Mdzananda Animal Clinic: Executive Director

Mdzananda Animal Clinic
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Opportunity closing date: 
Monday, 9 February, 2015
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The Mdzananda Animal Clinic is the only permanent, nonprofit veterinary council, animal clinic in Khayelitsha, a township area just outside Cape Town, South Africa, home to more than a million people.
Mdzananda Animal Clinic was founded in 1996 in response to the need to provide veterinary care to a fast growing community that had no access to help for their animals. Today the clinic serves up to 1000 animals per month through consultations, surgery, hospitalisation, x-rays and mobile clinics for sick and injured animals, primarily dogs and cats.
Apart from veterinary services the Mdzananda Animal Clinic has an emergency ambulance service, performs continuous sterilisations, investigates and responds to cases of abuse and neglect, rehomes pets and hosts community events. The organisation has a strong focus on community empowerment and education and focus on understanding the community’s needs, embracing this, gaining their respect and trust.

The Mdzananda Animal Clinic seeks to appoint an Executive Director, based in Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

The person will manage and direct the running of the clinic and the larger welfare project strategy and impact. 



  • Facilitate the day to day operations of Mdzananda, including development and delivery of programs, administration, operations, fundraising and resource development;
  • Articulate and advance Mdzananda's vision and mission;
  • Development and implementation of strategic goals and objectives;
  • Development, implementation and management of rules, regulations, policies and systems;
  • Work with the board of directors to ensure the advancement of Mdzananda vision, mission and strategy;
  • Serve as liaison to the Board, effectively communicating & presenting critical financial & other matters at select meetings;
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication, keeping relevant bodies and individuals informed of all critical issues;
  • Represent the organization externally, as necessary and deemed appropriate;
  • Continuously grow Mdzananda as a recognized resource and a leader in the animal care community;
  • Maintain and oversee the animal care standards and the humane treatment and care of animals;
  • Actively represent Mdzananda in the community, interacting and networking in the community and among professional groups, corporate leaders and current donors to enhance development and outreach objectives;
  • Maintain files and records, and collect data for annual report, including but are not limited to animal population, adoption, volunteers, grant information, spay and neuter, incident and personnel data.

People Management

  • Lead the staff and volunteers in the implementation of the strategic plan and overall mission and vision of the organisation;
  • Promote a culture that expects and rewards kindness to all - staff, volunteers, the public, and animals;
  • Responsible for the overall supervision and management of all employees;
  • Recruit suitable employees for vacant positions;
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values and rewards learning and a commitment to quality;
  • Mentor and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach: assign accountabilities; set objectives; establish priorities; monitor and evaluate results via performance appraisals;
  • Manage the performance management process for all staff on an on-going basis as well as conducting annual performance reviews.


  • Establish an annual budget and work within the approved budgetary guidelines;
  • Basic knowledge of financial statements and the ability to monitor and understand financial investment portfolios;
  • Payments of all staff and expenses;
  • Develop and implement a plan designed to increase funding with annual incremental growth (in conjunction with fundraising and communications manager);
  • Foster relationships with essential organisations and individuals to secure adequate income and strong personal commitments (in conjunction with fundraising and communications manager);
  • Develop annual fundraising budget projections based upon approved fundraising goals and results (in conjunction with fundraising and communications manager);
  • Advise the Board, and management team on financial planning, budgeting, cash flow, investment priorities, and policy matters.


  • Excellent knowledge of Business Management or NGO Management;
  • Experience of steering an organisation through a period of growth and expansion is very beneficial;
  • Staff management experience: ability to take charge as well as delegate;
  • Demonstrated experience of budget planning and financial management;
  • Ability to work easily and effectively with a wide range of people including major donors, board members, fellow staff members, volunteers, corporate, foundation and other nonprofit representatives;
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills;
  • The ability to motivate and manage others;
  • Excellent organisation skills;
  • The ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills;
  • Good presentation skills;
  • Commitment to the charity’s cause;
  • Fluency in English essential; local languages desirable.

To apply, submit a CV, motivation letter in essay format as to why you believe you are the right person for the job, contact details of referees, supporting documentation and your salary expectations to

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