We are looking for an experienced nonprofit director with animal rescue and/or veterinary experience, fundraising, human resource management, and experience working and living abroad in low resource countries for 2 years or more.

Roles and Responsibilities, varying depending on previous experience and education:

  • Clinic business set up, supplying, and daily onsite management to be shared with local staff and CEO
  • Assisting CEO with human resource recruitment
  • Marketing and fundraising assistant, including grant writing and major gift cultivation
  • Media promotion and development plan, photography and video work shared with shelter staff
  • Limited animal care taking and facility maintenance shifts at shelter shared with shelter management as needed during holidays and illness
  • Set up and management of the mobile clinic for sterilization/vaccination program with vets and CEO
  • Manage vet volunteers, on-boarding of new staff
  • Some veterinary nursing duties for clinic patients as necessary if candidate has veterinary experience
  • Maintaining the accounts, shared oversight of accounting
  • Assisting development officer with needs for major gifts and capital campaigns as needed
  • Responsible party in the country when CEO is abroad
  • Assisting with community outreach and education projects with the shelter staff
  • Communication and reporting to board and director
  • Assist in UK or Australian charity registration
  • Assist with international adoptions and export
  • MUST have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in order to get a work permit, and must have the ability to acquire a international motorbike permit for a 125cc or smaller bike, car driver’s license ideal

Benefits for a two year contract:

Onsite accommodation offered in clinic, shelter or offsite in our shared accommodations with private bedroom and shared bathroom and kitchen
18 million VND per month stipend to increase as duties change with the clinic after it opens full time
21 days annual paid holiday
Work permit and residency as allowed under Vietnamese law with the appropriate university degree and clear criminal record, or costs of visa for tourism or business
5.5 day work week, 40 hours a week
We are unable to pay staff health insurance unfortunately until the funds increase, but require that all employees have some type of travel or expat coverage that includes repatriation and medical evacuation.


All staff and volunteers also must have rabies vaccinations which can be acquired upon arrival.

Shelter work hours are 6am-9am and 4-5pm shifts in the summer, later in winter, but we need to be in the house before 10pm when staying there in order to keep the dogs quiet for the neighbors. Mobile clinic hours will vary depending on location.  Your ability to manage your own time and just get things done as needed is vital because this is a management job.  Taking 2 hour lunches and naps is absolutely fine and encouraged as long as you are getting the work done.  This is not a 9-5 job.  As the operations director, you may be required to handle shelter duties for 37 animals when the shelter staff are off, sick, are on holidays, or during emergencies like typhoons, but a minimum of 50% of the work is on the computer.

Please only apply if you have international work experience in developing countries.  The position requires the ability to creatively solve problems with a low budget in a country lacking rule of law with low resources for animal care and public health and a barely existing regulatory infrastructure. Vietnam is a beautiful country with amazing vegan food and incredible hospitality, but the reality of working with animals in Vietnam is not as charming most days as what you’ll see on the tourist brochures. The daily contact with preventable suffering and death can be very difficult for most people, and it takes some time to understand how to stick to this and press on. There are many challenges that require the mentality to color outside the lines and to adapt to a situation very much unlike your own country.  Without having lived abroad in this sort of situation, it would be very difficult to manage an organization within this context. This is not a position for your first time in a country like Vietnam, but for someone already accustomed to learning and adapting to new cultures in different political and economic systems.

Tagged as: administration, advocacy and outreach, animal rescue, animal sanctuary, management, media, Veterinary

About Vietnam Animal Aid and Rescue-US

VAAR is a vegan animal sanctuary running in central Vietnam for 8 years, now closing the shelter slowly while shifting completely to the veterinary side with local vet training and mass sterilization. We have 34 animals including pigs, chickens, cats, dogs, and hedgehogs in a beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Town.  We focus on long term, high impact projects, not hoarding animals.  We are hoping to add an alternative livelihoods project for fishing and farming communities in the near future, and depending on what our new property will be like, we are hoping to open a vegan permaculture farmstay outside the city where we will base our mobile clinic from as well as house all our rescued animals and staff.

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