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Vice President of Facilities & Construction

NATURE OF WORK:  The Vice President of Facilities & Construction is responsible for the general management of the maintenance and construction functions of the zoo.  The Vice President of Facilities & Construction is responsible for managing facility maintenance to include ride maintenance, maintenance planning, zoo projects group as well as capital construction divisions.  The Vice President of Facilities & Construction must be able to communicate effectively with team members, guests, contractors, consultants, vendors, volunteers, and the general public.  The Vice President of Facilities & Construction ensures the zoo is safe and suitable for the public, the animals in our care as well as zoo staff.  The Vice President of Facilities & Construction oversees the development and implementation of capital projects, the zoo’s master plan, and reports to the Executive Director/CEO of the zoo.


  • Establish and maintain positive, cooperative, and effective working relations with fellow team members, contractors, consultants, vendors, county, and city-wide staff.
  • Constantly exhibit good internal and external customer service, communicate with guests, and provide directions to various areas of the zoo in a courteous manner.
  • Oversee the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), Zoological Association of America (ZAA) and American Humane accreditation/certification compliance, inspection, and application process, including onsite inspections and participation in committee hearings.
  • Provide leadership for three direct reports and 40 departmental employees with expense budget responsibility totaling 5.3 million dollars.
  • Coordinate master planning process to include RFP/RFQ development, architect interview and selection, exhibit design (schematic, conceptual, renderings, and construction drawings) realm development, fundraising assistance, and multiple phases of project implementation.
  • Manage Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) well-permitting process and drought restriction monthly compliance and reporting for 2,750 acre-feet (896,090,910 gallons) of well water.
  • Responsible for the state (TDLR) amusement ride licensing, daily inspections, monthly, quarterly, and annual maintenance procedures plus yearly third-party insurance inspections for the carousel and train(s).
  • Coordinate all zoo capital construction and in-house projects to include C.A.R. submission, stakeholder meetings, staff update meetings, construction/project estimation, bid process, architect and contractor selection, value engineering, contract negotiation, and CAPEX tracking.
  • Manage potable water consumption for 375 acre-feet (122,194,215 gallons) of water allocated in our city contract plus water-saving efforts involving AC condensate and rooftop collection.
  • Serve as chairman of the Safety Committee; oversee OSHA compliance, worker’s compensation policy, job site safety, and Emergency Response Plan (ERP); and maintain departmental disaster planning procedures.
  • Responsible for the licensing, registration, upkeep and maintenance of all zoo vehicles & equipment to include: trucks, cars, leased/rented vehicles, dump trucks, backhoe, bobcats, telescopic lift, forklift, gas, and electric carts, trains, carousel, Kiddie Park, generators, and power washers.
  • Oversee the Facility Dude work order system and keys and locks system, including the general repair, maintenance, and cosmetic upkeep of 95 insured buildings located within the 56-acre campus.
  • Ensure the maximization of the zoo’s sustainability and waste management efforts, including the recycling program, LEED building certification process, grit/grease quarterly pumping program, and the minimization of waste disposal.
  • Coordinate the newly-developed infrastructure committee comprised of board members and key vendors/partners for the strategic funding and implementation to replace outdated infrastructure on the property.
  • Represent the zoo with various city entities, partners, and commissions such as EAA, HDRC, SAWS, COSA, SARA, Bexar County, and CPS.
  • Responsible for consumer event installation and special/catered events support, including 24/7/365 coverage for installation and strike.
  • All other duties as assigned by direct superior.


  • Ability to work weekends, holidays, multiple after-hour assignments, and special events.
  • Valid Texas driver’s license required a forklift and telescopic lift operator experience a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in construction technology, engineering, architecture, or related field.
  • Ten years of professional experience in operations, facilities and/or construction on a large campus environment.
  • Experience with the) permitting processes, LSS systems, and general knowledge of water hydrology concepts.
  • Seven years managerial experience leading a diverse, highly productive, cross-functional team.
  • Ability to read and comprehend detailed contracts, requests for proposal, CAD drawings, submittals, blueprints, and topographical maps.
  • Experience leading capital projects representing owner