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Executive Director

Full Time

Website Humane Society of Central Oregon

Job Title: Executive Director

FMLA Status: Exempt

Supervisor: Board of Directors

Key Priority Areas:

Position the Humane Society of Central Oregon as a Vital Community Service: Serve as an ambassador for the mission, purpose, and vision for the Humane Society of Central Oregon within the community. Develop and cultivate relationships with key stakeholders.

Fundraising Leadership: Develop and implement fundraising systems that will establish HSCO as leading nonprofit organization within the community through the engagement of donors, volunteers and staff.

Ensure Successful Operational Performance: Use high-level financial analysis to forecast financial trends, growth, and stability, while consistently leading organization to balance or surplus operations by growing earned revenue and contributions and controlling costs. Empower and guide staff leaders to lead their departments to successful financial operation. Quickly address financial issues that may arise, forecast future needs, and manage and direct the humane society operations to ensure a successful future.

Implement and Monitor the Strategic Plan: Provide visionary leadership and work effectively with the board, volunteers, community leaders and key staff to create and implement a strategic plan that addresses the needs of the communities served by HSCO and includes defined organizational strategies, a clear implementation plan with deliverables, and measurable goals.

Essential Functions of the Position:

Executive Leadership and Organizational Management

  • Provide visionary and inclusive executive leadership that supports the organization’s mission.
  • Mentor internal team leaders to strategically grow the organization.
  • Apply innovative thinking and performance measurements to support decision-making.
  • Foster a culture of collaboration and recognition of positive contributions.
  • Contribute to the strategic plan in collaboration with the Board of Directors and other leaders.
  • Continue to grow relationships with major animal funders and leading animal welfare organizations keeping HSCO on the cutting edge of all aspects of animal sheltering and shelter medicine.

Development and Fundraising

  • Serve as the chief fundraiser, including donor relations, business sponsorships, all aspects of grant writing/reporting and capital project planning and execution.
  • Cultivate relationships with individual, foundation, and corporate supporters.
  • Ensure financial stability and sustainability.

Financial Management and Administration

  • Prudently direct resources within budget guidelines and according to regulations.
  • Assume responsibility for fiscal integrity.
  • Oversee financial operations to maximize resource utilization and maintain a positive financial position.
  • Develop and oversee the annual budget.

External Relations and Communications

  • Represent the organization as the chief spokesperson at events, conferences, and partnership meetings.
  • Promote the organization, its mission, programs, and partners positively.
  • Build interest in engaged philanthropy.
  • Maximize public relations opportunities to increase brand awareness.

Board Governance

  • Maintain regular communication with the Board.
  • Attend Board meetings, provide reports, and offer support.
  • Implement Board policies and procedures.
  • Work closely and openly with the Board and its committees.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Financial management and budgeting experience.
  • Strategic planning and execution.
  • Change management skills.
  • Ability to develop financial plans.
  • Knowledge of marketing and public relations principles.
  • Delegation and leadership skills.
  • Emotional intelligence.
  • Cross-functional integration skills.
  • Strong communication skills.

Required Professional Experience, Licensing, and Certifications

  • Ten years of nonprofit or for-profit senior-level management experience.
  • Animal welfare experience preferred. Willingness to learn and seek CAWA certification.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience.
  • Valid driver’s license.

In Addition:

  • There will be a 90 day probationary period. An initial three month performance evaluation will be conducted by the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors

Work Environment:

Most work is performed in a normal shelter setting; potential for exposure to zoonotic diseases; potential hostile persons and exposure to dangerous and fractious animals; exposure to high noise levels; potential for animal bites and scratches when handling animals; exposure to cleaning products; exposure to various weather conditions.

Position requires lifting, bending, stretching, standing for long periods of time, computer work, writing, and filing. You must have the physical and mental ability to safely perform the full range of duties of the position without creating a hazard to self or others.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not to be construed as an exclusive list of all job duties. Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform job-related duties requested by their supervisor. HSCO has the right to revise the Position Description at any time. The Job Description is not a contract for employment and either the employee or HSCO may terminate employment any time for any reason.

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