Careers

Director of Corporate Alliances

Direct the Corporate and Sponsorship fundraising areas of the zoo’s Development function.  Set targets, measure progress, and secure funding through sponsorship agreements, Corporate Partners program, promotions, sales rights and other restricted and programmatic gifts.  Assist with identifying, cultivating and soliciting corporate donors and sponsors in the capital and endowment campaign.  

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Conceptualize, develop and direct the Corporate contributions and sponsorship program, including prospect identification, donor cultivation and solicitation, working with colleagues and volunteers to obtain annual and major gifts.  Maximize revenue opportunities for the zoo in the corporate giving and sponsorship areas, working closely with Development and Events staff.
•    Prepare all Corporate and Sponsorship fundraising goals and budgets, monitoring revenues and expenses against goals on a monthly basis, providing quarterly and annual analyses.  Working with events, submit Sponsorship annual budgets.
•    Expand current and seek new sponsor partnerships for events and sales rights.
•    Identify complete inventory of Corporate giving/sponsor opportunities, including all zoo events and programs as well as capital projects.  Create standardized proposals for these opportunities and identify benefits and possibilities by level to ensure consistency.
•    Identify and evaluate sponsorship opportunities including researching contacts, developing programs and securing promotions.
•    Create new revenue opportunities through existing events and other zoo properties.
•    Plan and execute cultivation tours and events for corporate donors, sponsors and prospects. 
•    Oversee sponsor contractual obligations to ensure fulfillment requirements are met.
•    Solicit in-kind donations that are budget-relieving for the zoo e.g. soft drinks, airline.
•    Keep current with marketing trends for events, sponsorship and corporate giving. 

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES

•    Supervise Corporate Alliances Manager and ensure he receives appropriate guidance to reach his goals 
•    Maintain relationships with professional organizations
•    Evaluate current offerings to enhance revenue opportunities
•    Build strong customer loyalty through service delivery
•    Provide excellent guest service to zoo personnel, Board members, guests, sponsors and partners of the zoo
•    Perform related duties as assigned
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

•    Ability to create and adhere to budgets
•    Skill in the operation of personal computers: word processing, spreadsheets, Raiser’s Edge, Forecaster, etc.
•    Result-orientated with ability to balance other business considerations
•    Strong analytical and reasoning abilities
•    Ability to negotiate contracts with suppliers, vendors and sponsors
•    Possess strong writing and oral communication skills
•    Ability to work courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and Board members
•    Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and to respond with appropriate action
•    Ability to organize tasks and time to ensure timely completion of all projects 
•    Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and comfortably cope with change


EDUCATION REQUIRMENTS
Bachelor’s degree. 

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

•    A minimum five-to-seven years experience in sponsorship and corporate philanthropy, including staff supervision. 
•    Experience in negotiating contracts preferred. 
•    Strong interpersonal communication skills required for interface with clients, staff, vendors, guests, Board members and sponsors.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

•    Ability to work in all weather conditions.
•    No allergy to plants or animals.
•    Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time at event sites.  
•    Ability to traverse zoo grounds.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS

Available to work an extended schedule, including weekends, early mornings, evenings and holidays according to the demands of the role and the tasks.
 

Education Research and Evaluation Associate, Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration

Develops and implements research/evaluation plans and protocols for conservation education initiatives for the Hurvis Center for Learning Innovation and Collaboration initiative, including methodology development, data collection and analysis, as well as dissemination of results to a variety of audiences and stakeholders.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

•    Under the direction of the Senior Director, develop and initiate research/evaluation protocols to measure impact of Center initiatives
•    Oversee day-to-day management of budgets, report generation, oversight of resources, and logistical planning as related to research/evaluation tasks
•    Implement research/evaluation studies from query generation and methodology through dissemination of results
•    Under direction of the Senior Director, explore new technologies and innovative application of existing technological resources within research/evaluation protocols.
•    Provide support as needed to Education Manager and Education Coordinator to ensure successful program implementation
•    Assist in building and maintaining collaborative relationships with zoo staff, other cultural institutions, research/evaluation organizations, and conservation/wildlife agencies
•    Regularly give presentations/workshops at professional conferences and annual meetings.
•    In collaboration with the Senior Director, publish within peer reviewed journals as well as other publications important to the field
•    In collaboration with the Senior Director, explore, develop and maintain relationships with universities including but not limited to achieving adjunct status
•    Work with the Education Manager and Data Coordinator of the Center to track program attendance and assist in generating regular reports on Center activities and achievements
•    With direction from the Senior Director, communicate with donors and other stakeholders effectively and courteously
•    Ability to handle confidential matters with discretion and adhere to confidentiality guidelines with regards to human subjects data
•    Satisfactorily complete within first two weeks of position the National Institutes of Health online training on protecting human research participants
•    Ability to conduct evaluation/research in alignment with the zoo’s Institutional Review Board (IRB)
•    Work with Senior Director in supervising Data Coordinator as it relates to research/evaluation projects
•    Supervise interns and program staff as needed

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    Ability to operate zoo vehicles including electric carts and vans
•    Performs other duties as assigned

 

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
A master’s degree in education or other applicable field from an accredited college or university is required.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Knowledge of diverse  evaluation and/or research methods appropriate for the field of informal learning, including both established methodologies and unique approaches to measuring impact

Experience with evaluation and/or research work in the area of informal education with emphasis on science education, visitor studies and/or conservation education preferred

Experience with federally funded grants and initiatives desirable

Experience working with an IRB desirable

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work weekends, holidays and special events which may occur outside of regular work schedule as assigned. 

Valid driver’s license with good driving record.
 

Associate Population Biologist, AZA Population Management Center

Provides scientific and logistical assistance to the cooperatively managed animal programs of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).  Initiates and collaborates in data analyses and research related to the management of small populations of animals.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

•    Work with Studbook Keepers and Species Coordinators from zoos around the country to prepare pedigree (“studbook”) databases for analysis; complete standard demographic and genetic analyses on the populations; and develop recommendations for future breedings in cooperatively managed conservation programs.
•    Assist in the preparation and publication of reports on population analyses and breeding recommendations, and facilitate communication of these to zoos participating in the breeding programs.
•    Analyze databases and other records to resolve issues related to animal population management.
•    Conduct and/or participate in research and development of techniques for demographic and genetic management of animal populations.
•    Provide assistance (via phone, email, internet conferencing) to studbook keepers and species coordinators on questions related to database analyses and population management.
•    Participate in training of population management topics to zoo professionals, zoo visitors, and other audiences.
•    Travel to AZA related conferences and meetings.
•    Develop and/or assist with the development and maintenance of population management software.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES

•    Successful candidates must have strong computer, organizational, and communication skills (written and spoken);
•    Successful candidates would likely have a strong background in population biology, use and interpretation of simulation and deterministic models, and broad biological knowledge of species biologies;
•    A commitment to wildlife conservation through management of wild and zoo populations;
•    A willingness to participate in the department’s team approach to projects.  

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

•    Master’s Degree is strongly preferred; Bachelor’s Degree is essential.  Knowledge of basic zoology or biology preferred. Experience with zoo based population management programs is desirable. Must be able to work up to 10 weekends per year.
 

Nutrition Center (Commissary) Technician (full or part time)

To provide necessary support to the Commissary for the preparation and delivery of diets and supplies for all animal areas as required; supply item stocking and inventory, cleaning and sanitizing of food preparation and supplies storage areas, and other related duties to nutrition, food and collection supply inventory and handling.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Responsible for daily food preparation by accurately following written and oral instructions concerning type, quality, and quantity of food including bulk produce, meat and fish.
•    Responsible for the unloading, storage, arrangement of all produce, meat/fish products, and various hays including rotation of these items to assure freshness as well as random sampling and shipment of said products for nutritional analysis.  
•    Responsible for unloading, storage, and maintenance of all dry goods and supplies in nutrition center and commissary inventory and other areas of the zoo as needed.
•    Receives supplies from vendors; checks packing lists against supplies received; and inspects supplies and food items for damage, or quality.
•    Responsible for all nutrition center related pick-ups and deliveries, both on and off zoo grounds, and providing support to veterinary department and pest control with transport of confined non-collection wildlife or domestic animals. 
•    Maintains communication with Lead Keepers on dietary changes/requirements, and ongoing building supply needs.
•    Perform other operational duties of the nutrition center including: consulting with NM/Vet/Curators on animal diets; preparing special diet mixes; keeping commissary food preparation and storeroom areas including counters, refrigerators, freezers, floors, and equipment in a neat, orderly and sanitary condition. 
•    Must become familiar with all HACCP protocols and procedures and be willing to follow them at all times

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES
•    Assist in preparation and presentation of training programs for zoo staff as requested.
•    Visitor services at special events.
•    Other duties as assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
•    Ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions, and otherwise communicate effectively and efficiently with co-workers and supervisor.
•    Ability to safely and efficiently operate all specialized food preparation equipment including but not limited to ovens, microwaves, grinders, blenders, dishwashers, sharpeners, and mixers.
•    Good skill – or learn good skill - in safe operation of vehicles and loading equipment including but not limited to fork lift, horse trailer, pallet jack, front end loader and tractor
•    Knowledge of computer programs of basic word processing, spreadsheets, and internet database access.
•    Considerable knowledge of the zoo’s mission and philosophy.
•    Ability to exercise sound judgment in emergency situations and to respond with appropriate action.   
•    Ability to exercise safe work habits in proximity of potentially dangerous animals and equipment. 
•    Good interpersonal skills including ability to get along with diverse groups with tact and maturity.
•    Ability to represent Lincoln Park Zoological Society in a professional manner at all times.
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, co-workers, visitors and general public.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
•    Graduation from High School or the equivalent (GED) is required.
•    Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences or a closely related discipline is preferred. 

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
•    Previous experience of two (2) years, performing food handling and warehouse activities
•    Experience in zoo, aquarium or like institution is desirable. 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
•    Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time
•    Ability to work on the computer for long periods of time
•    Ability to traverse zoo grounds without vehicle
•    Ability to perform a variety of physical tasks that include but are not limited to climbing, crouching, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, crawling
•    The employee will be regularly exposed to water, chemicals, and potentially loud noises.
•    Physical strength, including ability to regularly move 50 lb objects, including lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving them.
•    Ability to work in small, confined spaces
•    Ability to work in cooler or freezer temperatures for up to 4 hours daily
•    Ability to work in all weather conditions – including frequently in potentially adverse conditions
•    Ability to wear requisite Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that may include rubber/latex gloves, masks, eye goggles and airway protection
•    No allergy related to plants or animals that may interfere with the ability to work
•    No impairment of sight, smell, hearing, touch balance or ability of movement that might interfere with ability to work
•    Ability to maintain immune response to exposure to infectious and parasitic diseases
•    Non-infectious status for tuberculosis

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work any of seven days of the week or special needs or events that may occur outside of regular work schedule, including evenings, weekends or holidays, as required.  Non-infectious tuberculosis status via intradermal skin test, thoracic radiographs, or treatment regimen.

LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES
•    Valid IL driver’s license and able to maintain a good driving record
 

Women's Board Liaison

Manage the daily operations of the Women’s Board and facilitate the Board’s efforts to reach its fundraising goals.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Manage the daily operations of the Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo.
•    With the Senior Director of Donor Relations work closely with the Women’s Board President and her Executive Committee on strategic planning.
•    Plan and oversee Zoo Ball, the zoo’s largest fundraiser.  Work with Women’s Board and internal and external vendors to implement the event and make all preparations as necessary.
•    Oversee sponsorship efforts for the Women’s Board fundraising events by supporting Board members as they secure underwriting from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Support the Women’s Board members to cultivate event donors and identify new funding sources.
•    Manage and implement all Women’s Board communications and meetings.  Attend all general Board meetings, and committee meetings, as possible.
•    Working with Women’s Board leadership, plan and implement other Women’s Board events and activities such as ZooLA and the annual Science Celebration.
•    Coordinate and implement the Women’s Board annual giving effort.
•    Manage the Women’s Board operating and event budgets.
•    Serve as liaison between Women’s Board and all zoo departments. 
•    Hire and supervise a summer intern.
•    In conjunction with the Senior Director of Donor Relations, supervise the Donor Relations Assistant
•    Other duties as assigned.
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Must have strong communication and interpersonal skills.
•    Exceptional organizational skills essential.
•    Strong administrative skills required. 
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public.
•    Proficient in Outlook (create/edit emails and appointments), Word (create/edit documents), Excel (create/edit documents), Power Point (create/edit presentations), and strong math skills required with all financial activity.
•    Candidate should thrive in a fast-paced, demanding environment.


EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
Five or more years’ experience with a donor board preferred.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to remain on feet for long periods of time
Ability to operate and safely drive electric carts
Ability to work in all weather conditions
Ability to lift and move boxes and parcels of up to 45 lbs


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work evenings and weekends necessary.
 

Assistant Retail Manager

Assists the Retail Store Manager in achieving operational and budgetary goals through daily supervision of shops personnel.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
•    Assist in the hiring, training, scheduling and supervision of shop staff.  Incumbent spends 80% or more of time directly on the sales floor assisting customers and supervising staff
•    Working with the Retail Manager, responsible for ensuring effectiveness of selling staff through appropriate training, mentoring, coaching, counseling, discipline and discharge
•    Assist in training all sales staff in sales, customer service, merchandising, cash handling and systems procedures utilizing all available training resources.
•    With Retail Manager, manage shops’ personnel including but not limited to work assignments, schedules and coordination of staffing levels.  In Manager’s absence, prepare and track timekeeping and other related reports. Provide input into performance evaluations for departmental personnel.
•    Assist in the training of  volunteers and greeters on zoo shop procedures
•    Assist the Retail Manager and Director/Buyer in weekly walkthroughs.
•     Implements merchandising plans for shop displays, windows and layouts
•    Monitor inventory levels and work closely with warehouse staff to insure daily shop replenishment.
•    Monitor shop inventory to maintain appropriate supply levels by working with warehouse staff to complete and follow-up on supply orders
•    Assist in annual inventory preparation and reconciliation
•    Maintain an awareness of loss prevention, security and safety in the shops following the guidelines as outlined in the Retail Handbook.
•    Be available to work any 5-day schedule assigned.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITITES
•    Steps in for sales associates as necessary
•    Performs other duties as assigned
•    Ensure supervisor is fully advised on a timely basis so that they can effectively execute their responsibilities.   
•    Note: This job description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an associate in this job. Associates are required to perform other related functions as assigned.                       
 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES
•    Comprehensive knowledge of specialty retail operations
•    Skill in design and creation of signage and merchandising and window displays
•    Comprehensive knowledge of cash handling policies and procedures
•    Good knowledge of the concepts, practices and compliance issues of personnel management
•    Knowledge of integrated office software systems, Microsoft Office Suite, and Print Shop software program preferred
•    Skill in effectively resolving difficult customer service and employee relations matters
•    Skill in public speaking
•    Skill in conveying training topics and content to a diverse audience
•    Skill in presenting a pleasant, service-oriented persona, able to deal persuasively with zoo guests, customers and vendors.
•    Ability to express oneself clearly and effectively in oral and written form
•    Ability to represent the zoo in a professional manner at all times
•    Ability to exercise consistent and objective methods to workforce management
•    Well-developed interpersonal skills.  Ability to get along with diverse groups. Tactful, mature.
•    Results-oriented with the ability to balance other business considerations
•    Ability to interact courteously and respectfully with supervisors, fellow employees, volunteers, zoo visitors and general public

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree preferred.

EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
One year or more of supervisory experience in a specialty retail environment required.

NOTE:  A comparable combination of education, experience or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skills and ability required may qualify an individual

PHYSICAL and VISUAL REQUIREMENTS
Ability to perform physical and visual activities that are commonly associated with the functions of this job: Standing, walking, sitting, lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, handling, fingering, talking, hearing. Visual acuity, near and far and depth perception.

ENVIRONMENTAL/ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS
Environmental/atmospheric conditions normally associated with performance of the functions of this job: Indoor/outdoor conditions, noise, odors, dust and mechanical/electrical hazards.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Available to work all necessary hours, which include weekends, holidays, special events and all shifts.  Available to attend training sessions and conferences as needed.