, Master’s or PhD, in a STEM field
  • Prior experience conducting scientific research in a professional setting.
  • Prior experience in secondary STEM education or academic publishing.


Base salary starts at $65,000, commensurate with experience, with total compensation exceeding $85,000 (includes incentive pay and health benefits). Stipends for professional development and travel are also provided.

This is a 1-year position with the possibility of renewal dependent on funding.

Materials to Submit

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter describing your interest in our organization and experience to sarah@emerginginvestigators.org. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Sarah Fankhauser, Board Chair. Please include “Application for Executive Director” in the subject line.

Review of applications will begin by August 3rd and will continue until the position is filled

Intended start date: September 2021