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The Virginia Safari Park, one of three parks within the overall ZooFari Parks LLC system, has an opening for an Assistant Director. This presents a great opportunity to enter our system and learn our practices while assisting with the overall management of section managers.
We are a 180-acre drive-through zoo (within our 500-acre property) that offers a wide variety of animals, with a main focus on the Safari. The safari includes hundreds of animals including our giraffe, white rhinos, multiple antelope and cervid species, etc. The park also features our Safari Village, a walk-through section with large cats, primates, birds and reptiles. We are a breeding facility, and take pride and care in producing only the highest quality of specimens, including such species as white rhinos, giraffe, cheetahs, a wide variety of antelope species, Rueppells vultures and African penguins.
Routine Job Duties & Responsibilities:
The position requires overall day-to-day management of all departments and managers, while serving in a supportive role for the Director.
Experience in Facilities/Construction is an asset as oversight of this department and the day-to-day and long-term goals of projects are developed and met.
The Assistant Director also serves as the Manager-In-Charge during the Director’s absence. Departments include Facilities, Guest Services and Animal Care. Staffing typically averages 25-50+ employees total, depending upon the season.
Required to learn, understand and manage all sections of the zoo while upholding high standards and remain compliant with all regulatory agencies, spanning all departments.
Training within our system and spanning all departments will be provided and expected.
This position reports to the Director.
Background in animal care, facility management or administration in a zoological setting. A strong knowledge of Facilities is a definite asset.
A consistent history of professional growth, along with management experience.
Strong attention to detail and be an effective communicator
A proven record of managing staff in a zoological setting
A minimum of 5 years of total management experience required.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
A BS or higher degree in one of the animal sciences preferred, although a management or business degree is acceptable.
The ability to work flexible hours including weekdays, weekends, holidays and evenings as required to effectively delegate and manage the Zoo's departments.
Strong leadership skills and be adept at decision-making.
Be physically fit enough to be an effective and active member of the facility.
The Virginia Safari Park is a non-smoking facility and maintains strict personal appearance standards.
Salary & Benefits:
Excellent salary including paid sick, vacation time, health insurance options, 401k.
Email resumes to: Admin@zoofariparks.com. Note “VSP Assistant Director position” in subject heading.
Virginia Safari ParkNatural Bridge, VA
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