Chief Executive - The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation

23 September 2016 Jobs

Vacancy: Chief Executive

Guildford, Surrey, UK
£50 - £55k dependent on experience

The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation ( DSWF ) was established by artist and conservationist David Shepherd in 1985 and retains a strong family ethic.   DSWF is a charity registered in the UK and the USA, supporting more than 15 wildlife projects in Africa and Asia, actively fighting wildlife crime and saving endangered animals.

Having grown its income and reach significantly over its 30 year history, the Foundation is one of the most highly regarded, innovative and effective wildlife conservation charities working in these sectors. Its campaigns raise awareness internationally through social media platforms, events and education programmes , reaching hundreds of thousands of people each year.

DSWF works to actively engage supporters through a variety of successful events including prestigious art shows, gala dinners and high profile international panel discussions. Donors are nurtured through donation, membership and adoption programmes , as well as ticketed events. The artistic heritage of the Foundation continues through the Art for Survival programme encouraging professional and emerging artists from around the world to support conservation through sales, exhibitions and trading on the Foundation websites.

A dynamic new Chief Executive is sought to lead this successful and growing organisation and to be responsible for ensuring that the aims, objectives and desired income of the charity are fully achieved, including an increase in income generation.

The ability to effectively network and solicit new high net worth donors is absolutely essential and must be coupled with a strong business acumen. You will have experience of devising and delivering strategy, governance, fundraising, financial controls and the ability to provide leadership and direction to a team of staff. An interest in wildlife conservation and knowledge of Africa and Asia would be an advantage.

In addition to a competitive salary, you will enjoy generous annual leave, a location in the heart of the Surrey countryside and the opportunity to work closely with highly motivated staff and Trustees.

DSWF is supported by its Patron and Founder, a strong board of eight Trustees, Honorary Vice Presidents, wildlife experts and celebrity friends. It has a team of 12 staff and an extensive network of volunteers.

Please send your CV with a covering letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Closing date for applications 5pm  Tuesday, October 4th

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