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Chief Administrative Officer

Posted: May 31, 2024 Expired: November 27, 2023
Roger Williams Park Zoo
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Roger Williams Park Zoo

Chief Administrative Officer

Roger Williams Park Zoo (RWPZ) of Providence, Rhode Island, is one of the nation’s oldest zoos, exhibiting over 100 animal species. Our culture is built on our core values -community, fun, innovation, diversity, integrity, sustainability, and excellence. We value our role in the community as a treasured place for families and a trusted resource for learning; we create a sense of community for our staff and contribute to the global conservation community. We provide a fun experience for our guests and believe that a fun environment is essential to create a great workplace. We are willing to take risks, to propose novel ideas and to think “out of the box”. Bold dreams are welcome here. We act with respect toward all. We value diversity and are intolerant of bias. Integrity and honesty drive our business practices and our relationships with each other and our constituents. We are driven by our vision of greater sustainability in our environmental practices and in our business model. We believe that by establishing a sustainable financial base we can best achieve our goals. We are always striving for excellence. We work to exceed expectations in all areas.

RWPZ is currently recruiting a full-time, year-round, exempt Chief Administrative Officer. A member of the Executive Leadership team, the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for managing the fiscal and business functions of the organization. As leader of the Administration team, the individual in this position directs the finance, human resource and IT departments and is the chief financial spokesperson for the organization. In addition, the person in this position works closely with the Executive Director to generate practices and formal strategies that maximize the organization’s
financial and procedural capability to achieve its mission. This position directly assists other
Executive and Senior Management Staff on all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to
budget management, cost benefit analysis and forecasting needs.

For additional information on this position and the great benefits we offer, please visit our Careers page at

Experience Required

Required Experience, Training and/or Education: Required Experience and Education: •  Completion of a bachelor's or higher degree in Finance or Business Administration at an  accredited college or university, plus minimum of ten years of financial and management experience  with the day-to-day financial operations of an organization; or equivalent combination of education  and experience. •  Minimum of five years of demonstrated leadership experience working at the Controller, Chief  Financial Officer or Chief Administrative Officer level. •  Experience in: * vendor relationships and vendor management. * recruiting, hiring and retaining staff. * overseeing IT and Human Resource-related activities. Preferred Experience and Education: Recent experience working with diverse populations and fluency speaking additional languages.

Further Comments

Additional Requirements •  Successful completion of a background check. •  Valid driver’s license. •  Willingness to be on call and work flexible work schedule, including occasional evenings,  weekends and holidays. •  Occasionally lift and/ or move up to 25 pounds. •  Frequent use of a calculator, computer/laptop, phone, two-way radio, fax, and copy  machines. •  This position works on-site, primarily in an office setting where the noise level is usually  moderate.


Health and Life Insurance, 403b Retirement Plan with employer match, PTO, and more!



How to Apply

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity to be a team member at a well-renowned Zoo in the New England area, send a cover letter, resume and salary requirements to the address below.

Roger Williams Park Zoo

ATTN: Chief Administrative Officer

1000 Elmwood Ave

Providence, RI 02907


Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI 02907
Phone: 401-785-3510
Fax: 401-941-1325


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