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President & CEO - Morris Animal Foundation - Denver, Colorado

Published: 19 January 2016

The Morris Animal Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a global leader in supporting scientific research that advances veterinary medicine. The Foundation’s reputation and scientific expertise are second to none. Since its founding in 1948, the Foundation has invested more than $100 million toward more than 2,400 studies that have improved the health and quality of life for animals in more than 150 countries around the world.  Building on this impressive and solid history, the Foundation is entering an exciting new era. With society’s increasing recognition of the vital role animals play in our lives, the Foundation is poised for extraordinary growth in its mission and reach.


Reporting to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, the President & CEO of the Morris Animal Foundation will have general management responsibility for a $14.8M in revenue ($13.8M in cash and $1M in-kind donations) national organization, and will be charged with leading the Foundation through its next phase of growth and evolution. The CEO will bring a business orientation, as well as creativity and innovation, to this nonprofit entity, with a particular emphasis on ensuring that the Foundation identifies and funds strategic research that produces significant outcomes to advance the health of companion animals and wildlife. The CEO’s direct reports include the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Scientific Officer, the Chief Marketing Officer, the Chief Development Officer and the Executive Assistant.

Education and Experience

The Foundation seeks an experienced, highly-mission-driven and accomplished executive. Viable candidates may have had an accomplished “science”, “commercial” or “philanthropic” career track. Regardless of background, the successful candidate must possess a strong working knowledge of the development/revenue generation process. Substantial (10+ years) progressively responsible experience managing senior leadership teams providing executive oversight of fiscal management, organizational development, and operational strategic/tactical planning with a demonstrated passion for successfully running an organization with an operating budget comparable or larger than the Foundation’s ($13M).  Prior experience reporting to and working closely with board members or trustees is preferred.  Familiarity with institutional investment portfolio construction and management, while not required, is preferred.  Demonstrated staff management and development experience. An undergraduate degree is required. An advanced degree in medical or veterinary sciences and/or an MBA will distinguish the most attractive candidates.

For More Information

To apply, or to request detailed specifications, contact:

Katie Forshey
Associate Vice President