President and Chief Executive Officer




Organization: Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens (AZA Member)
Location: Naples, FL, us
Job or Internship: Job
The Naples Zoo at Caribbean Gardens (AZA accredited) is undergoing an era of significant growth and expansion. The next President/CEO will lead a major master plan that will expand the Zoo’s footprint, its collections, operating budget, and attendance.

The President/CEO oversees all activities of the Naples Zoo and reports directly to the Board through the Chair, providing the Board with strategic and tactical recommendations on issues and opportunities confronting the Zoo. He or she is the lead spokesperson for the Zoo and serves as the primary fundraiser, actively cultivating new donor relationships and securing operating and capital funding. The President/CEO also directs the planning, development and implementation of maintenance and capital projects including Master and Strategic Plans.

The ideal candidates will possess the following expertise and personal characteristics:

• Extensive experience in the leadership and management of an accredited zoological park or aquarium, botanical garden, museum or similar visitor-related institution;
• Prior experience working with a Board of Directors, volunteers, civic and community leaders, the media, government and professional associations;
• Success track record as a manager of people, and the ability to create a strong organizational culture;
• Proven experience in the preparation and fiscal management of operational and capital budgets as well as strategic and master plans;
• Experience developing or overseeing public and education programs based on collections;
• An understanding of the principles and practices of zoo design and development and the ability to oversee, through the Director of Animal Programs, regulations and standards associated with the management of zoological parks and animal collections;
• Excellent interpersonal and organizational capabilities; strong verbal and writing skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively with varied stakeholders;
• Recognized leadership skills and the ability to articulate and inspire support for a vision of the future;
• Ability to analyze complex business, human resources and operating situations and identify solutions;
• A management and interpersonal style marked by tact, diplomacy, and trust as well as integrity, positive ethics and high values;
• An interest in and personal affinity for fauna and flora is essential, as is a personal commitment to and interest in conservation, and interest in the scientific and research elements of zoos and botanical gardens; and
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in one of the natural sciences, animal husbandry, business administration or a closely related field.

For a complete position description or to apply, please contact:

Michele Baird Counter
Principal, Nonprofit Practice
DHR International

T: 919-465-9354
F: 212-883-9507
E: mcounter@dhrinternational.com