International Crane Foundation


Vice President – Headquarters Operations

We are pleased to announce this NEW position that will guide the development and growth of the International Crane Foundation’s headquarters in Wisconsin! Apply today to lead a dynamic team committed to crane conservation.

Reports To: President and CEO
Department: Administration
FSLA Status: Exempt
Supervision: Yes

Position Summary:
The Vice President – Headquarters Operations (VP-HO) is a new position at the International Crane Foundation (ICF). The VP-HO supports the ICF mission by leading and managing a comprehensive array of five ICF headquarter service and program teams that include, 1) Captive Crane Management, 2) Visitor and Outreach Program, 3) Site Management and Restoration, 4) Conservation Leadership Training, and 5) Conservation Services. The incumbent provides mentorship and supervision to five staff who lead each of these five major programs. A key role of the VP-HO is to facilitate the process for planning and managing construction of a new Visitor Center and exhibits on site. The VP-HO reports to the President as part of ICF’s senior leadership team, and maintains strong relationships with the Board of Directors as an Officer of the Board.


  • Supervise the operations of five functional teams: 1) Captive Crane Management, 2) Visitor and Outreach Program, 3) Site Management and Restoration, 4) Conservation Leadership Training, and 5) Conservation Services, to ensure program productivity, quality processes and functional infrastructure.
  • Assist Managers of the functional teams to develop and monitor their work plans and budgets and measure program results.
  • Facilitate planning and management of major capital projects, including construction of a new Visitor Center and exhibits, and building renovations.
  • Provide vision and leadership for the overall growth and sustained quality of ICF headquarters “zoo” operations, including staffing, exhibits, landscaping, space planning, professional development, etc.
  • Lead integration of ICF headquarters programs with ICF regional programs, facilitating collaboration with the Conservation Services and Conservation Leadership Training teams.
  • Engage in high-level institutional planning and advancement through the senior leadership team (President and VPs).
  • Cultivate strong relationships with the ICF Board of Directors and provide staff leadership to the Board Site Planning and Management Committee.
  • Assure safe working conditions for all staff, volunteers, and visitors and verify Headquarters emergency preparedness.


  • Manage ICF’s Association of Zoo & Aquariums (AZA) accreditation and oversee other aspect of ICF-AZA relations.
  • Assure Headquarters program areas are in compliance with local, state and federal laws and appropriate professional standards.
  • Provide leadership to ICF’s sustainability programs and efforts.


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Conservation, Zoology, Biological Science or related field or equivalent experience and no less than ten years experience.
  • Experience supervising and mentoring others to achieve desired results; delegate work; train and encourage skill development; access and provide feedback on individual performance.
  • Demonstrated successful project management experience and proven track record of successful project accomplishments, including program measurement and evaluation.
  • Experience establishing, planning, monitoring and implementing department budgets.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, including speaking clearly and persuasively to individual and groups; listening effectively; responding well to questions from conservation colleagues, ICF supporters, visitors, press and the general public.
  • Excellent written communication skills, including the ability to write correspondence and reports in a clear, concise, logical, and grammatically-correct manner.
  • Experience and comfort using word processing and spreadsheet software (MS Office) and internet search engines.
  • Attentive to detail and thoroughness.
  • Valid state driver’s license and acceptable driving record.
  • Ability to travel 5-10% of the time, within the United States but primarily in Wisconsin, and to be accessible outside of normal business hours.
  • Quickly, effectively, and continually adapt to changes in work environment and duties, processes, and technologies.
  • Demonstrate respect and sensitivity for others; inspire trust; and work with integrity and ethically.


  • Passion for the environment and wildlife conservation.
  • Master’s Degree in Business, Conservation, Zoology or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Senior-level management experience in an AZA accredited organization.
  • Management experience in a non-profit organization.
  • Successful exhibit design and/or construction project management experience in a conservation or zoo related environment.  

The physical abilities and work environment characteristics described below are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical Abilities:

  • Ability to use hands and fingers to type.
  • Ability to talk and hear.
  • Ability to lift or move up to 25 pounds; occasionally reaching, stooping and kneeling.

Work Environment:

  • Office environment with a comfortable office climate and limited noise.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:  ICF offers a competitive salary and benefit package.
ICF is an equal opportunity employer.
TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:  Send a cover letter and resume to Hannah Field, Human Resources Department.