SAID Career Opportunity – CEO

Midrand, Gauteng

The Society for Animals in Distress (SAID) is seeking an enterprising chief executive to build on our extraordinary record of providing veterinary care to animals whose owners are from underprivileged communities and to build and expand supportive veterinary services to animal welfare organisations.

About The Society for Animals in Distress

Founded in 1958, SAID is one of the largest and most respected animal welfare organisations in Gauteng. Last year we helped over 10,000 animals that were sick, injured, sterilised and vaccinated. Our mission is to provide sector leadership in operating a high-volume world class animal hospital facility and associated services.

Located in Midrand SAID’s current staff compliment is about 30 full time employees in addition to a network of volunteers. The organisations annual budget is about XX million rands. More information about SAID can be found at

About the Position:

The Chief Executive provides leadership to the organisation and oversees its day-to-day affairs. Collaborating with animal welfare organisations and communities we operate in will ensure that the SAID mission is achieved.

The CEO reports to our Board, a dedicated team committed to providing a strong organisational foundation for our team. The CEO will directly oversee the SAID management team and carry out the next stages of our sustainability plan. This plan will prioritize working collaboratively with other animal welfare organisations to maximise the use of SAID’s world class hospital and resources.

Priorities in the coming years will include:

  • Strategy development and implementation – strategy development required to evolve to ever changing circumstances and implementation to gain traction on current and future plans.
  • Stakeholder and network development inclusive of international contacts – develop a wide range of stakeholder relationships at a local, national and international animal welfare sector and beneficiary communities to position SAID as a well-known and credible organisation in the industry and targeted communities.
  • Team development – SAID has various competing interests and a strong leader who can reconcile these and create a cohesive team approach is going to be of paramount importance in achieving our plans.
  • Utilising experience in the animal welfare sector inclusive of equine to build a “hub” of services that other welfare organisations can benefit from.

Key Responsibilities:

A high-level overview of core responsibilities includes:

  • Reimagine and position SAID for sustainability in a disruptive era. This envisioning and its associated strategic objectives are to be presented to the Board for input and decisions as to ratification.
  • Ensure that good governance remains the guiding principle at all times.
  • Identify and investigate potential new revenue generating streams to ensure sustainability over the next 10 years.
  • Maintain the programs that are currently enhancing SAID’s impact in the community and create new community based and partnership programs that add further value.
  • Provide clear leadership, lead by example and promote and foster a team culture consistent with the organisation’s values.

Qualifications and Requirements:

Qualifications and requirements for this position include:

  • A passion for the wellbeing of animals
  • Ideally a tertiary qualification in a business-related field
  • At 10 years workplace or non-profit experience with an increasing trajectory of management responsibilities.
  • High levels of appropriate “gravitas” to be able to lead the organisation and sector coupled with high levels of self-awareness and emotional intelligence.
  • The ability to successfully manage conflict and adversity particularly amidst engagements with diverse views amongst team members, stakeholders and beneficiaries.
  • An appreciation for transformation objectives within the organisation as it builds towards the future.
  • A track record of improving financial results.
  • An understanding and ability to deploy non-profit fundraising strategies and build major donor relations.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits include a company car or travel allowance, medical aid, basic life, short term and long term disability and a retirement plan.

Application Process:

Suitably experienced and qualified candidates may submit a cover letter and cv to

Closing date: Thursday 15 December 2022.