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Executive Director

Posted: 01/02/2022

Job Summary

Park County Animal Shelter is seeking a dynamic and dedicated Executive Director (ED) to work with the Board of Directors and lead the organization through its next phase of growth and development. The ED provides leadership in the achievement of the organization’s mission, strategy and annual budget. The ED supervises and oversees the Shelter Operations Manager under policies set by the board of directors. The ED develops and implements budgets, policies, procedures and strategies to deliver responsible animal care and effective animal services and humane education outreach to the community. The ED implements the fundraising plan and is ultimately accountable for its success. The ED is a leading spokesperson for the organization and is responsible for maintaining constructive relationships with the community.

Supervision Exercised
Provides direct supervision to the Shelter Operations Manager and Outreach Coordinator.

Essential Functions


  1. Responsible for the management and oversight of all departments and programs.
  2. Ensures that all animal care programs are administered humanely and efficiently.
  3. Oversees the hiring, supervising, evaluating, disciplining, training, development, and termination of all personnel.
  4. Ensures the development and implementation of personnel training programs that help staff accomplish their goals and maintains a working environment that attracts and retains quality people.
  5. Assists with the preparation of the annual operating budget and is accountable for all billings and expenditures in cooperation with the Board of directors and the Shelter Operations Manager.
  6. Searches for ways to improve the organization’s economic efficiency without lowering the welfare of shelter animals.
  7. Oversees bank, savings, and investment accounts with additional oversight from the Board.
  8. Is responsible for oversight of PCAS’ endowment fund including the marketing and communication of this fund.
  9. Assists Shelter Operations Manager in responding to complaints about employees, volunteers and organization’s procedures and when dealing with difficult situations and resolves problems of a unique or sensitive nature. Responds to community concerns regarding animal issues.
  10. Develops long-range plans and strategies.
  11. Ensures that all policies, plans and programs are regularly reviewed and modified in an efficient manner.
  12. Stays abreast of current animal welfare issues as well as the changing needs of the community.
  13. Assures the shelter philosophy and mission, as determined by the Board, is practiced throughout the organization.
  14. Meets with Shelter Operations Manager and Outreach Coordinator on a regular basis to review reports, procedures, and problems and to discuss new strategies. Organizes and/or attends staff meetings as necessary.
  15. Meets regularly with the Board of Directors to present reports and apprise the Board of important issues, problems and new ideas.
  16. Seeks their input and approval on salary reviews and the annual budget. Assists the various committees with their specific assignments.
  17. Serves as liaison between the board and staff.
  18. Prepares board meeting materials, attends board meetings, and is generally accountable for ensuring compliance with all Board policies and procedures.
  19. Represents the organization as its chief spokesperson, including public speaking presentations and media communications.
  20. Proactively seeks out and maintains constructive, value-added relationships with key external stakeholders including government officials, agencies, civic groups, organizations and the media. Attends pertinent workshops and seminars, maintains membership in professional organizations and networks with other executive directors. 
  21. Is ultimately accountable for achieving fundraising goals.
  22. Fosters beneficial relationships with patrons, businesses, and foundations. Is available to meet with potential donors to explain the organization’s mission, philosophy, and long-range plans.
  23. Demonstrates a high level of professionalism, thereby serving as a role model for the overall Organization.
  24. Formulates policy recommendations to the Board.
  25. Looks for opportunities to aid other shelters and canine and feline rescue groups for the betterment of overall animal welfare.
  26. Ensures the facilities, supporting infrastructure, and grounds are well maintained to support the organization’s operations.
  27. Recommends facility improvements to the Board in collaboration with the Governance Committee.
  1. Directs, oversees, and leads the implementation of the organization’s annual fundraising strategy.
  2. Plans, directs and coordinates the all fundraising communications including direct mail, email campaigns, quarterly newsletter, etc.
  3. Designs and writes materials to be used in fundraising.
  4. Recognizes and acknowledges gifts and bequests and coordinates follow-up.
  5. Leads media and publicity efforts for the organization, and consistently looks for ways to increase the Shelter’s visibility.
  6. Assists the Board with the development of the strategic fundraising plan and implements the strategy to secure financial support from individuals, foundations, businesses and corporations.
Qualification Requirements: (To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and task satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.) 
  1. Demonstrated, successful senior management knowledge and experience.
  2. Knowledge of relevant labor issues and skill in mediating disputes, conflicts and grievances.
  3. Ability to establish and maintain a respected leadership role by building, motivating and mentoring a dedicated staff.
  4. Ability to effectively delegate authority while retaining control. Ability to promote interdepartmental cooperation.
  5. Program management experience to include business management practices, strategic planning, basic statistical methods, oral and written communication skills.
  6. Knowledge and experience planning and executing fundraising programs.
  7. Budgeting and financial knowledge and experience to include basic investment procedures, fiscal and budgetary practices and basic accounting procedures.
  8. Strong interpersonal relationship skills to include building alliances with community organizations and agencies, establishing and maintaining relationships with patrons, foundations and local businesses and ability to supervise staff.
  9. Assures that the Organizations mission, programs and services are presented in a strong and positive image to the public. 6. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
  10. A degree in public administration, communications, business administration, marketing, or a related field is preferred.
Work Environment:
The shelter is a high noise area and the Executive Director may be exposed to cleaning chemicals, fumes, dust, and animal urine and feces. Potential for exposure to animal bites and scratches. The incumbent will work from the designated office at the PCAS facility with the opportunity to work remotely as needed. PCAS provides the adequate computer equipment and software.

  • Paid Vacation
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Opportunities for bonuses
  • Cell Phone Reimbursement 
To Apply:
Email your cover letter, resume, professional references, and a writing sample to

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