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Director of Marketing and Sales - John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo
Grand Rapids
3 Year

The employer is currently seeking candidates for a job opening in Grand Rapids, but is open to considering qualified applicants from other regions as well. This job opening mandates that you have 36 months of experience in the same field. The employer's non-disclosure of salary means that you can negotiate based on the level of competition in the industry. The deadline for submitting applications for this job vacancy is fast approaching, so make sure to submit yours before the expiration date as John Ball Zoo, the recruiter, does not accept late submissions. The job opportunity for the Director of Marketing and Sales - John Ball Zoo position was listed on May 7, 2024 and will be closed on June 4, 2024. The work base is Grand Rapids , MI , Grand Rapids , MI.

John Ball Zoo

At John Ball Zoo, our mission is to inspire our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. John Ball Zoo has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1983 which assures excellent animal care and a dedication to conservation. As one of the top attractions in Grand Rapids, we welcome over 700,000 guests each year who are able to experience over 2,000 animals of over 230 species that represent the beautiful wildlife

Director of Marketing and Sales - John Ball Zoo

Reporting to the Chief Operational Officer, the Director of Marketing & Sales is responsible for the growth strategy, plan execution, and revenue generation of the marketing, sales and events teams, with clear and achievable annual metrics. The incumbent develops strategies, plans, and implements tactics to develop, lead, manage, and promote John Ball Zoo’s brand and marketing efforts, resulting in attendance, membership, and revenue growth. 


The Director of Marketing and Sales provides leadership and direction to the Marketing and Events teams and maintains strong working relationships with all areas of John Ball Zoo. They lead the creation and implementation of, and measure the success of, a comprehensive strategy and plan that will enhance the Zoo’s brand and position in the marketplace and the general public, driving attendance and sales.  This role oversees all media representation of John Ball Zoo and maintains a current, comprehensive media contact list for dissemination of information. They also collaborate across Zoo departments on the creation and implementation of marketing strategy, as well as developing and maintaining external partnerships. This role is responsible for brand strategy and guidelines, standardization, and ensuring that the Zoo’s brand is protected and consistent, internally and externally.

Experience Required

• Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field • 5-10 years of progressively responsible and demonstrably successful experience in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, and Sales • Experience leading and mentoring teams, promoting a culture of excellence, collaboration, and innovation. • Excellent leadership, communication, culture-building, and decision-making skills • Basic computer literacy and working knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, desktop publishing, computer graphics, multimedia presentation and database applications • A minimum of 3+ years of proven management experience • Excellent interpersonal communication skills; team player with a mindset of continuous learning and improvement • Ability to work independently, with weekly check-ins with other organization leaders • Proven ability to effectively handle multiple priorities with exceptional organizational and time management skills • Strong analytical skills with a strategic mindset focused on data-driven decisions • Accountability for key performance indicators (e.g., attendance, revenue)


We offer incredibly competitive benefits. This includes FREE: • Medical plan option • Short-term disability • Long-term disability • Life Insurance • Employee Assistance Program • Dental & Vision for employee & family • 12 Full weeks of parental leave

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$101,660 - $119,600

How to Apply

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John Ball Zoo
1300 Fulton St W
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Phone: 616-336-4300

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