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Director Ireland (0331)

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    Salary dependent on experience and qualifications
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The Donkey Sanctuary is an international animal welfare organisation, offering care and protection to donkeys and mules worldwide. We are working for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering, and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. We are achieving this by transforming the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.

The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland has been a part of the Donkey Sanctuary family since 1987, and we now have an outstanding opportunity for an inspirational and dedicated professional executive to provide leadership and strategic direction for our work in Ireland (incorporating the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland) in line with our organisational five-year strategy.

Educated to degree level or equivalent, and possessing substantial leadership experience, you will inspire, motivate and lead The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland to deliver a broad range of activities aligned to the business plan and strategy of the charity, developing strong working relationships with the Donkey Sanctuary (UK), ensuring an integrated approach across both organisations. With demonstrable experience of successfully building lasting relationships and influencing and collaborating with key stakeholders, you will be the public face of the charity, and will act as the main point of communication between the board of directors and operations in Ireland, advocating for the charity with key stakeholders in government, the not for profit sector and animal welfare organisations, raising the profile of our work in Ireland and influencing decision makers, legislation and policy.

Focused, and able to initiate, enable and support effective change management across the organisation and at all levels, you will work as part of the Senior Leadership Team to set the overall strategic direction for the charity, planning and implementing long term strategies to achieve objectives and lead our work in Ireland, including the development and implementation of a new business model for Ireland including a new income generation strategy to significantly increase revenue, the development of Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) in Ireland, and the provision of project management to a range of projects across Ireland to ensure significant strategic benefit. Excellent knowledge and practical experience of equids and an understanding of the needs, complexities and challenges associated with donkeys in the community and donkey welfare in Ireland, together with a proven record of the management and delivery of complex, concurrent projects of varying budgets and timeframes, is essential, as are experience of leading organisational change and strategy implementation, and excellent leadership, motivational, collaborative and communication skills.

If you feel you have the qualities, skills and experience to fulfil this varied, rewarding and vital role, and would like to play a major role in leading the evolving programme of change taking place within the charity, we would love to hear from you. Based in Liscarroll, County Cork, this is a full-time, permanent contract starting as soon as possible.

Closing date for completed applications: Friday 24 January 2020.

The Donkey Sanctuary is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people (children and adults), and expects all staff and volunteers to undertake this commitment. Applicants will be subject to safer recruitment processes, and may be Garda vetted where required for the post. The Donkey Sanctuary is an equal opportunities employer.

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