Thursday, August 1, 2013

Executive Director

EARS European Alliance of Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries

EARS is a network that supports and represents Animal Rescue Centres and Sanctuaries across Europe, enabling them to work together to achieve mutual animal welfare and conservation goals. EARS is a strong and effective European network and works to promote and achieve continuous improvements in animal welfare and tackle the very reasons that necessitate the existence of rescue centres and sanctuaries.
EARS is a new and evolving organisation with a great deal to achieve.

To help reach its goals EARS is looking for an

Executive Director  (16 - 20 hours per week)

Your role
You are responsible to develop and manage a membership based organisation focusing on supporting and delivering key processes and activities. In collaboration with the Board you develop strategy and implement the work plan of EARS. You execute the day-to-day management of the alliance, including budgeting and financial management and legal compliance. You will organize and support Board (and other) meetings and annual Partner meetings. You are the main contact point for Partner rescue centres and sanctuaries and develop relationships with rescue centres and sanctuaries across Europe interested in joining EARS. At national, regional and international levels you develop and maintain close contacts and good relationships with relevant institutions (government and non-governmental). You also develop and maintain communication tools for internal and external audiences: reports, websites, briefings, and leaflets. You seek funding for EARS initiatives and operations.

Your qualifications
  • Working and thinking at an academic level (in a relevant subject: animal welfare and management, Wildlife conservation, NGO management)
  • Experience and awareness of European rescue centre and sanctuary related issues.
  • Experience with and knowledge of working in managing network type organization.
  • Sector-oriented knowledge and experience (NGO /animal welfare / conservationwill be an advantage.
  • Managerial and administrative skills
  • Good financial / budget management skills
  • Strong networking and collaborating skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and diplomatic skills.
  • Master of the English language, both written and spoken
  • Ability to show initiative, work independently (self-motivated) and as part of a team
  • Willingness to learn and acquire knowledge and skills as required.
  • Capable of working with common computer programs and applications and basic website maintenance (or willingness to learn the latter).

We offer
You will be an employee of EARS but the contract is currently managed by AAP Rescue Centre for Exotic Animals in the Netherlands. The starting salary ranges between € 1.762,- and € 2.292,- gross per month (bases on 20 hrs) and depends on relevant work experience.

Want to know more or apply right away? 
For further information call David van Gennep, Executive Director at AAP, or Erik Peeters, Operational Manager at AAP, phone number +31 (0)36 523 87 87. Check our website for further information about EARS:
Send your application letter and CV before 26 August, mentioning number 2013-12-EARSEDpreferably by e-mail to or by regular mail to Stichting AAP, Postbus 50313, 1305 AH Almere, the Netherlands, for the attention of Elly Koppers, HR Coordinator.

Carrying out a practical assignment can be part of the application process. 

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