Throughout its 138 year history, the Connecticut Humane Society (“CHS”), a nonprofit, 501c3 organization, has remained at the forefront of animal welfare by consistently evolving to meet changing needs and challenges. CHS, as envisioned by its founder Gertrude O. Lewis in 1881, focuses on the powerful human-animal bond at the heart of its mission to serve the community and plan for the future. As a statewide organization, CHS operates three adoption and wellness centers in Newington, Westport and Waterford. Newington serves as headquarters, and also houses the Fox Memorial Clinic, a donor subsidized low-fee clinic offering a wide range of veterinary services to the public. CHS takes in approximately 5000 companion animals in total each year and has a strong live release rate of more than 95%. The CHS Board and staff recognize that the greatest current and future challenge in the state is the inability of families to access affordable veterinary care, and sees great opportunity in expanding low-fee veterinary services to communities across Connecticut.
CHS is looking for a dynamic leader who can identify changing trends locally and nationally, assist the Board of Directors in ongoing strategic shifts and be responsible for the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission, core values, strategic plan and financial objectives. The Executive Director provides a leadership role in initiating and maintaining community relationships and securing the operating and investment funds necessary to sustain current and future operations. This includes serving as the lead staff member for a $13.5M capital campaign as well as overseeing design and construction of companion animal facilities and public and shelter medicine clinics. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director oversees a budget of $9M and manages 89 staff with five direct reports.
Experience in a senior leadership role in a nonprofit organization, preferably a humane society or progressive animal control facility and reporting directly to or working closely with a Board of Directors are expected. Experience managing a multi-site organization would be beneficial, as would experience overseeing new construction. At least 10 years successful leadership experience within a complex nonprofit, community-based organization is expected. Preference given to candidates with experience leading animal organizations. Demonstrated success raising philanthrophic support is expected. Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; advanced degree preferred. CAWA credential is helpful.