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Graduate Program Manager

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Cincinnati, United States Posted: March 31, 2024

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is known for many things- our conservation efforts, our green initiatives, our friendly staff… but did you know that we have a strong set of core values that make us the best team around? We’re more than coworkers… we’re family. By building Collaborative Relationships, displaying Positivity & Energy, having Pride, Passion & a Sense of Ownership, supporting Accountability, Mutual Trust & Respect, and embracing Progressive Thinking, we have built a team of dedicated staff that focuses on our visitors, community & future. We look forward to having you join the team!

  • The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden is the established leader in the implementation of inquiry-based learning in the full zoo visitor experience. 
  • We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our team as our Graduate Program Manager. 
  • This position supports this continued effort through the oversight, development, and evaluation of The Advanced Inquiry Program. 
Position Summary:
  • Reporting to the Sr. Manager of Conservation Leadership Programs, it also serves as the zoo staff contact for Zoo Expeditions, Field Expeditions and the GFP program with Miami University Staff and Faculty which are our partners in this effort. 
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Manages the development, review and revision of the AIP program and AIP student master plans. 
  • With an eye toward integrating the program and student project into the Zoo experience and the Cincinnati community.
  • Coordinates and communicates program details with project Dragonfly at Miami University.
  • Recruit students for the IAP program and create strategies to maximize participation with the most qualified applicants.
  • Engage the growing AIP alum community to support existing courses and to create new AIP-affiliated courses that extend and deepen the AIP MI’s reach into the Cincinnati community and the national AIP community.  
  • Strategically look for ways to build connections between our AIP program and AIP Masters Institutions nationally. 
  • Instruct, train, supervise and evaluate AIP students and their projects.  
  • Management and evaluation of the AIP courses, including evening and weekend efforts.
  • Direct the marketing and recruitment of the AIP programs which includes web site , social media and print material content development.
  • Serve as main contact with Miami University for IAP events at the CZBG.
  • Submitting monthly progress reports on program status.
Successful candidates will demonstrate the following leadership attributes:
  • You Model the example for others to follow;
  • You Inspire others to work towards an exciting future and shared vision;
  • You Challenge yourself and others to look for innovative ways to improve the organization;
  • You Foster collaboration and trust and build spirited teams;
  • You Recognize contributions and celebrate accomplishments.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job will be considered. 
Education & Experience
  • Masters or Ph.D. in one of the Biological Sciences or Education; 
  • Extensive experience applying the scientific method in field settings and inquiry in the classroom;
  • An academic and practical understanding or community-based conservation;
  • Experience leading a wide range of environmental education or interpretive programs as well as formal university-level instruction;
  • Experience with curriculum development and implementation;
  • Experience advising graduate students and managing their projects;
  • Demonstrated significant experience working in both the formal and informal settings;
  • Experience leading environmental education or interpretive programs;
  • Experience with curriculum development and program management;
  • Experience managing staff, desirable. 
  • Command of Windows-based software and applications is required.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • Demonstrate an understanding and acceptance of the Core Values and Behaviors of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Lives these on a day-today basis, “Modeling the Way” for others
  • Excellent attention to detail, project management and interpersonal & organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines and shift priorities in a rapidly changing environment
  • Requires an individual who is highly professional, motivated, proactive, and helpful, who is able to gain cooperation through expertise, credibility, and building positive working relationships
  • Possess excellent ability to develop and sustain effective working relationships within an organization; superior interpersonal skills; ability to work with diverse personalities; tactful; mature; flexible.
  • Be timely and reliable in attendance and performance
  • Have a demonstrated affinity for the Mission of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • A sincere love of wildlife and nature, and desire to share that interest with others
  • Knowledge of/education in/experience in formal education, or environmental education, conservation education, or a related non-formal education field
  • Ability to work well with staff, volunteers, Zoo donors and prospects, as well as the general public
  • Ability to use basic and advanced functions of Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook)
Working Conditions/Other Requirements: 
  • Employment is contingent upon passing a drug & nicotine screen and background investigation.
  • While performing the duties of the job, the incumbent is regularly required to stand, walk, and utilize manual dexterity to use computer mouse and keyboard.
  • The incumbent may be exposed to outside weather conditions and must be able to lift/move/carry up to 25 pounds without assistance; must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable to drive a Zoo vehicle; Must be able to work a schedule that may include evenings, weekends and holidays, as needed.
Position Details:
  • This position is full-time, salaried/exempt, and eligible for the Zoo’s benefit programs for non-union employees. We offer a comprehensive benefits package in support of our employees’ Total Well-Being including affordable medical, dental & vision coverage; free mental health counseling and coaching, 401(k) plan with company match; flexible spending accounts; generous paid time off banks; company-paid disability & life insurance; park discounts and free passes.
To apply for this position:
  • Qualified applicants must apply via our online application on our website at http://cincinnatizoo.org/about-us/job-opportunities/. 
  • Cover letter and resume should be included in your online application.
  • We strive to be an organization that is diverse and reflects the fullness of society.
  • With a strongly held value for an organizational culture characterized by inclusion and belonging, we are committed to equity in all we do.
  • We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to our organization’s diversity and who want to walk alongside us in our commitment to inclusion and equity.
  • We are a Queen City Certified/Ellequate Leader in Workplace Equity.
  • Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
  • Full Benefits

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