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POSITION: SPECIAL EVENTS/PROGRAMS MANAGER

 

The Shreveport Aquarium's mission is to educate, inspire, and entertain guests while promoting community sustainability. The Special Events/Programs Manager plays a vital role in creating revenue-generating events and educational activities beyond the standard guest experience.

 

JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Current Program Management: Manage and oversee existing programs and activities, including:

  • Paddlefish Festival, Party for the Planet, Shark Week

  • Character breakfasts and seasonal events (Mutiny and Believe Lights the Night)

 

New Program Development and Planning: Contribute to ongoing development and strategic planning of new special event programs aligned with company's long-term objectives. Assist in preparing ROI and budgets as required.

 

Event Execution: Aid in planning and executing special event programs, including setup and breakdown.

 

Marketing Collaboration: Work closely with the Marketing Director to promote programs through timely website and newsletter content.

 

Business Development and Project Management: Evaluate potential opportunities for new business ideas. Lead program-related capital projects from concept to completion under direction from the Director of Development and Marketing Director.

 

Documentation: Develop planning documents in advance and create post-event debrief documents for organizational learning.

 

Collateral Management: Maintain inventory and secure storage of all annual/seasonal event collateral, theming and signage.

 

Communication and Cross-Departmental Collaboration: Collaborate with internal departments to support events and activities. Ensure effective communication among aquarium operating teams, management, and company leadership. Conduct regular meetings to clarify responsibilities and ensure event success.

 

Staff Training: Motivate and train staff for new and existing program execution, coordinating required manpower with the scheduler.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Bachelor's degree (preferred)

  • Zoo, aquarium, museum or educational experience (preferred)

  • At least 2-year event or program management experience

  • Ability to pass a background check

  • Willing to work flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, and late evenings

 

COMPENSATION

  • Full time, salary $45,000 - $50,000 depending on experience

  • Eligibility for annual performance bonuses

  • Medical, dental, vision plan 60/40

  • Generous PTO plan starting at 10 days per year

  • Free family of 4 membership

  • 20% off gift shop and special programs

To apply, send resume to office@shreveportaquarium.com

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