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Executive Director to Board of Directors

Palo Alto, Califronia
Feb 28, 2022
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A Bay Area organization focused on placing animals in lasting homes, is seeking an Executive Director to oversee the leadership and management of the organization in accordance with the Board of Directors. This role will act as a strategic advisor, financial planner, HR partner, PR liaison, and active community member. The Executive Director will play a critical role in the short and long-term operational success of the business and will be responsible for upholding the key values of the organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Advise the Board of Directors on all internal activities and relevant external trends or issues
  • Facilitate Board meetings by creating agendas, propose topics for discussion, and manage follow up on all necessary action items
  • Ensure the humane treatment of shelter guests, implement short and long-term strategies that increase rescues, increase adoptions, improve animal care, and provide behavior and medical rehabilitation, free spaying, neutering, and training/behavioral advice
  • Oversee the planning, coordination, review, and implementation of strategic programming in direct accordance with organizational values and goals
  • Direct the administration of various programs including but not limited to, shelter management, adoptions, foster care, education, outreach, fundraising, stewardship, and veterinary services
  • Act as a spokesperson and liaison on behalf of the organization in all marketing efforts; fellow nonprofits, businesses, and all media sources
  • Develop relationships with donors, community members, and stakeholders; actively seek out channels for future philanthropic opportunities
  • Uphold state and federal HR practices through effective implementation among all staff
  • Maintain official records for all adoptions, staff personnel files, volunteer information, budgets, Board activity, and various organizational functions
  • Determine staffing needs to meet necessary requirements and maintain operational efficiency
  • Manage the recruiting and hiring process, from sourcing candidates to onboarding and performance evaluations
  • Partner with the Director of Finance & Operations to develop and manage the budget, prepare financial reports, monitor financial compliance, and assist in any bookkeeping or accounting needs
  • Evaluate potential risks to the organization; implement measures to effectively safeguard private data and mitigate issues that may arise


  • 10+ years in a leadership role
  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Master’s preferred
  • Animal welfare experience
  • Ability to develop & manage a large-scale budget
  • Skilled in Microsoft 365
  • Adept at conflict resolution
  • Analytical and highly communicative
  • Ability to work in-person & show proof of vaccination
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