Animal Writes
7 February 2001 Issue
Another Job Opportunity

Executive Director position for new Animal Rights charity Anti-Cruelty/Animal Rights 501(C)(3) in St. Louis, MO

We are a charitable trust in St. Louis, Missouri with $2,000,000 in initial funding, two experienced and entrepreneurial Trustees, and an unusual opportunity for an unusual person who is courageous, resourceful, and committed to making a difference in the way non-human animals are treated. Our long term goal is legal rights for non-human animals, and our shorter term goals involve reducing their institutionalized torture.

We are seeking a person who wants very much to organize and spearhead an organization that will be aggressive in this area. Not aggressive in the sense of high profile gestures; but, rather aggressive in the ways that bring about change. He or she has always wanted to be the person in charge. He or she is comfortable with, and enjoys bringing forth, something from nothing. He or she is comfortable setting ambitious goals and finding ways to meet them. He or she sees mistakes as learning opportunities and doesn't say, "It's not my fault" very often.

Degrees and experience with other non-profits are considerations, but we are more interested in your attitude, pragmatism, commitment to making a difference in this area, and your entrepreneurial instincts. Your Board will consult and advise with you, and then get out of your way and let you do your job.

Your first responsibility will be to find space, set up our offices, hire staff, and organize our fund raising campaign. The primary pieces of the fund raising campaign will be television ads, a web site, an affinity card, and knowledgeable people to field calls stirred up by our TV ads and other publicity measures. You will need to train the people answering the phone until they are expert at turning those calls into members and contributions. You will need to manage our first annual competition among film schools to
produce TV ads for us. Once you have taken care of our fund raising needs, you will be responsible for a steady stream of press releases and other public information to support our efforts. Then you will be responsible for either managing our own programs, and/or forming alliances with other organizations and providing funding/monitoring for their efforts.

Compensation is negotiable. We expect it will be in the range of $50,000 plus benefits. We are located in St. Louis, MO, and we will assist with the costs of relocation. Most people who live here enjoy it and see it as an excellent place to live and raise a family. St. Louis has most of the culture and benefits of larger cities but without the traffic, high housing costs, and many of the other drawbacks.

We have an affiliation with a media company that produces TV ads and buys TV time in almost 15 markets across the United States. By blending their expertise with ours, we believe we can build an organization that is uniquely able to have an impact on the way non-human animals are treated. We might even rate a paragraph or two in the history books when the history of rights for non-human animals is written. Who wants to help us make it happen?

If you do, please e-mail your resume to Steven Wise at [email protected].

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