Work at the Aquarium

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Current Opportunities

 

Maintenance Technician

Job Summary

As a member of the Facilities Department, the Maintenance Technician is a detail oriented individual responsible for day-to-day operations through troubleshooting, maintenance and repair.  Additionally, this position assists in new construction and renovation projects, equipment installations, and inter-departmental projects and requests.

Essentials Functions

  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies.
  • Provide exceptional customer service.
  • Able to work flexible hours throughout the week.  May be called on after-hours for emergency work.
  • Learn maintenance and troubleshooting techniques for HVAC systems.
  • Troubleshoot, plan, and perform operations necessary to modify, dismantle, repair, overhaul and rebuild all types of difficult and complicated mechanical, plumbing, life support, and HVAC systems.
  • Must be able to operate a company vehicle while meeting company insurance eligibility requirements
  • Performs preventative maintenance tasks as needed.
  • Maintains outstanding housekeeping standards.
  • Maintains workshop equipment and tools properly.
  • Capable of using appropriate administrative tools to keep accurate maintenance records.
  • Install, patch, repair, finish and paint drywall.
  • Repair furniture and woodwork.
  • Adjust, maintain and repair exterior and interior doors and hardware.
  • Maintain and repair restroom equipment and plumbing.
  • Install and reconfigure modular workstations.
  • Complete general labor tasks and other duties as assigned.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Support the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.
  • Support other departments and Facilities staff in assignments as needed.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Basic electrical skills.
  • Basic plumbing skills.
  • Basic carpentry skills.
  • Ability to make decisions.
  • Ability to read and understand blue prints, schematics, and shop drawings.
  • Skilled in sheetrock finishing and painting.
  • Understands proper use of industrial tools and equipment.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Capable of working at heights up to 100 feet.
  • Effective communicator.
  • Desire to be trained on different trades, systems and equipment.
  • Full working knowledge of Microsoft Office, including Outlook.
  • Must be able to work as a team member or independent operator.
  • Must be able to share an on-call rotation with other Facilities staff.

Education & Experience Required

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Basic trades skills (Certificate, Designation, or License preferred).
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Facilities Manager

Job Summary

Hands on working position managing a team-oriented staff of technicians. Assists in design of and responsible for implementation of the Facilities Master Maintenance Plan including scheduling, overseeing, recording, and performing all aspects of preventative and reactive maintenance and repair. Assists in development of and works within the department budget. Assist with various other projects and functions as directed.

Essentials Functions

  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies & Procedures.
  • Support and work to achieve South Carolina Aquarium goals and priorities.
  • Maintains a highly qualified, motivated and diverse professional staff in the Facilities Department; delegate specific responsibilities.
  • Encourage teamwork, personal initiative and accountability, and discipline staff according to our policy.
  • Assist in departmental budget development
  • On call 24/7.  Responsible for 24/7 techician on call rotation scheduling.
  • Monitor, maintain and repair the physical plant and equipment, including off-site facilities.
  • Must be able to operate a company vehicle while meeting company insurance eligibility requirements
  • Lead and support staff in providing the highest quality experience possible for our visitors.
  • Monitoring, maintenance, and repair of all building systems.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Supports the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.
  • Provides service for building modifications and new equipment installation.
  • Handles invoices and purchasing requests; keeps track of costs.
  • Standing representative on the Safety Committee.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Proficient in all MS Office Products including:  Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook
  • Proficient with modern building systems and automatic controls for fluid, pneumatic, and electrical systems.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Goal oriented with proven ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Proven knowledge of all OSHA and safety related regulations for a public aquarium.

Education & Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in engineering or related field.
  • Minimum of ten years practical experience.
  • Prior management experience supervising full time staff.
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Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager

Job Summary

The Corporate and Foundation Relationship Manager is responsible for the implementation and management of a comprehensive corporate sponsorship program, as well as foundation relations.  Responsibilities include the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate donors and sponsors, as well as foundation and government donors. Work requires a close working relationship with the Aquarium Board, staff and volunteers as well as donors.

Essentials Functions

  • Design and implement a comprehensive Corporate and Foundation Relations program including private, community and public foundations, and local, state and federal government funding.  Identify, evaluate, cultivate and solicit commitments to help achieve the organization’s fundraising priorities.
  • Strategically utilize the Board of Directors, President and CEO and Director of Advancement to achieve established goals.
  • Work with the Director of Advancement to continually review prospects for proper solicitation level and appropriate follow-up.  Develop highly competitive proposals for corporate and foundation prospects leveraging goals and preferences in conjunction with Aquarium programs.
  • Maintain a rigorous schedule of contacts with corporate and foundation representatives, creating moves management plans, compelling presentations, and comprehensive fundraising and sponsorship proposals.  Monitor proposal deadlines, prepare and edit proposals and reports, and manage proposal submissions.
  • Manage a stewardship process for corporate, foundation, and government donors.
  • Ensure that stewardship and reporting requirements are met to sustain successful partnerships by maintaining detailed records of solicitation activities.
  • Work with other members of Advancement to develop proposals for individual donors as needed.
  • Actively participate with the development team in setting both individual and team performance goals.
  • Track prospects and donors using Raiser’s Edge  and in coordination with Database Administrator to ensure accurate record keeping, notes, acknowledgements, follow-ups, etc.
  • Prepare monthly and annual revenue and trends reports.
  • Work closely with Advancement staff, Marketing department and others to create opportunities to build awareness among corporate and foundation constituencies in order to build and significantly expand positive fundraising relationships.
  • Monitor trends in the region and adapt fundraising strategies as necessary.
  • Participate in cross-functional teams within the organization, especially Marketing/Business Strategy to develop and fulfill corporate sponsorships, and with program managers for grant-funding needs and proposal writing.
  • Seek globally focused grant opportunities.  Work with leadership to consider creating a dual mandate for the Aquarium.
  • Create formal cases for giving to include an executive summary and breakout cases designed for foundations, individuals, and companies.
  • Support Board committee management.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Adhere to the South Carolina Aquarium Policies and Procedures.
  • Develop a fluent understanding of Aquarium programs.  Support the mission by participating in Aquarium sponsored programs and events on a regular basis.
  • Represent the Aquarium at public events and functions.
  • Keep informed about the development field, and especially the tax aspects of charitable gifts and new legislation rulings affecting such gifts.
  • Coordinate volunteer support on an as needed basis for projects and events.
  • Maintain a customer service demeanor at all times. Responds to donors with the appropriate level of urgency.
  • Work with the Marketing Department to ensure consistent organizational branding.
  • Other duties as requested by the Director of Advancement.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge is preferred.
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Must be a detail and goal oriented, enthusiastic individual able to exercise independent judgment in completing tasks, prioritizing, and meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills; able to manage multiple projects and move quickly from one to another while maintaining thorough records.  Ability to be flexible and balance competing priorities.

Education & Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, journalism or related field, and 2 to 5 years of experience in fundraising or related field.
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Director of Human Resources

Job Summary

The South Carolina Aquarium seeks a Director of Human Resources to plan, direct and implement policies and programs related to all phases of human resources. Reporting to the CEO, the Director will work collaboratively as member of the senior leadership team to align human resources in support of the strategic, cultural and programmatic direction of the Aquarium’s mission. The position will be responsible for all facets of human resources, including recruitment, compensation, benefits administration, performance management, safety, training, rewards and recognition. It also oversees a vital and growing volunteer program.

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Special Event Host (PT)

Job Summary

This is a support position to the Special Events team, and will assist with hosting Special and Institutional Advancement Events and researching possible leads. The primary duty of this position is to service and host in-house and paid evening and weekend events.

Essentials Functions

  • Act as Event Host during evening events. Oversee all aspects of each special event assigned from the arrival of the first vendor to the departure of the last. Main liaison with client, vendor, staff and volunteers on-site.
  • Assist with monitoring all processes for quality assurance and excellent customer service.
  • Research possible sales leads, and completes all assigned follow-up sales prospect activities
  • Assist with occasional Sales Office duties, such as mailings, data entry, and ticket deliveries
  • Develop familiarity with all aquarium exhibits, services and events in order to become an information resource to our guests
  • Adhere to all Aquarium policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Strong grasp of the hospitality industry
  • Excellent organizational and communications skills are essential
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks in a high-energy environment and pay meticulous attention to detail.
  • Professional image required
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including late nights and weekends, and some holidays
  • Must be able to make win-win decisions under pressure
  • Must be able to manage multiple tasks at one time
  • Must be a team player and self-motivated

Education & Experience Required

  • Prefer an associates or bachelors degree with a hospitality focus. Degree-seeking students welcomed.
  • Prefer two years hospitality or event planning experience.
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