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California’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths. Heal the Bay is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment that respects all individuals regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion or age. We are focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse team of employees, creating awareness of justice and diversity issues, fostering a positive environment where inclusive behaviors are the norm, and embedding accountability for diversity throughout the organization. We are committed to creating an environment where all employees are included, are treated with dignity and respect, and are in a position to contribute to our success.

The Director of Marketing Communications sets and guides the strategy for all external communications, ensuring that Heal the Bay’s mission is understood and embraced by the public at large. Read More »

Heal the Bay is the most recognized environmental nonprofit group in LA for a reason: we have been keeping Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy, and clean for people and marine life since 1985. Using education, science, advocacy, and community action, we raise awareness and make progress with practical solutions to often complex problems. We conduct hundreds of beach and community cleanups each year, informing people about the root causes of pollution along the shorelines and in their neighborhoods. We advocate for strict water quality regulations that protect public health and the animals that call local creeks, rivers, and the Santa Monica Bay home. We operate the award-winning Heal the Bay Aquarium at the Santa Monica Pier, inspiring visitors to become stewards for clean water. We also educate and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, with thousands of students joining us each year for school field trips, science-based classroom presentations, and events. Learn more about us at www.healthebay.org/our-impact

About the Role

Reporting to the CEO, the Director of Marketing Communications sets and guides the strategy for all external communications, ensuring that Heal the Bay’s mission is understood and embraced by the public at large. The director holds overall responsibility for brand strategy, public messaging, digital marketing, media relations, public relations, and creative partnerships.

The director acts both as the organization’s editor in chief and chief brand steward, building trust with the public and ensuring support is cultivated, grown, and retained in an inclusive way across a variety of platforms. Working closely with department directors within the organization, the director is the communications partner on a variety of strategic initiatives related to fundraising, community action, advocacy, volunteer recruitment, education, event promotion, and marketing of Heal the Bay’s Aquarium.

Qualifications

Heal the Bay is seeking an accomplished Director of Communications who has at least 10 years of communications experience or equivalent practical knowledge and skills, ideally in an “in-house” leadership role within a nonprofit or advocacy entity, and covering areas such as campaign development, digital engagement, and community growth. The ability to transform often wonky policy into exciting and useful messages and disseminate it to the right audiences through the most effective distribution channels is critical.

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • Write and distribute press release, video scripts, fundraising appeals, social media posts, advertising, campaign tag lines, talking points, op-eds, letters to the editor, blog posts, campaign briefs, social media toolkits, and other copy in the brand voice
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate the annual communications plan across the organization in collaboration with department directors and develop annual workplans and quarterly goals for Communications staff members
  • Lead the generation of content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action and growth
  • Mentor, lead, and provide professional development opportunities for the Communications Team (Senior Communications Manager and Senior Communications Coordinator)
  • Engage and collaborate with a volunteer Board of Directors on events, issues, and campaigns and steer regular Board Marketing Committee meetings
  • Track and measure the level of engagement within Heal the Bay’s marketing communications platforms over time
  • Manage all media contacts, relations, and coverage reporting while overseeing internal media monitoring tool
  • Complete regular audience analytics and plot course-corrections as needed
  • Create executive and board presentations and project decks when needed
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with partners in the creative industries, such as photographers, illustrators, graphic designers, advertising agencies, web developers, and digital production houses
  • Develop and implement content and social media strategies and agreements with third-parties
  • Lead communications and user experience strategies for our digital platform (websites, apps, email marketing, social media, print, public relations, outreach, etc.)
  • Develop compelling multi-channel advocacy and/or fundraising campaign strategies for owned, earned and paid media
  • Provide creative direction and graphic design support for campaign elements
  • Develop and/or deepen strategic brand, marketing and communications partnerships with other nonprofits, key media outlets, brands, eco-influencers, celebrities and athletes
  • Support partnerships, collaborations, and promotions for Heal the Bay Shop
  • Educate staff through ongoing workshops on interacting with media, social media tips, writing techniques, and brand guidelines

Skills, Experience & Education

  • Deep appreciation for protecting the environment and clean water
  • Builds an inclusive culture internally and externally
  • Acknowledges their own experiences and experiences of others
  • Strong cultural awareness and competency
  • Passionate about telling multicultural stories and engaging diverse communities
  • Highly collaborative style with a knack for problem solving; experience developing and implementing communications strategies across various platforms with many stakeholders
  • A strong track record as an implementer who thrives on managing a variety of key initiatives concurrently
  • Established relationships with diverse community groups, organizations and leaders in the Los Angeles region
  • Relationship builder with high emotional intelligence and flexibility
  • Up to date in the latest social media developments and effective practices
  • High energy, maturity, and leadership with the ability to serve as a unifying force and to position communications discussions at both the strategic and tactical levels
  • Self-starter, able to work independently, and entrepreneurial; enjoys creating and implementing new initiatives
  • Manages Heal the Bay’s Style Guide and ensures guidelines are followed
  • Minimum BA/BS degree in communications or equivalent practical experience
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills and an attention to detail
  • Systems knowledge and implementing audience segmentation and marketing tools
  • Extensive copywriting, proofreading and editing experience in AP Style.
  • Passion for storytelling through multiple media types, both visual, written, auditory and experiential
  • Ability to work late and on weekends in response to the news cycle when necessary
  • Upholds Heal the Bay’s mission and core values across all interactions and materials

If you don’t meet all the preferred skills above, you are still encouraged to apply and will be considered based on diverse and equivalent skills and experience. 

Compensation

This is an exempt full-time position, salary band starts at $90,000 (based on experience) with appropriate state and federal taxes withheld.

Benefits

Comprehensive health insurance, vacation and retirement benefits are included.

Schedule 

Full-time, 40 hours per week. Must be available for some weekends and evenings. We are currently operating in a hybrid (home & office) work model from our Santa Monica office. Heal the Bay offers a dynamic work environment with highly motivated staff and volunteers. Candidates must currently live in Los Angeles County, California or be willing to relocate to be considered for this role.

How To Apply  

Application Deadline: August 19, 2022. Position ideal start day September 6, 2022.

Please submit your cover letter and/or brief introduction and resume/CV or list of qualifications online at commsdir@healthebay.org. Use Communications Director in the subject line.

Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County. 

Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the hiring process. Once a conditional job offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking. 

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LSS and Facilities Technician will support daily operations and required maintenance in a dynamic and unique work environment for a small-scale Aquarium facility that has great potential for expansion, changing exhibits, and broad community impact. Read More »

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is the most recognized environmental nonprofit group in LA for a reason: we have been keeping Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy, and clean for people and marine life since 1985. Using education, science, advocacy, and community action, we raise awareness and make progress with practical solutions to often complex problems. We conduct hundreds of beach and community cleanups each year, informing people about the root causes of pollution along the shorelines and in their neighborhoods. We advocate for strict water quality regulations that protect the health of both humans and the animals that call local creeks, rivers, and the Santa Monica Bay home. We operate the award-winning Heal the Bay Aquarium at the Santa Monica Pier, inspiring visitors to become stewards for the region’s most important natural resource: clean water. We also educate and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, with more than 100,000 students joining us each year for school field trips, science-based classroom presentations, and events. Learn more about us at www.healthebay.org/our-impact

About the Role

Heal the Bay is looking for a part-time LSS and Facilities Technician who can support in daily operations and required maintenance needed to run Aquarium Operations. This position will report to and work under the guidance of the Associate Aquarium Director of Operations.

This is an excellent opportunity to work in a dynamic and unique work environment in the Aquarium, under the Santa Monica Pier. You will be working in a small-scale Aquarium facility that has great potential for expansion, changing exhibits, and broad community impact. You will gain Aquarium and nonprofit experience and be able to work for a reputable nonprofit that has been established for over 35 years. Heal the Bay Aquarium is home to hundreds of organisms, native to the Santa Monica Bay. As Heal the Bay’s marine education facility, the aquarium strives to teach visitors about the importance of environmental stewardship and marine conservation.

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • General facility maintenance and maintenance of aquarium life support systems
  • General facility maintenance includes, but is not limited to: general building repairs, plumbing, minor electrical projects, small construction projects, and some general custodial work
  • Custodial tasks may pressure washing, graffiti abatement, and waste disposal
  • LSS maintenance includes, but is not limited to: pump repair, filtration maintenance, exhibit cleanings, and general preventative maintenance of system equipment
  • Water quality analysis
  • Maintain and implement safety standards within the guidelines of OSHA, USDA, and AZA animal welfare guidelines
  • Support in aquarium husbandry tasks, as needed
  • Respond to emergency LSS situations and is capable of being on call when urgent issues arise
  • Oversight and guidance of Operations volunteers and interns
  • Maintain daily record keeping logs and equipment maintenance logs
  • Special project(s)

Preferred Experience & Skills

  • Associates, certification in a trade, or 2-4 years of related experience.
  • 1-2 years of experience with life support systems
  • Proficiency in the safe use of hand tools and power tools
  • General knowledge and experience with light carpentry, plumbing, and electrical work desired
  • General knowledge of local marine species, habitats, and requirement of care, preferred
  • Ability to supervise and guide Intern/Volunteer team in a positive, supportive manner
  • Strong attention to detail, decision-making skills, and time management
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to respectfully communicate and respect visitors and staff of all ages, ethnicities, exceptionalities, gender identities, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate well with a team, and also work independently with minimal supervision
  • Ability to work in variable weather conditions and confined spaces with potential exposure to heat, wind, and inclement weather both inside the Aquarium and outdoors on the Santa Monica Pier
  • Must be at least 18 years of age

Compensation

$18.00 per hour with appropriate state and federal taxes withheld. All Heal the Bay recognized holidays will be compensated at 1.5x normal pay rate in accordance with time worked.

Benefits

There are no dental, medical, health insurance, or vacation benefits included as part of the employment. As per the state of CA Labor Law, the employee will be eligible to receive up to 72 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year, after completing 90 days of employment.

Schedule

Part-time 15-29 hours per week, but can expect an average of 25 hours based on scheduling needs. Weekends, holidays, and after-hours events are required and will be part of the regular schedule. Start date: ASAP.

How To Apply

Please email your resume to Laura Rink, Aquarium Associate Director of Operations, at lrink@healthebay.org with the subject line “LSS and Facilities Technician.” No phone calls please. Applications will be reviewed immediately and on an ongoing basis in the order they are received. This position will be hired ASAP, and remain posted until filled.


Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

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The Advancement Director leads a dynamic team in planning and implementation of all fundraising including major gifts, special events, grants, membership programs, corporate sponsorships, retail sales, and more. Read More »

Advancement Director Job Announcement

 Heal the Bay Is an environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California’s Coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy, and clean. To fulfill our mission, we use science, education, community action, and advocacy. Heal the Bay has an annual budget of over $4 million and more than 15,000 members. Progress toward our mission is achieved by effectively combining science, advocacy, community outreach, and education to create positive change in our environment.

We strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County, including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQIA and other communities that environmental organizations, including Heal the Bay, have not adequately engaged.

Position Summary:

The Director of Advancement reports to the CEO and, as a member of the leadership team, directs the organization’s fundraising and public engagement efforts. With a primary focus on donor strategy, the Director of Advancement leads the advancement team in development, communication, and brand management efforts. The advancement team serves to engage current and new supporters, increase financial investment in HTB, and build an increasingly strong and diverse network of stakeholders.  As the chief fundraiser for HTB, the Director of Advancement spends considerable time visiting with and stewarding donors, partners, and prospects and representing HTB publicly as an extension of HTB’s executive office in order to secure major and transformational gifts for our work. When strategically necessary, the Director of Advancement works with the CEO to cultivate and request major contributions and support from individuals.

The Director of Advancement collaborates with the Board of Directors, works closely with HTB leadership team, and leads an advancement team to set and achieve annual and long-range fundraising goals, measuring progress throughout the year to ensure success. The Director of Advancement collaborates with program staff to support funding needs and priorities, and works closely with HTB’s Director of Communications to ensure consistent branding, clear and targeted messaging, and strengthened relationships with supporters.

A successful candidate will have a focus on goal-setting and accountability of the team, and a proven ability to create and grow funding opportunities. They must also be comfortable in diverse social situations and have a passion for protecting the environment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Development, Stewardship, and Communications 

  • Develops and oversees implementation of Development Plan in consultation with leadership and advancement teams.
  • Manages a portfolio of donors and prospective major donors across HTB by leading in cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; maintains current documentation of activity.
  • Develops and strengthens relationships with individuals, corporations, and foundations.
  • Spends a large amount of time traveling to develop relationships and cultivate donors.
  • Delegates and oversees creation of donor-related materials including print and electronic appeals, stewardship communication, and meeting packets.
  • Collaborates with HTB leadership team to coordinate baseline annual fundraising targets with organizational strategic objectives and budget.
  • Provide timely notice to accounting and data management of impending gift requests to ensure clear path of accounting and procedures.
  • Conducts and records outcome of measurable number of face-to-face visits with donor prospects to solicit major and planned gifts.
  • Prepares or delegates preparation of written and verbal proposals, and other materials needed to secure major gifts in collaboration with colleagues, as appropriate.
  • Solicits a measurable number of major gifts annually—in collaboration with CEO when necessary—while growing a pipeline of new opportunities to support future major gift solicitations.
  • Represents organization publicly when CEO cannot, to strategically grow community of stakeholders, working with other staff to coordinate strategic meetings and small-scale events as needed.
  • In coordination with CEO creates opportunities to increase the visibility of HTB across the state through strategic partnerships, events, and special initiatives as schedule and budget permit.

Management 

  • Coaches, supervises, and evaluates advancement team of 3-4 and ensures staff members have the tools needed to accomplish their jobs.
  • Provides guidance to reports and tracks performance against development plan.
  • Communicates regularly with advancement team to strategize about status of stewardship, prospecting, proposals, and appeals; evaluates areas needing focus and growth.
  • Contributes approximately 10% of time to collaborative opportunities across the organization.
  • Explores new ideas through professional growth opportunities.

Leadership Team and Board

  • Participates actively in leadership team meetings to strategize and position the organization for the future.
  • Meets regularly with Board members to cultivate and solicit for major gifts for organization work and to grow our network of new investors.

Skills, Experience and Education

  • 5+ years of direct fundraising leadership and solicitation experience.
  • Demonstrated success cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding high-net-worth individuals, with a track record of securing 5+-figure gifts and moving donors up the giving pyramid.
  • Ability to communicate the mission and activities of HTB in compelling ways to different audiences;
  • Digital fluency in Salesforce or similar donor relations management database.
  • Ability to set and achieve goals, and a creative approach to problem-solving.
  • Ability to perform under pressure in a dynamic environment.
  • Superior interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively with the Executive Leadership, Board of Directors, major donors, and prospects in an effective manner.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • A clear understanding of 501(c)(3) nonprofit legal issues/structures.

Compensation

Hiring range starts at $120,000, based on experience.

The position is full-time/exempt and some evening and weekend work is required. The position requires being based in LA County with a flexible “in office” requirement of 2 days a week.

Heal the Bay offers an excellent benefits package.

Application Information

How to apply: Please email your resume/cover letter to advdirector@healthebay.org with the subject line “HTB Advancement Director 2022”.

For more information visit www.healthebay.org/jobs


Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

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Internships

Heal the Bay’s Science, Policy, and Outreach Department is recruiting for a highly self-motivated MPA Watch intern with an interest in marine protected areas (MPAs), coastal conservation, and fieldwork for the 2022 Fall session (September-December). Read More »

About the Organization

Heal the Bay is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to making the coastal waters and watersheds of Greater Los Angeles safe, healthy, and clean. To fulfill our mission we use science, education, community action, and advocacy.  

Internship Overview

Heal the Bay’s Science, Policy, and Outreach Department is recruiting for a highly self-motivated MPA Watch intern with an interest in marine protected areas (MPAs), coastal conservation, and fieldwork for the 2022 Fall Session (September – December). The intern will report to our Coastal and Marine Scientist, and work both in the field at MPA sites and virtually for approximately 10-20 hours each week with flexible scheduling and an option for periodic in-office meetings. The intern is expected to start the week of September 12th, as well as provide their own transportation to and from MPA field sites in Malibu and Palos Verdes. Interns are trained to observe and collect unbiased data on coastal and marine resource use.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain science fieldwork experience and to work for a reputable non-profit that has been established on the Westside for over 35 years. Heal the Bay’s community science program, MPA Watch, is part of a statewide network and collects valuable scientific data to inform various government and other organizations about human use at MPA sites and inform MPA management.

There are required physical expectations that an individual must possess in order to successfully perform essential internship responsibilities, including:

  • Ability to spend 4-5 hours outside and willingness to do so under harsh weather conditions, if necessary.
  • Ability to complete moderate hiking and willingness to do so under harsh weather conditions, if necessary.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs.
  • Ability to push and pull up to 50lbs.

This is an unpaid internship, but please contact your college or university about qualifying for college credit or scholarship opportunities. Please note that this is a virtual internship. Heal the Bay’s main offices are closed for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic and all office work is expected to be conducted online. Interns must have reliable access to a computer and internet to complete remote work in addition to field work.

Primary Responsibilities: 

  • Complete MPA Watch beach surveys of human activities inside and outside protected areas for MPA Watch program.
  • Assist in organization and management of the MPA Watch database.
  • Conduct quality assurance and quality control on MPA Watch surveys in the database.
  • Assist with the development of MPA Watch program and training materials such as manuals and PowerPoint presentations
  • Assist in the development and implementation of MPA Watch volunteer trainings.
  • Assist in MPA Watch volunteer events and coordination.
  • Attend virtual weekly MPA Watch team meetings
  • Maintain a professional and enthusiastic attitude when representing Heal the Bay in public settings, meeting, events, and trainings.
  • Develop an independent research project on MPA Watch data, MPA policy and legislation, or another related topic and present results at the end of the internship.

Qualifications:

  • Recently graduated or currently enrolled in higher education program at a college or university in a degree program of Environmental Studies, Marine Science, Oceanography, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Policy or related field.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  
  • Detail-oriented; ability to complete projects promptly and completely.  
  • Ability to work independently as well as with a team.  
  • Preferred: experience in conducting data collection and/or research and proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  

How to Apply:

Applicants must send a resume and cover letter to Emily Parker, Coastal and Marine Scientist, at eparker@healthebay.org  by Friday, September 2nd 2022 for application to be considered. Please use the phrase “MPA Watch Spring 2022 Internship” in the email subject line.


Heal the Bay is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status and we strongly encourage applications from individuals that reflect the diversity of Los Angeles County.

 Heal the Bay complies with AB 1008, the Fair Chance Act, during the onboarding process. Once a conditional internship offer has been made the candidate will be asked to complete a Live Scan criminal background check. A thorough assessment of conviction history will be considered including: the nature and gravity of the criminal history, the time that has passed since the conviction, and the nature of the job the candidate is seeking.

 Heal the Bay requires all interns to obtain and maintain up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations, when available. Heal the Bay believes this is an important measure to protect the health and safety of employees, volunteers, family members and those who visit the workplace from COVID-19 infection. Interns must show proof of vaccination (vaccination card or website).

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