Executive Director

  • Full Time
  • Chicago

Website Tree House Humane Society

Job Summary                                                                                                                       

The Executive Director will provide leadership and direction within the organization and the community in accordance with sound business judgment and ethical standards to effectively administer policies, ensure compliance in all activities undertaken by Tree House Humane Society (THHS), support the mission and achieve the organization’s objectives, as established by the Board of Directors.


Duties and Responsibilities                                                                                                  

I.   Board of Directors

  • Responsible to the Board of Directors
  • Attend Board and Board Committee meetings as directed
  • Serve as liaison between the Board and staff
  • Provide timely updates to the Board on  THHS’s activities, trends and significant issues
  • Plan, organize and direct programs to implement the organization’s goals, as established by the Board
  • Provide assistance to the Board in the development of policy, future planning and fundraising objectives


II. Management

  • Maintain a climate which attracts, retains and motivates a diverse staff of top quality people, while promoting good working relations within the organization
  • Meets with management team on a regular basis to review reports, procedures, and problems and discuss new strategies.  Attends meetings of employees as necessary.
  • Oversee Human Resource functions of THHS


III. Fiscal Management

  • Oversee Fiscal management of THHS
  • Work with the Accountant and the Board Treasurer in the preparation and presentation of the annual budget to the Board of Directors
  • Operate the organization within the limits of its approved budget and inform the Board of the monthly status of the organization’s financial position


IV. Public Relations

  • Serve as an effective spokesperson for the THHS; represent the programs and philosophy of the organization to other agencies and the general public
  • Promote and maintain open lines of communication with media, government agencies, veterinarians and other animal-related groups
  • Promote awareness and a positive image of the THHS and its mission within the community, while building strong and cooperative relationships


V.  Fundraising

  • Supervise the Director of  Development
  • Lead the organization in completing the Capital Campaign obligations
  • Create and coordinate annual and long-term fund development plans and programs
  • Contact major donors to solicit and acknowledge gifts
  • Act for the organization in designated matters pertaining to bequests, estates, contracts donations and other significant matters
  • Review and approve requests for major gifts and grants
  • Cultivate new relationships with individuals and corporations as prospective donors


VI. Clinic and Shelter

  • Supervise the Director of Veterinary Services and Director of Operations
  • Oversee the care provided for the animals that come under the protection of the organization and ensure their humane treatment.
  • Implement short and long-term strategies that responsibly increase adoptions, improve animal care, provide behavior and medical rehabilitation, encourage spaying and neutering, and help pets stay with their responsible caretakers.
  • Promote responsible pet care through education and TNR


Key Skills, Attributes and Qualifications                                                                           

  •  Candidate must possess strong leadership skills, the ability to work independently and confidently, using superior discretion and judgment
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills, with ability to multi-task, along with written and oral communication proficiency
  • Ability to prioritize, with strong problem-solving skills and flexibility
  • Understanding of financial management, functional accounting and experience developing and implementing a budget in excess of $2 million
  • Maturity to act in a professional manner, both within and outside the organization, while making a favorable impression through both behavior and business acumen
  • Understanding and ability to delegate and optimize the efficiency of an individual or group, while maintaining personal control and balanced approach
  • Sincere compassion for animals and passion for animal welfare issues
  • Minimum of five years of increasingly responsible management and supervisory experience, preferably within the animal welfare field or non-profit organization
  • Understanding of non-profit and/or animal welfare industry
  • Prefer knowledge of national animal welfare trends
  • SAWA certification preferred


How to Apply / Contact
Search Timeline / How to Apply: Screening of applications will begin immediately. The announcement will be closed when an adequate pool of qualified candidates has been received. To apply, please submit by email attachment a resume, cover letter outlining compensation and work history, and three professional references (Supervisory / Board references strongly preferred) to  execsearch@treehouseanimals.org

To apply for this job email your details to execsearch@treehouseanimals.org

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