President and CEO – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Posted: 30 March 2022   |   Full-Time   | Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha, United States |


Consistently ranked in the top five zoos globally, previously named World’s Best Zoo by Travelocity, and currently rated in the top three in the country by USA TODAY, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium seeks a President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to guide the Zoo into its exciting next chapter. The CEO will provide the vision and strategy to lead an organization already established as a trailblazer in overall visitor experience, exhibit design, animal care, and education, as well as animal conservation and research.


Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s mission is to inspire, educate, and engage people to serve as lifelong stewards for animals, their habitats, and their conservation.


Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium seeks an experienced, results-oriented chief executive who will provide aspirational leadership toward shaping the future direction of the Zoo, building on its status as a world-class destination and leader in conservation and education. The CEO will be the central architect of the path forward and will work with the Board and staff to develop and implement organization-wide policy decisions and strategic planning while representing the Zoo’s mission and brand.

How to Apply

A detailed position description that further outlines the opportunity and qualifications may be found here

A Search Committee has been established to conduct this search on behalf of the Omaha Zoological Society Board of Directors. This committee is assisted by Shelli Herman and Associates, Inc., a retained executive search firm. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed to the search firm; all contact will be held in the strictest confidence.

A review of applications will commence immediately. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit their credentials as soon as possible for full consideration. Complete applications should be submitted electronically via email to Shelli Herman at and should include: a cover letter that articulates a commitment to the mission and outlines relevant experience tied to the job description, as well as a current resume reflecting work experience from college forward.

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