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Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary seeks to appoint an

Executive Manager

Are you a seasoned leader with a passion for animal welfare and a drive for operational excellence?

Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary is seeking an experienced Executive Manager (EM) to join our dedicated team.

Location: Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary just outside McGregor, Western Cape

Reports to: Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary (EDS) Board

Work Model: Full-time, with the potential for flexible work arrangements.

About Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary: We are committed to creating a culture of compassion and care, and we're looking for a dynamic Executive Manager to lead our team. EDS is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with the executive managers (Exco) to enhance day-to-day operations.
  • Develop and implement strategic plans in conjunction with Exco for Board approval.
  • Evaluate and enhance organizational effectiveness through process improvement, team oversight and innovative approaches.
  • Uphold standards of excellence in all operations.
  • Seek out opportunities for expansion and growth through partnership development and advocacy for donkey welfare.
  • Provide guidance and feedback to strengthen staff knowledge and skills.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, risk management and governance standards.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant tertiary qualification or an equivalent combination of training and work experience in business management or non-profit management.
  • Previous experience in a similar leadership position and/or in the animal welfare sector, particularly with donkey welfare and equids, is advantageous.
  • Proven track record in building and leading successful teams and holding staff accountable.
  • Strong decision-making abilities and excellent communication, collaboration and delegation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain financial plans.
  • Expertise in motivating and leading a diverse group of staff.
  • Ability to cultivate trust with EDS staff, Board, suppliers and relevant organizations.

If you're a visionary leader with a heart for donkeys and a drive for operational efficiency, we invite you to join us in our mission. Apply now to be part of the EDS family and make a difference in the lives of these incredible animals, while enjoying the peaceful living in McGregor, a charming village nestled at the foot of the Sonderend Mountains in the Western Cape.

View the full job description and application instructions on the Vacancies page at and email your application by Tuesday 14 November 2023 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



About Us

Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary provides a permanent refuge for abused, neglected and elderly donkeys.

Tel - +27 (0) 23 625 1593

Fax - +27 (0) 86 614 7777

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