We’re hiring!

EDIT: We have now filled this position: Applications are closed 

We’re looking for an amazing Social Entrepreneur/ Social Enterprise Manager.

If this is you, or if you know someone who would be perfect, please get in touch! More details below.


Job description 

Social Entrepreneur/Social Enterprise Manager

Candidate requirements

A big, brave heart – if you have always dreamed of running an amazing project that helps children and animals and leaves the world a better place, then this is for you. UD has been going since 2011 and functions smoothly on-the-ground. We have a fantastic lead facilitator on the project full-time and two part-time K9 coaches, a host of passionate volunteers, plus great relationships with schools, community, other NGOs and local businesses. What the project really needs to take it to the next level and secure its future, is a dedicated visionary with an entrepreneurial spirit. This is the perfect challenge for the right person. The set-up and logistics are all in place. And, it has outgrown the volunteer-based management committee’s capacity to run it. It now needs full-time direction, farsightedness, fundraising and management.

Responsible to

Management committee (meet every month on the 2nd Tuesday)

About The Underdog Project

We are equally committed to the welfare of children and animals in South Africa, and we have developed a programme that meaningfully helps both. We are a registered non-profit organisation (no. 099954) that uses Animal Assisted Therapy to help young people from troubled backgrounds overcome social and emotional problems. Participating kids come to us from schools and children’s homes. They are paired with rescue dogs and, as they work alongside each other, the dogs also learn and grow, ultimately having a better chance of being homed permanently (we have a 90% adoption rate for dogs on the programme). This is a safe, stimulating extra-mural activity and non-invasive therapy for young people and young animals. More info:



Underdog Classroom, Lower Level, DARG, Main Road, Hout Bay


As the head of the organisation, you set and raise your own salary.
While there are not sufficient funds in the organisation to pay an industry-relative at the start, the sky is the limit. You will be in full control of the balance sheet and, as the organisation succeeds so will you. Literally, you get out what you put in.

Duties and responsibilities


Oversee all aspects of UD
Shape and grow the organisation
Implement the long-term organisational goals based on our detailed organisational profile and future strategy (opportunity to relook these)
With full support and backing of management committee and board
This is a critical requirement
Much of our running costs are donated as goods in kind and the main financial need is salaries
We have a 3-pronged strategy you can use as a basis to work off
We also have a database of previous funders
We have 6 years of learnings and experience to share
Ultimately work towards UD becoming financially sustainable


When necessary, set up new systems and maintain existing systems
Write monthly management committee updates

Volunteer/staff management

Collaborating with lead facilitator and providing support where necessary
Recruitment and training of new staff as deemed necessary
The facilitator currently manages volunteers and part-time staff – provide support


Co-ordinate with facilitator to manage stock inventory
Manage the online sales platform, ensuring stock levels are accurate and new product is uploaded to site
Order as needed
Oversee and coordinate with our partners and donors

Ensure relationships with local community groups, businesses and suppliers are positive and responsive

Contribute to social media strategies (donated to us by The Friday Street Club)
Manage email correspondence


Pay all staff members and invoices
Supply petty cash to Facilitator
Complete and file tax returns, liaising with appointed accountants
Initiate annual auditing and ensure we comply with SARS requirements
Draw financial statement for quarterly board meeting


• Has an entrepreneurial spirit

• Has experience in business, preferably managerial
• Has a love of animals and people
• Has ability to plan and manage budgets

• Fundraising experience an advantage
• Proven ability to interact effectively with community and develop relationships with local businesses and organisations

• Must feel passionate about Underdog’s mission, and be interested in community-based programmes

• Must have an outgoing attitude and be energetic, positive and fun

• Must be flexible, regarding hours and taking on other responsibilities

• Needs some financial security at inception until first salary raised


Deadline: September 29th, 2017

Please submit a CV and a cover letter, telling us why you want to be the face of the Underdog Project to Founder Jenna da Silva Pinto at mail@underdogproject.org

Please include Social Entrepreneur in the subject line of the email.

No phone calls please. Only those who will be selected for an interview will be contacted.