President and CEO

  • Arizona Animal Welfare League
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Jul 23, 2020

Job Description

AAWL’s President and CEO is the key management leader of AAWL, leading a staff of 100 people to carry out its mission and managing an annual budget of more than $5 million.

AAWL consists of a shelter that houses more than 250 dogs and cats; a full veterinary clinic for the care of shelter animals, a low-cost veterinary practice that is open to the public; a robust volunteer program with over 600 active volunteers and foster families; an education department that provides programs to kids and teens, and a marketing department that manages all PR and marketing activities.

AAWL was a pioneer in developing relationships with more than 30 rural rescue partners across Arizona, which not only allows more animals to find their forever homes, but also brings resources like food, supplies, and education to underserved areas. Known as our “Rural Rescue” program, our intake team travels throughout the state of Arizona to help those smaller, rural organizations that have little or no resources. The animals we help would typically be euthanized without our assistance. Our staff, including our medical team, often provide expertise and consultation to these groups to help them implement better policies and practices in their organization.

We also work closely with the National Mill Dog Rescue in Colorado, and have brought in more than 200 “mill dogs” that typically need a great deal of medical and behavior care before being ready for adoption.

The position reports directly to the Board of Directors and is responsible for overseeing the administration, programs and strategic plan of the organization. The CEO provides leadership to a management team consisting of seven directors serving in the following areas: Operations, Marketing, Volunteer and Special Events, Education, Finance, Fundraising, and Medical and Community Outreach.

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7–10 years of leadership experience, including building organizational culture and supervision of professional staff, with a minimum of 5 years in senior management

Master’s degree or other advanced degree/certification preferred, ideally in non-profit, public, or business administration

A caring, dedicated person, committed to the AAWL mission, with demonstrated examples and/or prior related professional experience, an understanding of current animal welfare issues

Experience and skill in working with a Board of Directors.

A proven leader with the ability to support AAWL staff to both reach the organization's mission and their own professional development goals

Demonstrated high-level strategic thinking, ability to innovate, and comfort with conflict management

Experience and comfort with financial management and budgeting in an organization with multiple departments

Active fundraising experience with the ability to create/execute a revenue plan and improve financial results, preferably with an understanding of non-profit finance regulations

Excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community, with an eye toward inspiring both long-term donors and new/young donors to get involved

Previous success in establishing relationships with individuals and organizations of influence, including funders, partner agencies, and volunteers.

Solid organizational abilities, including planning, delegating, program development, and task facilitation.

A great communicator with strong writing and public speaking skills, with an emphasis on transparency, passion, and the ability to convey the organization’s strategic future to key constituencies

Emotional intelligence and an ability to supervise, coach, and connect with staff through a period of post-pandemic evolution in animal shelter culture

A history of developing and managing successful special events.

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