Sterling Search Inc. has been exclusively retained to recruit for the new Senior Director of Development (SDoD) for Animals Asia Foundation (AAF).
To end the farming of bears for bile in Vietnam and China, provide sanctuary for bears, end suffering of wild animals in captivity, and ensure humane treatment of dogs and cats.
To end cruelty and restore respect for all animals throughout Asia
Founded in 1998 by Jill Robinson, from her home in Hong Kong, Animals Asia promotes compassion and respect for all animals and works to bring about long-term change. AAF is a progressive, dynamic and global organization making great advances in animal welfare predominantly in China and Vietnam, but with reach across Asia. The three primary goals are to end bear bile farming, end the cat and dog meat trade and to improve the lives of animals in captivity, by bringing an end to the use of animal performances. Recently celebrating its 20th anniversary, AAF are pioneers in all these issues and are making significant, permanent and historic changes each year. The barbaric bear bile trade sees over 10,000 bears kept on bile farms in China, and almost 1,000 suffering the same fate in Vietnam. Animals Asia has rescued over 600 bears since its inception and cares for them at award-winning bear sanctuaries in China and Vietnam. Last year, AAF signed an MOU with the Vietnamese Government to end bear bile farming entirely by 2022.
AAF is also at the forefront of ending the cat and dog meat trade and ending the use of animals in performances across Asia. Working closely with governing authorities of zoos and safari parks across Asia, AFF are making strides to end abusive animal practices and improve animal welfare and captive management. The last 20 years have seen 1,355 animal managers and vets trained in animal welfare, resulting in more than 26 Chinese and Vietnamese Zoo’s improving animal welfare. An equally important part of AAF advocacy efforts is lobbying to improve the welfare of companion animals, promoting humane population management and prevention of the cross-border export of "meat dogs" in Asia. AAF have spared more than 500,000 “meat dogs” in Vietnam since their cross-border transport was banned in 2016. This accomplishment is thanks to a collaborative campaign with the Canine Protections Alliance. AAF also boasts success in gaining similar bans in Cambodia and Laos, just a few of the many accomplishments the organization has realized during the last 20 years.
Today, AAF has a global annual budget of just over $12 million, with the US team currently raising $2M and projecting to reach $5M in the next 3 years. With just over twenty years of experience in Asia, and a deep expertise in the sector, AAF is at a profoundly important milestone celebrating their 20th anniversary in 2018 and, launching a $25 million global comprehensive 5-year campaign, in addition to the $12m needed to fund existing work. The campaign will create 2 new sanctuaries for rescued bears in Vietnam, rebuild existing sanctuary in China badly damaged by earthquakes and create financial security to work toward ending bear bile farming in China. Having just completed a campaign feasibility study, AAF anticipates launching the campaign in 2020 which includes building two bear sanctuaries in Vietnam. The campaign will inspire a movement of people committed to AAF goals and be a real opportunity to grow the base of support.
One of AAF’s key priorities is to hire a Senior Director of Development who will collaborate with, and report directly to US Executive Director. The SDoD will focus on strengthening AAF’s resources by establishing a broader and more diversified fund development program with a national reach and an emphasis on building a Major Gifts program.
AAF is well positioned for fundraising growth, especially as many of its potential donors who already have demonstrated a financial commitment to AAF over the years, have not yet been wealth screened and cultivated. Building upon this momentum, the SDoD will lead the vision and strategy for AAF’s fundraising (US).
The US Executive Director is seeking an innovative and accomplished visionary fund development leader to inspire and build the board and develop a team for greater success. He/she will know the Los Angeles philanthropic landscape and must possess intellectual horsepower and be naturally persuasive and fair, and value accountability and a team approach.
Under the direction of the US Executive Director and working with the Board of Directors and the global team, expand and diversify AAF’s funding to identify and engage new donors, upgrade current donors, and increase philanthropic revenues.
Professional Experience and Qualifications
We are seeking candidates offering the following qualifications:
The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following capabilities:
A competitive compensation package will be offered to attract an outstanding candidate, including a generous vacation allowance in line with European standards.
Please send resumes to:
Sterling Search, Inc.
Julie Lugo (310) 909 4897 Katherine Biely (714) 433-7042
Direct all correspondence emails and telephone calls to Sterling Search, Inc.
Any resumes sent or telephone calls made to AAF will be redirected to Sterling Search, Inc.
AAF is an Equal Opportunity Employer