Thursday, January 27, 2011

Head of Education - Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo – East Midland Zoological Society (TZEMS), the World Primate Centre, has over 1,000 animals and is the most comprehensive collection of primate species and subspecies in the western world. We have exciting plans for developing the Zoo further, continuing our work in conservation of endangered species and providing the very best environment that we can.

Applications are invited for the position of Head of Education, a key role within the Life Sciences Directorate. Reporting directly to the Director of Life Sciences, the successful applicant will lead the Education Department in providing an exceptional standard of service to public visitors and visiting groups of students across all key stages. We are looking for an inspirational leader and educator with exceptional presenting skills which can be tailored to meet the needs of diverse audiences. The successful candidate will be a graduate with appropriate teaching qualifications and have a keen interest in aspects of the work zoos undertake and their purpose.

The successful candidate will be required to join the Zoo during a period of change to develop a world class education department, including:

· Lead and line manage the education team through appropriate target setting, coaching and appraisal

· Grow the formal delivery of learning to primary, secondary and higher education markets

· Lead on the development of content including scripting for keeper talks and presentations to visitors

· Deliver a full programme of workshop based activities during school holiday periods

· Provide tutoring and mentoring services to staff undergoing training such as the Animal Management Diploma

· Take full responsibility for health and safe systems and protocols within the department

· Be responsible for the production and implementation of the Education Team’s mission and objectives aligned at all times to the Zoo’s strategy

· Ensure all Zoo procedures, protocols and rules are followed at all times

· Contribute to the overall management and organisational development of the Zoo

The role is full time, Monday to Friday, with some evenings and week-ends as required.

To apply for this position, please send your CV with a covering letter to

Closing date for applications: 4th February 2011

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