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Event Sales Coordinator

Are you ready to start a fun and meaningful journey? Chabot Space & Science Center is embarking on an exciting time of growth and development with a strong new leadership team in place. We are evolving with plenty of opportunities within a positive culture. The Executive Director, Senior Management, and Board Members are fully committed to the vision and new direction to maximize the impact of Chabot in the region. We have strong partnerships with many local agencies such as Oakland Unified School District, The City of Oakland, and the Eastbay Regional Parks Authority. Here is where you have the opportunity to do what you do best, in a creative team environment with great synergy. We are all working towards the same goal and this is a very exciting time to be joining Chabot.

Nestled in the Oakland Hills, Chabot Space & Science Center was founded as an observatory in 1883. Today Chabot offers visitors the very latest in hands-on, interactive exhibits, displays, and Planetarium shows that explore the mysteries of the universe and of life here on earth. Chabot Space & Science Center is extremely proud of its reputation as one of Northern California’s leading centers for informal science education.

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Director of Visitor Experience and working alongside the guidance of the Sales Manager, this position is responsible for all aspects of cultivating, selling, booking, scheduling, and coordinating Chabot’s facility rentals, private overnights, group sales and other revenue generating group events. This is a critical role that will also identify and deliver new and returning sales opportunities fulfilling the company’s strategic plan. This positon will also be responsible for growing the business and coordinating revenue and promotional events to drive exposure and awareness. This position involves creating an unforgettable experience for new and returning visitors and actively seeks out and secures leads.

Essential Functions

  • Responsible for selling Chabot’s group sales, facility rentals, corporate sales and private overnights, with emphasis on vertical sales. Demonstrates excellent customer service and professionalism when conducting sales calls and facility tours with potential clients.
  • Actively promote the use of Chabot Space & Science Center facility as the go-to place for weddings, birthdays, corporate/groups and scout venues. Promotion occurs in a variety of ways, including personal contact, public speaking, sales calls - in person and through telephone, direct mail, cold calling, outreach and website promotion.
  • Develop new group/rental or other revenue generating programs and map out descriptions, costs, instructions, training and implementation.
  • Prepares proposals, identifies value-added opportunities for sales clients, outlines: details of proposed functions and books the sale, reports out to the team and meets sales targets. Prepares and manages contract procedures.
  • Responds promptly to telephone, email and in-person inquiries from prospects. Follows up with phone calls and confirmation letters to ensure clients are well informed of event times, bookings and Chabot policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service and professionalism when conducting sales calls and facility tours with potential clients.
  • Assists clients in planning and preparing of activities during visits, aids in problem solving efforts as appropriate.
  • Books sales and deposits to reserve space/event date, follows up on payments, receives revenue and books revenue into Altru booking software, ensuring prompt payment. Follow up as necessary to receive timely payment from clients.
  • Writes and/or makes thank you calls to appropriate individual or groups following each event.
  • Manage and report out on the appropriate surveys for rentals and group sales activities.
  • Communicates and coordinates with internal teams to book initial sale, confirm space availability, schedule staffing and ensure a well-coordinated and positive visitor experience.
  • Train the appropriate VE team members on the successful group sales, facility rental and other programs as developed for new offerings and track those who have successfully completed the training and deliver the activity.
  • Responsible for implementation of and coordination of facility rentals and group events.
  • Develop new revenue generating sales programs and map out descriptions, costs, instructions, training and implementation and proactively research and contact prospective clients to secure new business.
  • Develops and maintains reporting process for Visitor Experience team on how clients heard about Chabot, effectiveness of marketing tools, breakdown on numbers of groups, types of groups and Chabot geographic catchment. Able to run financial reports and analyze results.
  • Assist internal staff with coordinating logistics, planning, managing, and executing internal public events.
  • Prepares, monitors and reports out weekly on sales revenue forecasts and actual reports and with monthly summary report.
  • Coordinate with Sales Manager to target potential leads and develop sales strategy and communications tools to maximize awareness and sales.
  • Demonstrate thorough knowledge of competition and market conditions.
  • Reviews materials and appropriate website pages and submits updates regularly.
  • Additional responsibilities will include being cross trained in managing and coordinating facility rentals, planetarium operations, front desk ticket sales, group sales, selling memberships, and promoting other Chabot events and programs.
  • Other projects and duties as assigned, by the Director of Visitor Experience
  • Follows all CSSC safety regulations.
  • This list of duties and responsibilities is not to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities that management may deem necessary from time to time.
Position Requirements:
  • Strong sales and negotiation skills, resourcefulness to conduct independent research and gather information to fully understand the market.
  • Experience in event management or CMP desired.
  • Must be able to work independently and juggle multiple projects.
  • Highly organized and able to anticipate, initiate, prioritize and manage multiple tasks in meticulous detail.
  • Excellent time-management skills; both personal and project based.
  • Excellent people skills; ability to instill confidence with clients is key.
  • Professional presentation including phone etiquette and personal appearance.
  • Responsible, outgoing and friendly, with exceptional people and customer service skills.
  • Ability to work independently, take initiative and possesses excellent follow through skills.
  • Ability to anticipate, identify and resolve conflict and issues independently, think creatively and offer solutions; must be able problem solve quickly and efficiently for last minute adjustments with clients or internal staff.
  • Exceptional communications skills required; listening, verbal and written.
  • Must be highly literate; MS Office - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, as well as ability master Altru software to record all bookings and create management reports.
  • Must be available to work evenings and weekends.
  • Must be able to stand and/or walk for long periods of time.
  • Fluency in Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, or Tagolog a plus
  • Chabot is an Equal Opportunity Employer and celebrates diversity in the workplace.

Mail resume and cover letter to:

Human Resources Department
Chabot Space & Science Center
10000 Skyline Blvd
Oakland, CA 94619
email: hr@chabotspace.org
Fax: 510-336-7491

* * We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those applicants under consideration will be contacted.
CSSC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.