Director, National Zoological Park
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
Applicants must clearly demonstrate the necessary level of managerial and leadership skills and competence to perform successfully in this position. This includes a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, or a combination of education and appropriate experience that provides knowledge comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a four year course of study in an applicable subject matter field.
In addition, applicants must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-15 level. Specialized experience is defined as the demonstrated knowledge and leadership skills as it relates to planning and managing a large, multi-facet zoological, aquarium, research or conservation organization. The applicants that meet the basic qualifications will be evaluated further against the following criteria:
1. Demonstrated experience in planning, directing, and managing a multi-disciplinary zoo, aquarium, research or conservation organization – to include planning and allocation of staffing and financial resources, and any experience with the regulatory requirements and best practices in animal care. This should include experience in formulating and implementing strategic priorities, goal setting, establishing metrics and reporting protocols.
2. Demonstrated entrepreneurial ability to build relationships and lead collaborative initiatives internally and externally with organizations to leverage support for and participation in programs.
3. Successful track record of raising funds from individuals, foundations, corporations and governmental organizations through gifts, grants and partnerships.
4. Demonstrated skill in leading, supervising and managing a multi-disciplined and culturally diverse workforce, including fostering teamwork and high morale; attracting, retaining, motivating, and providing guidance to a diverse workforce; and implementing EEO/Affirmative Action policies and programs.
The incumbent reports to the Provost/Under Secretary for Museums, Education, and Research for the Smithsonian Institution. Within established SI policy, Federal laws and regulations, and broad policy guidelines established by the Provost/Under Secretary, the incumbent independently plans and directs all aspects of NZP programs and operations, exercising a high degree of professional competence as well as outstanding managerial knowledge and ability. The incumbent consults with the Provost/Under Secretary on major policy or controversial issues, and keeps that official informed of major programs, policy decisions, and especially critical problems through periodic consultation and written reports. Work performance is appraised primarily in terms of overall effectiveness in achieving program goals and objectives.
This position has been reviewed to determine the level of POSITION SENSITIVITY. Based on the nature of the work, the position has been determined to be Public Trust/HIGH RISK. This designation will require (1) a pre-employment Security Agency Check (SAC) for the prospective incumbent; and (2) a subsequent comprehensive background investigation and favorable adjudication in order to continue in the position.
The Smithsonian Institution does not discriminate against any employee or any applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization or other non-merit factors.
The Smithsonian provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the contact person listed in this announcement. The decision on granting a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Relocation expenses will not be paid.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
The qualifications listed in this document will be used along with your resume and your responses to the questions posed in the electronic application process to determine the candidates who will move forward in the evaluation process. When crafting your responses to the questions, please provide concise, detailed information on your background and experience.
Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to the major duties and qualifications criteria listed for this position.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work on the same basis as for paid experience. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. To receive credit for such experience you must indicate clearly the nature of the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the average number of hours per week spent in such employment.
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