Thursday, March 27, 2014

Population Management/Studbook Specialist

Population Management/Studbook Specialist

International Species Information System

ISIS mission is “To facilitate international collaboration in zoos and aquariums through the collection and sharing of knowledge on animal care.”  We are the largest non-profit organization serving 800 zoos & aquariums in 80 countries with their animal management needs.  The ZIMS web-based solution is the world standard software to manage almost 3 million animals and 10,000 species.  This solution improves animal inventory management, institutional planning, member staff efficiencies, and cost management. 
Our go-to-market strategies require us to balance being both a non-profit and a software company.  The company (annual revenues range from $4-$7 million) develops proprietary, web technology with 50 associates (employees and contractors) to deliver a full suite of wildlife recordsmanagement services, including:

  • Database serves as a central repository of members’ animal records including - births, deaths, ownership, pedigree, breeding, husbandry, medical, nutrition;
  • Hosted technology for front-to-back end process automation; and
  • Thought-leadership on records management, community best practices, and workflow to access/query information.

All services are provided using a business model incorporating software-as-a-service relationships to a targeted member-focused market comprised of global zoological institutions (both public and private).  Services are delivered through offices established worldwide:

  • Latin America office, Bogota, Colombia             
  • Asia office, Tokyo, Japan
  • European office, Amsterdam, the Netherlands   
  • India office, New Delhi, India
  • Turkey office, Istanbul, Turkey                           
  • Worldwide Headquarters, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Position Summary
This position is primarily responsible for collaboratively and efficiently helping to plan, design, launch and manage the studbook and population management aspects of ISIS software products in support of ISIS mission and ISIS goals, and those of our partner Associations around the world.  This position requires both technical and social skills. The technical aspects includes gathering and analyzing data and writing use cases, based on an in-depth understanding of studbooks, all related legacy software, institutional animal records data, population management software (such as PMx) and theory, and the multiple ways in which different zoological associations use studbooks to guide and promote population management. The social aspects involve the ability to work with a diverse range of zoological association and institutions, building engagement, and developing broad cooperative consensus on the design and functions of ZIMS Studbook/Population Management features … even when there may be different philosophies and practices.  
The position has no supervisory responsibilities but must be able to interact with other ISIS product team members and representatives of other institutions and associations in a consensus-building way, always professional and constructive.

Essential Responsibilities
These duties and responsibilities describe the scope of the responsibility and essential functions of this position, but should not be considered to be an all-inclusive listing of work:
  • Meets with decision makers, systems owners, and end users as well as evaluating existing software to define population management and studbook requirements, system goals, and identify and resolve systems issues.
  • Contributes to or leads design sessions in prototyping screens, reports, function and tools, for the purpose of enhancing this part of ZIMS. Facilitates expression of different views and perspectives professionally, at all times.
  • Documents and communicates completely and effectively with ZIMS product manager and/or system developers as needed.
  • Coordinates and performs in-depth tests, including end-user reviews, for studbook and population management functions, and other post-implementation support.
  • Provides orientation and training to end users for all modified and new systems.
  • Handles queries from users on an ongoing basis
  • Other duties and responsibilities:

Qualifications and Experience
  • Master’s Degree or equivalent preferred. Bachelor's degree (BA/BS) from four-year college or university with major or minor in population biology (genetics and demography), or conservation or evolutionary biology, with suitable coursework.
  • Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
  • Experience with zoological data or equivalent, such as studbooks, SPARKS and/or Poplink, PMx, is necessary.

Other Skills and Abilities
  • Must possess strong work ethic, integrity, professionalism, organization and be able to perform independently. 
  • Synthesizes complex or diverse information objectively; Collects and researches data. Understands small population biology and its uses for zoological management. Design - Generates creative solutions; Translates concepts and information into images; Uses feedback to modify designs; Applies design principles; Demonstrates attention to detail.
  • Looks for ways to improve and promote quality.  Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  • Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks and high volume of work on deadline; effectively respond to office workflow issues.  Perform well in a fast paced environment with frequent interruptions. 
  • Must be a team player and a self-starter who can relate well to peers and senior executives.  Possess an ability to operate internally in a matrix fashion across a variety of departments to solve member problems.
  • Sound business judgment.  Excited to develop new skills. 
  • As a global organization, we rely on diversity of culture and thought to deliver on our goals.  Ability and interest to work within such a global organization with a culturally diverse staff and member base.
  • Ability at times to exceed the standard 40 hour work week, including evenings and weekends, to meet the position's requirements.
  • Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others' attention.

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