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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.

Heal the Bay is seeking a communications pro to help transform one of greater L.A.’s most beloved environmental organizations. We’re looking for a sharp storyteller and content whiz who can energize our traditional base of supporters as we continue our vital work of safeguarding our region’s ocean, shoreline, and inland watersheds. Read More »

About the Role

We’re seeking a communications pro to help transform Heal the Bay, one of greater L.A.’s most beloved environmental organizations. We’re looking for a sharp storyteller and content whiz who can energize our traditional base of supporters as we continue our vital work of safeguarding our region’s ocean, shoreline, and inland watersheds. As we prepare to celebrate our 40th anniversary, we’re looking for some fresh thinking and strategies. Are you the leader who can help us mobilize a new wave of watershed warriors through bolder and more culturally relevant outreach.

What You Will Do:

    • Research, understand, and segment our key audiences – volunteers, donors, advocates, educators and institutional supporters – so you can engage with them more effectively.
    • Lead staff in creating actionable campaigns under tight deadlines that increase public awareness, influence decision-makers, spur community action and raise revenue.
    • Create and edit catchy content for a number of vehicles – website updates, blog posts, e-newsletters, Op Ed submissions, infographics, social posts, fundraising appeals, event programming and high-impact/low-tech video.
    • Pitch media outlets to place water, ocean and climate issues higher up on their priority lists and generate local and national press coverage of our issues and activities.
    • Serveas a member of HTB’s senior leadership team, liaising with other directors and HTB board members to shape organizational strategy and drive executional excellence.
    • Define HTB strategic priorities through ‘out of the box’ game-changing programs/campaigns to show that HTB is cutting edge.
    • Manage the communications department. Manage and develop communications team members.

What You Bring to the Table:

      • At least 10 years experience managing written and visual storytelling for mission-driven organizations.
      • A creative mindset and writer’s instinct that can make wonky policy debate and science-based initiatives more relatable to the general public.
      • An understanding of L.A.’s changing demographics and a commitment to better engage diverse audiences in an authentic and relevant manner.
      • Proven ability to prioritize and create an annual communications plan/calendar and set/meet all deadlines in a fast-paced organization.
      • A take-charge work style that’s comfortable receiving guidance/direction from the leadership team and then executing independently.
      • The talent to toggle back and forth daily from tactical execution and strategic-driven brainstorming.
      • Experience writing and distributing all forms of original content: press releases, media advisories, video scripts, fundraising appeals, social media posts, advertising, campaign taglines, talking points for the C Suite, op-eds, letters to the editor, blog posts, campaign briefs, social media toolkits, and other copy as needed.
      • Proven experience as a brand steward, collaborating across multiple departments to ensure consistent messaging across all platforms and vehicles.
      • A sharp editor’s eye that ensures all disseminated content is free of misspellings, grammatical errors, acronyms, jargon, nonprofit-speak and other cringe-inducing missteps.
      • Aptitude in WordPress, Google Analytics, Graphic Design (Photoshop, Lightroom, Canva), social media best practices, and Project Management Software (Asana)
      • Excellent media relations skills, including the ability to respond rapidly and thoughtfully to press inquiries, including those received outside of standard work hours.

Salary Range: $100,000 – $120,000 a year

 

How You Will Know Your Work Is Working:

      • More volunteer sign-ups
      • More visits to our Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
      • More members acquired/donations made
      • More actions taken by the general public to support specific advocacy campaigns
      • More visits/engagement on our public-facing communication platforms
      • More strategic high-impact collaborators/influencers/cultural partners

Why You’ll Feel Good Doing It:

    • You’ll inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. Your work will educate and galvanize hundreds of thousands of Angelenos each year by giving them the knowledge, tools, and engagement opportunities to bring about meaningful change in their communities, both inland and coastal.
    • You’ll fight for Mother Earth. Your efforts will help build climate-resilient communities, clean up polluted waterways, and protect the wildlife that call greater Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Bay home.
    • You’ll create community and camaraderie. You will catalyze a network of like-minded change agents across the region to share information and provide support.

What to Expect from the Work Culture:

      • Care and respect from nearly 20 fellow staffers working from HTB headquarters in Santa Monica, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, and in-home offices across the region.
      • A commitment to helping employees find sustainable work-life balance, support for their families and opportunities for professional and personal growth.
      • A recognition that while our advocacy work is serious business we can always have fun doing it.
      • A fast-paced environment in which you will collaborate closely with a detail-oriented CEO to achieve ambitious goals.

What You Might First Sink Your Teeth Into:

      • Beach Report Card: Promote and pitch our annual water-quality ranking of the most polluted beaches in the state of California.
      • “Bring Back the Beach” Gala: Help drive attendance and awareness of our annual casual-chic party under the stars at the Jonathan Club.
      • Earth Month: Educate and encourage residents to volunteer and take direct action to create a more resilient Southland.
      • Heal the Bay Speaker Series: Expand influencer network by collaborating with Big Idea + Big Impact individuals on quarterly events
      • LA28 Olympic Initiative:  Define a clear “MVP” goal that grows relationships + milestones with elite athletes to amplify HTB mission as the region drives to the Olympics.

How to Apply  

Please apply with a resume and a short cover letter (500 words or fewer) that explains why this position might be a good mutual fit. Also submit links to two pieces of cause-related content of which you are particularly proud – blog post, social campaign, infographic, video, etc.

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.
Heal the Bay requires all staff 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. Staff must show proof of vaccination (vaccination card or website

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Heal the Bay is seeking an Associate Director of Special Events to spearhead the planning, execution, and reporting of the organizations’ signature fundraising events. Read More »

About the Role:

Heal the Bay’s Associate Director of Special Events will be spearheading the planning, execution, and reporting of the organization’s signature fundraising events. These include Bring Back the Beach Gala $1.2M, Golf Tournament $600,000, and ONE Water $80,000, as well as new opportunities and sponsorships for programmatic events. With a keen focus on enhancing year-round cultivation and stewardship, this position oversees every aspect of event management, from conception to post-event reporting and review. Under the direction of the Chief Development Officer, the Associate Director of Special Events collaborates closely with internal teams, external partners, and stakeholders to ensure seamless operations, exceptional attendee experiences, and meeting or exceeding budget goals. By leveraging fundraising expertise, this position plays a crucial role in driving revenue generation and fostering donor engagement to support Heal the Bay’s mission of environmental conservation and community empowerment

Roles and Responsibilities:

Event Planning and Actualization:

  • Drive the planning, execution, and goal achievement of Heal the Bay’s signature events with a particular focus on gala and golf tournament.
  • Develop annual, comprehensive event plans, including timelines, budgets, and logistics, to ensure smooth operations and successful outcomes.
  • Engage staff, Board of Directors, and external partners in Heal the Bay’s mission and opportunities to align with organizational goals and member needs.
  • Oversee contract negotiation and vendor management to secure resources necessary for event success.
  • Steward all aspects of event production, including set-up, technical requirements, staffing, registration, and participant engagement.
  • Ensure compliance with all legal, safety, and accessibility requirements throughout the event planning and development process.

Member and Attendee Experience:

  • Prioritize the delivery of exceptional member and attendee experiences by understanding their needs, preferences, and feedback.
  • Implement strategies to enhance participant engagement, interaction, and satisfaction before, during, and after events.
  • Provide personalized guidance to attendees, speakers, and sponsors to address inquiries, resolve issues, and foster positive relationships.
  • Collect and assess data on participant demographics, satisfaction levels, and event impact to inform future program enhancements.

Collaboration and Communication:

  • Foster strong relationships with internal stakeholders, external partners, and event collaborators to ensure effective teamwork and coordination.
  • Remain calm under pressure and the ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time.
  • Communicate event objectives, requirements, and expectations clearly and consistently to all relevant parties.
  • Collaborate with the marketing and communications team to develop promotional materials (save-the-dates, sponsorship decks, invitations, etc.), outreach strategies, and post-event content to maximize event visibility and impact.
  • Serve as a liaison between Heal the Bay and event sponsors, ensuring alignment with organizational values and objectives.

Evaluation and Continuous Improvement

  • Conduct post-event debriefs and evaluations to assess event effectiveness, identify strengths and areas for improvement, and capture lessons learned.
  • Use evaluation findings and participant feedback to refine event strategies, processes, and content for future iterations.
  • Stay informed about industry trends, best practices, and emerging technologies related to event management, nonprofit capacity building, and grantmaking to inform program development and innovation.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in six- or seven-figure fundraising event planning and management, preferably in the nonprofit sector or related fields, with a strong awareness of fundraising practices and strategies.
  • Proven track record of successfully planning and executing fundraising events, campaigns, or initiatives, with a focus on donor cultivation, stewardship, and retention.
  • Experience in large-scale events including galas and golf tournaments.
  • Proven track record in securing five- or six-figure corporate and individual event donors.
  • Experience in developing and presiding over event budgets, sponsorship packages, and revenue goals to aid organizational fundraising objectives.
  • Excellent relationship-building experience, with the ability to engage and inspire donors, sponsors, volunteers, and other stakeholders in support of the organization’s mission.
  • Strong analytical experience, with the knowledge of how to evaluate event performance, donor engagement metrics, and fundraising outcomes to inform strategic resolution-making and continuous improvement efforts.
  • Knowledge in fundraising software, (i.e Salesforce, OneCause, Classy) or similar donor management systems, and CRM platforms, with the ability to leverage data and technology to maximize fundraising efforts and maximize donor impact.
  • Pledge to diversity, equity, and inclusion practices, with a demonstrated aptitude to engage diverse communities and foster inclusive fundraising practices.
  • Passion for environmental conservation, social justice, and community engagement, with a desire to make a positive impact through meaningful philanthropy and collective action.

Compensation & Benefits:

$75,000 – $85,000 depending on experience, with appropriate state and federal taxes withheld. This position is non-exempt and full-time and includes a full benefits package with dental, vision, health, and vacation as part of employment.  Heal the Bay covers 90% of the benefit package.

Schedule

Full-time, 40 hours per week. Heal the Bay currently operates on a hybrid schedule of 2 days in the Santa Monica office per week.  Heal the Bay offers a dynamic work environment with highly motivated staff and volunteers.

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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Heal the Bay is seeking a Senior Data Coordinator to join our Data Team to focus on tasks such as donation processing, maintaining data quality, organizing files, and managing constituents Read More »

About the Role

The Data Coordinator will play a vital role within our Data Team, focusing on tasks such as donation processing, maintaining data quality, organizing files, and managing constituents. You’ll work closely with other departments, particularly Development and Accounting, using Salesforce for various tasks and process improvements.
We’re looking for someone who shares our strong commitment to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI), and who may even participate in Heal the Bay’s JEDI Committee.

This part-time, non-exempt position reports to the Data & Technical Senior Specialist. We invite enthusiastic candidates to apply and be a part of our mission-driven team!

Expectations & Responsibilities

  • Manage the processing of direct mail, including tracking gifts in Salesforce and corresponding with donors via phone or mail.
  • Assist in data entry into Salesforce to maintain complete and accurate organization and revenue records.
  • Extract donation reports from various portals/sources and input them into Salesforce.
  • Provide support to the Development team on Salesforce projects, including donor and fundraising reports, duplicate management, and data cleanup.
  • Maintain frequent communication with the finance team for monthly reconciliation between Salesforce and bank statements.
  • Process credit card transactions and follow up on canceled or changed credit cards.
  • Assist with annual signature events, including managing revenue and donor records, and post-event cleanup.
  • Monitor retail data flow from Shopify to Salesforce.
  • Collaborate with the Development team to ensure proper tracking of soft credits and donation matching.
  • Support ongoing staff training in data tools and resources, including Shopify, Classy, PayPal, Stripe, OneCause, Double the Donation, Microsoft Suite, and more.
  • Complete other assignments from the Data Team as directed.

Experience & Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or 1-3 years of demonstrated proficiency with Salesforce (bonus points for experience with Nonprofit Success Pack!) or similar CRM.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and project planning skills.
    Meticulous and accurate, with the ability to make careful and considerate changes.
  • Understanding of data’s impact at different levels and the benefits of automation.
    Observant, with a keen eye for details while mindful of the bigger picture.
  • Desire to innovate, update, or replace existing processes to improve staff quality of life.
  • Comfortable working both independently and collaboratively within a team.
    Proven ability to work under pressure, multitask, and meet deadlines.
  • Effective and efficient communication with staff of varying technical abilities.
  • Patience and determination to find solutions from different angles when not immediately apparent.
  • Ability to adapt to and navigate various apps and technologies seamlessly.
  • A strong passion for Heal the Bay’s mission and a genuine love for the environment are a plus.

Compensation

$21 – $24 an hour. This position is non-exempt, excluding benefits but including accrued sick time. This part-time position requires an average of 25-29 hours per week.

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Heal the Bay is seeking an Aquarium Public Programs Manager to fill the primary role of providing high-quality customer service while creating public educational content and programming, as well as leading public program operations, special events, birthday parties, and retail operations. Read More »

About the Role

Under the supervision of the Aquarium’s Associate Director of Programs, the Public Programs Manager will fill the primary role of providing high-quality customer service while creating public educational content and programming, as well as leading public program operations, special events, birthday parties, and retail operations. Leads a team of public programs associates, volunteers, and interns and prioritizes the organization’s strategic initiatives through collaborative communication internally and externally.

Essential Job Functions Include:

    • Manage public programs team including staff, interns, and volunteers by motivating, coaching, training and developing them toward optimum performance
    • Develop skills and oversee special projects of staff, volunteers, and interns related to strategic planning, revenue goals, and program growth
    • Oversee the daily operations of public programs during all business hours including admissions, retail, and visitor experience
    • Minimize the number and complexity of revenue generating activities. Devote maximum resources to highest ROI drivers
    • Listen, understand, and address the needs of our visitors, employees, and volunteers while creating a welcoming environment that supports Heal the Bay’s mission of fostering inclusivity, dignity, and respect
    • Create content and exhibit enhancements as needed, as well as managing and leading themed weekends, special events, birthday parties, and general public programs
    • Support retail operations through inventory management, ordering, pricing merchandising, marketing, and advertising
    • Work closely with the communications team to ensure marketing and communication efforts are integrated and optimized on event, program, and department levels
    • Help to increase awareness of Heal the Bay’s mission and visibility for the Aquarium, and be an advocate for our strategic initiatives
    • Assist in office management, including supply ordering and maintaining Green Business Certification and Associate of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) best practices
    • Oversee the development and use of effective standard operating procedures, implementation, and monitoring programs to ensure that all policies and procedures are appropriately and effectively followed
    • Contribute positively to the leadership team and foster a culture of great communication and collaboration organization-wide
    • Contribute to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all people and creatures

Preferred Experience/Skills:

    • Management experience and proven success working as part of a diverse team
    • Experience with, or interest in learning about, working with animals and educating about animals, including familiarity with Santa Monica Bay marine organisms and ecosystems
    • Excellent communication, customer service, and public speaking skills
    • Conversational-level knowledge of at least two languages is strongly preferred, with a preference for Spanish
    • Knowledge of major social media platforms (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), Canva and/or Adobe Creative Suite
    • Collaborative and communicate well with a team
    • Work independently with minimal supervision and take the initiative
    • Experience working with children and fostering positive learning experiences

Compensation: This is a non-exempt full-time position $23.50 – $25.50 per hour with appropriate state and federal taxes withheld.

Benefits: There are dental, medical, health insurance, and vacation benefits included as part of employment. In accordance with California Labor Law, employee will be eligible to receive up to 72 hours of paid sick leave per calendar year, after completing 90 days of employment. All Heal the Bay recognized holidays will be compensated in accordance to time worked.

Schedule: Full-time, 40 hours per week. Must be available for weekends, evenings, and holidays.

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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Heal the Bay Aquarium is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, dedicated, and responsible interns who love to work with children, and are interested in pursuing education as a career. Read More »

About the Internship

Heal the Bay Aquarium is looking for enthusiastic, motivated, dedicated, and responsible interns who love to work with children, and are interested in pursuing education as a career. If you love to spend time on the beach, work with animals, and are seeking experience in outdoor science education for children, this is the opportunity for you! This internship is also an excellent chance to learn more about marine science and environmental advocacy and to gain experience working for an environmental nonprofit.

Summer Camp Interns will have exposure to the process of organizing, planning, and teaching the Aquarium Science Camp programs. They will assist staff with hands-on activities, classroom management, and beach exploration. In doing so, they will help children gain a greater sense of Ocean Literacy and inspire future environmental stewards. Interns will also receive professional development in student-centered pedagogy, training in outdoor field education, and become familiar with NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards).

Intern Expectations and Responsibilities: (include, but are not limited to)

Expectations:

  • Be available to attend one full training week (June 17-21, 8:30 AM-2 PM)
  • Design and implement one summer camp activity, craft, or experiment based on training received through Heal the Bay’s Education department
  • Be present with the campers – no phones, social media, minimal chatting during instruction o Be enthusiastic & personally responsible – take initiative when possible, show excitement for your work, and you will get the most from this internship o Be punctual – please arrive on time each day
  • Model behaviors – modeling behaviors like curiosity help campers connect to the material and can help you learn something new each day

Responsibilities: 

  • Assist the Education team and other staff members with daily operations of Aquarium Science Camp
  • Help organize materials for the camp programs
  • Learn and teach activities for lesson topics with the Education team
  • Attend to the supervision and safety of campers
  • Maintain a professional and positive manner with children, parents, volunteers, and staff
  • Perform appropriate duties as assigned by management

A qualified Camp Intern:

  • Is excited to work with kids
  • Is able to share their passion for the ocean
  • Loves to spend time outside on the beach · Is at least 18 years old
  • Is organized and has careful attention to detail
  • Is able to work independently and with a team
  • Is able to pass a federal Live Scan background check

Working on the beach can be challenging. There are required physical expectations that an intern must possess including:

  • Ability to walk in the sand
  • Openness to occasionally getting wet
  • Willingness to interact with and touch marine animals
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30lbs
  • Ability to push and pull up to 30lbs
  • Ability to spend 2+ hours outside in different types of weather

While you are with us, you will gain: 

  • Classroom management skills
  • Public speaking experience
  • Interpretation skills and techniques
  • Outdoor education techniques
  • Environmental education content knowledge
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) knowledge
  • Hands-on science activity practice
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Professional skills and industry knowledge/experience

 

This is an unpaid internship and requires a time commitment of 25-29 hours per week. The internship will last about 7.5 weeks with a start date of June 17, 2024 and an end date of August 7, 2024.

To Apply

Please email a resume and cover letter to: Robert Ramos, Education Manager ATTN: Summer Camp Intern Application rramos@healthebay.org. These documents should be sent by Friday, May 31, 2024 at midnight for applications to be considered.

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