Special Events Manager

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Position Description

Position Title: Special Events Manager

Department: Sales and Marketing

Classification: Exempt  

Direct Report: Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Position Summary

The Special Events Manager contributes to the success of Mississippi Aquarium and its financial sustainability by creating in house special events, daily programming and traveling exhibits that generate revenue and increase attendance. This position will manage a portfolio of special events to enhance daily programming and the guests after hours experience.


  • Share a passion for the mission of Mississippi Aquarium
  • Embrace a spirit of conservation and education and strive to be a good steward of the community
  • Enjoy working in a team environment and collaborating with team members from all departments
  • Creatively develop unique and interactive special events

Position Attributes

  • Consistently looking forward, focused, ready to listen
  • A heart for service, always willing to provide support to fellow team members
  • Make important and tough decisions with resilience and grace
  • Communicate a strategy well, oversee execution, and celebrate results
  • Highly organized self-starter maintaining high standards
  • Have an awareness and interest in the conservation of aquatic environments and their inhabitants
  • Innovative, creative thinker; not afraid to propose something new and inspire others to do the same
  • Proactive in finding solutions, productive, and efficient


  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in business, tourism and hospitality or marketing
  • Minimum 12 years of experience in event management or hospitality
  • Exceptional organization skills
  • Attention to detail with strong verbal, writing and editing skills
  • Ability to perform work accurately and thoroughly
  • Ability to effectively build relationships with clients and colleagues
  • Ability to effectively present information publicly
  • Ability to accept responsibility and account for his/her actions
  • Flexible work schedule including weekends, evenings and holidays
  • Ability to travel
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, standards, integrity and confidentiality
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and customer management software

Essential functions of this job described may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons. 


  • Develop and execute Aquarium special events and programming to increase attendance; Work closely with internal teams to collaborate on ideas, concepts and event activation
  • Manage the coordination and implementation of all aspects of special event planning, including budgets, coordinating staff and volunteers, communicating with vendors, managing contracts and overseeing special event production; provide clear, concise and timely communication of detailed special event requirements to all departments
  • Collaborate with marketing team to produce promotional materials, communications and advertisements
  • Assist with media outreach, onsite media coverage and public relations related to the special event
  • Identify partnerships and cultivate relationships with potential sponsors and vendors
  • Develop profit and loss statement for special event approval; Create and monitor budgets and prepare all budget reports
  • Manage and maintain accurate special events calendar
  • Measure and report result of special events to determine revenue and brand building success
  • Capture and share best practices for events, analyze event performance, and build a strategy to drive business
  • Conduct competitive analysis and event surveys to keeps special events attractive to guests; Conduct market research to identify event opportunities

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Team Requirements

  • Safety and Security - All Team Members are required to adhere to all Mississippi Aquarium safety and security standards.
  • Attendance & Appearance - To maximize the guest’s experience, all Team Members are required to adhere to Mississippi Aquarium standard operating procedures regarding attendance and dress code policies as it relates to individual job functionality.
  • Sales & Guest Services - Our forward-thinking business model requires listening and understanding the needs of our guests both internal and external.  To that end, we must always be focused on the guest experience which is the key driver for return guest visitation and increased sales.
  • Team Partnership - All Team Members are focused on supporting each other to complete the guest experience.  Therefore, supporting, facilitating, and participating in activities that promote team effectiveness is vital to our Organization.

Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color and peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. While performing the
duties of this job, the employee is exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.