Saturday, May 25, 2013



The Director of Collections performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects San Diego Zoo Global’s mission and vision of connecting people to wildlife, conservation and pursues green/conservation practices when feasible. The Director of Collections is responsible for the organization’s Zoological Collection; oversees long‑range plans affecting the collection in support of the organization’s exhibition, education, and conservation purposes. This position reports to the Chief Life Sciences Officer (CLSO).

  • Ensures proper animal welfare for the organization’s collection
  • Ensures guidelines for each species are followed properly
  • Recommends and develop policy and procedure improvements for animal care and welfare
  • Develops and implements the organization’s long‑range zoological collection plans
  • Leads collection master plan with curatorial staff
  • Coordinates operational activities between Zoo’s and Safari Park’s different collection issues
  • Participates in developing exhibit priorities and design
  • Coordinates major planning activities across departments with Zoo and Safari Park management
  • Consults with curatorial, animal care, scientific, and veterinary staff regarding collection management
  • Directs management of short‑term collection plans within parameters of the organization’s long‑range plans
  • Oversees curatorial staff with importation and exportation priorities of collection
  • Oversees the collection inventory
  • Oversees record keeping
  • Ensures compliance with SDZG, AZA, and WAZA species management plans
  • Represents the organization in a wide variety of national and international settings
  • Participates in development and review of animal management policies
  • Develops, administers and monitors assigned budgets
  • Recommends significant capital expenditures and facility planning for the collection
  • Responds to information needs of the CLSO, Executive staff and the Board of Trustees
  • Provides complex interpretation of collection policies and procedures
  • Identifies legal issues and recommends changes to organization policy to CLSO
  • Participates in team building and assures effective organizational communication
  • Assures collection operations comply with professional standards and state, federal and international governmental regulations
  • Monitors and analyzes related legislation and regulations for the organization
  • Provides interpretation of the collection through various media in collaboration with appropriate public relations staff
  •   Maintains a variety of contacts in order to respond to inquiries and requests, and effectively coordinates activities

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