Executive Director

Website Kauai Humane Society

The Kauai Humane Society, an independent non-profit open admission shelter, is seeking an innovative, experienced, exceptional leader to be the next Executive Director.  Nationally recognized for our innovative programs to further adoptions, Kauai Humane Society yields over 1,000 pet placements each year.  Our hard working team of 35 employees spans animal care, customer service, veterinary services, development and special events, finance, animal control and education. Together with a committed Board of Directors and dedicated volunteers, community and local business partners, KHS is primed for even greater success ahead.

Kauai Humane Society’s Board of Directors is seeking a dynamic and innovative Executive Director who is able to be the spokesperson for the organization as well as managing daily shelter operations. The Executive Director will provide leadership, manage and motivate staff and volunteers, build effective teams, promote fundraising, encourage community involvement in addition to administrative functions and financial management.  The ideal candidate will be willing to “get their hands dirty” by jumping in to help staff on occasion as needed.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, our new Executive Director will:

·         LEAD THE CHARGE! (Executive Leadership & Board Relations)

o       Partner with the Board of Directors to further support KHS’s mission.

o       Inform and engage board members.

o       Celebrate KHS’s successes while implementing strategic initiatives in support of its mission.

·         SAVE THE ANIMALS! (Team Builder)

o       Develop and maintain knowledge of innovative shelter practices, adoption programs and current

issues within the animal welfare industry.

o       Further KHS’s collaboration with animal welfare organizations.

o       Recognize the carrying capacity of resources.

·         STEWARD THE ASSETS! (Financial & Operations Management)

o       Prudently manage the organization’s assets, both financial and human.

o       Make wise financial decisions.

o       Ensure quality animal care, shelter cleanliness, excellent customer service and progressive animal

control services by staffing appropriately within budget.

o       Hire, coach and empower staff to be accountable for the impact their roles have on the

organization’s success.

o       Regularly assess KHS’s programs, services and effectiveness.

o       Align and prioritize KHS services, relationships and policies for the greatest impact.

o       Oversee volunteer engagement and recognition.

o       Present an annual budget for approval making sensible, judicious financial recommendations to the

Board of Directors.

o       Spend within the approved budget.

o       Monitor programs to ensure compliance with local and federal regulations.

o       Monitors safety compliance of staff and takes immediate action to correct hazards.

o       Develop and maintain emergency and disaster plans.

·         FORWARD OUR MISSION! (Animal Welfare Advocacy)

o       Represent KHS in the community as a leader and advocate in animal welfare and related legislative

and educational efforts.

o       Participate in island-wide and statewide efforts to advocate for the humane treatment of all animals.

·         SECURE THE RESOURCES! (Development and Fundraising)

o       Augment resource development in partnership with the Board of Directors and development team.

o       Oversee fundraising planning and implementation.

o       Foster existing relationships and cultivate new relationships with individual and corporate donors.

·         BE THE VOICE! (Community & Media Relations)

o       Serve as the voice of Kauai Humane Society in the community.  Consistently and positively

presenting the organization and its mission to all stakeholders.

o       Develop, enhance and maintain productive relationships with community members, policymakers

and media.

o       Effectively manage public relations.

·         FACE THE CHALLENGES! (Kauai’s Unique Circumstances)

o       As the only open intake shelter on a small island, we need a pioneer to find new ways to save more

of Kauai’s animals while operating within our resources.

o       Kauai has a large feral cat population with endangered and federally protected birds. A number of groups are passionate about both sides of this issue; we need a leader who can think in new ways and work cooperatively with other animal welfare groups to find the balance for all Kauai’s species.


We seek someone with:

·         5+ years professional experience with at least 3 years as a senior manager or executive director. Non-

profit experience (working within or voluntary leadership) is essential.

·         Passion for Kauai Humane Society’s mission, including overall animal welfare and all related programs,

advocacy and educational efforts.

·         Strong organizational, planning, and critical thinking skills with strong business acumen. Must offer proven

experience of prior budget management and/or P&L responsibility.

·         Experience managing a team and actively developing talent; an ability to inspire and motivate others as

well as manage conflict.  Ability to foster a healthy organizational culture through teamwork and

collaboration. Be accepting of different types of people.

·         Must offer demonstrated strong relationship-building skills. Success in and/or an aptitude for fund

development, including knowledge of and success in attracting individual and corporate gifts is a plus.

·         Ability to be a servant leader who is more concerned with what he/she has to offer rather that what you will

get from the organization

·         Must be charismatic with ability to outreach and bond with the community.  Equally confident and effective

one-on-one with community members, partners, donors, government officials as well as large groups of

passionate community members.

·         Attentive listening skills and an ability to react to stressful situations with diplomacy and tact; not taking

personal offense or internalizing criticism.

·         Excellent interpersonal and management skills.

·         Proven ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

·         Ability to work well under pressure in intense and emotional situations on a daily basis

·         Ability to obtain Hawaii Euthanasia Technician Certification


How to Apply / Contact

Fundraising Experience

The ability to raise funds for the Kauai Humane Society is a vital aspect of the Executive Director’s job.  In one page, please articulate your fundraising experience and your ideas on fundraising for the Kauai Humane Society.  Attach this with your application and submit all to boardofdirectors@kauaihumane.org.

Deadline:  Please email or mail application, resume and fundraising experience / ideas by December 31, 2017 to:

Kauai Humane Society

Attn:  Executive Director Search Committee

PO Box 3330

Lihue, HI 96766


Applications will be reviewed as they are received.  The Kauai Humane Society reserves the right to shorten or extend the deadline date based on the number of qualified applications received.


To apply for this job email your details to boardofdirectors@kauaihumane.org

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