Vice President, Education and Conservation
About the Aquarium
The Aquarium of the Pacific's mission is to instill a sense of
wonder, respect and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its
inhabitants and ecosystems. Our vision is to create an aquarium
dedicated to conserving and building Natural Capital (Nature and
Nature's services) by building Social Capital (the interactions
between and among peoples). The Aquarium of the Pacific has
redefined the modern aquarium. It is a community gathering place
where diverse cultures and arts are celebrated and a place where
important topics facing our planet and our oceans are explored
through our exhibits and by scientists, policymakers, and
stakeholders in search for sustainable solutions. It has taken a
bold new approach in the future of aquariums with the opening of
Pacific Visions in May 2019.
Since its founding in 1998, the Aquarium has become a leading
attraction in the Southern California region. Beyond its world
class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for
people of all ages from virtual programming and hands-on
activities, to lectures by leading scientists. Through these
programs and a variety of multimedia experiences the Aquarium
provides opportunities to delve deeper into ocean science and learn
more about our planet.
The New Position for the Aquarium with an important purpose
The Vice President of Education and Conservation is a new
position for the Aquarium, representing a commitment to the
ongoing, year-over-year growth and success of the Aquarium's
education and conservation efforts. We seek a vice president of
education and conservation to centralize a compelling and cohesive
education and conservation initiative for the future. This
individual will serve as a thought leader for coalescing our
informal education, interpretive, and conservation programs into a
world-class program. This position will work closely with the
development team to create and implement a fundraising strategy for
The VP of Education and Conservation Responsibilities Include:
Development of a coherent, compelling narrative about the
Aquarium's education and conservation programs that captures the
special aspects of the Aquarium's education, interpretation, and
conservation programs, while providing a clear vision for future
Creation of a strategic plan for education and conservation
programming that includes identifying key priorities, evaluation of
existing initiatives, and development of future programs.
Curation of existing and future virtual programming and videos,
leveraging this content for revenue or thought leadership.
Identification and acquisition of philanthropic support,
including grants from government, private, corporate, and
individual sources, to support education and conservation
Identification of potential partnerships and alliances.
Management of strategic internal and external partnerships for
education and conservation initiatives.
Participation as one of several spokespersons for various media
Championing Aquarium efforts in diversity, equity, inclusion,
access, and belonging.
Collaboration with key internal functions including finance,
operations, development, marketing and communications, and human
resources as appropriate.
Management of education team, attendance targets and budgets;
dotted line management and collaboration with staff from other
departments involved in conservation (husbandry, Seafood for the
Future, community science, youth volunteer programs, etc.).
Professional Skills, Experiences and Qualifications needed for this
Strong staff, program and thought leadership experience within
a zoo, aquarium, science center, or conservation organization.
Proven experience in formal and informal team management.
Experience in conceiving, developing and executing education,
interpretation and conservation programs.
Minimum 5 years' experience managing large teams and
complicated multi-disciplinary efforts related to education and
Knowledge of modern pedagogical theory and current best
practices in informal education and interpretation.
Outstanding skills in coaching and development of teaching
professionals in the field.
Personal commitment to the building, growth and support of
collaborative and effective work teams.
Strong technical / scientific understanding around the most
pressing global and/or regional ocean conservation issues; ability
to quickly digest and interpret technical information from
Knowledge of current and ongoing issues in ocean environment,
earth systems ocean management.
Experience working with federal and state agencies, as well as
major environmental foundations.
Strong, established external networks in the education and
ocean conservation space.
Proven record of significant fundraising, grant-writing, and
Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusivity
in staffing and programming.
Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills.
Solid business acumen.
Ability to set and meet strategic objectives on time and within
Competency in the use of office technology, media, and social
Education or comparable experience needed for this job:
Master's Degree or PhD in environmental (preferably
ocean-related) science, public policy, or environmental
Extensive management and fundraising experience and related
record of accomplishment can substitute for higher degrees.
Personal qualities needed to be successful (and to enjoy) this job:
Passion for the ocean
Integrity and trustworthiness
Curious and focused on lifelong learning
Strong organizational skills
Blend of big vision and respect for detail
Adaptable and nimble
Patience and stress tolerance
Must be willing and able to work nights, weekends, and other
hours as required for events, fundraising opportunities, programs,
and staff management reasons.
Occasional travel may be required, including domestic and/or
foreign by air or by sea.
Interested and Qualified?
If you meet the requirements of this position, click on the link
below to "APPLY NOW." You will be directed to our web application
process, the successful completion of which is required by all
applicants. There are THREE simple steps to this process, which is
administered by Hire Select:
You will complete a brief web application;
You will attach or build your resume;
You will complete the PCI aptitude assessment.
Upon completion of all THREE steps, your submission will be
forwarded to our hiring team for consideration. If you are among
the most qualified applicants, we will contact you within two to
three weeks. If you do not hear from us within that time, feel free
to reapply in the future as other opportunities arise. Thank you so
much for your interest in the Aquarium of the Pacific!
The Aquarium of the Pacific is an equal opportunity employer
committed to diversity, equality and inclusion.
The Chronicle of Higher Education. Keywords: Vice President of Educational Services, Location: Long Beach, CA - 90802