The goal of the Executive Leadership Development Program is to develop executive talent and leadership for individuals who demonstrate the ability and interest to advance to the role of Director within an AZA-accredited zoo or aquarium in the next 5 years.
The focus of the ELDP is on the development of the executive competencies, or the knowledge, skills and behaviors needed to be most effective in the role of Director. The competency model emphasizes three tiers of competencies to include:
Each ELDP participant will work closely with their leader and assigned mentor to advance their executive competency capabilities and expand their networks throughout the AZA executive community. Through structured development approaches and individualized development plans, participants will experience a variety of experience-based learning opportunities including:
Click here for more information to help determine if the ELDP is right for you and download the current application.
Visit the ELDP FAQs or contact Amy Rutherford at ARutherford@aza.org.