Chief Animal, Conservation and Science Officer
The Shedd Aquarium seeks to recruit a dynamic and strategic individual to serve in a new leadership role as the Chief Animal, Conservation and Science Officer.
About Shedd Aquarium
John G. Shedd’s groundbreaking vision in 1924 “to construct, maintain and operate an aquarium or museum of aquatic life exclusively for educational and scientific purposes” is even more relevant today then its founder could possibly have imagined in the early 20th Century.
As an enterprise dedicated to animal care and welfare, conservation research and public education, Shedd is home to nearly 32,000 aquatic animals representing more than 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world. Shedd is more than a vital learning resource, scientific contributor and conservation champion. Each year, over 2 million people, including a quarter-million students from elementary and secondary schools, visit the Shedd Aquarium. Each visitor who attends can come away from the experience touched by a specific animal and find inspiration in their life to continue to care for the vitality of that animal or habitat in the world. The goal of seeking to educate, inspire, or initiate support serves to guide Shedd Aquarium as an innovative, conservation-based, visitor-serving enterprise.
Shedd Aquarium has entered an exciting new chapter in its distinguished history. With the selection of only the fourth President since 1930, Dr. Bridget Coughlin, Shedd Aquarium’s leadership team engaged in a strategic planning process to map out the future. They considered a variety of questions:
Shedd Aquarium is committed to deepen its investment in world class animal care, animal health, conservation research, and partnerships that support our understanding of fresh and salt water marine ecosystems and the challenges we face to sustain our planet’s diverse biodiversity.
The emerging strategic path for Shedd Aquarium will focus on connecting people and the natural world. For more information on Shedd Aquarium, please visit their website: www.sheddaquarium.org.
Chief Animal, Conservation and Science Officer
As a result of the most recent strategic planning process, a decision was reached to develop greater internal synergies among key operating departments to enhance the collective value of Shedd Aquarium’s connectivity with visitors and how the enterprise engages in serving its broader conservation purpose.
The Chief Animal, Conservation and Science Officer (CACSO) is an individual who has the experience to manage a team of senior leaders and other talented staff to sustain and enhance the world-class Animal, Conservation and Science work that has long defined Shedd Aquarium’s unique role in the Aquarium community and as a conservation leader. This individual will have exceptional strengths in communication and relationship-building and have an earned reputation for effectiveness in partnering with a CEO, Board of Trustees, executive leadership and other staff that serve the overall enterprise.
The new CACSO oversees a team of senior staff who direct Shedd Aquarium’s animal, animal health, water quality, conservation research, partnership programs and the operations of the Shedd Aquarium’s research vessel. With a combined staff in excess of 150 individuals and a budget that represents 25% of Shedd Aquarium’s overall operating budget, the CACSO occupies a strategic leadership role in the enterprise.
The CACSO is committed to conserving species and habitats through research that increases knowledge, informs policy, and inspires visitors to become conservation champions. Moreover, the CACSO will continue to support Shedd Aquarium’s pioneering work in aquatic conservation medicine and advancements in preventive care and the treatment of aging animals and water quality. A critical role facing the new CACSO is the development and execution of a strategy for ensuring the continuity of the living animal collection.
Reporting directly to the President & CEO, the CACSO will work closely with all senior staff and serve as a thoughtful representative to national and international agencies, professional societies, Board Committees, funders and other key stakeholders.
The strategic goals for the CACSO are the following:
Professional Qualifications and Personal Attributes
The CACSO should possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
Compensation for the Chief Animal, Conservation and Science Officer includes a competitive base salary, and an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter responding specifically to the experience and qualifications being sought to: Daniel Sherman, President, Explore Company at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refer to Shedd/CACSO in the subject line. No phone inquiries please.
Shedd Aquarium is committed to diversity
and invites individuals who bring a diversity of culture,
Shedd Aquarium is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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