Job Posting 73950

Chief Operating Officer
Calgary Zoo
Calgary area
closes in 9 days (Tue, 5 Oct)
full time

As a globally recognized wildlife conservation charity, the Calgary Zoo guides, innovates, and applies scientific solutions to restore some of the world’s most endangered species.  Locally and globally, we take action in the wild every day to yield powerful benefits for nature and for people. As Canada’s most visited zoo and one of Alberta’s top three attractions, the Calgary Zoo welcomes over 1.3 million visitors annually to our beautiful 125-acre urban forest on St. George’s Island in the heart of downtown Calgary.  Home of award-winning botanical gardens, a prehistoric park, and nearly 1,000 animals, we directly deliver conservation education to over 80,000 youth annually.

The Calgary Zoo’s conservation work and expertise is recognized around the world with over 130 governments, agencies, not-for-profits, and organizations asking us to lend our capabilities in the areas of wildlife reintroduction and protection of endangered species, to support the preservation of critical biodiversity locally and globally.  

Reporting to the President and Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) serves as an Executive team member and an active participant in making strategic decisions affecting the Calgary Zoo Society and the Calgary Zoo Foundation.  The COO leads a high-performance operations function for the Calgary Zoo. The incumbent will be responsible for planning and directing all aspects of the Calgary Zoo’s operational plans, policies, objectives, and initiatives, and the management of the Zoo’s internal processes to ensure maximum productivity and revenue.

The successful candidate will possess a minimum of 20-years of progressive leadership experience at the Senior or Executive level in the operation and leadership of a multi-disciplinary portfolio. This individual will have proven success functioning at both the strategic and operational levels in a dynamic and changing environment. The incumbent should be highly analytical and strategic, and able to construct, articulate, and implement annual strategic plans or complex operational concepts into clear action plans. They should demonstrate a genuine commitment to foster the long-term success and growth of others, as well as outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. The future COO will have a passion for the Zoo’s mission and a strong desire to make a difference in our vision to be a leader in wildlife conservation.

To explore this opportunity further, please contact Boyden’s Calgary office at 403-410-6700 or please submit your resume via the blue "Apply" button by visiting the Boyden Canada Opportunities website at


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