Job Description

The Organization :
The Animal Care and Control Team of Philadelphia (ACCT Philly) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2011 to provide animal care, control and code enforcement for the protection of public health and safety for the people and animals of the City of Philadelphia. It is the city’s only high-volume, open-admission shelter, and operates from a 27,000 square foot city-owned facility in North Philadelphia. ACCT Philly provides field response 24 hours a day, every day of the year for the 1.5 million residents of Philadelphia County.

The organization helps more than 18,000 pets and people annually, and in 2021 achieved a 92 percent live release rate with more than 5,400 adoptions and over 4,900 additional animals transferred to rescue partners, and nearly 900 returned to their owners. Since its inception, the organization has reduced intake dramatically through progressive strategies such as surrender prevention and intake diversion, and a community cats program. In addition to collaborating with hundreds of rescue partners throughout the region, ACCT Philly’s dedicated staff manages a robust foster program, forward thinking return-to-owner policies, and a strong shelter-neuter-return program.

ACCT Philly’s mission is to provide shelter, care and life saving efforts for homeless, abandoned, and abused animals and protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Philadelphia, providing a benefit to all of the citizens of the City regardless of race or economic status.

The Opportunity:
The Executive Director will play a critical role in leading the organization and the city to achieve a 90%+ live release rate through strong management, a positive organizational culture, and sound fiscal principles. The successful candidate will impact the lives of thousands of animals and the people who care for them each year. The animal welfare community in Philadelphia is stronger than ever, having made dramatic, steady progress in decreasing intake and increasing the live release rate in since 2011.

While in recent years the shelter has faced challenges due to the lack of space within its facility, considerable improvements have been secured such as:
• In 2020, the organization was granted full use of the building, which provided it with an additional 9,000 square feet of additional space
• A generous gift from Petco Love made a new and expanded welcome center possible
• $250,000 worth of new canine kennels that allow for easier sanitation and more visually appealing housing were installed in 2020
• Outdated cat cages in the adoption rooms were replaced with new cat housing that was better for the cats as well as more visually appealing
• A new roof, valued at $750,000, was installed in 2020
• Two canine isolation spaces were completed at the end of August, 2022
• A generous donor has provided funding for an x-ray machine, which will be installed within the next year

Since 2012, the organization has held a contract with the City of Philadelphia for the majority of its operating funds. In fiscal year 2020, the organization’s revenue from the city was cut by nearly 20 percent, leaving a budget of $3.9 million, making it one of the most underfunded animal shelters in any major US city. However, funding for fiscal year 2023 has been renegotiated, and ACCT Philly’s budget was increased by 40 percent to $5.8 million, and its total budget, including grants and donations, will be $6.7 million.

The Position:
The Executive Director is responsible for effectively developing and overseeing all of the organization’s departments and programs. He or she will direct the administrative, financial, managerial and supervisory activities necessary to ensure the organization is effective and humane in carrying out its role as Philadelphia’s only open admission shelter, and maintaining contract compliance with the city. Reporting to the Board of Directors and to the City Managing Director’s Office, the Executive Director will be instrumental in guiding existing programs and instituting new ones for continued lifesaving improvements, and leading both development efforts and contract negotiations to increase private and public support. The Executive Director may delegate duties as appropriate, but the responsibility for the accomplishment of all duties remains with the Director.

Additional responsibilities include:
• Promoting and advancing ACCT Philly’s mission by ensuring delivery of high-quality services while managing for current and future growth.
• Overseeing the organization’s fiscal health, including developing long- and short-range budgets, operating the organization within the limits of the total approved budget and in line with the mission and needs of programs and staff.
• Ensuring that the organization’s operations, medical, public relations, human resources, and programming functions run efficiently and effectively.
• Communicating effectively with stakeholders including but not limited to the public, partners, the City, and other individuals in a tactful and diplomatic manner, objectively evaluating problems and recommending appropriate actions.
• Formulating and executing comprehensive marketing and development strategies that will enhance the organization’s public image and generate revenue from new and existing sources: individual/major donors, foundations, corporations, and others.
• Representing the organization as the chief spokesperson and negotiator, working with staff to liaison and advocate with the media, key partners and government on legislative issues and public concerns.

• Demonstrated strong leadership abilities, including ability to communicate a clear purpose and vision, motivate and mentor staff to excel, and inspire public support.
• Ability to address challenges strategically, using logic and data to solve difficult problems, foresee trends and anticipate results, and nimbly establish priorities to meet objectives.
• A service-oriented approach, fostering a diverse, non-judgmental, inclusive environment for staff, volunteers, clients and customers.
• Confidence in communicating with stakeholders and the public at large, networking within the local and larger animal welfare community, providing testimony when required on matters before the City, appearing in the media or at events on the organization’s behalf.
• Proven ability to make sound decisions, even when unpopular, and the perseverance to withstand public scrutiny in a demanding and sometimes challenging environment.
• A bachelor's degree or equivalent experience required.
• High level leadership experience in a high volume non-profit or municipal shelter required.
• Experience working in a union environment
• Entrepreneurial approach to program and revenue development; successful track record of financial management.
• Proven ability to work collaboratively with other organizations, to effectively lead a a large team of employees, and to manage and actively engage stakeholders of varied backgrounds and socio-economic status.

A competitive salary of between $100,000 to $125,000, commensurate with experience, and excellent benefits including medical, a 401k, paid vacation and holidays. Relocation assistance is available for this position.

This is a full time job

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Larissa Morgan
ED Search Committee Member

Closing Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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