Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Senior Director, Animal Care and Conservation

Senior Director, Animal Care and Conservation

Want To Be Part Of Something Extraordinary? Want To Help Winnipeggers And Visitors Connect To Their Natural Surroundings And Inspire Conservation?
Our client, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy is seeking a highly qualified Senior Director, Animal Care and Conservation to drive the Zoo’s strategic directions and ensure the effective management of animal management and conservation functions of the organization. Guided by the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s visionary strategic plan and working collaboratively with a professional, integrated team, you will oversee, establish, implement and maintain standards aligned with accredited zoological practices for all aspects of animal management, veterinary services, conservation and research.

Reporting to the President & CEO, you will establish achievable development goals and targets for the department and effectively allocate and deploy resources to exceed expectations and enhance the customer experience. You will contribute to the design process for future exhibit and lifecycle upgrades and overall master plan development and refurbishment plans. You will ensure the implementation of progressive financial and human resource management processes to sustain a high performance organization. This is a visible, senior-level position with significant responsibility for resources, staff, animals, assets and results.

You will bring to this position a master’s degree in zoology, veterinary medicine, conservation or a related field complemented by a minimum of 10 years senior management experience with responsibility for the full scope of financial, human resources and animal management and conservation operations within an accredited zoological institution. You will bring extensive knowledge of accreditation standards and conservation programs of accrediting bodies as well as how to apply best practices in animal husbandry and conservation. Most importantly, you will have excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills that will support the establishment of positive relationships with other APC team members, donors, accreditation bodies, educational institutions, community groups, colleagues, the media and the general public. Experience leading in a unionized environment would be an asset. For more information about the position, please click HERE for the full position profile.

This is a permanent, full time position located in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada located at 55 Pavilion Crescent (postal code R3P 2N6). This is an English speaking role, however, bilingual in French is considered an asset. It offers a competitive compensation package with a salary in the range of $122,000-$165,000 CAD, health, dental, life insurance, accidental death and disability, health care spending account, long-term disability, group RRSP, an employee assistance plan and 5 weeks of vacation.

If you are interested in pursuing this unique opportunity, please submit your resume by June 26, 2017 to Leslie Dornan, Senior Partner, MNP Consulting at

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant

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