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Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, and education. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission: Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations.
Denver Zoo honors our animals, staff, and guests by conducting ourselves at the highest level of integrity through our Core Actions — Inspire Awe: Safety, Care, Connect and by embracing our Core Values of: Welcoming, United, Curious, Courageous and Transformative in all that we do.
The Nutrition Center Manager serves as a staff member at will of the Denver Zoo. In that capacity, the Nutrition Center Manager plays a key role in ensuring optimal nutrition for the Denver Zoo’s animals. The Nutrition Center Manager works with other Denver Zoo departments to maintain the health and psychological well-being of the Denver Zoo’s animals by understanding the effect and impact of diet on these animals. This includes the formulation, preparation, and scientific assessment of diets and nutritional records; tracking diets and diet changes; and assisting with the diet review process.
Our staff is a dedicated and diverse group of individuals committed to providing quality care to our animals while creating moments of awe for guests. If you are a like-minded individual and thrive in a dynamic, fast paced and innovative culture, Denver Zoo is the place for you!
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Priority 1 – Nutrition Center
- Accountable for the daily operations and staff of the Nutrition Center.
- Manage the Nutrition Center staff by developing and mentoring staff; managing hourly staff schedules and payroll approvals; and providing on-the-job training.
- Oversee the maintenance and repair of Nutrition Center equipment and facilities.
- Manage computer-based procurement and diet records software.
- Process and oversee vendor invoices, receipts, purchase authorizations, and contracts for new and existing products.
- Coordinate with Denver Zoo leadership to establish food ordering policies, research supply sources, and procurement of diet substitutes.
- Maintain adequate inventory to prevent food-supply interruptions; work with the Nutritionist to develop contingency plans for continuous feeding during unforeseen emergencies.
- Develop and support procedures for receiving and fulfillment of orders from internal customers, including maintenance of catalog for internal ordering software.
- Manage equipment purchases and repairs for the Nutrition Center.
Priority 2 – Compliance
- Monitor and maintain current industry best practices in physical safety, food safety, biosecurity, cleaning/sanitation standards, and regulatory compliance.
- Develop Nutrition Center SOPs.
- Manage the HAECP, USDA, and FDA programs to ensure compliance, biosecurity, and food safety.
- Participate in periodic compliance and/or sustainability audits.
Priority 3 – Finance
- Assist the Nutritionist and Vice President for Animal Health in preparing and administering the Nutrition Center annual budget.
- Monitor the Nutrition Center departmental budget and report activity to Nutritionist and Vice President for Animal Health.
Priority 4 – Collaboration
- Support the Nutritionist and Vice President for Animal Health in the development, communication, and implementation of Nutrition Department strategic initiatives.
- Coordinate with suppliers to ensure secure food supply with adequate quantities, quality, and delivery timeliness.
- Collaborate with the Browse Specialist to support browse procurement and distribution.
- Support inter-departmental relationships and communication among Nutrition, Animal Care, Veterinary Medicine, and other internal departments.
Other Responsibilities and Duties
- Other assistance, as designated by the Nutritionist, to support the overall goals of the department and organization. Denver Zoo retains the right to add or change duties and/or responsibilities at any time.
- Supervises Nutrition Center staff.
- Annual departmental budget. Acts as a good steward of Denver Zoo’s resources.
- The nature of this position requires safeguarding against the release of confidential and proprietary information of Denver Zoo.
- This position will interact with managers at all levels and staff members across the organization, in addition to members of external organizations.
Work Location: On campus.
Technical / Professional Requirements & Qualifications
- Completion or in pursuit of a 4-year degree in Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, Business, Hospitality, Restaurant Management, Food Services, or Nutrition required, or in a related field, or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience.
- Requires minimum of 2-years of experience in a zoo commissary, restaurant, or similar operation to include knowledge of budget, commodity computer-based procurement, inventory practices, personnel management and development, and physical and food safety; customer service and supervisory experience; experience working in a nonprofit and with HACCP is strongly preferred, or any equivalent combination of experience, lived experience, and/or special skills.
- Proven computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite are necessary.
- Requires excellent organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize work and tasks.
- Requires adaptability to produce and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, multi-task and changing environment, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
- Good negotiation skills and the ability to handle sensitive information with diplomacy are preferred.
- Must be an outstanding communicator and considered to be a developer of people who is comfortable motivating, collaborating, and working with a broad cross section of people in direct and matrixed relationships.
- Experience applying an equitable analysis to all duties to achieve organizational goals and demonstrate the Denver Zoo’s commitment to diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism preferred.
- Ability to pass a physical examination, background check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screen.
- Licences/Certifications : ServSafe or similar certification desired.
- Possession of a valid Colorado Class “R” Driver’s License within 3 months of hire with a clean driving record.
- Schedule Availability: Days, Nights and Weekends
Range for this position is $5,206 – $6,508 (monthly).
This is a full-time position with excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision benefits; life insurance; short term and long-term disability; 403(b) retirement plan; and vacation and sick leave.
Application Process and Timelines
Resumes / Completed applications must be submitted by October 15th, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately. Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to this date.
Denver Zoo is following all CDC guidelines. CDC states that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is the best defense against the spread of, and severe illness due to, COVID-19. Denver Zoo highly encourages our employees to be vaccinated. We do ask for employees to upload their vaccination card into our HRIS for documentation. This information is kept confidential.
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with lived experience with racism and/or misogynoir are encouraged to apply for this role.
Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law.