Kitsap Humane Society (KHS), a non-profit founded in 1908, mission is to provide positive life-changing solutions to people and animals in need, with the vision of ensuring every adoptable companion animal has a home. Serving Kitsap County (just a ferry ride from Seattle), KHS is seeking an Executive Director to build upon its solid foundation, innovative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative culture to lead its next chapter.
Governed by a 17-member Board of Directors, KHS has over 50 staff members, and a core group of 125 dedicated volunteers and foster homes during COVID-related reduced operations. Pre-COVID, KHS had over 350 dedicated volunteers. KHS rescues more than 6,000 animals per year and has an enviable save rate of 96% for five years running. The organization anticipates a calendar year 2021 budget of approximately $3.2M.
Located on a 6-acre campus, following a highly successful capital campaign KHS opened a brand new adoption center in 2019, and has plans to add a new, expanded veterinary center, large-animal barn, and longer-term, a new administration building to the site. Well-regarded in the community, highly respected, and known for innovative programs among other animal welfare organizations regionally and nationally, KHS is one of the flagship nonprofits in Kitsap County.
Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) is responsible for planning, developing, and evaluating all areas of Kitsap Humane Society (KHS) per the organization’s animal welfare mission in ways that build on KHS’ reputation for excellence and leadership in the animal welfare field. The ED oversees all KHS programs and services provided to the community; works closely with the Board and senior staff to develop and achieve effective organizational strategy, policies, and objectives; ensures proper management of financial and human resources; ensures effective internal/external promotion of the mission, vision and branding of the organization; serves as chief KHS representative in fundraising, marketing and public relations activities, and in the agency’s financial and legal affairs; and demonstrates a passion for, and commitment to, the organization’s mission, supporters, employees, and volunteers. The ED will have direct supervisory responsibility for a Senior Leadership Team of six (6), plus an Executive Assistant.
This is an excellent opportunity for a strategic, results-driven, compassionate, innovative, pragmatic, and experienced leader. Key or essential functions of the ED role include, but are not limited to, strategic and organizational planning; financial planning and oversight; staff leadership; Board leadership and support; fundraising/resource development; community engagement; government relations; fundraising for capital projects; and capital project planning and oversight.
Candidates will be evaluated on the full range of their lived and learned experience, professional background, volunteer activities, and direct and transferable skills. KHS seeks candidates with a compelling combination of demonstrated experience and skills in some or all of the following areas:
Experience serving as a CEO, Executive Director or senior staff member of an entrepreneurial organization, division, or department of significant size, not necessarily in a traditional animal welfare organization. Exposure to fundraising, social sector or nonprofit services, construction management, capital campaigns, and/or animal welfare, which may come from board, volunteer, or staff service, would be a plus.
Make a difference in the world.
Encourage and support organizational practices that reflect a commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
The pursuit of excellence coupled with a sense of urgency.
Ensure long-term financial sustainability and viability.
Foster a climate and internal culture of teamwork, caring, collaboration, and open/transparent communications with all stakeholders.
Hold self and others accountable.
Foster innovation in response to evolving community needs and changes in animal welfare.
Learning, and personal and professional growth.• Seek input and feedback from a variety of sources to inform decisions and work.
Strengthen KHS’s marketing, brand, reputation, and reach.
Model a strong work ethic and high level of commitment.
Uphold ethical standards, including honesty, integrity, compassion, empathy, inclusiveness, anti-racism, and understanding the needs and perspectives of the diverse and low-income communities KHS serves.
Build respectful and responsive and genuine relationships throughout the community, i.e. with donors, governmental officials, regional animal welfare leaders, nonprofit leaders, employees, etc.
Be a servant leader. Set clear expectations while remaining open to the input and influence of others.
Understand complex financial models and ensure financial sustainability.
Convey a compelling strategic vision and know-how to operationalize it.
Listen carefully and thoughtfully. Communicate and network effectively.
Work in close partnership and trust with the Board of Directors.
Build genuine relationships with Board members and to seek their counsel, engagement, and partnership.
Delegate and empower others to lead and collaborate. Continually develop, mentor, cultivate, and educate staff.
See many sides of issues and effectively delineate pros and cons of options and decisions.
Kitsap Humane Society (KHS), a non-profit founded in 1908, mission is to provide positive life-changing solutions to people and animals in need, with the vision of ensuring every adoptable companion animal has a home. Serving Kitsap County…
KHS offers a generous benefits package including employer-paid medical and dental for all employees; a 403 b retirement plan; one free animal adoption per year; and paid time off including, vacation, sick leave, and nine paid holidays per year.
KHS offers a generous benefits package including employer-paid medical and dental for all employees; a 403 b retirement plan; one free animal adoption per year; and paid time off…
To Be Considered
The position is open until filled with a priority deadline of January 22, 2021. Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews with Valtas consultants will begin by early January. Please submit a resume and a two-page (or less) cover letter addressed to the Search Committee at https://valtasgroup.recruiterbox.com/ Please upload the resume and cover letter as a single WORD or PDF document. You may direct questions to Mr. Ed Rogan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.697.8428 or Ms. Amy Burton at email@example.com or 206.718.5122.
Kitsap Humane Society is an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. KHS and the Valtas Group do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, gender identity, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply.
To Be Considered
The position is open until filled with a priority deadline of January 22, 2021. Candidate materials are reviewed on an on-going basis and initial interviews with…