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Lincoln Park Zoo inspires communities to create environments where wildlife will thrive in our urbanizing world. The zoo is a leader in local and global conservation, animal care and welfare, learning, and science. A historic Chicago landmark founded in 1868, the not-for-profit Lincoln Park Zoo, is a privately-managed, member-supported organization and is free and open 365 days a year. Visit us at lpzoo.org.
Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. We celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, values and experiences of all people. For Wildlife. For All.
Senior staff position responsible for leadership and overall organization, management, and administration of the Conservation & Science department. Directs program development, budgeting, implementation, and evaluation of the zoo’s conservation and research programs. In collaboration with the vice presidents of other departments, participates in the development and implementation of the strategic plan and integrating this vision in all programmatic areas.
The Vice President of Conservation & Science should possess leadership experience; a capacity to engage the mission of the zoo with passion and vision; an ability to bring together individuals and groups from various perspectives for collaboration; intellectual curiosity and a deep appreciation for and familiarity with new research and projects that address the complex needs of 21st century zoos; exceptional communication skills to enhance the visibility of the zoo’s work and its contribution to the community; willingness to explore new models of public engagement and conservation education collaborations, and a facility for critical evaluation and strategic implementation within a zoological setting.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
A doctoral degree (biological science, conservation ecology, environmental science) is preferred but some combination of advanced post-graduate degrees may be considered equivalent. Continuing professional education in multiple fields including animal care, animal welfare, population management, administration, education, field conservation, public relations or related areas is highly desirable.
A minimum of 5 years’ managerial experience in a zoo, living museum setting, conservation organization, or other relevant organization with increasingly responsible assignments, most recently at a senior level. Previous participation in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) programs or other related professional organizations is highly desirable.
Note: A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual
Available to work special events that may occur outside of regular work schedule, including evenings, weekends or holidays, as required.
Proof of COVID 19 vaccine.
Valid driver’s license with a good driving record
Lincoln Park Zoo2001 North ClarkChicago, IL 60614
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