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POSITION AND CANDIDATE SPECIFICATION
The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA (SPCA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization established in 1955. SPCA’s mission is to provide a safe environment for the lost, abandoned, and homeless animals of Charlottesville and Albemarle County and place them in good homes. The SPCA strives to set the highest standards of excellence in animal care, humane education, and progressive animal welfare programs. Headquartered in Charlottesville, Virginia with additional facilities and adoption centers in the region, the SPCA employs a staff of 60 with over 500 volunteers contributing 20,000+ hours per year. For more information about the SPCA, please visit the organization’s website: http://www.caspca.org.
We have been asked to help the SPCA identify and recruit a new Executive Director. This position will be based at the organization’s headquarters in Charlottesville, Virginia and will report directly to the Board of Directors.
This new executive will be the organization’s senior most financial and operations leader and will focus on facilitating strategic alignment and partnership with the Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, donors, and all SPCA stakeholders. He/she will provide visionary leadership, strong financial acumen and stewardship, and demonstrate a commitment to the future sustainability and success of the organization.
The Executive Director will manage all staff and volunteers, advocate for the vision of the organization with a long-term strategic plan and annual objectives, and serve as the executive point of contact for area partners, regulatory organizations, and major donors. Organizationally, the new Executive Director will oversee a team of three responsible for operations, business affairs, veterinary services, marketing and development, animal care, clinic operations, customer service, community engagement, and education.
The Executive Director’s primary responsibilities will likely include the following:
Board of Directors
- Partner with the Board to advance the SPCA’s financial, operational and organizational goals and objectives. Maintain positive working relationships and open communication with all board members.
- Engage the Board in strategic planning and lead implementation.
- Work with the Board and Board Committees to establish measureable goals for each fiscal year and measure progress and report to the Board at regular intervals.
- Support the Board and partner with them to make decisions that are in the best interest of the SPCA and the community.
Staff, Stakeholder and Operations Management
- Manage the SPCA staff and volunteers, and develop leadership throughout the organization to ensure sustainability of the organization.
- Ensure the organization adheres to high standards in accounting and finance for budgeting, accounting, reporting, audits and financial planning.
- Partner with community and regional organizations to build strong external relationships.
- Ensure the quality and effectiveness of shelter programs and special events.
- Encourage and maintain continuous professional development.
- Commitment to the Mission of the SPCA and the No Kill standard adopted by the Board.
- Follow the highest ethical standards to ensure accountability and compliance with all operational policies (animal welfare, financial, human resources, and regulatory requirements).
- Serve as the public face of the SPCA including managing public and media relations, speaking engagements and written communications.
- Establish, implement, and manage successful fundraising efforts. Regularly report on annual fundraising plan.
CANDIDATE SPECIFICATION: KEY SELECTION CRITERIA
Given the breadth of the role as defined and the importance of the position to the SPCA’s planned growth and continued success, the new Executive Director will be a proven, nonprofit executive who will bring to the organization impressive professional credentials, leadership experience, and a high level of energy and enthusiasm. Specifically, the “ideal candidate” will bring the following background and experience:
- Nonprofit – A minimum of 8 years of experience in one or more well-managed nonprofit organizations. Proven success in an equally complex nonprofit organization.
- Board of Directors – Forging effective strategic partnerships with boards and board committees providing regular written reports to board members with key performance metrics.
- Leadership – Experience as an Executive Director, COO, or Director of Operations and the proven ability to make critical decisions to drive positive operational and financial performance.
- Fundraising – Managing fundraising including donor engagement and support, major gift solicitations and outreach.
- Academic and professional – A bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution is required; relevant graduate degrees in business or nonprofit management are preferred.
Adam Smith Office Telephone: 703.998.8118
Managing Director E-mail Address:
ASESC Cellular Telephone: 571.275.0969
Please check these additional sources for job postings:
American Humane Association
Humane Society of the United States
National Animal Control Association
Society of Animal Welfare Administrators