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Advancement & Event Coordinator - Part Time

Santa Barbara Zoo

Advancement & Event Coordinator - Part Time

Santa Barbara, CA
Part Time
  • Responsibilities

    Join the fun, professional, and mission-driven Santa Barbara Zoo team!

    The Santa Barbara Zoo is seeking a part time, self-motivated, engaging and detail-oriented Advancement & Event Coordinator to provide support across all Advancement events, in-kind community giving, behind-the-scenes tours and animal encounters, and assist with overall administrative support for the Advancement team.

    The ideal candidate will have strong written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills. Attention to detail, self-starter, and the ability to multi-task are essential.

    Position Status: Part Time, Hourly, Non-ExemptCompensation: $18.00 per hour, DOERequirements: Applicant must be minimum 18 years of age. At this time, the Zoo does not sponsor employment or internship visas.

    Schedule/Time Commitment: This position is up to 25 hours a week, including weekends and evenings.

    Must commit to Saturday shifts up to 4hr.

    Must be available to work additional hours during the month of August and be available to work the last two Saturdays of August (for Zoofari Ball).

    You must also complete the Zoo's Official Employment Application on the next page in order to be considered for the position


    Under the general direction of the Corporate Relations Officer, the Advancement & Event Coordinator supports all Advancement events, in-kind community giving, behind-the-scene tours and animal encounters, and assists with overall administrative support for the Advancement team. They will regularly interact with donors, guests, and community members, providing a high level of customer service while promoting the Zoo’s mission and conservation efforts.

    ESSENTIAL DUTIES include the following:

    Advancement Events Support:

    Assist the Corporate Relations Officer with organizing and executing events that involve fundraising including Zoofari Ball, ZooLights, Foster Feeder events, and more

    Duties may include answering donor calls and emails, organizing mailings, assisting with vendor outreach and coordination, creating centerpieces, and supporting Corporate Relations Officer with all event related tasks

    Zoofari Ball Support:

    Provide support for the planning and production of Zoofari Ball

    Assist with all mailings related to Zoofari Ball

    Assist in drafting and editing of internal and external Zoofari Ball materials

    Conduct data entry to keep track of sponsor and donor information

    Assist with the event auction including sending auction solicitations, making follow up phone calls, keeping detailed records on all auction donations, and picking up auction items

    Communicate as needed with committee members, donors, and external partners

    Take inventory of supplies and order as needed

    Night of event assistance

    Post event clean up

    Perform other duties as assigned by Corporate Relations Officer

    VIP & Behind-the-Scenes Experiences:

    Coordinate VIP, Animal Encounters and Behind-the-Scenes experiences on behalf of Advancement team

    Support donor tours including preparing the cart if needed, confirming and coordinating with Animal Care, sending confirmation emails to donor, and preparing any donor takeaways

    Maintain tour records and Zoo statistics

    Serve as the primary Advancement host for weekend tours

    Community Relations & Donor Gifts:

    Respond to community requests for in-kind gifts and when appropriate, prepare gifts and coordinate pick up

    Assist the Corporate Relations Officer with preparation of donor gifts/baskets when needed

    Administrative Support:

    Provide administrative support to Advancement team as needed including answering phone calls, communicating with donors, assisting with mailings, and helping with fundraising activities

    Serve as additional support for assisting with Foster Feeder mailings

    Serve as additional support to help enter gifts during busy times, file donor records, and assist in keeping office organized

    Guest Relations:

    Greets every guest with a smile or a friendly “hello”

    Thanks guests for supporting/visiting the Zoo

    Answers phone calls promptly and professionally

    Must stay calm in highly stressful situations, be knowledgeable of emergency procedures and be an active participant in drills, emergencies and lost child instances

    Ensure the Zoo’s presentation standards for cleanliness and maintenance are met by keeping work area clean, picking up trash, and reporting unsafe or unsightly conditions

    Associate with guests to share information and assist, identify their needs, and make their experience a more personal one, providing a high level of customer service and satisfaction

    Respond to all guest inquiries, complaints, and comments according to Zoo guest relations procedures

    Maintain a clean neat appearance and adheres to the Zoo’s uniform dress code

    Must have the ability to reflect a professional image while representing the zoo

    Take responsibility to stay informed about happenings at the Zoo such as reading employee communications and attending meetings

    Reflect the qualities outlined in our Core Values, the Guest Relations Statement and the Employee Pledge

    Promote the Zoo’s mission and conservation efforts

    Adhere to the Zoo’s policies and procedures as outlined in the Employee Policy Manual

    Apply and exemplify “green” (sustainable) practices whenever possible

    Other duties as needed


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to execute each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements and environmental characteristics described below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, and working and physical elements required of the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    This position operates in a professional, shared office environment and involves some outdoors duties. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

    This position is up to 25 hours a week, including weekends and evenings. This individual must be available to work additional hours during the month of August and be available to work the last two Saturdays of August (for Zoofari Ball).

    Education and Experience:

    Some college credit required; college degree preferred

    At least 18 years of age

    Some prior successful paid experience in a professional office environment with administrative functions

    Experience in fundraising, event planning, customer service, sales, and/or marketing, are preferred

    Proficient in using the MS Office Suite, and navigating websites and online professional tools.

    License, Certification, or Preferred Qualifications:

    Valid driver’s license with good driving record and insurance

    Must have reliable transportation to and from work and during work for job-related duties

    Computer literate with working knowledge of MS Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook...)

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

    Must Have the Ability to:

    Reflect a professional image while representing the Zoo

    Develop productive and friendly relationships at work,

    Interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, donors, volunteers, and guests

    Empathize with guests when emotions are high, problem solve, and the ability to tell when something is wrong -or is likely to go wrong, and solving the issue in a way that makes sense

    Handle stress positively and maintain composure: accept criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations, keeping emotions in check, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations

    Must be flexible, take initiative when appropriate, have excellent time management and organization skills, as well as excellent conflict resolution skills

    Effective oral and written communication skills

    Active listening skills

    Ability to follow and provide oral and written direction

    Attention to details


    Ability to work collaboratively in a successful manner

    Ability to meet deadlines and operate under time pressure, with various interruptions

    Ability to work in busy shared office environment, with a positive outlook

    Ability and willingness to attend off-site meetings or events as necessary

    Ability to exercise safe work habits

    Stay calm in highly stressful situations and be knowledgeable of emergency procedures

    Receptive to special requests

    Physical Demands & Work Environment:

    This is an on-site position.

    Flexible work days during the week depending on availability; four hours on Saturdays required.

    Requires the ability to access all areas of the facility

    Must be able to kneel, bend, twist, climb stairs, sit, manipulate computer tools, stand and/or move for up to three continuous hours.

    Regularly required to communicate, exchange information, or hear face to face, via radio and/or telephone

    Ability to drive carts safely

    Ability to use hands to finger, handle, grasp, or feel; and reach with hands and arms

    Close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

    Ability to lift 10-20 pounds frequently, and 30 pounds regularly in course of normal duties

    Involves working effectively in a shared office space, as well as out-of-doors in all weather conditions

    Must enjoy and thrive in a fast-paced work environment

    Supportive and open employment culture

    Tools Used:

    Zoo provided computer (Excel, Power Point, Outlook, other but not limited to online working platforms)


    Two-way Radio

    Standard office equipment; telephone, copier, calculator, and others as required

    Electric Cart

    Events equipment


    This job description is representative of the expectations of the position described. Additional duties, reporting relationships, and/or position criteria may be assigned as deemed necessary by the Chief Executive Officer or authorized representative. No changes to this job description shall be made without written permission by the Chief Executive Officer or authorized representative.

    The Zoo reserves the right to revise this job description at any time. The job description does not constitute a contract for employment, and does not guarantee employment for any specified period of time. The job description does not in any way alter the at-will employment relationship.