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Zoos SA is a charitable conservation society dedicated to the preservation of some of the world’s most threatened species. Its vision is to lead and achieve long-term conservation change through education, breeding and research programs at its world renowned sites, Adelaide and Monarto Zoos, and in the wild.

Adelaide Zoo, one of Adelaide’s most iconic attractions, is home to more than 2,500 animals and 250 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited over eight hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings. It’s the second oldest zoo in the nation and represents a significant part of South Australia’s heritage.

Monarto Zoo is one of the largest open range zoo in the world spanning more than 1,500 hectares of fauna and flora. Monarto Zoo opened in 1983 as a closed special purpose breeding facility. Since officially opening to the public in October 1993, Monarto Zoo has evolved into a true biopark, representing a unique blend of a conservation and wildlife park. Its principle purpose is to provide a place for the conservation of Australian and exotic wildlife, public recreation and education.

Zoos SA represents an important part of South Australia’s heritage and social history with more than 30,000 members. Since Adelaide Zoo opened to the public in 1883, six generations of South Australians have passed through its gates.

Securing long term populations of species in natural ecosystems and habitats is one of the key aims of Zoos SA, and to do this the organisation works at a variety of levels, including maintaining insurance populations, educating the community, influencing policy, restoring habitat and protecting wild animal populations. Approximately 250 full, part time and causal staff members and more than 500 volunteers at our not-for-profit society work towards these goals.

Joining the Zoos SA team is unique and wonderfully fulfilling opportunity.

  • CFO role
  • Board Reporting
  • Executive Leadership Member

Are you seeking a diverse and challenging role that will return enormous satisfaction and reward through contributing to our mission of “saving species from extinction and connecting people with nature”? Our client – Zoos SA has this rare opportunity where you are able to join Adelaide’s leading and iconic conservation charity organisation in a broad Corporate Services/CFO role where you will be surrounded by a passionate workforce all supporting our mission.

The role is based predominately at Adelaide Zoo and reports to the Chief Executive. Working collaboratively as a crucial member of the Leadership team, the role manages the day to day running of all corporate functions – financial, ICT, sustainability, strategic and business planning, policy and administration. This is a strong leadership role, both within the corporate services as well as contributing to a number of exciting new opportunities from within our 2020 Master Plan.

The incumbent will provide vision and leadership, guidance and support to approximately 7 direct reports and works with the Board and Leadership team to ensure effective and strategic financial management for the organisation.

To succeed in this role, you will be a senior financial professional with experience working within the broader corporate services environment. You will have proven visionary leadership and evidence of the achievement of positive outcomes within your current and previous organisations. You will possess strong relationship management and engagement skills, enabling you to quickly gain credibility with key stakeholders.

Zoos SA offers an amazing working environment; this is an outstanding opportunity to join a fully supportive executive team that prides itself on exceeding expectations.

Essential Qualifications & Experience required:

  • Relevant Accounting qualification/s (CPA qualified preferable) and experience at organisation wide budgeting and financial management
  • Professional Industry membership/s & recognition
  • Experience in preparing financial reports for a Board

Salary will be commensurate with experience and a Police Clearance & Functional Capacity Assessment will be required.

Applicants should forward a current resume and covering letter to Trudy Dickson at apply@daviesstewart.com, or via the link below.  Enquiries to (08) 8232 8008 – applications will be receive an email acknowledgement that your details have been received and all information is treated in the strictest confidence.

  • Support and Coordinate Strategic, Planning & Policy Development
  • Provide Training to staff on Policy & Procedure Development
  • Part time 0.4 FTE

Zoos SA offers an amazing work environment and the opportunity to be a part of a passionate workforce dedicated to supporting Zoos SA mission of “saving species from extinction and connecting people with nature”?

Join Adelaide’s leading and iconic conservation charity organisation in a Policy and Planning Coordinator role where you will work collaboratively as a member of the Corporate Services team, supporting and coordinating strategic development, the policy framework, corporate planning, legislative compliance and risk management for the organisation.

The incumbent will develop an understanding and awareness of organisational activities, objectives, strategic plans and monitoring of key performance areas to enable them to provide innovative solutions, reports and recommendations to Executive and the Board on key policy and planning areas.

Developing a strong network of internal contacts will be aided through your contribution to committee work and delivering educational training to staff.

Key Qualifications, Attributes & Experience required:

  • Post graduate study or demonstrated experience in policy, planning or a related field
  • Experience developing, communicating & coordinating plans, policy and procedures
  • Experience with full life cycle project management
  • Experience managing policy and risk frameworks and registers
  • Confidence to present to groups and demonstrate excellent communication skills
  • A self managed, innovative thinker who thrives in a busy & fast paced environment
  • A relationship builder who contributes to organisation and team goals
  • Strong analytical, project and financial management skills

A background in conservation, science or research will be highly regarded. Salary will be commensurate with experience and a Police Clearance & Functional Capacity Assessment will be required.

Applicants should forward a current resume and covering letter to Trudy Dickson at apply@daviesstewart.com, or via the link below.  Enquiries to (08) 8232 8008 – applicants will receive email acknowledgement that your details have been received. All information is treated in the strictest confidence.

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to save species from extinction and connect people with nature.

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