Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, PDZA, is seeking a progressive and enthusiastic leader in the role of Deputy Director to oversee all aspects of day-to-day operations, and assist with planning for our future. This role is the highest standing role based at PDZA. Working with the Zoological and Environmental Education Director of Metro Parks Tacoma, this position will advance the mission of PDZA and enhance our cultural relevancy by identifying and facilitating change internally, as well as partnering and building relationships externally. Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with executive leadership are needed to champion the goals and objectives of the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, located in Tacoma, Washington, overlooks the beautiful Puget Sound with views of both Mount Rainier and Olympic mountains. Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium has an approximate $17.5 million annual operating budget. We’re currently implementing several significant capital improvements, including an entirely new $52 million aquarium, opening this summer.
The Deputy Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of day-to-day operations and assisting with the planning, organization, administration, and direction of Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium (PDZA). This is a leading site based role for PDZA.
The Deputy Director shall be energetic and creative in looking for means to ensure financial viability and advance the mission of the organization. In partnership with the leadership team of the Zoological and Environmental Education Department (ZEED), the deputy director shall assist with developing and facilitating overall departmental and district initiatives.
Work involves the comprehensive knowledge and practice of the philosophy and principles of zoological park and aquarium operations; budget development and oversight within an entrepreneurial/enterprise framework serving a regional customer/user base. The Deputy Director – PDZA has public contact and responsibility with members of the public, foundations, committees, for-profit businesses and partners.
EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree in recreation and park administration, business administration, zoology, biology or related field and five years of increasingly responsible managerial/leadership experience.
LICENSE & OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Current membership in the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA)
About Metro Parks Tacoma
Metro Parks Tacoma was created in 1907 as a municipal corporation to manage park, recreation and zoological services and facilities for the citizens of Tacoma, Dash Point and Browns Point, Washington. Governed by an elected five-member board of park commissioners, Metro Parks Tacoma maintains and cares for more than 100 parks and open spaces in the Tacoma area including Point Defiance Park with its Zoo and Aquarium, Boathouse Marina, and Fort Nisqually; Northwest Trek Wildlife Park near Eatonville, WA; W. W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory; Meadow Park Golf Course; and Ruston Way waterfront parks including Les Davis Pier.Metro Parks Tacoma includes approximately 247 full-time employees and 600-800 part-time/seasonal employees. Career full-time employees are eligible for medical, dental, vision, life and state retirement benefits and paid vacation, holiday and sick leave.