Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Detroit Zoological Society

Detroit, MI   |   May 11, 2021

The Detroit Zoological Society (“DZS”) is a world-renowned leader in the distinct areas of wildlife conservation and animal welfare and is leading innovation around environmental sustainability and humane education.

A bold, courageous and compassionate institution, DZS has earned the reputation as one of the most respected and innovative zoos worldwide.  Delivering on its mission of “Celebrating and Saving Wildlife,” DZS is a leader in animal conservation and welfare.

With over 200 staff and annual revenue of $50 million, DZS has made many groundbreaking decisions in its field and has also become a community leader across Southeastern Michigan. DZS has a strong base of financial stability, with the three neighboring government entities supporting DZS through a tax millage that has continuously been overwhelmingly approved and renewed. Those funds represent about 30% of the DZS operating budget.

The Detroit Zoological Society is seeking a dynamic and innovative leader to serve as its CEO as it enters its next chapter of impact and success.  This leader will have the opportunity to step into a world-renowned institution with talented and passionate staff, deep partnerships across Southeastern Michigan and a reputation for being a leader in animal welfare.

The CEO will build on DZS’s strong foundation and position the institution as a leader for the future in the animal welfare landscape, shaping the conversations about conservation, education and sustainability in the region and well beyond.

This is an opportunity to lead one of the most influential institutions in Southeast Michigan, an area rich in history and culture. Home to over half of the state’s population, Southeast Michigan has the perks of an urban metropolis with the affordable cost of suburban living all with a welcoming small-town feel. Given its location along the Detroit River, proximity to the Great Lakes and accessibility to 9 state parks, there are countless opportunities to explore the great outdoors and stay active.

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