Denver Zoo is a leader in animal care, wildlife conservation, and education. We are passionate about our commitment to excellence in support of our mission of Inspiring Communities to Save Wildlife for Future Generations.

Denver Zoo honors our animals, staff, and guests by conducting ourselves at the highest level of integrity through our Core Actions — Inspire Awe: Safety, Care, Connect and by embracing our Core Values of: Welcoming, United, Curious, Courageous and Transformative in all that we do.

The Director of Marketing serves as a staff member at will of the Denver Zoo. In that capacity, the Director of Marketing advances Denver Zoo’s mission and goals by assisting the organization in reaching its revenue goals through marketing, promotions and advertising. As the Denver Zoo brand expression steward, the Marketing Director collaborates with communications and creative partners to align all work within the brand while ensuring all intra-zoo asset requests are developed properly on time and budget. This individual has had marketing budget responsibilities, driven towards organizational-wide goals, managed agency or in-house marketing teams and is a confident and influential collaborator and communicator.

Our staff is a dedicated and diverse group of individuals committed to providing quality care to our animals while creating moments of awe for guests.  If you are a like-minded individual and thrive in a dynamic, fast paced and innovative culture, Denver Zoo is the place for you! 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversees asset production and works with Creative Director to ensure work is on strategy, on time and on budget.
  • Manages relationships, evaluates and measures performance of media plans and executions, and supports day-to-day advertising opportunities. 
  • Designs, implement and facilitate an annual marketing plan for Denver Zoo to achieve revenue goals for brand, gate attendance, programs, and events for key audiences.
  • Oversee the website functionality and updates
  • Evaluates new partnerships to optimize marketing efforts.
  • Track effectiveness of marketing mix through a variety of metrics, preparing and providing monthly reports for effort/spend vs. goal. Makes appropriate adjustment recommendations to optimize results.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Works collaboratively with the Communication and Creative Director in developing and executing against a PESO plan as well as other initiatives as needed.
  • Is a collaborative, upbeat and creative marketing partner for internal “clients” who need a variety of marketing strategy consulting and asset development throughout the year. Is an excellent communicator and presenter of ideas.
  • Oversees the Marketing Manager who is responsible for project management and communication and to whom a Marketing Coordinator reports. The Marketing Coordinator is primarily responsible for ad trafficking, email marketing execution, project management and invoice payments.
  • Responsible for annual marketing budget development, management and reconciliation. Acts as a good steward of Denver Zoo’s resources.
  • The nature of this position requires safeguarding against the release of confidential and proprietary information of Denver Zoo.
  • This position will interact with managers at all levels and staff members across the organization, in addition to members of external organizations and the public.  

Technical / Professional Requirements & Qualifications

  • 4-year degree in in Marketing, Public Relations or Mass Communications or related fields, or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience. 
  • Requires minimum of 6-years’ experience in developing PESO marketing plans, executing those plans against a large budget while leading a marketing team; experience with brand development and process management is strongly preferred, or any equivalent combination of experience, lived experience, and/or special skills. 
  • Proven computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite is necessary.  Utilization of email marketing software, such as Click Dimension, is preferred. Bi-lingual in Spanish is preferred.
  • Requires exemplary collaboration, organizational skills, written and oral communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize work and tasks.
  • Requires adaptability to produce and meet deadlines in a fast-paced, multi-task and changing environment, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Must have superior negotiation skills and the ability to handle sensitive information with diplomacy. Must be a recognized communicator and considered to be a developer, coach, and mentor who is comfortable working with a broad cross section of people in direct and matrixed relationships. Experience developing and executing strategic goals preferred. Must have proficient skills in managing large and complex teams and/or programs.
  • Diplomacy at confronting personal, individual, and internal discrimination requiring sharing and discussing personal identities relative to the work environment strongly preferred.
  • On rare occasions, may be required to work evenings and/or a weekend day.


Range for this position is $7,315 – $9,143 (monthly).


This is a full-time position with excellent benefits including medical, dental and vision benefits; life insurance; short term and long-term disability; 403(b) retirement plan; and vacation and sick leave. 

Application Process and Timelines

Application deadline: August 31st, 2022. Review of applications will begin immediately.  Denver Zoo reserves the right to close the position prior to this date. 

  • Please submit cover letter with resume to be considered.

Denver Zoo is following all CDC guidelines. CDC states that receiving the COVID-19 vaccine is the best defense against the spread of, and severe illness due to, COVID-19.  Denver Zoo highly encourages our employees to be vaccinated.  We do ask for employees to upload their vaccination card into our HRIS for documentation.  This information is kept confidential. 

Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and others who identify as nonwhite, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and those with lived experience with racism and/or misogynoir are encouraged to apply for this role. 

Denver Zoo is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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