The Animals & Society Institute is currently accepting applications for the position of Executive Director.

About Animals and Society Institute

The Animals & Society Institute (ASI), a 501(c)(3) interdisciplinary global nonprofit human-animal relationship think tank, is devoted to advancing human knowledge to improve animal lives through research and analysis. We believe our programs and research will promote the long-term societal changes needed to realize our vision, which is to live in a compassionate world where animals flourish. For more than 30 years, ASI has furthered vital research projects and partnerships, including two managed academic journals, Society and Animals, and the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.

About the Executive Director

The Executive Director will provide leadership to the ASI staff and work with the ASI Board of Directors. The Animals & Society Institute staff are committed to furthering the Institute’s mission and vision by using their time, talent, resources, and passion to advance human knowledge to improve animal lives.  


Organization Management and Leadership

  • Provides effective leadership ensuring the organization’s responsiveness and clear purpose and direction.

Resource Development

  • Plays a lead role in planning, implementing, coordinating and ensuring successful completion of resource development tasks, including maintaining funding, increasing resources, and funding diversity and raising flexible funds.

Program Development, Implementation and Management

  • Effective management of programs and initiatives authorized by the Board as to further the organization’s mission and reflect its values, including but not limited to the Institute’s two managed academic journals and, in coordination with content experts, the Institute’s research focus.

Financial Management

  • Ensures that financial and other resources are managed effectively and efficiently with all appropriate reports prepared and regulatory requirements met. Ensure sound budgeting, management controls, management of cash flow and a clean audit.

Team Management

  • Ensures effective management of staff, consultants, and volunteers, including updating policies, clear and updated job descriptions, recruitment and selection of qualified candidates, and fair and objective performance evaluations. Ensures fair salary levels and performance reviews and appropriate development opportunities.

External Affairs and Relationships

  • Effective in outreach, liaison, and joint projects with other mission-aligned organizations. Maintains positive and beneficial relationships with other nonprofits, academic professional organizations, advocacy organizations, state and local government agencies, community leaders and elected and appointed officials.

Board Relations

  • Successfully partners with the Board of Directors and other advisory groups, including following Board directives; ensuring regular, accurate and complete operational reports to the Board; is responsive to communications and requests from the Board; keeps the Board informed, and works closely on planning and reviews.


  • BA + five years of leadership experience. Demonstrable success working with a broad range of constituents; experience with both internal and external communication strategies and tactics. Strong interpersonal skills that motivate and lead staff, volunteers, and partnership with the Board.
  • Experience successfully running marketing and fundraising initiatives, especially digital campaigns.
  • Strong knowledge of financials and how to build financial forecasting documents for the board of directors.
  • Programming and event planning experience, organization, and management skills for defining, developing and identifying opportunities for new or expanded programming that further the Institute’s strategic plan.
  • Relevant training and/or certifications as a Non-Profit Executive Director is preferred.
  • Previous experience working in a research-based or think tank setting is preferred.
  • Knowledge of volunteer recruitment and how to get individuals involved for the organization’s success.
  • Desired: Experience that demonstrates a commitment to the further understanding of the needs and interests of nonhuman animals and to the advancement of more humane and compassionate human-animal relationships.

ASI is an equal-opportunity employer. We welcome and celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all team members.

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis and can be submitted directly through our LinkedIn page here.

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