Senior Director, Los Angeles Initiative

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience




Los Angeles
United States



The ASPCA is continually evolving national and local work to create the conditions where society continuously improves the lives of animals. Our work in Los Angeles has created a unique opportunity for the ASPCA to be a key partner in a community-based approach coordinated by the Senior Director. This critical role offers an opportunity for a savvy relationship builder, strategic thinker and skilled people manager to both facilitate and manage the ASPCA’s partnership with key stakeholders in Los Angeles including the City and County, community services, area legislators, and law enforcement while also directing the work of the ASPCA’s cross departmental team in Los Angeles. The Senior Director will be responsible for setting the priorities and goals that the cross-departmental ASPCA team will implement to improve animal welfare in Los Angeles, and for successfully collaborating across ASPCA teams to achieve strategic short, mid and long-term outcomes in the region. This role will require someone who thrives on taking on new projects and who enjoys the complexity of overseeing (in a dotted line fashion) a large, diverse staff which directly reports to a dozen or more ASPCA department heads. The Senior Director will be an influencer and an excellent communicator who is energized by the opportunity to make an impact through facilitating bi-directional sharing and learning between a local community organization and the ASPCA.


Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

Core Team Leadership (60%):

  • Lead a Core Team of ASPCA employees, which includes representatives from departments directly involved in service delivery and support. ASPCA employees will have a dotted-line reporting relationship to the SD and will continue to have a solid line reporting relationship within their functional areas.
  • Engage in clear, regular communication with the Core Team to ensure successful cross-departmental information sharing and decision making as well as a clear understanding of the needs and objectives of the whole initiative as well as the individual program and operational components and their intersections.
  • By providing big picture programmatic project stewardship, ensure that project managers and administrative staff provide necessary and appropriate support to the work of the Core Team.
  • Ensure that, wherever appropriate, there is integration of all members of the Core Team into communications, meetings and collaborations with external stakeholders so that ASPCA experts and staff become the “go to” resource to local partners in their respective disciplines and so that the ASPCA is included in important decision making that impacts our organizational objectives in LA.
  • Working closely with data team to use data to drive decisions
  • Visit partner and ASPCA team on-site programs, including full tour of a variety of shelter and other environments (e.g. spay/neuter mobile clinics, etc)
  • Ensure decision making involves input from all Core Team members and conflicts and division of resources and labor are discussed openly.
  • Ensure there is cross-functional planning amongst the Core Team from both a strategy and a budget perspective
  • Monitor the changing needs of – and ASPCA service delivery to – the community in order to update the Core Team membership as needed. Consult with the appropriate SVPs to identify appropriate members.
  • Lead creation of SMART goals aligned to LA initiative outcomes and indicators. Ensure progress is measured at regular intervals and reflection is done, including making recommendations based on analysis of local strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats
  • Set the expectations around developing and disseminating monthly and quarterly progress-to-goal reports. Ensure the team is actively reading and making sense of monthly and quarterly data and other indicators.
  • Establish regular and open communications to ensure executive leadership, department heads, and the whole organization are appropriately informed on the work, progress, challenges and learning from the LA initiative.
  • Proactively solicit learnings from ASPCA teams and local organizations across the country that can be customized and built upon for success in LA
  • Provide regular feedback to Core Team member’s supervisors regarding their staff’s performance/participation in the Core Team; provide input for Core Team member’s performance evaluations.

External Relationships & Communications (40%):

  • Proactively build and foster positive relationships with local partners, politicians and other key players, and set the expectations for Core Team members to do the same.
  • Assist the Development and Member Communications teams in developing awareness, support and donor relationships for Los Angeles-specific fundraising and advocacy.
  • Assist the Media team in preparation of press releases related to our Los Angeles work
  • Serve as spokesperson for local announcements as-needed, flagging all local context for the Media & Communications team
  • Serve as grants officer for the initiative

Exemplifies the ASPCA’s Core Values 

  • Has Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of animals
  • Demonstrates Ownership and feels responsible for outcomes
  • Believes in Team – that we are stronger together 
  • Seeks to Elevate others and reimagine what is possible 
  • Focuses on Impact, specifically making change for animals

Education & Experience:

  • Must have at least ten years of professional experience required
  • HS Diploma or GED required
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience
  • Experience leading teams (minimum four to six years)
  • Experience in animal welfare and protection preferred

Additional Information:

  • Occasional weekend and evening work required


  • This person will be able to work from a remote home office an average of ~50% of the time
  • This person will be responsible for traveling within the Greater Los Angeles area for shelter visits, meetings, events, etc. on a regular basis
  • ~10% travel nationally


Ability to both work remotely and facilitate teams with members in multiple locations, Excellent collaboration skills, with an ability to bring others along on important decisions, Exceptional communicator and influencer with strong interpersonal skills, Must be self-motivated, requiring minimal supervision, Must occasionally lift and move up to 25 pounds, Proven team leadership skills; strong decision maker with the ability to motivate staff in embracing new ideas and innovative approaches, Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and a sense of urgency to meet deadlines and work productively in a team environment



English (Required)

Education and Work Experience:

Bachelors, High School Diploma (Required)

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Level of Language Proficiency

English (Required)

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

High School