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Vice President, Marketing

Mystic Aquarium
Mystic, United States Posted: March 07, 2024

Reporting to the Chief Advancement Officer, the Vice President of Marketing will lead Mystic Aquarium’s efforts around Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, and Membership. They will be responsible for shaping and enhancing Mystic Aqaurium’s public image and relationships with key stakeholders, as well as driving attendance and attendance-related revenue.

  • The Aquarium seeks a leader who will bring a blend of skills in public relations, community engagement, membership management, strategic planning, and creative content development.
  • Working in close partnership with Mystic Aquarium’s leadership, the Vice President of Marketing will be a catalyst for innovation; they will “see around corners” and anticipate visitor interests and behaviors by carefully analyzing data to shape practical, real-world, and highly visible initiatives that are aligned with the leadership’s strategy.
  • The Vice President of Marketing will lead and manage a department of dedicated staff and contractors who support Mystic Aquarium’s conventional (video/audio/print), traditional (video/audio/print), and digital (online/mobile/social) marketing and communications functions.
  • It is critical that all marketing strategies are sustainable, offer a positive return on any financial investment, and are consistent with the organization’s overall conservation, operating, and business objectives.
Key Responsibilities
  • In partnership with leadership, lead, plan, direct, and implement strategies for all marketing, membership, communications, and public relations on behalf of Mystic Aquarium
  • Work closely with the Chief Advancement Officer on fundraising-related marketing strategies to further drive philanthropic revenue
  • Constant and consistent communication and collaboration with Aquarium leadership and cross-functional departments
  • Participate in the planning and vision of Mystic Aquarium at the executive levels
  • Analyze and evaluate existing and potential marketing activities and strategies and make suggestions to leadership for improvement
  • Maximize outreach to and engagement of diverse audiences through online, social media, and mobile engagement
  • Provide direction to ensure Mystic Aquarium’s external relations strategy is aligned with overall vision and goals
  • Oversee the membership strategy, primarily focused on increasing the membership revenue line
  • Maximize visitor and patron engagement in education, public programs, and events
  • Prepare and execute a proactive crisis management plan to address potential risk and public relations challenges
  • Develop and manage the Marketing budget in collaboration with marketing operations staff
  • Lead, manage, and mentor a team of committed and engaged professionals
  • Continually improve awareness of Mystic Aquarium among field influencers, donors, and the general public
Key Qualifications
  • Minimum 10 years of professional marketing experience working for an institution of similar size
  • Minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience
  • Sophisticated marketing, branding, and public relations experience, with a track record of conceiving and implementing successful strategies, plans, and programs that drive sustained attendance and ticket sales
  • Broad-based knowledge of the full range of marketing techniques and tools, technologies including branding, advertising, direct marketing, market research, and interactive technologies
  • Experience leading teams and stakeholders to adopt new processes and procedures
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, organize, and manage key communications and public relations functions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and persuasion skills, with an ability to effectively present to a variety of internal and external constituencies
  • Well-organized and deadline-oriented, with exceptional attention to detail and follow-through
  • Experience working within or closely with a development department is a plus
  • Mastery of current social media trends to help inform strategies around digital and social media platforms
  • Emotionally mature and self-possessed; patient and tactful with a sense of humor
  • Experience in a membership-driven organization is a plus but not required
  • Working knowledge of Tessitura, Satisfi, and Prospect2 is a plus
  • Interest in the mission of Mystic Aquarium to inspire people to care for and protect the ocean planet through conservation, education, and research.
Diversity and Inclusion:
  • Mystic Aquarium embraces the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in its business and conservation practices.
  • They strive to foster a sense of belonging within their organization, our guests, and the communities that they serve and are committed to dismantling systemic inequities.
  • If you are interested in being considered for this search, please use the form below to submit your cover letter and resume in confidence.
  • Jesse Bryan
  • Vice President, Executive Search
  • Development Guild DDI

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