Moving into a new state of the art facility Fall 2024!
This position manages all aspects of facility operations of the Willowbrook Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. Plan and execute all short and long-term program development, staffing, and recordkeeping in areas related to the care and well-being of the resident and rehab animals, supplies, and equipment to provide meaningful public experience and preserve and protect the natural resources of the District.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage all site operations and planning including the lead role in the general day-to-day supervision of medical care, animal care, education, and administrative teams.
Develop and implement protocols and programs to foster continuous improvement, innovation, team building, and professional management practices.
Plan, coordinate, and implement activities such as staffing, research, student training, programming, business planning, and budgeting partnerships.
Collaborate with the Director of Community Engagement to define and carry out the strategic direction of the facility.
Collaborate with and ensure compliance with outside agencies.
Establish and oversee protocols related to equipment maintenance and purchase, inventory monitoring.
Promote the development of team capabilities and enhance organizational effectiveness through the cultivation of interdepartmental cooperation, cohesive planning, and seamless exchange of information among subordinates and colleagues to ensure department objectives are in line with the District's mission and values.
Provide ongoing feedback, coaching, and counseling in a constructive manner, and confront challenging situations directly with a positive approach, aiming to support and mentor employees in their development and progress.
Resolve and rectify issues, prioritize based on gravity and urgency, analyze the root cause, gather relevant information, develop and evaluate viable solutions, decide on the most effective and logical solution, and plan and execute implementation.
Supervise staff, including hiring, scheduling, and assigning work, reviewing performance, and recommending salary increases, promotions, transfers, demotions, corrective actions, or terminations; ensure staff adhere to policies and procedures in compliance with local, state, and federal regulations.
Foster a working environment that promotes safe work habits; Become familiar with and observe all applicable safety rules, policies, and work procedures; Follow all safety rules that pertain to the duties performed and support all aspects of the District's safety and risk management program; Keep work area clean, orderly, and free of hazards; Immediately report all unsafe conditions and incidents.
Maintain a supportive working environment and demonstrate a desire to exceed the expectations of internal and external customers.
Perform other duties as required.
Starting Pay: $94,265- $103,001.60 per year
Eligible for performance review and two possible pay increases annually.
Benefits: Medical (PPO and HMO plans through Blue Cross Blue Shield), Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Account for Health and/or Dependent accounts., Wellness Screenings, Life Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement, 12 paid Holidays, 12 paid Vacation Days, 5 paid Personal Days, 8 paid sick days, Pension through Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), 457 Retirement Plan.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is an EEO employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Bachelor's degree in Parks and Recreation Management, Business Management, Communications, Public Administration, Healthcare Administration, Biology, or a related field and 4 - 6 years of related experience with 1 - 4 years of direct supervisory experience (Includes: training and coaching, responsible for preparing evaluation, assigning work, responsible for work of employee supervised) or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.
Valid Driver's License in good standing.
Prior experience working in a medical setting preferred.
Must have and maintain Illinois Mandated Reporter certification or obtain upon hire (training provided).
Must have and maintain CPR, AED, and First Aid Certification or obtain upon hire (training provided).
Awareness of District ordinances, policies, and guidelines.
Awareness of occupational hazards and safety precautions, including the ability to implement and enforce safety protocols.
Proficiency in using word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.
Familiarity with regulatory agencies at the federal, state, and local levels and a keen understanding of the regulatory landscape.
Proficiency in developing, planning, and overseeing programs and projects, including the ability to set objectives, timelines, and performance metrics.
Effective in establishing and maintaining productive workplace relationships.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.
Ability to maintain complete, accurate, and organized records.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County provides opportunities for people to connect with nature. We offer to the public 60 forest preserves, 166 miles of trails, 47 miles of rivers and streams, and 6 nature and cultural centers. We have 6 million visitors each year.
The District's mission is, "to acquire and hold lands containing forests, prairies, wetlands and associated plant communities or lands capable of being restored to such natural conditions for the purpose of protecting and preserving the flora, fauna and scenic beauty for the education, pleasure and recreation of its citizens.