Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Manager of Primadomus - Villena, Spain

AAP Sanctuary for Exotic Animals, is a European shelter for primates and other non-indigenous mammals. The animals that end up with AAP in Almere, the Netherlands, often come from illegal trade, circuses, animal laboratories or from private persons. After a period of intensive care, most animals find a new home with the help of AAP.

For animals that cannot be placed elsewhere AAP has opened AAP Primadomus, a life time care centre in Spain. This centre opened in 2009 and is located in Villena on the Spanish east coast, near by Alicante. Currently 18 primates, of which 9 chimpanzees live in AAP Primadomus. In the future there will be place for many more animals. A further developed European strategy broadens the future function of Primadomus. The goal is that Primadomus develops into a rescue and rehabilitation centre (similar to AAP Almere) and becomes the representative of AAP in Southwest Europe.

For AAP Primadomus we are looking for an enthusiastic Manager to fill this post.

Your role
In this challenging and independent job you will be responsible for managing AAP Primadomus. You will be responsible for all activities as care giving to the animals, communication / Public Relations, influencing policymakers and all general management matters as Finance, Human Resources and Facility Management. Together with your small but closely involved team of paid workers and volunteers you will operate and further develop AAP Primadomus. Your job has a lot to offer: you will be the face and representative in Spain and Southwest Europe and will keep in touch with relevant parties, like local authorities and other governmental organizations in Spain. You are capable of communicating and building relationships with different parties: from suppliers to interest groups.

As a member of the management team of the AAP organization you contribute to the long term plans of our organization. You draw up year plans for Primadomus within the guidelines of the long term plans. You give account to the management in the Netherlands. Of course you will receive the necessary assistance from the Netherlands or from local advisors concerning ethology, food, veterinary business, but also staff matters and legal affairs.

In the beginning you will manage a small (international) team from 3 to 5 people and a few volunteers. This number may grow, depending on the further development of the size and range of activities in the future.

For this job we are looking for a pioneer who wants to take the responsibility to build the future of AAP Primadomus.

Your qualifications
Affinity with animals and AAPs objectives
* Higher vocational education and acting accordingly
* Experience and/or knowledge of animal welfare
* Experience in care giving of primates, preferably chimpanzees, is a preference
* Experience in general management (a.o. Finance and Human Resources)
* Spanish and English-speaking
* Good social, executive abilities and communicative skills
* Flexible attitude; capable of switching between actual practice and management
* Driving licence

Our offer
We are offering a challenging position with a great deal of responsibility in an open, international and professional organization in an environment where animals and humans come first. Your initial salary will vary between € 2.061,- and € 2.600,- per month plus 2 extra payments of the same amount (gross based on a 40 hours workweek), depending on age and experience, with a possible increments annually.

For more information check our website http://www.aap.nl/  or call Erik Peeters, Operational Manager, tel. 0031-(0)36-523-8787.

Send your letter of application and your CV before 28 February 2011 under reference number 2011-03-PRMSP preferably by mail to elly.koppers@aap.nl  or by regular post to Stichting AAP, Kemphaanpad 1, P.O. Box 50313, 1305 AH Almere, The Netherlands, attn. Elly Koppers, Coordinator Personnel Department.

Gathering information concerning references and carrying out a practically-oriented assignment will be part of the selection procedure!

Please keep in mind that the first and second round interviews will take place at AAP Primadomus (Villena, Spain) on respectively the 8th an 9th of March and the 18th of March. The last round will be held at AAP Almere in the Netherlands in the last week of March.

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