Manager, King Conservation Science Scholars

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Chicago, IL
United States

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Primary duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage the King Conservation Science Scholars program and foster strong, sustainable relationships within various communities.  Accountable for implementing key programmatic decisions and outcomes.  Develop recruitment strategies and materials, in partnership with the Vice President of the King Conservation Leadership Academy, to promote programs externally and attract new participants.
  • Proactively work with existing and new external partners to extend outreach network to ensure diverse and inclusive participation.  Expand and enhance the Society’s impact and relevance within target communities. Under the direction of the Vice President of the King Conservation Leadership Academy, lead an external advisory group that informs program recruitment, promotion and structure. 
  • Develop annual budget and prepare monthly reforecasts. Assist with fundraising efforts for programs including cultivation, proposal drafts, presentations, grant administration and reports. 
  • Select, train, supervise, schedule and evaluate staff, volunteers and interns who assist in program development, delivery, and logistics throughout the Chicagoland area. 
  • Other related duties as assigned to ensure successful achievement of Society objectives

The requirements for this position include the following:

  • High school diploma or (GED) equivalent. Bachelor's degree in education, interpretation, biology or other related field or eight years of equivalent experience. Two years of supervisory or management experience or equivalent education and experience. Five years of experience in coordinating, developing and delivering informal education programs in an urban setting. Prior budget/reforecasting experience. Knowledge of general education principles and practices, Excellent organization, communication, and customer service skills. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet critical deadlines. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; ability to work as a member of a team as well as independently. Excellent written, verbal and listening skills. English fluency at a full professional proficiency. Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint. Cultural competency; experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience. Valid driver’s license required. Preferred qualifications include: Experience with urban teens preferred. Experience with reasonable accommodations under the American’s with Disabilities Act preferred. Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus. Additional Information: This position description summarizes the primary duties and functions of this position, but should not be considered a complete listing of every duty the incumbent may ever be called upon to perform. Requires a genuine interest and passion for nature and animals with a record of accomplishment in creating innovative programs to engage underserved audiences in conservation. Awareness of teens’ attributes and a true desire to work with teens. Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including occasional evenings and weekends. Incumbent is expected to keep current with trends in service learning and work-study. The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile.  Please visit our website at  Please look for requisition number 2045BR.

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