THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWN OF COCHRANE

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - POLAR BEAR HABITAT AND HERITAGE VILLAGE MANAGER

Job Title: Polar Bear Habitat and Heritage Village Manager

Department: Administration Department- Polar Bear Habitat

Hours of Work: Regular hours of work of 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This position necessitates an extended schedule of evenings and weekends.

Contract: This a three-year salaried contract.

Salary: $80,000 to $90,000/ year

Benefits: As provided through the current management package

Closing Date:  December 11th, 2020 at 1 pm.

Reporting to the CAO,  The Polar Bear Habitat and Heritage Village Manager oversees planning, directing, evaluating, and coordinating the Habitat operations. He or she supervises employees and the animal care staff.  The Manager is responsible directing staff to personnel, implementing procedures related to animal care and wellbeing, facilities’ maintenance, and ensuring compliance with laws relevant operations.

The Manager is also responsible for completing administrative tasks and leading marketing campaigns and public relations initiatives. He or she is responsible for implementing policies, planning the annual budget, and managing expenditures, conferring with the Town’s Council and the senior management team to establish and improve procedures and goals.

The Polar Bear Habitat manager is responsible for developing sales strategies, promotional events and fundraising activities; handling public questions and complaints; corresponding with other facilities and institutions to exchange information; consulting with veterinarians and establishing animal care such as managing methods, dietary needs, habitat, and sanitation procedures.

For the Manager to be successful, it is essential to have expansive knowledge in wildlife management procedures and protocols, a thorough understanding of animals’ needs and habits. Also, lead the organization to obtain and stay complaint with CAZA and AZA and any other legislation.

The Manager must possess advanced management skills, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and have basic knowledge in veterinary medicine. The Manager should be able to develop and organize fascinating exhibits, conduct interesting and instructive tours, effectively direct and coordinate personnel activities, and prepare documents and generate clear and concise reports.

Also, the Manager must possess the following: 

  • Proven leadership and team player skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing, and evaluating strategic plans.
  • Strong skills in project planning, financing, management, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Experience working with government and with donors/government aid agencies.
  • Proven knowledge and experience of the not-for-profit sector, preferably of environmental non-governmental organizations;
  • Negotiation, influencing, and media relation skills, preferably at a high level;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop and maintain strong relationships at all levels, including with staff, local communities, government agencies, the not-for-profit sector, and the scientific community; and 

Qualifications and Aptitudes 

  • Degree or diploma in Business Administration / Marketing/ Animal science, Zoology
  • Ten years management experience in tourism and marketing as an asset.
  • Must be able to produce brief and accurate reports.
  • Ability to make independent decisions when handling situations involving animal care and/or emergencies, as necessary.
  • Proven abilities in fundraising, grant writing and financial management.
  • Must possess a valid G drivers licence.

The above represents only a brief description of the general requirements for the position. Interested candidates are encouraged writing, and email their resumes to hr@cochraneontario.com with the subject line EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY – POLAR BEAR HABITAT AND HERITAGE VILLAGE MANAGER, before 1:00 p.m. on Friday, Dec 11, 2020.

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