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JOB: Director of Marketing

Job Title: Director of Marketing
Department: Marketing
Reports To: Executive Director
Employee Category: Full Time/Exempt
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Marine Discovery Center (MDC) is a 501c-3 environmental non-profit organization with a mission of protecting and restoring Florida’s coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research, and community stewardship. The newly created position of Director of Marketing will play an active role in shaping the future of MDC, the organization and overall brand, the strategic and master plans, and passionately advocate to a variety of stakeholders in support of the mission.

As a key member of the leadership team, reporting directly to the Executive Director, the Director of Marketing is responsible for planning, implementing, and overseeing all marketing initiatives for the MDC. Working collaboratively with staff, the marketing committee and the Board as needed, the Director of Marketing will provide leadership on all brand development initiatives, create the annual marketing plan, articulate, and promote the public image of the “brand”, support programming, events, and fund development initiatives as well as digital marketing, public relations, and community outreach.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

Marketing:
• Create/implement an annual marketing plan, calendar, and corresponding budget to deliver against the MDC’s annual and strategic goals
• Lead the development of the MDC brand strategy and all corresponding elements including defining targeted guests/audiences, social media campaigns, web development/digital strategy, public relations, marketing materials, newsletter, event support etc. (online and offline)
• Develop strong relationships with media partners locally, regionally, and nationally as needed
• Effectively oversee and direct the efforts of all outside consultants including Digital, Advertising, PR etc.
• Lead and develop all related marketing materials and content development for the MDC (print, digital, OOH, etc.)
• Work closely with MDC leadership team to market all programs and events
• Work closely with Special Events Coordinator and Communications and Data Specialist to develop marketing collateral for fund development initiatives
• Maximize the utilization of new CRM software, Driven to capture guest information through visitation, memberships, donations, events, and bookings.
• Closely manage annual marketing budget to ensure effectiveness and goal attainment
• Measure the effectiveness of all marketing campaigns to optimize ROI
• Work with staff to ensure that all public spaces, programs, and events are expertly marketed
• Serve as staff liaison to Board Marketing Committee and other committees as assigned

Management Responsibilities:
• Positions supervised (direct reports) include but are not limited to the Special Events and Membership Coordinator, Communications and Data Specialist, outside consultants, and marketing volunteers
• Identify appropriate resources internally and externally to support the Marketing goals of the MDC (new hires, agencies etc.) and rally support for appropriate resources as needed
• Oversee and lead the recruiting, onboarding, management, and development of all direct reports in accordance with MDC standards and procedures
• Set relevant marketing goals for direct reports and agencies that are timely and measurable and manage staff and resources through regular communications and annual reviews
• Establish a positive working environment with direct reports that connects short- and long-range goals to the bigger picture of MDC. This includes regularly sharing progress, feedback, and updates that engage and optimize performance of the team.

Financials/Budgets:
• Work with the Executive Director to develop, implement, and manage monthly, quarterly, and annual marketing budget in conjunction with the annual operational budget
• Work with marketing and financial staff to reconcile monthly, quarterly, and annual marketing financials

Outreach: Work with the marketing staff, marketing committee, and volunteer coordinator to…
• Identify appropriate outreach events that increase awareness and engagement within the community
• Develop all brand materials to support participation at events
• Work with staff and volunteers to provide training for outreach event set up and MDC content delivery

Fund Development: Work with the executive director, staff coordinators, and committees to…
• Market all MDC special events fundraisers to maximize participation and ROI
• Work with Fund Development committee to support efforts to engage donors at all levels (business partners, foundations, individual donors, members, Dolphin Society etc.)

OTHER RELATED FUNCTIONS

• Demonstrate a clear understanding of MDC’s mission and the strategic vision of the organization
• Provide materials for the Executive Director’s monthly report to the Board
• Comply with MDC Employee Handbook guidelines and expectations
• Attend and/or participate in special fund-raising events at MDC as requested by Executive Director
• Participate in outreach speaking presentations as requested
• Develop community and governmental partnerships
• Attend internal committee and staff meetings as required
• Assumes responsibility for professional growth and development
• All other duties as assigned by Executive Director

WORK HOURS

40 hours a week. Schedule can vary but a typical schedule is 9:00AM – 5:00PM, Monday – Friday.
Occasional evenings and weekends required.

EDUCATION/TRAINING

• Bachelor’s degree preferred
• Computer Skills: Microsoft Office Suite

EXPERIENCE

• 3-5 years of marketing experience
• Digital marketing experience required (web, social media, SEO, SEM etc.)

SKILLS

• Must have excellent interpersonal, communication and organizations skills to interact professionally with the public, MDC Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers – is able to convey a strong passion for the Mission of the MDC and engage others to support the organization
• A team player who can establish strong working partnerships inside and outside the organization
• Must demonstrate excellent initiative, creativity, problem-solving and independent work skills

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

• Sufficient strength and mobility to move about the facility and grounds, on and off boats
• Corrected vision and hearing in the normal range
• The ability to lift 25 pounds regularly
• The ability to respond quickly to sounds
• The ability to move safely over uneven terrain or in confined spaces
• The ability to see and respond to dangerous situations
• The ability to safely climb ladders
• The ability to work in extreme weather
• The ability to wear personal protective gear correctly most of the day

EXPOSURE TO HAZARDS

Many MDC operations involve being on, in or near water. Additionally, chemicals are used for various laboratory tests, in aquaria and in restoration work. All safety protocols must be followed.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for the position, submit the following documents to Laura Stapleton – laura@marinediscoverycenter.org:
1) Cover Letter
2) Resume

JOB: Education Coordinator

Job Title: Education Coordinator
Department: Education
Reports To: Director of Programs
Employee Category: Full Time/Hourly
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Marine Discovery Center (MDC) is a 501c-3 environmental non-profit organization with a mission of protecting and restoring Florida’s coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research, and community stewardship. The Education Coordinator will play an active role in shaping the development, implementation, and growth of field trips, community programs, and camp programs at MDC.

As a key member of the education team, the Education Coordinator works with the education team to deliver hands-on, feet-wet field trips for K-16 students and adventure camps for children 4-15 years old. The Education Coordinator also assists the Director of Programs with planning and implementing other education and conservation programs/events.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS

Camps
• Work with Director of Programs to update all marketing/informational material for camp flyer with dates, descriptions, FAQs, registration forms, letter to parents, registration procedures, price sheet
• Schedule and coordinate orientations for camp volunteers
• Work with Director of Programs and Director of Marketing to market camp programs to the community
• Schedule field trips, guest speakers, transportation, etc. for camp programs
• Work with Director of Programs to hire and train seasonal summer camp staff – lead camp counselors, summer camp assistants, and media interns
• Coordinate the registration process for camp programs – communicate with staff and parents, ensuring information is correct in reservation system, taking payments, etc.
• Create hands-on, feet-wet curriculum for camp programs
• Create a master schedule for each camp that has activities already planned for that specific camp including boat and kayak trips, field trips, guest speakers, etc.
• Assist lead summer camp counselors with developing crafts and activities for summer camp programs
• Create lesson plans for school holiday camps
• Assist Director of Programs with budget information needed for camp programs
• Keep record of registration statistics including demographics
• Order t-shirts and rash guards for camp programs
• Oversee all campers – ensure that health, happiness, and safety of all children are always top priorities
• Conduct camp activities according to lesson plans and master schedule
• Set up and breakdown all activities
• Keep inventory of supplies up to date
• Maintain open communication with camper’s families regarding schedule and information they need for camp
• Meet and greet parents/guardians and participants during check-in and check-out each day
• Clean and maintain grounds and facilities as needed

Field Trips and Community Programs
• Coordinate all Field Trips (Public, Private, Home School Co-ops, On The Road Programs) – includes communicating with teachers; scheduling staff and volunteers for the field trip; making reservation on the MDC calendar and booking system; creating schedule for the day and sending it to teachers, staff, and volunteers
• K-12 Field Trip Scholarship Program – work with staff to manage financial assistance to title one schools
• Sea Squirts (Pre-K Program) – Create and coordinate the schedule for the school year and summer – research the best times to offer each program to ensure we are reaching the widest audience; enter all programs into thebooking system and the online calendar; create and execute lesson plans for all programs; handle registration for all participants
• Homeschool Classes and Field Trips – work with the Director of Programs to develop monthly homeschool classes for students to attend; also offer homeschool field trips involving the boat and/or kayaks
• Destination Field Trips – work with the Director of Programs to develop destination field trips at the Marine Discovery Center – coordinate with local hotels to offer discounted prices for a block of rooms, coordinate with local restaurants to offer discounted meals and catering options, work with the Director of Marketing to advertise the program to schools across the state of Florida and surrounding states
• ECHO Rangers, Ecominions, Marsh Madness – work with the Director of Programs to schedule these programs and plan staff and volunteers to teach them
• Guided Public Tours – work with education team to develop and run guided tours for the public including live exhibit feedings, butterfly garden activities, augmented reality sandbox demonstrations, and marsh tours
• Work with Education staff to develop and implement programs including Citizen Science and specialty boat programs like Nocturnal Discoveries and Kayak Fishing

OTHER RELATED FUNCTIONS

• Document incident/accidents involving staff, volunteers, campers, or guests per MDC Risk Management Program Manual procedures
• Provide materials for the Executive Director’s monthly report to the Board
• Demonstrate a clear understanding of MDC’s mission and the strategic vision of the organization
• Comply with MDC Employee Handbook guidelines and expectations
• Prepare newsletter articles as requested
• Attend and/or participate in special fund-raising events at MDC as requested
• Participate in outreach speaking presentations as requested
• Develop community and governmental partnerships
• Clean and maintain grounds and facilities as needed
• Attend internal committee and staff meetings as required
• Assume responsibility for professional growth and development
• All other duties as assigned by the Director of Education

POSITION(S) SUPERVISED – include paid staff and active volunteers

• Program Assistant Interns
• Lead Camp Instructors
• Summer Camp Volunteers

WORK HOURS/PAY STRUCTURE

Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm (summer) or 9am-5pm (school year). Occasional evenings and weekends required.

EDUCATION/TRAINING

• B.A. or B.S. in Environmental Science, Biology, or other science-related degree preferred.
• A background in K-12 education in either a classroom or an informal environmental education setting is desirable.
• Computer literate in Microsoft Office.

LICENSURE/CERTIFICATION

• Teacher certification preferred
• CPR and First Aid certification required
• A pre-requisite to employment will be a criminal background check per the Volusia County School Board Jessica Lunsford Act.

EXPERIENCE

3 years of teaching children preferred

SKILLS

• Must have excellent interpersonal, communication and organizations skills to interact professionally with the public, MDC Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers – is able to convey a strong passion for the Mission of the MDC and engage others to support the organization
• A team player who can establish strong working partnerships inside and outside the organization
• Must demonstrate excellent initiative, creativity, problem-solving and independent work skills

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

• Sufficient strength and mobility to move about the facility and grounds, on and off boats
• Assist students, volunteers, and guests
• Move educational equipment (lift at least 50 lbs.)
• Corrected vision and hearing in the normal range

EXPOSURE TO HAZARDS

Many MDC operations involve being on, in or near water. Additionally, chemicals are used for various laboratory tests, in aquaria and in restoration work. All safety protocols must be followed.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

To be considered for the position, submit the following documents to Jessy Wayles, Director of Programs – jessy@marinediscoverycenter.org:
1) Cover Letter
2) Resume

INTERNSHIP: Assistant Aquarist/Educator Intern

Job Title: Assistant Aquarist/Educator Internship
Department: Education
Start-End Date: December 2021 – May 2022
Hours: 20+ hours/week
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

This position will assist in maintaining and enhancing all aquaria and exhibits. In addition, this position  will assist in the delivery of marine science education programs in classroom and outdoor settings. The ability to multi-task is essential and excellent independent work skills are required. This position must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with the public, board of directors, MDC staff and volunteers. The individual must be a good team player as well as establish working partnerships inside and outside the organization.

POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES & TASKS

Assistant Aquarist duties include helping with the general husbandry of the live animals in our exhibits. Assistant aquarist will help with monitoring and maintaining all of the equipment that is associated with the live animal exhibits. This equipment includes pumps, filters, lights and other equipment that is critical to animal health. Related maintenance includes cleaning filters, doing water changes, dosing chemicals to maintain good water quality and helping with keeping an orderly and clean exhibit area. Additionally, the Assistant Aquarist may be called upon to act as a docent when needed.

Assistant Educator duties include working with K-12 students to deliver marine science based, hands-on, feet-wet programs in a safe environment while encouraging active learning by students. The assistant educator will have a working knowledge of the Indian River Lagoon ecosystem and the flora and fauna within. The assistant educator will teach in a variety of settings including outdoors and classrooms.

QUALIFICATIONS

Education/Training:
An undergraduate student currently enrolled in an accredited marine science program or a related field. Experience in K-12 education in either a classroom or an informal environmental education setting is desirable. Computer literate in Microsoft Office.

Licensure/Certification:
CPR and First Aid certification preferred. A criminal background check per the Volusia County School Board Jessica Lunsford Act will be a prerequisite

Other:
The successful candidate will have excellent writing and communication skills, a positive attitude, enjoyment of the outdoors, and an ability to communicate environmental education principles to children. This individual must also have sufficient mobility and strength to move about the facility, assist children and to move educational equipment (lift at least 50 pounds). The individual must also be able to work in adverse conditions that include rain, heat, insects, etc.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

You must submit the following documents to be considered for the position:
1) Cover letter describing your personal and academic goals for this internship
2) Resume
3) College/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
4) References (minimum of two)
5) MDC Internship Application

All documents must be submitted to Tessa Barnard, Aquarist/Educator at the Marine Discovery Center, by email at tessa@marinediscoverycenter.org. Application will be open until filled.

INTERNSHIP: Amphitheater Events Intern

Job Title: Amphitheater Events Internship
Department: Facilities/Fund Development
Start-End Date: Ongoing by semester (spring/fall)
Hours: Flexible; Must be willing to work evenings and weekends
Closing Date: Open Until Filled

GENERAL PURPOSE

To assist in the production of events in the Hunter Amphitheater at the Marine Discovery Center. The Amphitheater Events Intern must demonstrate the ability to interact professionally with volunteers, MDC staff, MDC Board members and the general public. This position requires excellent independent work skills and the ability to multitask.

QUALIFICATIONS

Technical/Production:
· Audio Visual skills, both analog and digital
· Trained in audio mix and mastering techniques
· Understanding of stage management, operations and lighting
· Knowledge of all types of musical instruments
· Ability to book talent and reviewing contracts

General:
· Lead and direct volunteers and paid employees
· Work weekends and evenings based on theatre scheduling
· Demonstrate good telephone skills
· Open to constructive criticism and able to follow directions

Education/Training:
An undergraduate student currently enrolled in a program involving stage management, live sound and show production, film production or a related field. Experience in theater production and/or event management is desirable. Computer literate in Microsoft Office.

Licensure/Certification:
A prerequisite to employment will be a criminal background check per the Volusia County School Board Jessica Lunsford Act. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Other:
This individual must also have sufficient mobility and strength to move about the facility and lift equipment (at least 50 pounds). The individual must also be able to work in adverse conditions that include rain, heat, insects, etc. This position is an unpaid internship and the student is responsible for finding housing accommodations and their own travel arrangements.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

You must submit the following documents to be considered for the position:
1) Cover letter describing your personal and academic goals for this internship
2) Resume
3) College/university transcript (unofficial is acceptable)
4) References (minimum of two)
5) MDC Internship Application

All documents must be submitted to Guy Flick, Facilities Coordinator, by email at guy@marinediscoverycenter.org. Application will be open until filled.

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