Executive Director

Job Title:   Executive Director

Humane Society of the North Bay

Deadline for Application:   October 31, 2018

Position Summary:

The Executive Director will provide overall leadership and direction needed to ensure the ongoing financial sustainability of the Humane Society of the North Bay. This person will advise the Board of Directors on issues related to the organization and serve as the liaison between the staff, volunteers, and Board of Directors. We seek an individual with compassion for the safe and humane treatment of animals as well as demonstrated success in relationship building, fiscal management, and the creation of community partnerships. Candidates with relevant experience in animal shelter management will be highly considered. (The individual selected will be responsible for hiring the Director of Operations. )

Essential Duties:

  • Oversee the quality of programs and services to ensure they are carried out ethically and within guidelines set by accrediting agencies and funding agencies
  • Direct, approve and oversee annual fundraising and maintain donor relationships
  • Work effectively with all stakeholders to accomplish mission critical and strategic plan initiatives
  • Operate within budget guidelines by efficient resource management relative to staffing, operating requirements, programs and services and capital expenditures for necessary facility and grounds maintenance and improvements
  • Oversee preparation and approval of audited financial statements and 990’s
  • Proactively negotiate and manage all operational and funding contracts
  • Clearly communicate the vision, mission, programs and services of HSNB to all stakeholders
  • Professionally represent HSNB at meetings and conferences
  • Review and approve all public communications including news and fundraising releases, grant applications, organization publications and documents
  • Manage and motivate all staff to maximize their effectiveness and productivity and ensure that all staff are trained in the Standard Operating Procedures relevant to their duties
  • Responsible for hiring and firing, conducting disciplinary actions and performance appraisals
  • Responsible for developing/maintaining comprehensive volunteer program
  • Continually observe conditions within the organization and recommend changes/improvements to the Board of Directors to ensure efficient use of resources and sustainability of operations
  • Develop and proactively reach out to Key Prospects and established contacts to form collaborative relationships with partner agencies, rescue organizations and veterinarians
  • Develop and implement public and media relations strategies to promote HSNB
  • Develop relationships with City and corporate entities within Solano County
  • Work with Board of Directors to develop annual budget / operate within budget guidelines
  • Continuously monitor and enforce contractual compliance of our City and County agreements

Requirements & Qualifications:


  • BS Degree in related field or completion of sufficient coursework to successfully perform the required duties of the position or any equivalent combination of education/experience


  • A minimum of four years recent leadership experience managing an organization and staff in the charitable or not-for-profit sector required, with experience in the animal welfare industry desirable.
  • Demonstrated accomplishments in fundraising, including developing new relationships, successful cultivation, solicitation and acquisition of donations.
  • Nonprofit governance, budgeting and human resources
  • Working with government officials, preferably at the municipal level
  • Overseeing large scale events
  • Excellent written, verbal and overall communication skills
  • Fundamental working knowledge of MS Office and social media platforms
  • Valid CA Driver’s License and good driving record required

Character & Abilities:

  • Strong, articulate, self-starting, compassionate and ethical leader with excellent interpersonal, public relations/speaking and fundraising skills, especially in the areas of foundation and major donor cultivation.
  • A creative and active problem solver who is proactive and innovative
  • Strategic thinker and situational analyst related to trends, changes and evolving needs and practices
  • Guided by the highest level of integrity and honesty
  • Ability to motivate others including staff and volunteers
  • Ability to deal with high-stress situations calmly and professionally

Mission and Values:

  • Understanding and support of the HSNB’s mission and values with respect to animal sheltering and care is essential.

Physical demands include:

  • Lifting and moving animals and cages up to 50 lbs
  • Frequent movement, including but not limited to standing, walking, stooping, carrying heavy loads, movement of cages, restraining active animals, and operation of motor vehicle

Working conditions include:

  • Possible exposure to dangerous, diseased, frightened, and injured animals
  • Must be comfortable handling dogs and cats of any and all ages in a stressful environment
  • Contact with animals may result in injuries such as, but not limited to, scratches and bites
  • Physical restraint may be required to safely control an animal, which may include leashes, bite poles, towel wraps and other humane restraint processes
  • Possible exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and prescribed veterinary drugs
  • Working with strong cleaning agents on wet surfaces
  • Frequent exposure to household and industrial cleaning supplies, which may include but not limited to, bleach, soaps, and standard cleaning agents in shelter environments
  • Indoor and outdoor work in all weather conditions
  • Exposure to animal feces, urine, vomit and possibly blood
  • Excessive, uncontrolled noise associated with stressed or reactive dogs and cats
  • Exposure to various smells due to the day-to-day activity at the shelter and may include odors from feces, urine, medications and cleaning chemicals
  • Emotional demands include: witnessing the results of animal abuse and neglect, and determining the need to send animals to a licensed veterinarian for euthanasia

(although every effort is made to adopt out the animals we take into our care, some animals may be humanely euthanized for terminal disease, quality of life, or behavior that is unsuitable and dangerous for adoption into the community)

Compensation: The Executive Director is a full-time position, $70-75k annual salary, commensurate with experience, including medical, dental and vision benefits.

To Apply: Please send your resume and a cover letter to: HSNB Jobs, 1121 Sonoma Blvd. Vallejo CA 94590. Or email it to BoardofDirectors@HSNB.org

The Humane Society of the North Bay is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and veteran or disability status.