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President / Chief Executive Officer

Company: Chicago Zoological Society,
Location: Brookfield
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

President/Chief Executive Officer

We have an exciting, unique opportunity to lead a pre-eminent zoological and conservation organization, the Chicago Zoological Society which operates Brookfield Zoo. Our CEO will be retiring after many years, and we are searching for a successor to plan, oversee, and control all aspects of Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Zoological Society's programs, staff and operations.
The successful candidate will:

  • Set strategic directions and goals that further the Society's mission.
  • Ensure that Brookfield Zoo remains a vibrant and influential cultural destination that educates, inspires, entertains, and encourages conservation action.
  • Work through strategic alliances and maintains strong relations with partners at the local, state, national, and international levels, including government officials, key public leaders, organizations and others.
  • Assure the highest standards of quality and care for the Zoo's animals and horticultural collection.
  • Enhance the organization's public profile and image. Strengthens ties with the greater Chicago community.
  • Lead fundraising efforts and works with others to maximize revenues from earned, charitable, and governmental sources with a focus on continued growth.
  • Maintain and strengthens relations with government officials at all levels. Ensures that key public leaders and decision-makers understand and support the Society's unique capabilities, positions, and contributions.
  • Address challenging and diverse infrastructure and capital needs.
  • Foster continuous improvement, organizational growth and development, diversity, equity, accessibility, inclusion and positive change.
  • Work with Board, staff, and others on long-range planning and budget. Develop the annual operating plan and budget for Board approval. Make key decisions on issues that affect the policies, operations and direction of the organization.
  • Build strong relationships and ties among trustees, volunteers, and staff and help to attract new trustees to the Board.
  • I mplement actions to improve workplace culture with an emphasis on driving business results and fostering diversity, inclusion, accessibility, and equity. Position Requirements and Specifications
    • Master's degree in a directly relevant field or equivalent training and working experience in a zoo or other conservation organization or must be conversant in conservation issues and science to be a convincing representative. Doctoral degree preferred. Background in a zoo or scientific discipline preferred.
    • Significant experience in effective management of a complex and sizable private or public organization, preferably that includes conservation, biology, or science-based professionals, with a successful record of visionary leadership, inspiration, and motivation.
    • Engaging public presence. Exceptional communication skills and experience as an effective spokesperson.
    • Marketing and fundraising aptitude and ability.
    • Political experience working with public officials at the local, state, and federal levels.
    • Highly flexible and ability to adapt to change.
    • Imagination, intelligence, gracious self-confidence, good humor, caring attitude, and unquestionable integrity.
    • Cultural proficiency; experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Job Location Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo

Keywords: Chicago Zoological Society,, Milwaukee , President / Chief Executive Officer, Executive , Brookfield, Wisconsin

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