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Executive Director/CEO


Come join the Oklahoma City Zoo and be a part of leading a dynamic and progressive team. Oklahoma City is among the most economically healthy cities and living expenses remain reasonable. And did you know Oklahoma is among the most biologically diverse states in the US? The Zoo is looking for a knowledgeable, enthusiastic, motivated, and people-oriented individual who will plan, coordinate, and direct the day-to-day operations and long term management of the Zoo. The ideal candidate must have the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with Zoo staff at all levels, Oklahoma City Zoological Trust members, Oklahoma Zoological Society officers and directors, City of Oklahoma City officials, management staff in Zoos around the world, State, Federal, and International regulatory officials, and the public. This individual must also possess excellent communication and organizational skills and the ability to use a combination of experience and interpersonal skills to function effectively as a leader in a team environment.

Requirements: A Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Animal Management, Animal Husbandry, Animal Science, or closely related area and experience equivalent to ten years full time curatorial level work managing an exotic/zoo animal collection, at least three years of which must have been at the level of General Curator; OR a graduate level degree in Public Administration, Business Administration, Zoology, Animal Management, Animal Husbandry, Animal Science, or closely related area may substitute for one year of the required curatorial experience. Must hold a Professional Fellow membership in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

This is your opportunity to be a part of distinguished and advancing organization and live in a remarkable area. The salary is extremely competitive with excellent benefits. Send resume with cover letter and list of references, by December 2, 2013, to Loretta Canon, Human Resources Department, Oklahoma City Zoological Park, 2101 N.E. 50th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73111 or FAX to: 405-425-0207 or email [email protected] (4:30 PM if faxed, emailed or hand-delivered).

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