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ASI functions as a team and the Executive Director is a coordinating and important participating member.  Most notably the Executive Director leads the creation and growth of revenue opportunities and is responsible for preserving strong fiscal policies.  The Executive Director shares in crafting effective operational strategies with Program and Managing Directors.   The Executive Director interfaces with staff, volunteers, advisors and the Board of Directors to assure that all are informed concerning the status and effectiveness of the Institute’s operations.  The Executive Director retains a strong philosophical and operational awareness of the ASI’s strategies for improving human-animal relations, in both academic and applied environments to create safer and more compassionate communities for all. Occasional travel may be required.  This role can be fulfilled in the Ann Arbor office or remotely.

The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities are in the area of development and marketing, with the additional oversight of administration and program operations.



  • Serves as the chief solicitor of funds for the institute and oversees development functions.
  • Develop and execute ASI’s annual development plan.
  • Grow a major gifts program including identification, cultivation and solicitation of major donors.
  • Oversee grant seeking including researching, proposal writing and reporting requirement.
  • Build ASIs planned giving program with a focus on deferred gifts such as bequest expectancies.
  • Direct the annual fund program, including mailing and online giving.
  • Actively cultivate, engage and maintain relationships with donors, funding entities and partnering organizations.

Marketing and Communications

  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Initiate, develop, and maintain cooperative relationships with other nonprofits, legislators, regulatory agencies, media and other key constituencies that may advance the ASI’s mission.


  • Works with the board and staff to ensure that ASI’s mission is fulfilled through programs, strategic planning and community outreach.
  • Report to the Board on organizational, programmatic and financial status.
  • Enable the Board and the Resource Development Committee to broaden its capabilities-including fundraising-and develop its leadership potential.
  • Consult with the Chairman to prepare meeting agendas and draw the Board’s attention to matters that need decisions.


  • Ensures responsible financial management of the ASI’s resources, including developing and monitoring of the annual budget within budget guidelines, legal constraints, and in compliance with GAAP.
  • Supervise payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable, all bank accounts, loans and other financial functions.
  • Ensure the timely and complete preparation of financial reports, annual report and audit.


  • Effective ability to work respectfully with program directors and other subject matter experts.
  • Ensure compliance with regulations and accurate reporting to federal, state and local agencies.
  • Primary responsibility for staffing includes hiring, supervising, evaluating and adjusting employment for staff, volunteers and independent contractors.



Bachelor’s degree or higher in Communications, Marketing, Nonprofit Management, Business Administration or a related field.
Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) is an asset.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Five-plus years of experience in fundraising.
  • Proven track record of fundraising success particular by securing major gifts, successfully managing campaigns and engaging motivated supporters.
  • Working knowledge of development best practices, trends in fundraising, fundraising tools. and technology including email and online campaigns and donor research.
  • Demonstrated excellence in organizational and managerial skills.
  • Excellent written, interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Deep appreciation for human-animal studies, animal welfare and conservation.
  • Experience with animal-centric organizations is a plus.


Interested candidates should familiarize themselves with ASI’s web site to learn more about the mission and activities. If interested, please send application and inquiries to Put “ED search” in subject line. Include cover letter, current Curriculum Vitae/Resume, list of references including their email contact information. The salary range is in the low to mid $50,000’s.