Title

Manager of Living Collections 


Open Date 9/16/2013  

Age Requirement Age 18+  

Category Full-Time  

Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  

Pay Type Exempt  

Pay Range Competitive salary plus benefits  

Schedule Regular business hours, which include some weekends, evenings and holidays  

Position Requirements

Ideal candidate possesses excellent organizational, supervisory, and leadership skills; is flexible, organized, and detail-oriented.  Experience working with animals in a professional setting required. Informal science education experience and/or experience working with multi-generational audiences in an educational setting required; with preferred experience in museums, zoos or other free choice learning environments. A Bachelor’s degree in Zoology, Biology or related field is required.

 

Description

Objective

Support COSI’s mission by providing a high quality visitor experience through maintaining and practicing high professional standards for animal husbandry and the use of live animals in educational programs and exhibits. Provide leadership and training to paid and volunteer team members in the care and use of COSI’s animal collection. Oversee all assets related to daily operations of the animal collection. Work collaboratively with the Director of Energy and Environmental Strategic Initiatives to develop the vision for COSI’s animal collection.

Responsiblities:

  1. Work collaboratively with the Director of Energy & Environmental Strategic Initiatives to develop and continually refine the overall vision for COSI’s animal program, assuring sustainable management of the collection.
  2. Act as the primary person responsible for the daily care and feeding of the collection.
    1. Continually research best practices in animal husbandry for the species in the collection. Make adjustments to current practices as needed.
  3. Act as the primary person responsible for the training and maintenance of the rat basketball program.
    1. Continually research best practices in animal training. Make adjustments to current practices as necessary.
  4. Oversee the health of COSI’s animal collection.
    1. Maintain and retain accurate and up-to-date animal records in keeping with state, federal and professional mandates.
    2. Coordinate veterinary care for the collection as needed.
  5. Maintain necessary state and federal licenses and permits related to COSI’s animal collection.
  6. Create a formal training program for the care, handling and training of COSI’s animal collection.
    1. Create a formal animal husbandry manual that outlines the diet, care and proper handling for each species in the collection.
    2. Provide appropriate training, coaching and preparation for paid and volunteer team members.
    3. Assist in the evaluation of the Team on animal-related program facilitation and identify performance improvement opportunities.
    4. Maintain a training database for paid and volunteer team members.
  7. Lead the interviewing, hiring and supervision of the Animal Specialists Interns and the Living Collections Assistant.
  8. Act as the primary person responsible for developing, updating and maintaining content for all programs and experiences utilizing COSI’s animal collection. Work closely with Program Managers and Experience Design Team, following proper processes and procedures in content development.
  9. Provide high quality guest experiences through the utilization of COSI’s animal collection in programs.
    1. Perform rat basketball shows for the public.
    2. Facilitate guest interactions with COSI’s animal collection through the use of the related carts and other hallway experiences.
  10. Help manage the budget as it pertains to COSI’s animal collection. Oversee inventory and ordering of supplies necessary to support the program.
  11. Stay current on trends, methods, and research in animal husbandry and training through professional development, formal and informal education, and by attending and presenting at COSI U, professional conferences, and informal educator meetings.
  12. Work in coordination with the Center for Research and Evaluation, assist with the evaluation of animal related programs using institutional tools and methods, as needed. Address any problems with families or guests participating in animal-related experiences.
  13. Maintain a current knowledge of COSI's total program offerings.
  14. Support general COSI operations through participation in meetings as appropriate. Take part and attend internal and external meetings representing COSI’s animal program as appointed by the Director of Energy and Environmental Strategic Initiatives.
  15. Serve as an example to other COSI Team Members and Volunteers in matters of appearance, attitude, and performance in a manner best serving COSI paid and volunteer team members and guests.
  16. In accordance with COSI's Guest Services Strategy, and as opportunities present themselves, provide excellence in Guest Services by assuring guest safety, using courtesy to drive each guest interaction, by delivering the COSI show, and by keeping operations efficient.
  17. Perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Energy and Environmental Strategic Initiatives and the Vice President of Programs.
 


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