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Director of Development

Full Time with Benefits

Reporting to the Vice President of Development, the Director of Development is responsible for managing a portfolio of donors and for leading a team of advancement professionals responsible for securing corporate sponsors, foundation grants, and individual donations for the annual fund, specific projects, and the capital campaign. The Director of Development will ensure that revenue goals are met to support the mission and vision, programs and long term goals of the Aquarium, while expanding the donor prospect base.

THE DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Manage an active portfolio of prospects for the annual fund, specific projects, and the capital campaign including prospect identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship.
  • Lead the foundation and corporate relations team in the successful implementation of meeting unrestricted, restricted, and capital campaign revenue goals.
  • Oversee the Pacific Circle program, with the Pacific Circle Manager, including: acquisition of new members, upgrade of current members, renewal of all gifts, and coordination of a Pacific Circle volunteer committee.
  • Develop and engage the Trustees of the Pacific, an ambassador group comprised of influential community leaders and major donors. Develop a strategic plan with the Trustee Co-Chairs and the Vice President of Development. Design quarterly meetings, engagement strategies, and ensure Trustees are motivated to fulfill roles and responsibilities.
  • Develop and implement specific strategies to expand the Aquarium’s donor base and oversee prospect research, analysis, and recommendations.
  • Actively involve the President, Vice President of Development, Board Members, program staff, and other key volunteers in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship process.
  • Develop and manage revenue projections and expense budgets.
  • Coach and mentor three direct reports, collaborate closely with the entire development department, and strengthen relationships throughout the Aquarium.
  • Represent and serve as an advocate for the Aquarium in the broader community.
  • Actively participating in weekend and evening Aquarium functions as needed.

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

  1. Extraordinary people skills
  2. Excellent relationship-building skills
  3. Ability to inspire confidence in Board members
  4. Extraordinary organizational skills
  5. Excellent communication skills both oral and written
  6. Excellent computer skills with all Microsoft Office programs and knowledge of Blackbaud Raisers Edge 7 database preferred

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

  1. Minimum five to seven years’ experience in fund raising.
  2. Minimum two to five years’ experience managing a team.
  3. Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree preferred.
  4. Experience working directly with donors.
  5. Experience working with Boards and Trustees in non-profit organizations.
  6. Proven track record in goal setting and achievement.
  7. Experience in handling difficult political situations
  8. Knowledge of the institution and the community preferred.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to sit for long periods of time
  • Ability to walk, stand, bend, squat, climb, kneel, twist
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 0-25lbs
  • Ability to pull and push up to 0-25lbs
  • Full functional range of motion in all major body joints from reaching, twisting, bending, simple and power gripping, fine and gross motor skills

WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Normal office working conditions
  • Noise level in the work environment is quiet to moderate
  • Wet, dirty, uneven surfaces and walkways
  • Exposure to various in temperature, humidity or wetness

INTERESTED & QUALIFIED?

If you meet the requirements of this position, click on the link below to “APPLY NOW.” You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required by all applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is administered by Wonderlic, Inc.:

  1. You will complete a brief web application;
  2. You will attach or build your resume;
  3. You will complete the PCI aptitude assessment.

Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. If you are among the most qualified applicants, we will contact you within two to three weeks. If you do not hear from us within that time, feel free to reapply in the future as other opportunities arise. Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific! The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Full Time, eligible for benefits

The Facilities supervisor is responsible for fulfilling a wide array of duties that include the proper maintenance of the Aquarium of the Pacific physical plant. The individual is also responsible for the supervision of a team that performs preventive and general maintenance, repair, construction and renovation work to the aquarium facilities and systems.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

The Facilities Supervisor, working with a team of facilities technicians and several vendors, will coordinate the day-to-day and preventive maintenance programs for the Aquarium of the Pacific, including:

  • Maintenance of electrical, HVAC, plumbing and control systems
  • Implementing and adhering to preventive maintenance schedules
  • Overseeing and monitoring work assignments
  • Involvement in construction processes
  • Supervising a team of technicians, including, but not limited to, performance management, hiring and training.
  • Advocating workplace safety and emergency planning
  • Prioritizes, coordinates and monitors the completion of work requests/orders for all facility maintenance and projects
  • Proven customer service skills and strategies
  • Assist Facility Manager with facility operations
  • Maintain accurate records utilizing work orders
  • Develop and maintain ongoing relationships with other departments and support functions.
  • Assists and advises less experienced staff on skills improvement
  • Establish priorities and work schedules for facilities technicians
  • Strong leadership skills, including the ability to set goals and provide positive and constructive feedback respectfully to build positive relationships and improve results

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS

  • Competency in AC, electrical, plumbing, carpentry and mechanical repairs
  • Expertise in the use of bench and power tools
  • Knowledge of safety practices, codes and compliance
  • Knowledge and Operation of fork lifts and Boom lifts
  • Spanish Language a plus but not required

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

  • 3-5 years supervisory experience in a facilities capacity
  • BS / BA in engineering or related field or relevant experience
  • Prior experience with public aquariums, hotels, amusement parks, or hospitals, preferably
  • Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Google e-mail and docs etc.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to sit, stand and walk for long periods of time
  • Ability to balance, bend, squat, climb, kneel, crawl, twist
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 0-50lbs
  • Ability to pull and push up to 0-100lbs
  • Ability to work at a variety of heights
  • Full functional range of motion in all major body joints from reaching, twisting, bending, simple and power gripping, fine and gross motor skills

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an individual encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Exposure to various in temperature, humidity or wetness
  • Exposure to injury from animal
  • Wet, dirty, uneven surfaces and walkways
  • Exposure to confined spaces
  • Exposure to work in an industrial environment, including areas with low headroom, difficult access
  • Ability to work around and use hazardous chemicals with proper PPE
  • Use of special auditory, visual, and personal protective equipment
  • Exposure to working with bio-hazards
  • Aquarium habitats and open ocean environments

Interested & Qualified?

If you meet the requirements of this position, click on the link below to “APPLY NOW.” You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required by all applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is administered by Wonderlic, Inc.:

  1. You will complete a brief web application;
  2. You will attach or build your resume;
  3. You will complete the PCI aptitude assessment.

Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. If you are among the most qualified applicants, we will contact you within two to three weeks. If you do not hear from us within that time, feel free to reapply in the future as other opportunities arise. Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific!

The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Full time, eligible for benefits

The Life Support Systems Technician is responsible for performing daily inspections of all life support systems and components, and maintaining all equipment in working order. The individual will handle such tasks as filter back washes, system lineup changes, barge water treatment, troubleshoot any faulty systems, and more. This position works a 4-day workweek, and all life support technicians rotate shifts to provide 24-hour coverage, 365 days of the year.

The Life Support Systems Technician’s Responsibilities Include:

  • Performing daily rounds inspections on all life support systems
  • Performing preventive and emergency maintenance for all the life support systems and associated equipment as needed
  • Isolating, troubleshooting and coordinating the repair of faulty life support systems including pumps, ozone generation systems, aquarium system filtration, and LSS building controls equipment
  • Providing support as needed with the construction and fabrication of new life support systems equipment and exhibits
  • Communicating successfully with and assisting members of the department and other departments within the aquarium as needed

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or the completion of a formal training program a plus (or equivalent experience)
  • Previous aquatic animal life support experience in a private or public aquarium is highly desirable.
  • Must have work experience in a related technical field, such as wastewater treatment or marine engineering.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours (4-day workweek, including nights, weekends, and holidays in some rotations).

Knowledge, Skills, Traits for Success:

  • Aquatic animal life support experience in an aquarium highly desirable
  • Pipefitting and fabrication skills are highly desirable
  • Experience with centrifugal pump equipment fractional to 30 HP, sand filters, foam fractionators, UV sterilizers as well as heat exchangers is desirable
  • Understanding of basic water chemistry and tools used to measure water quality required
  • Must be highly computer literate with a strong understanding of MS windows
  • Understanding of automation and building control systems desirable
  • Must be a team-oriented individual with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of OSHA and Cal OSHA safety requirements is desirable

Interested & Qualified?

If you meet the requirements of this position, click on the link below to “APPLY NOW.” You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required by all applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is administered by Wonderlic, Inc.:

  1. You will complete a brief web application;
  2. You will attach or build your resume;
  3. You will complete the PCI aptitude assessment.

Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. If you are among the most qualified applicants, we will contact you within two to three weeks. If you do not hear from us within that time, feel free to reapply in the future as other opportunities arise. Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific!

The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

APPLY NOW

PART-TIME, 25–30 HOURS/WEEK; $13.50/HOUR

The Education Associate is responsible for conducting and teaching marine education programs (pre-K to adult) that support the Aquarium of the Pacific and its mission. The individual will implement the Aquarium’s existing onsite and offsite educational programs, which include teaching family, sleepover, school and Aquarium on Wheels community outreach programs; leading tours; and performing presentations. The individual will provide the highest level of customer service to guests, the community and professional peers while instilling a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its ecosystems, and inhabitants.

The Education Associate’s responsibilities include:

  • Teach a wide variety of Aquarium of the Pacific’s education programs
  • Maintain the highest level of customer service to program participants and Aquarium guests
  • Assist guests with touching animal at specific exhibits both onsite and on the Aquarium on Wheels mobile tidepool
  • Communicate constructively and effectively with other Aquarium team members
  • Maintain a clean teaching space for programs and presentations
  • Demonstrate creativity and flexibility in approach to teaching practice
  • Works as a team player and problem-solver
  • All other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in marine science, biology, or related field preferred or equivalent experience (Individuals working toward their degree may also be considered)
  • Previous knowledge and training in the educational field and the implementation of informal educational programs• A minimum of 6 months experience teaching learners (children and/or adults) in either a formal or informal setting
  • Valid California driver’s license

Knowledge, Skills, and Traits for Success

  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Knowledgeable in ecological, biological, and conservation principles
  • Knowledge of effective instructional strategies for informal education to a variety of ages and abilities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to speak in public
  • Ability to speak Spanish, a plus
  • Ability to interact with other zoos, aquariums, and informal education centers

Interested & Qualified?

If you meet the requirements of this position, click on the link below to “APPLY NOW.” You will be directed to our web application process, the successful completion of which is required by all applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is administered by Wonderlic, Inc.:

  1. You will complete a brief web application;
  2. You will attach or build your resume;
  3. You will complete the online assessments.

Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. Thank you so much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific! The Aquarium of the Pacific is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

APPLY NOW

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Job Application – complete this document and bring it with you to the interview. By completing this paperwork in advance, at your leisure, you will have an opportunity to be completely thorough and accurate.

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