PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

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Employer
CHICAGO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY-BROOKFIELD ZOO
Location
Illinois, United States
Salary
Salary Not specified
Posted
Feb 11, 2021
Closes
Mar 12, 2021
Position Type
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time

PRESIDENT and CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

CHICAGO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY-BROOKFIELD ZOO

The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which operates Brookfield Zoo, a world-class 216-acre zoological park and conservation center, seeks a dynamic, inspirational, and visionary President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  Brookfield Zoo opened to the public in 1934 and over time has grown to attract more than two million visitors annually, ranking it among the top five zoos in the country in attendance. With 2019 operating revenues and support totaling $70 million, and a workforce of 300 full- and part-time staff, supported by over 250 seasonal workers, CZS is an enterprise of considerable complexity and diversity.

The CEO must be an experienced and strategic leader who is passionate about CZS’s mission and especially excited to meet the challenges of operating a dynamic cultural, scientific, and educational institution in the 21st century. The successful candidate will be a person of high intellect, charisma, and dedication who will bring strong communication, collaboration, fundraising, and managerial skills to this challenging leadership role. This person will ensure financial sustainability for CZS and Brookfield Zoo, especially coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic; will address major infrastructure improvements in coming years; will ensure exciting and up-to-date exhibitry and programming and the highest quality animal care; and will continue to build a strong and positive culture and experience for guests and staff alike.

An eight-member Trustee Search Committee is working with the national executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to identify the next CEO. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the search firm:

Karen Wilcox, Partner

Natalie Leonhard, Partner

Caitlin Barrett, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller, 263 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210

617-262-6500

www.imsearch.com/7772

The Chicago Zoological Society is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.