SSSC is hiring for a Business Development Director:

NLRB Classification:   Overtime Exempt

SSSC Status:                Regular, Full-time. Generous leave policy, no retirement or health benefits

Supervised by:             Executive Director

Place of Work:             834 Lincoln St., Sitka, Alaska


This position will foster earned income revenue sources at a busy science nonprofit. The position will fund raise, assist with donor relationships, plan and execute Sitka WhaleFest, and develop business opportunities to diversify our revenue stream. This position will work with aquarium outreach and educational staff to bring in more business and events to the facility. Sitka WhaleFest is an annual festival celebrating marine science, including a  unique science symposium targeted to the general public, music and art events, a banquet, whale watching excursions, and a marketplace.

Duties include but are not limited to:

-Plan and execute all aspects of Sitka WhaleFest (includes, but not limited to: assuring logistics and travel for visiting scientists and students, coordinating with educational programs, promotional advertising and marketing for numerous festival events)

-Research and implement mission-related business opportunities that earn revenue for a busy nonprofit

-Oversee summer retail operations

-Assist Executive Director in donor development

-Oversee production and distribution of annual newsletter


An interest in science and community development is preferred. The successful applicant will have strong interpersonal skills, be organized, and have entrepreneurial thinking. The position will help with branding and overall promotion of the Sitka Sound Science Center. A 4-year degree relating to the position is required, or at least five years of appropriate work experience may be considered as a substitute. Must be able to work with and instruct people from a variety of abilities and backgrounds. Strong communication skills including public speaking and organizational skills are necessary for this position.

Please send cover letter and three references to Lisa Busch, lbusch@sitkascience.org.


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