Research and Rescue Director
Farah Experiences LLC
Sea World Abu Dhabi
منذ 1 يوم


At Farah we thrive on seeing happy guests, colleagues and partners. We believe that each individual that we meet is important, and that we can make a positive difference to their lives.

Our purpose is to create happiness one smile at a time

We are looking for a passionate and dedicated Research and Rescure Director. In this role you will l ead and develop the Research and Rescue Center at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.

The R4 Director will collaborate with SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment’s Chief Zoological Officer and the General Manager for SeaWorld Abu Dhabi to implement the vision of the Research and Rescue Center, manage the research lab, hire and manage internal and external research scientists, and serve as primary liaison to the General Manager of SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.

You will be responsible for the development and will nurture relationships with local and international researchers and research facilities to further the mission of the Research and Rescue Center at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi.

The job scope includes :

  • Maintain and develop high standards of research practice and facilities that meet or exceed all professional research accreditation standards
  • Lead, support, and coordinates all aspects of the Research and Rescue Center at SeaWorld Abu Dhabi
  • With guidance from Research and Rescue Center Board of Directors (BOD), provides strategic direction and contributes to the planning, organization and implementation of the Research and Rescue Center’s short / long term plans and goals, including CAPEX
  • Creates and implements an annual financial plan that includes a comprehensive strategy on how to reach all development and fundraising goals including but not limited to events, grants and sponsorships.
  • Plans and develops the R4 Center’s annual operating budget in coordination with park finance and the General Manager
  • Review analysis of activities, costs, operations and forecast data to determine progress towards stated goals and objectives
  • Identifies and monitors key results and financial performance
  • Participates in formulating and administering policies as needed
  • Responsible for adherence to all legal, regulatory and company policies
  • Develop top caliber research teams and individuals
  • Develop and update as needed Staffing Procedures and Plan for all research disciplines
  • Developing mutually beneficial linkages with (industry) in order to build partnerships and collaborative research.
  • Maintains open and continuous lines of communication with the SeaWorld Abu Dhabi General Manager and General Curator
  • Fosters a culture of human and animal safety; drives compliance with existing safety policies while encouraging the review and renewal, or provision of new policies and practices to ensure all colleagues work in a safe manner with the appropriate protective equipment
  • Interacts with Government Affairs relative to legislation and laws pertaining to research
  • Collaborates with public relations team to promote a positive image of the R4 Center
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the leadership team
  • Qualifications

    To be considered for this exciting role, you will need :

  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in the Marine Science or Zoological field to include animal sciences, education, other natural sciences or related disciplines
  • 10 years of employment experience in a research organization with more than 5 years in a leadership capacity
  • Demonstrated high-level of business acumen and working knowledge of industry developments
  • Familiar with professional zoo / aquarium and animal research communities
  • Previous experience of collaborations with multiple governmental and non-governmental conservation and research organizations.
  • Ability to represent the Research and Rescue Center to community, media, government agencies, and trade associations
  • Proven experience in the development and responsible oversight of labor and budgets
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Excellent leadership, interpersonal,communication and teamwork skills
  • Commitment to delivering high-quality guest experience programs
  • Willingness to serve on boards of professional research organizations and be familiar with accreditation practices and standards
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt quickly as the needs of the R4 Center develop
  • Demonstrated commitment to company values and safety
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