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Executive Director, Project Chimps, Inc


Project Chimps is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2014 to provide sanctuary to chimpanzees coming out of private research laboratories. The sanctuary is located on 236 acres of land in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Georgia and currently cares for 22 chimpanzees, but is building capacity to house up to 250 chimpanzees. Project Chimps is seeking an Executive Director who will lead the organization and ensure a sustainable future for the sanctuary and its chimpanzee residents. The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Project Chimps’ staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. The Executive Director will report directly to the Board of Directors. Salary will be commensurate with responsibilities.

This position will have the following responsibilities:

Management and administration

  • Provide general oversight of all Project Chimps’ activities and assure an efficient, effective and stable organization.
  • Oversee development and implementation of facility policies, safety procedures, volunteer policies and animal care standards.
  • Translate the organization’s vision and mission into a business strategy with measurable metrics.
  • Oversee habitat design, construction and associated budget.


  • Formulate and produce annual and multi-year budgets.
  • Work with the Board and oversee work of the Director of Philanthropy to ensure funds that will support short- and long-term goals of the organization.

Public and donor relations

  • Participate actively in identifying, cultivating and soliciting donor prospects.
  • Engage and respond to donors, volunteers, local community, sanctuary community, members of the media and other stakeholders in order to maximize relationships and engagement with these key constituencies.

Mission, policy and planning

  • Create an organizational culture that promotes Project Chimps’ values, mission and vision.

Governance and legal compliance

  • Ensure compliance with all legal and regulatory requirements.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in nonprofit management, animal sciences, or wildlife biology/zoology.
  • Minimum of ten years of experience in senior leadership roles in nonprofit organizations or translatable management experience. Previous work with rescue and rehabilitation of animals preferred.
  • Proven track record of success implementing process improvements and managing projects within a growing organization.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills. Flexible, collaborative and proactive.
  • Experience in budget development and oversight of multimillion dollar organization.

Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Business acumen, negotiation skills, and a demonstrated attention to detail.
  • The ability to build/foster relationships by reinforcing trust and respect, and demonstrating high standards of tact, diplomacy and discretion.
  • Professional executive presence, and ability to run and facilitate meetings and conduct public presentations.
  • A hardworking attitude and a willingness to make extra effort to achieve organizational goals.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to This position is located in Morganton, GA but remote candidates will be considered.

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and disability, marital or parental status or protected veteran status.