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President Morristown, NJ

The Seeing Eye, the premier dog guide school in the world, is seeking its next President. For the past 90 years, The Seeing Eye has enhanced the independence, dignity, and self-confidence of blind people through the use of Seeing Eye dogs – selecting, breeding, and training dogs for lives of service, carefully matching dogs and their blind owners, and teaching them to work together as a mutually supporting team. From its inviting 70-acre campus outside of Morristown, NJ, and a nearby state-of-the-art breeding station, The Seeing Eye’s 160-member staff match and train about 270 teams of graduates and dog guides each year. This is an exceptional opportunity to lead a storied organization with a dedicated staff and loyal supporters committed to carrying out a clear and noble mission.

The Seeing Eye is distinguished by the clarity of its purpose, the excellence of its program, the strength of its finances, and the stability of its leadership. Its $27 million annual expense budget is supported by annual giving, bequests, and a $275 million endowment. This is an organization proud of its history and determined to preserve the culture of respect and dignity for which it is known. The Seeing Eye is guided by its core values of Mission Passion, Stewardship, Teamwork and Collaboration, Respect for Others, Integrity, and Pursuit of Excellence in furtherance of its mission.  

Reporting to a 28-member Board of Trustees, the next Seeing Eye President will facilitate the organization’s adaptation to changing markets while preserving its supportive and familial environment. Only a small percentage of the blind population use dog guides and the overall population of blind adults is becoming older and less mobile. The President will need to ensure that The Seeing Eye maintains a high and positive profile, particularly among its potential student population. In addition, the President will sustain The Seeing Eye’s leadership position in the field of dog guide schools through support for its genetics and breeding program, attention to the opportunities and challenges of new technologies (such as GPS systems), and the strengthening of its financial base.

The Board of Trustees is open to candidates from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Senior organizational leadership experience and strong interpersonal and communication skills are required. Experience with residential and/or educational environments is helpful. Candidates should have a proven track record of building cohesive management and leadership teams and communicating with multiple external and internal constituent groups. Experience generating external support for an organization is desirable; a willingness and ability to fundraise is required. Candidates must have a commitment to the mission of The Seeing Eye, appreciation for the challenges that blind people face, and a personal temperament that is both interpersonally respectful and organizationally inspiring. A love of people and dogs is essential.

Greg Esposito is leading this search with Karen McPhedran.

The Seeing Eye is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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