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Executive Director

Helping Hands Monkey Helpers for the Disabled, Inc.
Job Title: Executive Director
Job Type:
Executive Director
Job Search Ends:
October 31st, 2018
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The Organization:

For almost 40 years, Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled, Inc. has raised capuchin monkeys to be loving companions and dexterous helpers for people whose mobility is severely impaired. Our mission statement describes our goals, and the methods we use to achieve them:

Established in 1979, Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled is a national non-profit 501(3) organization that raises and trains capuchin monkeys to provide daily assistance to people living with spinal cord injury or other mobility impairments.

Helping Hands supports each service monkey and his or her human partner during their many years together through interactive mentoring of each placement, and close supervision of the monkey’s behavioral, nutritional and veterinary needs.

Relying on private contributions, Helping Hands provides these specially trained service animals and their lifetime support free of charge to our recipients.

Throughout its long history, Helping Hands has benefitted from a highly dedicated and professional staff supported by an actively engaged and committed board, and a cadre of long-time donors. We have a solid financial structure and clear financial commitments for the future.

Helping Hands is currently seeking a skilled and imaginative new Executive Director to join with us as we update our strategic vision to recognize and incorporate changes to adapt to meet future needs while also continuing our original mission of training, placing and providing life-long care to our service monkeys.

The Position:

The Board of Directors of Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers is conducting a nationwide search seeking qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director/President of the organization. The Executive Director will manage and implement three key areas of our efforts.

First, the ED is responsible for strategic and operational leadership of all aspects of the Helping Hands’ operations and mission. This includes oversight of all daily business, administrative, and financial operations.

Secondly, the ED works collaboratively with the Director of Development and Communication (DODC) to implement fundraising and communications efforts that support Helping Hands’ operations. In that capacity, the ED often serves as the “public” face of the organization representing Helping Hands in the media and other public venues. We expect the ED to play a key leadership role in a planned capital campaign tied to renovation and improvement of our facility.

Finally, the ED works to realize the needs of our service monkeys as represented by the Director of Monkey Care.

The ED will delegate portions of these responsibilities to other staff members; however, the ED will be held accountable by the board of directors for the overall results and strategic growth of Helping Hands.

The Responsibilities:

Strategic Oversight (estimated 30% of time):

  • Execute a full range of high-level strategic and operational tasks required to maintain all daily business and monkey-related operations.

  • Provide leadership and participate with the Board and key staff members in ongoing development of Helping Hand’s mission as needed to adapt to the changing needs of the clientele, the service monkeys, and all mission-related aspects of the organization. Oversee and participate in the periodic update of formal strategic planning documentation.

  • Work collaboratively and proactively with professional advisors and services to be aware of and strategize responses to potential changes in legislation that could impact Helping Hands’ mission and operations. Design and recommend response strategies for consideration by the board of directors.

  • Work cooperatively with the DODC and the board of directors to design and carry out a capital campaign tied to building renovation

  • Explore and develop potential strategic partnerships to enhance Helping Hands’ opportunities to carry out its mission goals.


Financial Planning (estimated 20% of time):

  • Work with the Treasurer, board finance committee and senior staff to prepare a comprehensive annual budget and associated planning documents.

  • Manage the operating budget throughout the year, ensuring that all income and expenditures are properly recorded and kept within budget guidelines.

  • Work collaboratively with key executive and other staff to carry out the fundraising activities needed to support budgetary goals.


Management (estimated 15% of time):

  • Oversee and conduct human resource functions including performance reviews and professional development plans, oversight of other managers, development and implementation of personnel policies and other personnel management duties.

  • Prepare and present periodic status reports as needed to ensure that board members and other key stakeholders are apprised of all relevant operating and strategic information in a timely way.

  • Work cooperatively with the Director of Monkey Care to ensure that the monkey care programs are operating effectively, and that all standards for monkey care are fully supported and achieved.

  • Ensure that Helping Hands continues to meet all legal requirements at the federal level and in relevant states for its mission and fundraising activities.

Fundraising and Partnerships (estimated 30% of time):

  • Build, sustain and enhance positive, cooperative and productive strategic relationships with key stakeholders.

  • Work cooperatively with the Director of Development and Communication (DODC) to implement fundraising strategies and activities to increase donor support.

  • Participate in fundraising events and opportunities as requested by the DODC.

  • Collaborate with the Board to lead solicitations to grow the budget in line with expense forecasts.

  • Serve as the face of Helping Hands to community partners, organizations, major donors, and at conferences and other community/fundraising events.

  • Work with executive and other staff and board members to identify and implement program activities that could generate monetary support for the organization.


Marketing and Communications (estimated 5% of time):


  • Help strengthen Helping Hands’ marketing/outreach strategy to increase awareness of the program and its impact.

  • Work with Board and Director of Development and Communication to communicate the story of Helping Hands to stakeholders.

Qualifications and Desired Skills:

Demonstrated fundraising success either as an Executive Director, development professional or board member at a nonprofit organization.

Experience managing a passionate and motivated team.

Experience in financial management and strategic planning.

Experience in personnel management.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Excellent communication skills (written and oral).

Ability to work collaboratively and foster teamwork to create a positive and productive environment.

Commitment to the evolving mission of Helping Hands that will focus on animal care.

Proven ability to manage competing priorities while exhibiting a can-do attitude towards problem solving.

Ability to work with individuals and groups with diverse interests, skills, and backgrounds.

Previous successful professional performance and leadership in an organization undergoing organizational change and enhancement.


Preferred Education:

Ideal candidate will have a higher education degree in Business, Non-Profit Management, Management, Leadership, or related fields.

Salary and benefits:

Helping Hands employees receive benefits including health, dental and disability insurance and participate in a 401(k) plan.

The salary range for this position is $100,000 to $125,000, depending upon qualifications.

How to Apply:

All qualified applicants should email jobs@monkeyhelpers.org with a resume along with a cover letter including a timeline of when they could be available to start the position.



  • A healthy sense of humor combined with a positive attitude and leadership style.

  • A deep love for animals and their long-term well-being.

  • Belief in the positive outcomes of the human-animal bond.

  • Passion for social causes.


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