Executive Director:  The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics, and Native Americans in Science (“SACNAS”)


Executive Director: The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics, and Native Americans in Science (“SACNAS”)


The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics, and Native Americans in Science (“SACNAS”), is seeking a collaborative and inspirational Executive Director (“ED”), to lead the organization through its next stage of growth. SACNAS is the largest network of diverse students and professionals in STEM; its next leader will have ambitious and bold ideas for scaling the organization so that it continues to proactively meet the needs of emerging leaders in the field.

This leader will be committed to achieving True Diversity, where all STEM fields, including positions of leadership, accurately and proportionately reflect the demographics of the population. The ED will be a true collaborator, and will bring strategic thinking, along with the leadership and management capabilities to operationalize the organizational vision into action within a nonprofit setting. The ED will manage and support a diverse and passionate staff and will partner closely with a Board that represents a vast array of scientific, academic, and research backgrounds to advance the mission and support the growing membership of SACNAS.

Over the course of its 46-year history, SACNAS has changed lives. The organization serves as a model for inclusion that centers populations that have been historically excluded in STEM. Now it is time for the next Executive Director to turn this individual impact into large-scale impact, by not only creating a critical mass of STEM leaders from underrepresented communities nation-wide, but also helping institutions create inclusive environments that will recruit and retain talent.


For the last 47 years, SACNAS has been working to make sure that those most underrepresented in STEM have the support they need to be successful in their fields. SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. SACNAS is the largest multicultural and multidisciplinary scientific society in the country, with the largest diversity in STEM conference, the largest multicultural and multidisciplinary national student chapter network, and the largest cohort of diverse emerging STEM leaders.


SACNAS has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Miecha Forbes. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here, or email Michelle and Miecha at the following:

It is the policy of SACNAS not to discriminate against any individual employee, group of employees or prospective employee for reasons of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, sex, pregnancy or related medical conditions, age, marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, physical or mental or sensory disability, genetic information, military status or any other consideration protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

SACNAS is committed to providing equal opportunities in all employment-related activities including, but not limited to recruiting, hiring, advancement, compensation, training, benefits, transfers, and terms of employment. SACNAS promotes equal opportunities for all employees and applicants for employment. Further, SACNAS will fully comply with all applicable equal employment federal, state and local laws and regulations.


Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.