Director Melbourne Zoo
Set the tone for Zoo’s around the world
Salary up to $260,000pkg
About Zoos Victoria and Melbourne Zoo
Zoos Victoria is a world leading zoo-based conservation organisation, fighting extinction to secure a future rich in wildlife through conservation of wildlife and community. With three world class zoos (Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo) Zoos Victoria connects people with wildlife through inspirational experiences. Through these experiences Zoos Victoria looks to inspire and facilitate the community, both locally and outside of Victoria to take conservation actions that make a measurable positive difference to wildlife.
About the Role
The Melbourne Zoo, the oldest Zoo in Australia, is located in the beautiful leafy Parkville area and welcomes approximately 1.3 million visitors per year. The Director Melbourne Zoo, is a key role in the organisation, with a strategic focus across visitor experience, life sciences and operations.
The Director will provide dynamic, proactive leadership and will work closely with the CEO and General Managers to optimise visitor experience, inspire employees and volunteers, deliver strong commercial outcomes whilst creating a wildlife friendly society. Driving collaboration and building partnerships with other sites to achieve Victoria Zoo’s strategic plan will be key to the success of this role.
To be considered for this incredible opportunity, we are seeking a strategic executive leader who is passionate about contributing and making a difference to Zoos Victoria. Previous experience in midsize organisations (300-400 staff) with a focus on people (both staff and visitors) will be essential for this role. You will be an innovative and driven leader who has been successful in sharing the organisational vision and engaging and taking people along on the journey to achieve strategic organisational outcomes. With a structured approach to problem solving you will drive multiple and potentially high profile projects at the Melbourne Zoo that will ensure the role is always unique and interesting.
Furthermore this is an opportunity to leave a legacy (animals, science and conservation focus) and an opportunity to be innovative and set the tone for zoo’s around the world.
Tertiary qualifications and an understanding of either zoo industry or organisations with visitor experience will be highly regarded. In addition you will have strong business acumen, experience in enhancing processes to improve outcomes and have genuine passion about representing Melbourne Zoo and Zoos Victoria.
To apply for this unique opportunity, work with incredible people and be a part of an organisation that is a leader in its field, please apply via the Davidson website, www.davidsonwp.com or for a confidential conversation, please contact Sandra Kerr (03 9929 9528).
Independent International Zoo Consultant