Executive Director(21)

Organization: Save the Chimps
Location: Fort Pierce, FL, us
Job or Internship: Job
Website: www.savethechimps.org

Executive Director

The Executive Director should be a person who inspires confidence and engages the Board, staff, and critical constituencies in leading STC to an even higher level of organizational excellence in the execution of its mission. The Executive Director should possess an intrepid spirit to carry out the mission of the organization. Moreover, the Executive Director should be a person who brings authentic passion for and a commitment to the long-term care and dignity of rescued chimpanzees. Above all, the Executive Director should be a person committed to changing the way humans view chimpanzees.

The Executive Director reports to the STC Board of Directors and will serve as the chief executive of STC providing critical and strategic leadership in fundraising and all organizational matters. In this role, the Executive Director will work with a dedicated staff who believe in STC’s mission and support with great devotion the care of the chimpanzees who live in the sanctuary. The Executive Director will work with staff to assess and evaluate current practices, including carefully reviewing administrative and management systems and processes as needed. The highest goal for the work of the Executive Director is to provide a sanctuary where rescued chimpanzees can live out their lives with dignity and honor.

In the short term, the core challenge for the Executive Director is to build and implement a diverse sustainable and resilient financial base of support and to enhance the management of STC. The Executive Director must be able to engage major philanthropists and business leaders directly, conveying the excitement and possibilities of STC strategies, and be adept at asking individuals for large philanthropic investments. Given the innovative and entrepreneurial nature of the STC staff and Board, the Executive Director must operate comfortably in a hands-on, collaborative workplace culture. It is also crucial for the Executive Director to work closely with and develop positive collegial relationships with the Arcus Foundation Great Apes Fund staff and other key partners.

Ideally, the Executive Director will be based in the Ft. Pierce/Vero Beach/Treasure Coast, Florida area. The sanctuary is located along the Treasure Coast of Florida with a drive of approximately one hour to the West Palm Beach airport. There are a number of very desirable cities in which to live that are within an easy commute of the sanctuary. However, the Board realizes that It order to meet our long-term objectives it may be sensible and desirable to relocate the administrative offices away from the sanctuary. This could include somewhere along the Treasure Coast, another location in Florida or even possibly out of state. Therefore, there is some flexibility for where the best candidate may live and work.

In the first 12 months the broad goals for the Executive Director will be the following:

• To develop an integrated plan for fundraising and marketing including a staffing plan and to hire professional staff to implement the strategies necessary for success in fundraising at all levels including major donors, foundation partners, corporate sponsors, planned gifts, and other strategies appropriate for STC.

• Review the current STC staff infrastructure and make recommendations to the Board to improve the capacity of the organization to be successful and well-run. Included in this task will be primary leadership in developing plans for the future growth of STC both as a sanctuary and as an advocate for chimpanzees.

• Update the current strategic plan.

• Develop a strong partnership with the current Board, determining how each member can most effectively work with staff and assist STC.

• Enhance the working relationships with other sanctuaries and other key professionals involved in chimpanzee welfare.

• Assist with the expansion of the Board and provide leadership in the recruitment of new Board members

Because so much of what this person will do involves building and maintaining trust with Board members, staff, donors, and outside stakeholders, the Executive Director must possess the presence, judgment, and ability to operate effectively and professionally with a wide cross section of public, private, and philanthropic leaders.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Characteristics

The Executive Director should ideally possess the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:

• A deep commitment to the mission of STC and a passion for animal welfare.

• An ability to communicate a passion for and commitment to chimpanzees and to effectively advocate on their behalf.

• A proven record of planning and implementing a development budget of a minimum of $2 million or greater with an outstanding record in sustained growth.

• Outstanding interpersonal and leadership skills, including an ability to form lasting bonds with donors and build close working relationships with colleagues at all levels including a long-term vision for STC.

• Proven budget management skills and solid program and project management track record – a willingness to “roll-up sleeves” and personally handle all aspects of the position. Experience with managing a non-profit organization with at least 20 full time employees and a budget of $ 2 million.

• A demonstrated ability to inspire trust, organize people into effective teams, and motivate them to work well together.

• A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college, with a master’s degree preferred.

Personal Attributes

• High energy level, trustworthy, diplomatic, and possessing impeccable integrity.

• An ability to persuade, inspire, and motivate and an ability to be flexible and adaptive in consultative process with senior management and Board.

• An ability to inspire trust, and a proven ability to lead and facilitate and to move from ideas to action.

• An ability to communicate effectively and professionally with a diverse range of people from different environments, sectors, and society.

• An ability to stay grounded and to give credit and recognition to others, and a personal style of acting with humility and grace – in sum a superb professional with personal presence.

• An ability to be proactive, flexible and well-organized, with appropriate attention to detail and follow-through.

• A sense of commitment to and affinity for animals (not necessarily limited to chimpanzees).


Compensation for the Executive Director includes a competitive base salary and an excellent package of employee and health benefits.

Interested candidates should send their resume to edsearchstc@gmail.com.

Save the Chimps is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates for this search.