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Zoo Boise

Deputy Director/Assistant Superintendent

Summary Statement

The Division of Zoo Boise oversees more than 15 acres with approximately 300 animals located at the Julia Davis Park in Boise, Idaho. If you have a passion for preserving wildlife and their habitats by combining conservation with education and sustainable livelihoods within your community, this job is for you! More information about Zoo Boise can be found here

Oversees business management of Zoo Boise and the Friends of Zoo Boise. Manages administration, education, and visitor experience functions across the division in coordination with the management team and supervisors. Acts on behalf of the Zoo Director in his/her absence. Work requires the exercise of considerable initiative and judgment and is performed under general direction from Zoo Superintendent.

Essential Functions

Develops division and Friends of Zoo Boise budgets with input from the management team. Provides revenue and expense projections, and develops long term cash flow models. Maintains accurate records of revenue, accounting, and reconciliations. Manages billing for FoZB and the City of Boise. Manages FoZB bookkeeping. Approves purchase orders and prepares all financial records and reports for monthly FoZB board meetings. Coordinates hiring processes and human resources activities, as well as technical support. Supports compliance with city, state, federal, and FoZB regulations, processes, and procedures. Ensures Association of Zoos and Aquariums accreditation standards are followed and assists with preparing accreditation materials. Prepares and presents reports to the FoZB and various commissions and committees. (40%)

Provides detailed oversight of administrative functions for the division. Reviews and analyzes workflow, processes, and procedures to improve quality programs and services. Works to ensure the zoo's marketing and public relations efforts are met. Creates marketing campaigns, advertisements, social media, and interactions with the press that are in line with the cIty and FoZB goals and initiatives. In the absence of the Zoo Director, approves all aspects of this department. Negotiates and manages contracts with vendors for the zoo's gift shop, carousel, catering, and concessionaires. Oversees management, operation, and staffing of the front gate and other visitor services as defined by the Zoo Superintendent. (30%)

Assists the Director of Development with fundraising and prepares financial reports for grants and tracking spending. Manages and oversees all fundraising events, campaigns, and other efforts. (10%)

Coordinates with the animal care and facility maintenance departments to direct the visitor experience. Participates in the development and creation of new exhibit designs from the visitor's perspective. Ensures that all animal transactions and permits comply with local, state, and federal guidelines and records meet accreditation requirements. Contributes to the coordination of the zoo’s conservation program. Maintains qualification standards to carry firearms in the event of an emergency. (10%)

Supervisory Responsibilities: Employees in this position are authorized to recommend and/or effect the full range of duties (with appropriate managerial review), including hiring, performance evaluations, transferring, promoting, assigning of significant duties, rewarding, disciplining, and terminating employment; exercise independent judgment to direct others work and have the authority to take corrective action; and, utilize people skills to communicate, motivate and direct or oversee a person, group, department, or organization. (10%)
Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time. Total Percentage = 100%

Working Conditions

The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Efforts
While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally lifting/carrying up to 10 pounds and rarely lifting/carrying up to 50 pounds. Also, the employee is occasionally pushing/pulling up to 10 pounds and rarely pushing/pulling up to 50 pounds. The noise level is occasionally moderate and rarely loud. Work includes sensory ability to talk, hear, and touch. Work in this position also includes close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employees will sit, stand, walk, and run. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.

Working Environment
The work environment will include inside conditions, outdoor weather conditions, in wet and humid conditions, with areas of dust, odors, mist, and gases or other airborne matter.
This position works weekends, evenings, and holidays as required by zoo hours of operation.

Experience Required

Required Knowledge, Experience, And Training Must have a Bachelor's degree in biological sciences, business management or related field. Required education and/or experience to attain the following: Five years of professional management experience in a zoological setting and experience in oral and written communication with an emphasis on effective relationships with governing authorities, individual and corporate funding resources, other local state and federal agencies, and the public. Knowledge in the application and interpretation of laws and regulations related to the operation of a zoo; direct experience in personnel management, finance and budget management, fundraising, board management, public relations and marketing, membership programs, non-profit management, animal husbandry, construction of exhibits, facilities management and an understanding of operating within the larger zoo community. Ability to plan, organize and direct activities of the division and non-profit organization; develop and implement short and long range plans to support the organization's mission, goals and objectives to provide services to the public; to develop, implement and evaluate effective programs; coach and supervise employees in the effective performance of their work; manage a diverse group of people; follow-up on work assignments and verify accuracy and completeness; operate a computer with demonstrated proficiency using contemporary and related database, word processing, and spreadsheet software applications at an appropriate level for efficient job performance; display an attitude of cooperation and work harmoniously with all levels of City of Boise employees and the public; communicate effectively in the English language at a level necessary for efficient job performance; complete assignments in a timely fashion; understand and comply with all rules, policies and regulations; maintain prompt and regular attendance; and perform all essential and marginal functions as assigned by an authorized employee, supervisor and/or manager with or without a reasonable accommodation. Individuals must be capable of operating vehicles safely and have an acceptable driving record. Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training Bachelor's degree and seven to ten years of management experience in an Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited institution. Three years of experience in non-profit management with proven fundraising skills. Familiarity with Microsoft programs and Quickbooks. Licensing And Other Requirements Valid State Issued driver’s license. Special Requirements Applicants must be able to pass: City of Boise background check processes which includes a criminal history check and reference checks in accordance with the City of Boise Hiring Process Regulation Driving Record Check Education Verification Drug-Free Workplace: In accordance with the City of Boise Drug-Free Workplace Regulation, this position is designated as safety-sensitive and is subject to testing requirements including Post Offer Applicant Testing, Random Testing, Reasonable Suspicion, Post - Accident, etc. Applicants will be required to submit to screening for illegal drug use prior to hiring. Appointment to this position is contingent upon a negative pre-employment drug test. This position is required to qualify and maintain qualification standards to carry firearms.


Full City of Boise benefits


$72,000 - $80,000 Annually with full City of Boise benefits.

How to Apply

To apply please visit the City of Boise Human Resources announcement and follow the links.



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Zoo Boise
355 Julia Davis Dr
Boise, ID 83702
Phone: 2086057745

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