Job Description

The mission of the Santa Fe Animal Shelter (“the Shelter”)is to support animals, save lives and spread compassion. The Shelter, a nonprofit, 501 (c)3, is the largest open admission, no-kill animal shelter and care facility in northern New Mexico. On average, the Shelter serves more than 5,000 lost, stray, abandoned or injured animals and offers services to more than 20,000 companion animals and their guardians each year. The Shelter contracts with the City and County of Santa Fe to care for homeless and stray animals, but also serves every animal brought through the front doors from any other source. The Shelter is situated on a beautiful 100-acre campus with four distinct buildings including the shelter and adoption center, a full service, state of the art public clinic, and a one-of-a-kind behavioral center where an exceptional behavior team works one-on-one with animals with special behavioral needs.

The operating budget for the Shelter in 2020 was approximately $7.1M. Approximately 70% percent of the operating revenue was derived from earned income generated primarily from the Thaw Animal Clinic and the two highly successful resale stores, The Cat and The Cat South. The remaining portion of the annual budget is raised through grants, contracts, investment income and private donations. Fundraising activities are focused on a range of efforts including contributions from major individual donors, bequests, and planned gifts as well as broad based and effective story telling campaigns that are disseminated through direct mail and on traditional and non-traditional media platforms.

Reporting to the 9-member Board of Directors, the CEO is responsible for setting the vision and direction as well as general oversight of the Shelter, which includes administration of all programs, managing and developing a $7.1 million budget, approximately $6.2 million in investments including an endowment that is currently valued at about $1.2M. There are approximately 100 employees and 400 active volunteers. The CEO directly manages nine direct reports.

We seek a highly experienced leader and manager with demonstrated vision and passion for the humane and ethical treatment of animals. A successful track record of strong, innovative, and inclusive leadership that continues to facilitate open communication is needed. Demonstrated accomplishments in fundraising, successful cultivation, solicitation and closing of gifts is essential. Financial management of a multi-million-dollar budget is expected. Experience in a senior leadership role where he/she has either reported directly to or worked closely with a Board of Directors is needed. The ideal candidate will bring successful leadership of an animal welfare/control agency or other animal welfare nonprofit.

An undergraduate degree from a four-year college or university is required; a graduate degree is preferred. Professional education in such areas as business management, marketing, non-profit or association management, fundraising and administration is also desired. CAWA certification is a plus.

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Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer

This is a full time job

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Closing Date: Tuesday, August 31, 2021

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